Lego Star Wars Days at Legoland California

Every year, if possible, we attend Lego Star Wars Days at Legoland California on Saturday. It is one of the highlights of our year and we had been looking forward to this year’s Lego Star Wars Days for a few months! We were not able to attend last year since we did not all have membership passes.

Click here for more info about Lego Star Wars Days

This is definitely a geeky post so feel free to skip if Star Wars is not your thing! This post will also be mostly pictures.

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This year’s banner at the main stage near Miniland was great. I really liked the Death Star logo. This is where most of the contests for Star Wars Days takes place: Jedi Trivia, Family Build Challenge, and Costume Contest.

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After taking a quick ride through the Lego Ninjago ride, we went to the Model Shop Rooftop, which is also very close to Miniland. Usually, when we go to Lego Star Wars Days, we don’t really ride many of the rides. We are off having too much fun being Star Wars fans! The Model Shop Rooftop is where you can pick up some free goodies: this year’s giveaways were a poster, two pop badges, and a pin.

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For the droid hunt, you walk around Legoland, usually near the Beginning or in the Star Wars Miniland area to find a costumed member of either the Rebel Legion or the 501st to “catch” you. This year and the last year we went, we were caught by members of the Rebel Legion I think. They will say to you, “How long have you had these droids?” Usually, we just smile widely and say, “We’ve been looking for you!” Then they put the red ribbons over our droid hunt ribbons and give us each a raffle ticket for a 4:30 PM drawing for prizes.

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There were also two contests to enter at the Model Shop rooftop, one was a drawing to win a piece of Star Wars artwork, and the other was to guess the number of Lego bricks used to build a full-scale R2D2.

The highlight of our visit to the Model Shop rooftop though is the fan gallery. Star Wars fans and Lego fans bring their own creations (called MOCs) to display.

We were able to talk to two MOC creators and we were so impressed with their models that we went and bought two power functions motors to play with at home! It helped that I had a 15% off coupon to use at the Big Shop.

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I LOVED this Lego Star Wars Ferris wheel. We are also big fans of the Star Wars Rebels (minifigures on Ferris wheel left side) cartoon series as well as the Freemakers (minifigures on Ferris wheel right side). Can you find Grand Admiral Thrawn on the Star Wars Rebels side?

Isn’t this carousel awesome? Poor Chewie is probably not enjoying waiting his turn.

We also picked up our Scavenger Hunt entry forms at the Model Shop rooftop. The Scavenger Hunt is always fun for the kids.

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One of the questions from the Scavenger Hunt entry form: How many Y-wings are in the battle around the Death Star? Answer: Zero! Because X-wings are cooler, and Y-wings are slow (sorry to any Y-wing pilots out there).

We also got to see the newest Star Wars Miniland addition: the planet Jakku and Kylo Ren’s Star Destroyer The Finalizer.

Another highlight to our day: seeing the 501st and the Rebel Legion walking around in costume. Of course, we took their pictures and also had our pictures taken with them.

The most impressive costume to me: Kylo Ren’s.

We haven’t had the kids enter the costume contest for ages 12 and under for a few years, but we always enjoy watching it at 4 PM. This year’s contest was hilarious. Kids say the craziest things!

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This year’s three winners were 3rd place – General Grievous, 2nd place – Lego minifigure Emperor Palpatine, and 1st place – a probe droid. You can see the prizes they won on the platform.

After the contest, they had the raffle for the tickets we received during the droid hunt. We didn’t win, but there’s always a chance!

We had a blast at Lego Star Wars Days 2017! Hopefully, we will be able to make it again next year. Until then, may the Force be with you!

 

 

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Lego Fun Build Day: Microbuildings

Yesterday ended up being an impromptu day off for my kids. The website where they stream their classes from was experiencing an outage, and it ended up being down most of the day. So instead of doing their classes, they decided to do the Lego Fun Build instead.

My kids LOVED this challenge. They definitely went above and beyond what they needed to and decided to build a micro-city. Their city has also changed multiple times since yesterday. I let them keep their micro-city built so that they could play with it again today. Their city today looks completely different from yesterday.

