Lightscape at the Chicago Botanic Gardens

We took Kevin’s parents and the kids to see Lightscape at the Chicago Botanic Gardens. It was a little bit of a hike getting up there through traffic on a Friday night, and honestly, maybe not the best plan going on a school night, as the kids were a little tired and didn’t enjoy it as much as they might otherwise. But overall, I thought it was pretty cool, and we managed to get a few smiles out of them.

This was one of my favorite bits, though it was very hard to photograph with my little phone camera — the Zen Garden, seen as a vista in the dark across the lake. Striking and lovely.

A great effect on this one (see next video), with the light seeming to run down the blue rocks. Lightscape, Chicago Botanic Gardens


Fun for the kids — pushing through chains of light. Lightscape, Chicago Botanic Gardens

The English Garden

Toasting marshmallows for s’mores. Gourmet, fairly pricey, you might want to bring your own, and longer sticks than they provided — that last pic is Anand shielding his face from the heat of the coals. The peppermint hot chocolate was excellent, though. Also the fries with garlic aioli that we got at the building halfway through; if I’d known the cafe food would be that good, we might have planned on actual dinner there.


Motion sensors, I think? There were a couple of pads where the floor changed as you walked (or ran, or danced) across it. The kids liked those.

I think this is what we’ll use for our holiday cards this year.

A little father-daughter moment.

The Cathedral of Light — another good place for family photos. They had MANY.

The last exhibit, Field of Light, was Anand’s favorite — he had been a little bored by some of the others, but here, he was entranced, and we actually had to urge him to leave because everyone else was getting cold and tired. It was probably my favorite too. If you look very carefully, you can see Anand on the right.



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