Here ye, hear ye — calling builders of all ages! Join the Reading Public Museum as they open LEGO® Castle Adventure on Saturday, January 26.
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.
A special family opening will herald the arrival of LEGO Castle Adventure on Saturday, January 26 — Members only at 10 a.m., and general public at 11 a.m. — with a day of activities including hands-on projects for children and families until 2 p.m. and appearance by the Yocum Institute for Arts Education Teen Theater Ensemble. The exhibition will run through Sunday, May 5, seven days a week.
“LEGO Castle Adventure gives visitors the opportunity to test their planning and constructing skills,” said John Graydon Smith, RPL’s director and CEO. “This unique exhibit created by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and LEGO Systems, Inc. is another great opportunity for children and families to learn through play with one of the most-loved toys of all time.”
Visitors will be immersed in castle life through experiences designed specifically for children and families. They may 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.
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.
The Reading Public Museum is located at 500 Museum Road, Reading, Pa. Admission per day is: $10 adults (18-64), $6 children/seniors/college students (w/ID) and free to members and children three years old and under. Hours are Monday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Go to readingpublicmuseum.org for more information.