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LEGOs featured at Nicholas Conservatory during October
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Brick by brick and generation after generation, millions of creations have been made from LEGO products. Visit Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, 1354 N. Second St., Rockford, throughout the month of October for “Bricktober,” a celebration of the world’s favorite building toy.
Bricktober is presented by BMO Harris Bank, which will bring a 6-foot LEGO version of BMO Harris’ beloved mascot, Hubert the Lion. Hubert has been the corporate mascot of BMO Harris for almost 50 years.
For information about all LEGO events and programs, visit www.nicholasconservatory.com.
Watch LIVE LEGO building with Bruce Lowell
Headlining Bricktober is Certified LEGO Professional Bruce Lowell, one of only a handful of Certified LEGO professionals in the world! Bruce is known for quirky miniature LEGO sculptures modeled after food, household objects and toys. During his time at Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, Bruce will build a toucan, giant Hibiscus flower, and monarch butterfly for the LEGO collection at the conservatory. See Bruce in action Oct. 26 and 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Buy a specially designed LEGO kit
Lowell custom-designed a LEGO kit for Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens. Buy a “Rockin’ Ruby” frog kit for $8. All proceeds go to programming and exhibits at Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens. Lowell is also the man behind the “Lowell Sphere,” which consists of six identical curved panels built onto a cubic frame to make a sphere — the first of its kind in the LEGO world! His famous “Lowell Sphere” is also available to purchase for $25.
Brick Breakfast — Oct. 19 and 26 from 8 to 9:30 a.m.
Why not eat and build at the same time? Join the conservatory for a family-friendly build-your-own breakfast bar, thanks to Egg Harbor Café, sponsor and provider of the special early morning meal. Brick Breakfast will also be complete with LEGO activities and crafts; the fee is $8 ($10 non-resident), children age 4 and younger are half-price. Registrations are taken at (815) 987-8858, online at www.rockfordparkdistrict.org (click Register Now), by mail, fax, or at Customer Service locations in downtown Rockford, or at Carlson Ice Arena, Riverside and Perryville, Loves Park. Anyone interested in the Oct. 19 breakfast must register by Oct. 16; anyone interested in the Oct. 26 breakfast must register by Oct. 23.
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Model Builder Workshops
Build with the professional builders from LEGOLAND Chicago. Learn cool techniques, race LEGO vehicles, and build to your heart’s content. Free with admission.
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Model Builder Workshops will take place from noon to 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 4; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 6.
LEGO building club weekend
Clubs from around the region will show off their models and all of the cool stuff they do as LEGO building clubs. Meet the members of regional LEGO clubs, and see cool and creative LEGO displays. Free with admission.
LEGO Building Club weekend runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12-13.
Think you are the most creative LEGO builder in town? Show your masterful creation during Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens’ LEGO contest Oct. 18-19. Visit www.nicholasconservatory.com or stop by the conservatory for a registration form.
Posted Oct. 2, 2013