Lego build coming to Sammamish
January 21, 2013
New: Jan. 21, 2:40 p.m.
Lego Land may be more than 1,000 miles away, but locals only need to venture as far as Sammamish City Hall Jan. 26 to take part in a communitywide Lego extravaganza at 11 a.m.
That’s when the city of Sammamish is teaming up with professional Lego artist Dan Parker to host “Build it Sammamish.” The free event will include an all-day open build with 12 interactive Lego stations, a competition for children and examples of Parker’s own Lego creations.
“I was trying to think of something that would draw a lot of kids to do something creative and thought Legos would be a great medium for them,” said Anne Schafer, a member of the Sammamish Arts Commission, which is sponsoring the event. “We are targeting it to the kids…but I imagine we will get as many adults playing as kids.”
Parker, whose company produces custom Lego displays and events, said there will be plenty of opportunities for adults to get involved too. He’s bringing 50,000-70,000 of his own Lego pieces and his 12 different building stations include themes like castles, Star Wars, dinosaurs and of course, classic.
“I am a huge proponent of helping the public in general, and kids specifically, develop their creative skills,” he said. “I just think Lego is one of the best vehicles out there to do that. It is a fantastic medium to work with.”
The Sammamish Arts Commission is also hoping to ignite creativity with the children’s competition, where young builders, ages 5 to 12, will be challenged to create a representation of Sammamish from their own Lego pieces that they bring from home.
Schafer said it’s meant to be a free expression and could include anything from a sculpture of a pine tree to a model of their school.
Registration for the contest was cut off at 50 children and is already closed. Schafer said she was quite surprised how quickly people signed up and that registration filled up within a couple weeks of the Arts Commission first announcing the event.
There is still room, however, at the open build. There isn’t a cap on capacity, but the city is asking that people still pre-register so they know how many people to accommodate. For more information on the event and to sign up, visit www.ci.sammamish.wa.us and click on the “Build it Sammamish” link under “upcoming events.”