Piece together a shark, jellyfish, seal or other marine animal to add to an enormous ocean scene March 7 and 8 during “Lego Weekend” at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.
Editor’s note: This is a prudential question for individual parents to answer: Do you mind if your kid goes to an event now or in the very near future where your kid might pick up COVID-19? Or is it better to get your child to some events now, before we find out that COVID-19 is already nearby and it may be much less safe for a while? Now is safer than later, when the pandemic inevitably comes here, but is it safe enough? On the other hand, will you be keeping them at home (when they’re not in school) for months, perhaps well over a year, until a vaccine is created?
Keep in mind that extremely few children have been hit hard by the new virus, but they can pass it on to adults, and older adults are especially vulnerable (as are those with some medial conditions that compromise their immune systems, like heart disease and diabetes). The nearest COVID-19 cases so far are in New Rochelle, New York, about 15 miles west of Darien. As a parent, you’re already assessing other risks for your child, and this is just a new one to think about.
— an announcement from the Maritime Aquarium
During this popular fourth-annual event, Lego experts from Play-Well TEKnologies will be on hand both days to oversee construction of a colorful coral reef made entirely out of Lego blocks in Newman’s Own Hall.
The experts will create the underwater environment, but it needs animals! Aquarium guests can build Lego marine creatures that will be part of the finished piece. Choose from such animals as a jellyfish, seal, shark, sting ray, turtle and fish, or use your imagination to build an animal unknown to science.
“We love ‘Lego Weekend’ for how it adds a colorful and creative element to the Aquarium, but we also love how it challenges young guests to think through how things go together to build their creatures,” said Aquarium spokesman Dave Sigworth.
Also during “Lego Weekend,” Aquarium guests can build motorized Lego machines that will duel for superiority on Lego Battletracks, as well as other Lego projects.
If You’re Going …
- The fun runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, but Maritime Aquarium members can get to the Lego blocks first on Saturday, March 7 beginning at 9 a.m. (with proof of membership).
- “Lego Weekend” is free with Aquarium admission: $26.95 for adults; $24.95 for seniors (65+); and $19.95 for children (3-12). Kids under 3 get in for free.
- As always, Aquarium admission also includes a 40-minute IMAX movie.
- For more information, go to the Maritime Aquarium website.