Educational and fun! Kids of All Ages Can Exhibit Their LEGO creations in a gilded age castle!
For the past nine years, Westchester families have participated in the Lyndhurst Family Fun Day. The two-day party allows creative and inquisitive kids to exhibit their LEGO creations in the art and antique-filled rooms of Lyndhurst, a National Historic Landmark and one of the greatest houses of 19th-century America. "Lyndhurst Family Fun Day allows us to develop a future generation of kids that will understand the connection between creativity and great architecture. By allowing budding artists to display their LEGO creations in rooms filled with priceless art and antiques, we help create an awareness of aesthetics in the young," noted Howard Zar, executive director at Lyndhurst.
Parents like the event as there is no judging to participate. Even the smallest or least nimble children can gain confidence by having their creations exhibited in beautiful period rooms. It is not uncommon to see exhibitors bringing their families and friends, and the pride as they show off their exhibited work is evident. Exhibitors are provided a badge and four free passes to the show. Any child who signs up by April 5th at lyndhurst.org/lego, and brings his or her creation to Lyndhurst on Saturday or Sunday, April 21st and 22nd between 1pm and 3pm, is allowed to exhibit in the mansion.
The event is also great fun for those who don't exhibit, as the grounds are full of play and exhibition opportunities by local LEGO clubs and vendors. Young kids enjoy the LEGO trainscape built by members of I LUG New York. The brand new LEGOLAND Discovery Center will offer the chance to build with master builder Mike T and play in the LEGO play pit. The staff of BRICK KIDS will help kids build a castle or construct and race wacky cars. Older kids from area high schools will display their robotics creations. Numerous food, toy, and vintage or new LEGO vendors will be on hand to complete the day. As always, kids can enter a raffle to win free LEGO prizes and passes to the new LEGOLAND Discovery Center. Sponsorship for this event has been provided by ARTSWestchester and other area businesses.
Kids of all ages are invited to exhibit their LEGO creations in the historic Lyndhurst mansion. Sculptures must be created in advance. Deadline to register as an exhibitor is April 5, 2013. For complete event information and exhibitor registration form, visit lyndhurst.org/LEGO.
Address: 635 S. Broadway
Tarrytown, NY 10591
Overlooking the Hudson River in Tarrytown, New York, is Lyndhurst, one of America’s finest Gothic Revival mansions. The architectural brilliance of the residence, designed in 1838 by Alexander Jackson Davis, is complemented by the park-like landscape of the estate and a comprehensive collection of original decorative arts. Its noteworthy occupants included: former New York City mayor William Paulding, merchant George Merritt and railroad tycoon Jay Gould.
The grounds at Lyndhurst survive as an outstanding example of 19th century landscape design. Elements include sweeping lawns accented with shrubs and specimen trees, the curving entrance drive revealing “surprise” views, the angular repetition of the Gothic roofline in the evergreens, and the nation’s first steel-framed conservatory. The rose garden and fernery are later additions.
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