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Maddie, Lego Master Builder!

This weekend we took a trip to Connecticut to visit friends of ours. First we headed off to the library sale in Westport, Connecticut. Wow! It was much larger and had a better selection than anything we have been to before! There was a river next to the library where Maddie sat and conversed with Mute Swans, Canada Geese and a Momma Mallard while we waited for Brian to bring the car around (yes, we did have that many books!).

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Photos by Maddie!

The next day, on the way home, we stopped at the LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Westchester, NY. We stayed much longer than we anticipatedIMG_2565
patiently waiting while we purchased tickets

First we had a Lego “Factory” tour. This was really just a simulated way of showing the kids how legos are made. This was fun and would’ve been more interesting if we had not seen a documentary recently about the real Lego Factory! Maddie enjoyed it and got a brick at the end with LEGOLAND Discovery Center printed on it.

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We paid a bit more so Maddie could have the special tags hanging down. As she went through the tour she stamped her cards and got a prize at the end which was a button to snap onto her lanyard.

Once we did that it was time to go save the princess!!!
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I don’t think any of us could honestly say if we saved the princess or not but it was fun! There were video screens and laser guns for us to shoot at things. Brian said I got the highest score…I can’t imagine!

Then we walked through miniland. It was buildings in NYC scaled down in Legos. We loved looking at the minifigures. My favorite was the Star Wars Storm Trooper standing in line for ice cream.
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And here is what was causing the giggles…
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After that we went into a big room that had many things to do. First Maddie went for the Racers Build Test….and so did Brian. They had fun building and testing the cars to see how fast they would go and if they would stay together!
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Then it was on to the Lego Master Builder’s Academy where Maddie took a class with a Lego Master Builder. He did not tell them what they were going to make but talked them through the steps. About halfway through they figured out it was a dragon but there were a lot of guesses before they got it! The Master Builder was very good and very, very patient with everyone from parents who were having trouble figuring out the steps to a boy who had a meltdown that would’ve done Verruca Salt proud. This was a favorite place for all 3 of us. Maddie got to bring her dragon home too! We made a donation to a non-profit that helps sick kids (too many kids talking all at once I don’t know what the charity was I’m sorry!) and she was then able to bring him home much to her delight!
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People built from Legos were everywhere including one person dressed up as a minifigure! Maddie is still not fond of people in those outfits so we stayed where we were.
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We also rode another amusement park type ride and watched a 4D movie! So we got very slightly wet and wind blown which was a lot of fun. On the way out Maddie went through the Ninjago Laser maze and loved it. She probably would’ve done that again if we had more time.
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Almost the end of school

Tonight we did a little bit of celebrating the end of 5th grade. Maddie is still working through Science (I cannot figure out exactly how we got behind there!!) and Writing with Skill but has finished her math program and history along with Latin and Logic. She had been saving for the Ranger Station Lego kit but it looks like it will be discontinued soon. The price kept inching up and then it was only available online. Brian and I offered to pitch in the difference between what she saved and the new cost for her end of the year celebratory, lets do something super fun now present. She was just a little excited!!

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And so was Brian….

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This is not something that will be done quickly that’s for sure! She broke it open though and got busy on the first 2 packets…a tree with some mini figures and some vehicles.

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In the first bag was the girl Ranger….with binoculars….I guess it was meant to be!! Meet Ranger Maddie as a minifigure!

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Look out for the bear!!

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I plan to spend some of the weekend going through our work for the year, organizing and evaluating how things went. More on that later!