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LEGOs Meet Nature At Lauritzen Gardens

You can go on a scavenger hunt for a giant dragon fly, a hidden turtle and an enormous spider in Omaha. They’re all made out of LEGOs, though, which is all right with me. In the new “Nature Connects: Art With LEGO® Bricks” exhibit, LEGOs meet nature at Lauritzen Gardens.

Nature Connects Lauritzen Gardens

The exhibit runs through May 15. Thanks to Lauritzen Gardens, who provided complimentary passes for my family to visit so that I could share our experience with you!

There are 14 indoor displays of life-like creations by Sean Kenney, who designed the previous two “Nature Connects” exhibits at Lauritzen. Having been to those, I can tell you that this is quite similar, but no less impressive.

Nature Connects turtle

The details on the LEGOs sculpture are incredible. What you don’t see is the hitchhiker on the shell of this turtle.

In all, more than 450,000 LEGOs were used. My kids loved the opportunity to build their own creations after we found all the LEGO sculptures in the whole exhibit.



What’s new?

Nature Connects dragon fly

My favorite piece in the exhibit, the dragonfly, was also in my favorite place, the tropical area of the conservatory.

Most of the sculptures are new, plus the exhibit has expanded beyond the Visitor and Education Center. There are sculptures throughout the conservatory.

I love visiting the conservatory in the winter, so this is the perfect time to search the space for LEGO sculptures.

Nature Connects deer

A majestic buck made out of tens of thousands LEGOs in the Visitor and Education Center at Lauritzen Gardens.

There’s also an additional hands-on area for children (“Play and Let It Stay”), making three places children can build their own sculptures. They’re all located in the Visitor and Education Center. If the two in the lobby are hopping with children, head to the building stations in one of the education rooms, it was blissfully quiet when we were there.

My tip for you? Bring a camera!

 Upcoming Lauritzen Gardens Events & Exhibits

Lauritzen Gardens Japanese garden

The Japanese Gardens at Lauritzen Gardens might just be my favorite spot to photograph, at least in the winter.

Girls’ Day: Japanese Doll Exhibit – Through March 5

Art Exhibit: Artists’ Cooperative Gallery – Through April 3

St. Patrick’s Day Lunch – March 17

LEGO® Brick Artists Expo – March 18 and 19

Ole’s Birthday Bash – April 8

Easter Extravaganza – April 15

Easter Brunch – April 16

TREEmendous Arbor Day Celebration – April 29

Leashes at Lauritzen – May 1

Mother’s Day Brunch – May 14

Plus a lot of summer events! See all special events here.


If you go

“Nature Connects: Art With LEGO® Bricks”

Where: Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St.

Cost: Included with admission, which is $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-12 and free for garden members and children under six.



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Parenting Pod

Monday 27th of February 2017

This looks so cool! I bet it's a blast. Thanks for sharing!


Monday 27th of February 2017

It's an impressive exhibit, and I'm so glad they have hands-on areas for kids, because LEGO sculptures can be so tempting to reach out and touch.

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