If you happen to live in the tri-state area (NY, NJ, CT), or if you will be traveling to the New York City area this summer, you’ll want to make time for the Bronx Zoo. This summer the Bronx Zoo is featuring amazing giant sculptures that resemble gorillas, tigers, flamingos and other beautiful exotic creatures. Check out the LEGO creatures then check out the real life counterparts found around the zoo.
You can even build your own LEGO sculptures at the special “construction zone” they set up for guests. You can even enjoy the Wildlife Theater’s performances of the hit musical puppet show called Avenue Zoo.
Check out some more information about this fun exhibit.
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:
- Kihansi Spray Toads
- Chilean Flamingos
- Gorilla – mother and child
- Grizzly Bear Mural
- Coral Reef and schools of fish
- Baby Giraffe
- Four Red-ruffed Lemurs – Madagascar
- Two white rhinoceros
- 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. The challenge will run from July 21, 2012 – August 11, 2012 from 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM and will be held at the World of Reptiles lawn.
It sounds like a lot of fun.
When we were at the zoo last summer we saw some cool penguin LEGO sculptures. Check them out. They were pretty big too.
I’m not sure if the same LEGO penguins will be there or not. They might be different this year.
The LEGO exhibit will run from July 7, 2012 – September 3, 2012.
Check out this cool time lapse video to see the LEGO creatures being desined.
Look for the exhibit at the World of Reptiles lawn.
There is even more!
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.
If you would like additional information about the exhibit, the zoo, directions and more visit www.BronxZoo.org. You can get more information, fun facts and great photos on the zoo’s Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/BronxZoo.
To save 10% on tickets, go to: https://tickets.wcs.org/mainstore.asp?vid=0&cid=1036.
In honor of the LEGO exhibit I have a fun giveaway/challenge for my readers. There will be two winners. Each winner can pick their prize from one of the following choices.
- LEGO play set
- Bronx Zoo picture frame and GUND Gundimal stuffed toy
- Nightshirt and socks (zebra or lion (S/M Women’s ONLY)
Here is how to enter. Check out the photos of the Rhino (below) then answer both or just one of the two questions in the comment section of this post.
1. How many LEGO bricks did it take to build this Rhino?
2. How many hours did it take to complete?
The winners will be chosen based upon whose answer is closest without going over. In the event of a tie a random number generator will be used to select the winner.
You do not need to answer both questions correctly to win. All you need is one answer that is correct or close to being correct.
This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on July 19, 2012 at 12:01 AM (EST).
*This blog is participating in a sponsored ambassador program from the Bronx Zoo/NY Aquarium. As a part of this program I have received paid advertising compensation, a premium family membership and merchandise for placement of digital advertisements and specific postings related to programming.
** Photo credit for Rhino Photos – Bronx Zoo.