What is a microbuilding? You use the smallest Lego pieces you can to create a building. Everything about the building is tiny, the windows, the doors, the roof, the bricks.  And you have to add as much detail as possible using small Lego pieces.

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Corran built a one story house yesterday (with a flame coming from the chimney because he didn’t know how to build smoke), but then today, he added a second story to his house along with a balcony! He took out the flaming chimney. Corran also had a garden in front of his house with minifigures that functioned as statues.

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Matthias built a very nice one-story house yesterday. Today, he rebuilt it into a two-story house also. He has a very nice covered porch by his front door and green shutters upstairs. I kind of miss his little garden in the front yard though!

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Ian built quite a few microbuildings! The first picture is his house yesterday. He also built a gas station and a restaurant, which are in the second picture. The third picture is his two-story house that he built today. It looks like he is hiding a bag of treasure on top of his house!

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I wasn’t able to get great pictures of their microcity, but here is a picture of the Shark Mart. I’m not sure I could shop at a grocery store that had a huge shark on its roof!

Later, Thias built a skyscraper that had two stores in it: Costco and IKEA. I’m not really sure why they picked those two stores. Maybe they like them!

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Rhys built a microbuilding too. He put his microbuilding near the gas station and restaurant that Ian built. Gwen built a duck. It kept falling apart though so I wasn’t able to get pictures of it sadly.

I would highly recommend this as a fun build for kids! It lets them use their imagination and build their own little city if they want. It also doesn’t take up as much space as usual Lego builds since everything is on a small scale. Thanks for reading about our Lego Fun Build Day!

Next Week’s Build: Build a Farm

-Lynn

Lego Fun Build Day: Hot Air Balloon

A few days ago, Corran was reading through our blog (which I thought was pretty neat) and he asked why we don’t do the Lego Challenge Tuesday anymore. So I thought we’d start a Lego Fun Build Day; it won’t always be the same day every week, since our schedule can be unpredictable, but we will try to do one every week. These are just for fun builds and can be as creative or as simple as you want them to be.

To help me out with ideas for Lego Fun Build Day, I looked through this book:

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It truly is an Ideas book as it has no actual build instructions in it, but it is great to as the cover says, “Unlock the imagination.”

You can buy The Lego Ideas Book at Amazon.com for a little under $15.

I decided on the Hot Air Balloon Build because it looked fun and would be an easy and quick build for my boys. The book has some general instructions on how to build a hot air balloon. My boys’ creations looked nothing like what was in the book. But that’s okay. We’re trying to help them be creative!

The only two things that I required for their hot air balloon:

  1. It had to be hot air balloon-shaped (no square balloons!).
  2. It had to have a basket.

It is always interesting to me how different the boys’ builds are.

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My middle child, Ian, modified his hot air balloon a few times. He wanted to make sure a minifigure could fit in the basket, specifically Zane, from Ninjago. I’m not sure why he didn’t include Zane in his picture.  I thought he did a good job with his balloon.

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Matthias’s balloon looked the most hot air balloon-like. I liked his flame that he used in the basket. Something about Matthias’s Lego builds always makes me think of art for some reason. Sadly, no minifigures can ride in this balloon or they would burn up!

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Corran did not have much time to build his hot air balloon. He spent most of the afternoon working on his math problems and then he had to write a five paragraph essay for his World Studies class. His balloon looks like it is just the basket, but it does have a light inside for a flame. He said that his balloon looks more like the beginnings of a lighthouse or a hot dog stand. I’m just glad that he still wanted to build something even though it was almost dinnertime!

Next week’s Lego Fun Build: Microbuildings!

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Lego Challenge Tuesday: Build Summer Treats!

It’s starting to get warm out there! Or maybe it already is! Today’s Lego challenge from Gather. Love. Grow. is to build summer treats! Ice cream, popsicles, milkshakes, pick your sweet cool treat.

