LEGO lovers have two reasons to be excited about October. The month starts off with the LEGO Travel Adventure opening at Discovery Cube LA. (11800 Foothill Blvd., L.A.; www.discoverycube.com/la). In this hands-on exhibit running Oct. 1-Jan. 16, kids can suit up like a pilot, race-car driver or ship captain and explore the air, Earth or seas in specially designed LEGO vehicles. Through its interactive elements, the exhibit allows children to develop their imaginations while also learning about engineering. Admission is $17.95 adults, $12.95 ages 3-14.
On Oct. 16, Family LEGO Day returns to the Skirball (2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A.; www.skirball.org). Inspired by the Jewish holiday Sukkot, kids and adults can help build a mini-neighborhood in the museum’s center courtyard. Designer Shannon Scrofano and instructors from Play-Well TEKnologies will be on hand to offer tips on constructing your building in this little LEGO community. And in the spirit of community, the Skirball also asks visitors to bring new or gently used household items that will be donated to Upward Bound House, which provides temporary housing and supportive services for homeless families in Los Angeles. The event runs from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and admission is $12 adults, $9 students, $7 ages 2-12.