The Interactive Light Installation At Conservatory Aglow Is Pure Joy

Imagine you’re strolling through one of the city’s most beautiful parks, the paths softly illuminated by colorful lights as the snow gently falls.

Actually wait, you don’t have to imagine it. You can experience it for yourself at Franklin Park Conservatory. The grounds have been transformed for Conservatory Aglow and it’s stunning. In addition to the works on display by Dale Chihuly, there’s also an interactive light sculpture called The Pool by artist Jen Lewin.

The Pool is an interactive, large-scale sculpture comprised of 100 glowing computerized pads that light up in a variety of colors when visitors jump on them. The journey back to The Pool is full of bright displays. It all kicks off with a rainbow tunnel at the start of the path. Along your way to the Children’s Garden, you’ll find some adorable gingerbread houses, a perfect place for the kiddos to get out of the cold.

The entire Children’s Garden is decorated, with thousands of lights wrapping trees from their trunks to their branches. As you make your way to the Grand Mallway, you’ll pass some very festive and bright flamingos, as well as a food truck where you can stop and grab something warm to munch on.

Once you’ve had a snack, it’s time for The Pool. It’s so much bigger than it looks in photos and it’s a great place to embrace being a kid again. If you’re looking for a little joy, jump around on this thing for a few minutes. I guarantee you’ll leave with a smile.

Although the conservatory is open until 9 p.m. during Conservatory Aglow, visiting during the day offers its own fun. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., there will be a variety of special experiences, including a Gingerbread Competition, The Paul Busse Train, family-friendly performances, and special holiday activities.

Admission to Conservatory Aglow is included in special event admission to the conservatory. Tickets For more info, you can visit their website here.

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