Do you like really REALLY big LEGO creations? We do! Where better to get inspiration for big creations than a show of LEGO models created by actual LEGO master builders?
We are so excited to partner with The LEGO® Americana Roadshow to tell you about a traveling display of huge models of American landmarks — made from LEGO pieces — and also to bring you some tips to build big!
We had a tour of The LEGO® Americana Roadshow – we saw some seriously big LEGO designs. (The roadshow’s Washington Monument is 17 feet tall!) And we got some fun tips for thinking BIG with our own LEGO creations at home!
Tips to Build BIG with LEGO pieces
- Build in sections and then stack them on top of each other.
- Use Duplos as interior support. They are bigger and won’t show through the final design. Duplo pieces and LEGO pieces are compatible, so you can use the Duplos to fill the structure.
- Don’t worry about the color of the LEGO bricks on the inside. You will probably have a vision for the colors of your final piece. But when you are working on building part of the frame or any part of it that won’t be visible in the end, use any color piece you want!
- You don’t have to fill the entire thing – keep large pieces hollow. You’ll need to build enough to have the structure be supported, but keeping parts of it hollow is fine!
- Make a plan! Before plunging right in, think about how you want the design to look, and what might make sense to create it
Checking out these amazing huge models gave my kids lots of fun ideas for building at home. You can get very close to the models to see the details – and you can even touch the Liberty Bell!
In addition to the Liberty Bell, the show also features the Capitol Building, Independence Hall, the Jefferson Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, Old North Church, the Statue of Liberty, and the White House. And there are 3 additional Brickscapes full of fun whimsical-LEGO structures and figures.
Every stop on the Roadshow includes a Make-and-Take weekend – attendees get free mini monuments to build! The monument at the Bridgewater Commons Roadshow is Independence Hall. They will be given out 4/9 and 4/10 from noon until 4 pm.
And, of course, there is a play area stocked with LEGO pieces, Duplos, and ramps for racing cars. One of the coolest things is the display area. The kids can display their unique designs, complete with a little card stating the name and age of the designer, and the name of the creation. Check out my little guy playing with making a car:
From April 2-April 17, the LEGO roadshow is at the Bridgwater Commons Mall (400 Commons Way, Bridgewater, NJ, 08807).
At the event, there are two giveaways:
1) Guess the number of bricks – there’s a station by the LEGO Capitol building for you to enter at the mall. They will be giving a $100 LEGO® gift card, and
2) a digital contest, with 3 ways to enter (for a chance to win a $100 LEGO® gift card)
- Instagram. To enter, take a photo of the exhibit at the mall, tag @bridgewatercommons and @LEGO and include the hashtag #LEGOAmericana.
- Online RSVP/entry form (“RSVP to the event for a chance to win”).
- By mail. See official rules for details.
Want to go to the Roadshow? Here’s how:
The Roadshow will appear across the country at 9 GGP Mall Locations beginning in January and culminating in October 2016. This one-of-a-kind exhibit is a highly visual, educational, and free so it’s perfect for anyone to attend!
Right now, through April 17, the LEGO® Americana Roadshow is at the Bridgewater Commons Mall in NJ. After that, it will be making stops at the following malls:
◦ Beachwood Place, Beachwood, OH: 5/14 – 5/30
◦ Northbrook Court, Northbrook, IL: 6/18 – 7/4
◦ Baybrook Mall, Friendswood, TX: 7/30 – 8/14
◦ North Star Mall, San Antonio, TX: 8/20 – 9/5
◦ Fashion Show, Las Vegas, NV: 9/24 – 10/9
◦ Alderwood Mall, Lynnwood, WA: 10/15 – 10/30
After checking out the LEGO® Roadshow you can stop by one of the restaurants at Bridgewater Commons: The Cheesecake Factory, Maggiano’s, Seasons 52, California Pizza Kitchen, McCormick & Shcmick. Or catch a movie at the AMC Theaters.