Head’s up LEGO lovers, a LEGO Exhibition is happening in Sydney and that means it’s time to channel your inner master builder and make EVERYTHING awesome with LEGO.
If the words “LEGO” aren’t enough to get you excited then listen up. The Brick Man Experience is landing in Sydney and Melbourne from 27 June 2015 in the ultimate display of LEGO extravagance showcasing certified (yup, certified) LEGO professional (or master builder as we like to call him) Ryan McNaught and his incredible collection of LEGO creations. We’re talking 60+ works made from 5+ million LEGO bricks. He and his team will be giving the intel on how to build the most badass models using the loveable bricks.
For lovers of toys and games in general, OzGameShop has it all - including its bevy of LEGO bricks and sets. Their stock leans more to the “difficult” side of things and include Minecraft, Marvel Superheroes and Harry Potter to name a few heavy hitters.
The online department store has everything - including the LEGO kitchen sink. Well, not literally, but it does stock a healthy range of LEGO bricks. Build little imaginations with the Playmobil, Disney Princesses and Disney DUPLO ranges. Then, feed your obsession with a LEGO Movie or Star Wars set for yourself.
STEP TWO: Get some expert tips
Going rogue and “winging” it is fun, but what of that feeling of ultimate satisfaction you get when you build something like this? Yeah, you know what we’re talkin’ about. Now, train up to be a master builder with these bricktastic idea books:
To date there are seven LEGOlands in the world. Which ones can you tick off? Pssst - for those of you afraid to fly, there’s a Facebook page going around dubbed “Bring LEGOland to Australia”. You know the drill. In the meantime, get thee to a theme park immediately!
California’s installment of LEGOLAND is block full of mariachi bands and Mexican hats. It’s only 60km north of San Diego and sports over 60 rides for kids and kidults. Stay one day, or stay longer. We know which we’re more inclined to do.
Where: Just off Interstate 5, in the seaside village of Carlsbad
Resorts: LEGOLAND California, LEGOLAND Water Park, Sea Life Aquarium
Dubai is quickly growing to the destination of the UAE with architectural wonder Burj Khalifah one of TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Landmarks in the World in 2015. Soon kids will love the city too as it’s penned to get its very own LEGOLAND in 2016.
The biggest drawcard to make Florida the first LEGOLAND on your list is the fact that it’s the largest. At 150ha it’s a mammoth display of interactive LEGO awesomeness over 50+ rides, shopping precincts botanical garden and waterpark.
Denmark’s #1 attraction according to TripAdvisor reviews has that unmistakable touch of “Danishness” to it with displays of Copenhagen’s brightly coloured houses being featured alongside rides like the LEGO X-Wing Starfighter and LEGO Friends Rooms.
Where: Nordmarksvej 9, 7190 Billund, Denmark
Resorts: LEGOLAND Billund
Opening hours:March and November 10am-6pm (extended hours may apply on public holidays, school vacation and weekends). See the schedule for details.
Price: DKK329 (adult, walkup, 1-day LEGOLAND only). Save with an early online order.
It’s not all bricks and mortar at this amusement park. On the bill is a bevy of LEGO-inspired entertainment e.g. a cameo performance by the Chinese National Circus (June-Sept 2015). Flexibility that LEGO characters can only hope to achieve one day.
Where: LEGOLAND ALLEE, 89312 Günzburg, Germany
Resorts: LEGOLAND Deutschland
Opening hours: March and November 10am-6pm (extended hours may apply on public holidays, weekends and school vacation) See the schedule for details.
Price: €41.50 (adult, walkup, 1-day LEGOLAND only). Save with an early online order.
Childhood dream = for REALZ. Like all other official LEGOLAND hotels, each room in Malaysia’s LEGOLAND hotel is decked to the hilt with LEGO gear and themed to the tune of pirates, kingdom (knights and dragons) and Egypt.
Planning a trip to Windsor Castle? Why not go the extra mile to LEGOLAND? Spread across 150 acres there’s 55 interactive rides available for play, including the UK’s ONLY LEGO Star Wars Miniland Model Display. Its latest addition? Glastonbury models, naturally.
STEP SIX: Take your obsession to Cambridge and back.
We mean it. Once you’re up there with the master builders of the world then it’s time to make the title change from Master Builder to Professor of LEGO. No, really. Cambridge is currently scouting for one. It’s not what you think. As a professor and not a builder (terminology is important, yo’) the position will look into the psychological effects playing with LEGO has on children and their development and education. Fun AND educational? Just another reason to start playing with bricks. As Brick Man says: “Eat, Sleep, Build”. And on that note:
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