January 26 - May 5, 2013
Hear ye, hear ye — calling builders of all ages! In LEGO® Castle Adventure, children and families are transported to a LEGO® kingdom where they too can become master castle builders, using one of the greatest building materials of all time — LEGO bricks!
Visitors will be immersed in castle life through experiences designed specifically for children and families. Enter the LEGO kingdom's royal castle to sit in their majesties' thrones and view the royal family's portrait — made out of LEGO bricks — and a LEGO suit of armor. View the king's secret treasure room filled with LEGO jewels.
Even the youngest of builders will enjoy putting together their own LEGO castle creation. LEGO models of real-world castles Blarney, Arundel, and Neuschwanstein offer insights about how castles were planned and built. Age-appropriate build areas for Apprentice Builders (toddlers), Journeymen Builders (ages 3–6) and Master Builders (ages 7 and older) allow children to use their newfound knowledge to create their own unique structures.
After visiting the throne room, visitors can tour the castle grounds and learn about day-to-day castle life. Children and families are able to dress up as princes, princesses, knights or dragons; build a LEGO brick topiary; or climb a lookout tower. Kids are invited to don suspender-style horses to play in a safe "jousting field" with foam-rubber lances and soft targets set up on the field. And, of course, no trip to a castle would be complete without meeting the resident LEGO dragon, but don't worry, she doesn't bite!
Once visitors have learned what it takes to plan and construct a proper home for the king and queen, they can test out the castle's defenses with what else... a catapult. Using a 3-D computer program and real-world catapult, one can virtually build and test the castle walls and learn through trial and error the most durable way to build a castle's defenses.
Additional programming will be planned around the exhibition's theme. These will be posted here as they are scheduled.
Family Opening - Saturday, January 26 - 10 a.m. - Members Only; 11 a.m. - General Public
Celebrate the opening of this new exhibition with a day of activities, including ongoing hands-on projects for children and families until 2 p.m., and special appearances by the Youcum Institute for Arts Education Teen Theatre Ensemble.
Members Only Event! - LEGO® Catapult Building Workshop - Sun., Jan. 27 - Noon & 2 p.m.
This fun workshop for Museum Members only is presented by Snapology of Reading, and is for children ages 7 and up. Did you ever want to make your LEGO bricks move? Then we have just the workshop for you. Register your child for this 1 hour workshop where children will explore and learn about what it takes to make a working catapult out of LEGO bricks. Class size is limited so reserve your space by emailing Wendy at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 610-371-5850 x223 no later than 1/25/13. Cost: $5 per child (payment in advance, please).
Produced by The Children's Museum of Indianapolis in cooperation with LEGO Systems, Inc. LEGO and the LEGO logo are the trademarks of the LEGO Group. ©2013 The LEGO Group. All rights reserved.
To watch a Comcast Newsmaker segment on this exhibition, click here. (YouTube)
To watch the 30-second TV Spot for this exhibition, click here. (YouTube)
To see photos from the Opening Weekend, click here. (Flickr)
To watch WFMZ-TV's "One Tank Trip" segment on this exhibition, click here. (link to wfmz.com)