Keystone hosts free LEGO event |

Keystone hosts free LEGO event

Mariana Wenzel
Summit Daily News

Kids and families can let their imagination soar while enjoying free activities at the LEGO showcase, taking place at Expedition Station in Keystone’s River Run Village through Jan. 7.

Housed in an indoor space next to the ice skating rink, the LEGO Oasis contains activity areas for building and playing games, and offers photo opportunities with life-size LEGO models. The LEGO Oasis is open every day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

According to LEGO Oasis spokesperson Carley McNary, the “feedback has been extremely positive. People are really surprised that it’s a completely free experience. We have lots of families staying at the resort that will come back for the second and third time because they had so much fun.”

One of the most popular attractions, the LEGO Speedway gives kids the opportunity to build their own LEGO car and then race it on a racetrack. Other activities include Build Tables, Creation Station, Race Ramp and Challenge Zone.

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“The experience encourages families to play and build together. Whether it’s working together to build the strongest bridge, racing cars at the Speedway or building something at the Creation Station, we just want everyone to leave with a smile on their face,” said McNary.

In addition, LEGO is sponsoring a series of activities such as DUPLO Jams, which will take place on Saturday. Children ages 1-5 can take part in the event, where they’ll develop their skills building with DUPLO bricks from 9-9:45 a.m.

On Monday, LEGO hosts a New Year’s Eve celebration with a full day of challenge building, tips and tricks, races and more from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

LEGO Friends Get Together, designed specifically for girls, invites ages 5-11 to join Olivia, Stephanie, Emma, Mia and Andrea on Tuesday from 6:30-8 p.m. for an evening of games and activities.

On Thursday from 6:30-8 p.m., LEGO Family Game Night brings families together to build and play with toy pieces.

Based in Billund, Denmark, Lego was founded in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen and currently is owned by his grandson. The word LEGO is an abbreviation of the Danish words “leg godt,” meaning “play well.” After the adoption of the acronym, the owners realized that the same words in Latin meant “I put together.”

The current version of LEGO’s hallmark product, the brick, launched in 1958. Today, the company has a variety of products and offerings – including teaching materials, games, Legoland amusement parks and experiences such as the LEGO Oasis for children – in more than 130 countries. After starting out as a humble carpenter’s workshop, LEGO is currently the world’s third largest manufacturer of toys.

The LEGO Oasis caters to people of all ages and building ability. Free parking is available in front of the Oasis and in the River Run parking lot.

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