Legoland Discover Center opens in Schaumburg

July 28, 2008 4:18:28 PM PDT
In 1932, a carpenter in Denmark started making wooden toys. He called his company Lego.Since then the wood has been replaced by plastic and the Lego bricks have become a part of almost every childhood.

The Legoland Discovery Center opened in Schaumburg on the Streets of Woodfield, and a whole new look at Legos has begun.

There are only three Legoland Discovery Centers in the world. The other two are in Germany.

The Discovery Center is much more than a place to buy Legos. The center displays Lego artwork that master builders construct out of everyday little plastic bricks. A Lego downtown Chicago on display took 10 builders over six months to build, using one million Legos.

"They took pictures of downtown Chicago. They used Google Earth to get a view from the top. They use a one to 50th scale for the all the cars and the bottom of the buildings," said Mike Pastor, manager of the Legoland Discovery Center in Schaumburg.

There is 32,000 square feet of Legos on parade, and all of the creations are made from Legos that can be bought over the counter. Kids can test their building skills at the Build and Test Center.

"Build and Test is where kids can play with the Lego bricks and build anything they desire," said Linda Kondraschow, manager at the Legoland Discovery Center.

Dan Morey of Chicago says he was a Lego nerd when he was a kid. It was his whole life. Now it really is his whole life because of a contest held in early June in downtown Chicago. Legoland was offering a full-time job for the best Chicago area Lego builder. Morey won in a snap.

"I couldn't be happier, I'm telling you. It's unbelievable. I play with Legos. I fix Legos. I maintain the park," said Dan Morey, model builder at the Legoland Discovery Center.

Fun times come with a price tag. The Discovery Center costs $19 dollars for adults and $15 for kids.

For more info go to www.legolanddiscoverycentre.com


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