With my kids done with homeschool for the summer, they have been enjoying the Lego Challenges every week. It keeps them busy and in their room for a little while instead of telling me that they are bored. They always enjoy showing off their creations to each other and to me!

We had ice cream sandwiches (neapolitan and dark chocolate!), cold soda with a straw, melted ice cream in a bowl, a popsicle, and some easy summer treats by my two youngest. Gwen and Rhys have Duplo sets with ice cream cones and a picnic basket. Rhys made a yummy-looking tall cone of ice cream, and Gwen made something out of lettuce and hamburger buns with grapes on top.

Thank you to Isabelle for another fun challenge! I’m glad my youngest two were able to participate too!

-Lynn

Lego Challenge Tuesday – Build Your Name

Today’s Lego Challenge from Gather Love Grow was to Build Your Name. We finished school on Friday (Hooray!) so we were able to do the Lego Challenge earlier in the day today. And then we did something crazy and tried to finish a Lego Mindstorms project in one day. I’ll be writing about that in another post!

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Our oldest decided to build his name on a few baseplates

It is interesting to me how each child built their name so differently. Only one of my boys decided to build his name in true 3D.

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My middle child built his name the way I expected my other boys to do it! He also decided that it would be fun to build his name in Braille, which I thought was really neat!
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The Braille alphabet.
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My middle child helped my youngest boy build his name I think. He knows how to spell his name, but he isn’t quite sure yet how the letters are supposed to look.
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My second boy is our designated Lego Mindstorms robot builder so he was busy with that most of the morning. He didn’t have a chance to build his name until after lunch! A Lego Mindstorms robot can take about 3 to 4 hours just to build.

My boys had fun building their names!  Thank  you to Isabelle at Gather Love Grow for another great challenge!

-Lynn

Lego Challenge: Build a Car for an Egg

Today’s challenge to from Gather Love Grow is to build a race car for an egg.  Here are the goals for the challenge.

1- build a race car that can carry an egg.

2- race the car down a ramp while carrying the egg and make it to the bottom of the ramp safely, without breaking the egg.

3- you must use 4 wheels (my kids asked if they could just slide it down without wheels. It doesn’t flip over as easily. But nope, you NEED 4 wheels, at least, or else it doesn’t qualify as a “car”. No boat races!)

We raced ours down part of our driveway rather then down a ramp since we have a convenient slope in the driveway.  Only our 3 oldest participated since the younger two were not really up for this one.  They used some Easter eggs we have around the house to help make an egg sized compartment in their car, and for their practice runs.

Our 12 year old came up with a car that had many pieces on it.  I think all those pieces were to help protect the egg.  The car ended up having even more tires once it made its way to the hill.  He said they were training wheels.  His car lost pieces on its way down the hill, and ended up broken into many pieces.  However, his egg survived the drive down the hill.

Our 8 year old built a car with a compartment on the inside.  The egg fit perfectly into the compartment and protected the egg.  His egg also did not break.

I really thought our 7 year old would have a broken egg.  His car had a large compartment in it were the egg would bounce around as the car drove down the hill. However, his egg survived the bumpy drive intact.

 

Thank you Isabelle for a fun challenge.  Please go to the Gather Love Grow blog to see the cars that Isabelle’s children made.

-Joshua

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lego Challenge: Make Something Symmetrical

Today’s Lego Challenge from Gather Love Grow was to make something symmetrical.  I was able to explain symmetry to the 11, 8, and 6 year old, however, the 4 year old didn’t quite get it.  He made shapes, but they don’t really match each other.

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Our 11 year old built a “guy”. It reminds me of something, but I can’t quite place it right now.

 

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Our 8 year old built a suit of armor. Some of the colors are not exactly the same, but I am not sure if he could find matching pieces. I think he put the most thought into his creation.

 

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One of the creations at Gather Love Grow was a video game. Our 6 year old like that idea and this is his version of a video game.

 

Many thanks to Isabelle at Gather Love Grow for another Lego Challenge.  This one was helpful in teaching about symmetry to the younger kids.

 

-Joshua