Calling all kid inventors

ChiTAG’s 12th Annual Young Inventor Challenge is looking for kids ages 6-18 with ideas for the next great toy. The Chicago Toy and Game Group is Hopi g to inspire creativity in the next generation. The deadline for online submissions is Oct. 31. Prizes total $10,000 in scholarships plus then opportunity to have your idea produced. Entrants will be divided into two age groups (6-10 and 11-18) a winner for each age group will be selected in each of the following categories: Most Creative Concept, Best Ride-On or Wheeled Concept, Best Game Concept, Best Playful Learning Concept, Most Marketable, and Best Presentation. Winners will be announced Nov. 17.

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Cardboard Challenge

The Art Explorium is giving parents a chance at a date night with its Oct. 19 Kids Night Out: Cardboard Challenge. Drop off the kids (ages 5 and up) from 5:30-8 p.m. and they won’t even notice you’re gone as they watch the film “Caine’s Arcade,” the story of a 9-year-old who makes his own arcade one summer. Then the kids can try building games from cardboard and trying out each others creations. There will be pizza and healthy snacks; $30 per child ($20 for additional siblings). REGISTER HERE.