Congrats to our winner Ronnie D!
We live in a house in which every square inch is filled with a toy of some kind and yet ask my seven year-old son where the Batman figure I bought him three years ago is and within three minutes he will produce it for you. I guess when your most pressing concern is should I eat a sandwich with peanut butter and jelly or just jelly, there’s likely lots of room in his noggin for a meticulous inventory of all his toys! (Ask me where my house keys are and it will likely take me an hour to locate them).
But of all of my son’s belongings (unlike my daughter who never even ventured near a block or building toy apparatus of any kind- not that we didn’t try to engage her in that type of play it simply wasn’t her cup of tea) he’s in love (to the point of obsession) with his building and construction toys.
The thing is, my little Jack is not much of a conversationalist- I can ask him very pointed questions and usually he’ll grant me a few words, but unlike my daughter who after a simple question can rattle off a jam-packed with detail answer and then engage me in a conversation- my Jack would rather build. And while he’s creating these magnificent constructions- he loves to talk and answer questions about his cities, cars, buildings and towers. And for that I’m grateful. At least it’s a start and a way for us to connect – that doesn’t involve iCarly (his current other obsession). In fact, I’m convinced his being enamored with the iCarly crew has a lot to do with the fact that one of the characters is always building something new. So we will continue to build with LEGO and build our relationship simultaneously–being a mama to a boy is most definitely an experience.
So of course as a mom I’m really excited about the Bronx Zoo Summer 2012 LEGO ® WILDLIFE FOREST Exhibit and Building Zone Open from July 7 – September 3, 2012 where this summer,my guy and I can journey to their Wild Forest to check out giant LEGO sculptures of tigers, flamingos, gorillas, and other exotic wildlife, then visit their real-life counterparts around the zoo. Build your own LEGO sculptures at our construction zone, and enjoy Wildlife Theater performances and the hit musical puppet show, Avenue Zoo.
The entrance to the exhibit area will herald this temporary LEGO themed exhibit and the location will be transformed to immerse the visitor in an engaging experience with the structures and the story they tell. The story will be reinforced at each of the gates with LEGO themed navigation signage that becomes the vehicle to promote the exhibit at both the entrances and as a way finding symbol throughout the park. Each structure will be enhanced with design elements that reinforce the animal’s particular habitat. At each location, visitors will not only be able to view the wildlife sculpture, but also learn about WCS’s global work. The program reinforces the value of our Zoo wildlife as ambassadors to conservation.
Animal LEGO Sculptures include:
- · Tiger
- · Kihansi Spray Toads
- · Chilean Flamingos
- · Gorilla – mother and child
- · Grizzly Bear Mural
- · Penguins
- · Coral Reef and schools of fish
- · Baby Giraffe
- · Four Red-ruffed Lemurs – Madagascar
- · Two white rhinoceros
- · Zebra
- · Three Hornbills
LEGO Construction Zone
With thousands of colorful LEGO bricks to choose from, kids can create their own sculptures of animals and help complete a vibrant Mystery Mural display at Dancing Crane Plaza. We will also display visitors’ own LEGO creations on bookshelves for all to see.
LEGO Family Challenge
How long will it take you to build your favorite animal out of LEGO bricks? Join LEGO Master Builder Dan Steininger as you compete with other families to find out who is fastest! Dan will offer tips and challenge participants to build wild animals including poison dart frogs, giraffes, and more.
Dates & Times: July 21, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.; August 11, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Location: World of Reptiles lawn
Master Builder Events
Once a month we will host a Special Master Builder events that will engage visitors in the LEGO building experience and also provide informational focus on the animal that is highlighted.
Avenue Zoo – this program debuted in the spring and will be continued throughout the summer season. It’s a musical adventure that tells the story of Kate Monster, from Avenue Q, who ends up in a new habitat, Avenue Zoo. She meets up with various animals and discovers that although they may seem strange and different, they are important inhabitants of the planet with their own special contributions. And, they are not so scary after all.
To save 10% on tickets, go to: https://tickets.wcs.org/
And because I LOVE my readers I have a REALLY cool giveaway for you care of The Bronx Zoo!Check out this picture and leave a comment guessing how many bricks wre used to make the sculpture and/or how many hours it took. I’ll be choosing one winner for number of LEGO bricks and one for number of hours.
Choice of: LEGO playset Bronx Zoo picture frame and GUND Gundimal stuffed toy Nightshirt and socks (zebra or lion (S/M Womens ONLY)
So for your first entry leave your comment on this blog post guessing how many bricks were used to make the sculpture and/or how many hours it took.For a second entry you can like The Staten Island family on facebook and for a third entry you can follow @MelissaSChapman on twitterand retweet this giveaway. Good luck! Giveaway ends Friday, June 27th!
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