LEGO Monuments Come to Glendale Galleria

By Elena Epstein

Statue of LibertyIf you have LEGO bricks all over your family room and kids who love to spend hours constructing castles, forts, helicopters and trucks with these colorful pieces, head to the Glendale Galleria for a special treat.

The LEGO Monument Tour will leave you and your kids in awe of what you can build with standard LEGO pieces. The Glendale Galleria is the first stop of this multi-city national tour, and is the only place in California to view the tour. The Lego Monument Tour is free and open Feb. 7-22.

Giant replicas of the nation’s most recognizable landmarks, made from thousands of LEGO bricks, are on display at various locations throughout the tri-level shopping center. Close to one million pieces of LEGOs were used to create the 10 landmarks in the exhibit.

Featured landmarks include the U.S. Capital Building, White House, Supreme Court, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Statue of Liberty, Independence Hall, Liberty Bell and Old North Church.

The fun facts display next to each monument provides historical facts about each landmark, as well as information on how many hours it took the master LEGO builders to create the replica. The Liberty Bell took 430 hours and two master builders to create. The U.S. Capital building, the largest and most intricate of the landmarks, took 1,700 hours and eight builders to complete. If you’re wondering how many pieces of LEGOs it takes to create such a masterpiece, you’re not alone. That information has not been revealed yet, but you can wager a guess on the number of pieces in the Capital Building for the chance to win a $200 mall gift card (first place) or a $100 LEGO Store gift card (second place).

The kids will also love the LEGO Brick Play Area, where they can build and display their creations and race LEGO cars on the tracks.

From noon-4 p.m. Feb. 14 and 15, kids and adults can build their own mini U.S. Capital Building to take home.

The Glendale Galleria is located at 100 W. Broadway, Glendale. Mall hours are 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun.

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    • Hi Sarah, we talked to the Lego people and they don’t have the exact number of the lego pieces used. But the capital building is 25 feet, 7 inches long and it took 8 builders 1,700 hours to complete. Hard work!

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