November 03, 2011
My husband and I have what I thought was a very unique hobby. As recent empty-nesters, we were looking for something to do last winter, and rediscovered a shared passion – LEGO. What I didn’t realize is that we’re far from alone. The classic building toy for kids is becoming increasingly more popular among adults. Originally designed in Denmark in the 1940s, LEGO (which means "play well") has an international appeal and includes movies, games, video games, competitions, and themed amusement parks.
We recently celebrated my husband’s 50th birthday with a trip to Legoland Florida, the newest theme park in America’s favorite vacation mecca. It was awesome and inspiring! Kansas City will open its Legoland Discovery Center next May – an interactive and educational indoor experience for kids ages 3-10. We’ll go anyway, if only to view the MINILAND exhibit of iconic buildings and skyline of Kansas City.
Until then, MCPL has many options to fuel our obsession. There are numerous LEGO storybooks and books with design, building tips, and instructions for kids and adults. Jonathan Bender, author of LEGO: A Love Story, is also doing a program at the Weston branch on January 30. We’ll be there!
Dig the old Legos out of the attic, and let your imagination soar!
Here are some books to refuel that LEGO fire:
Fantastic Contraptions by Yoshihito Isogawa
The LEGO Ideas Book: unlock your imagination by Daniel Lipkowitz
Forbidden LEGO: build the models your parents warned you against! by Ulrik Pilegaard
The Unofficial LEGO Builder’s Guide by Allan Bedford