Monthly Archives: September 2013

Rollercoasters & Robots Make Education Fun!

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What do you get when you combine more than 50 rides, shows and attractions with LEGO Education sets and STEM-focused learning programs for grades K-6? The coolest educational field trip options around!

LEGOLAND Florida makes learning fun with eight different STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs that feature robotics, gears, pulleys, levers and even earthquake tables to test the strength of structures. Teachers and parents can choose from a number of programs and associated in-classroom curriculum that tie in to interactive park activities.  Each program consists of a 45 minute hands-on educational session, which can be reserved in advance by school groups. For those looking for a less structured program, educational guides found online deliver options for a self-guided experience within the park.

WINTER HAVEN, FL � LEGOLAND Florida provides interactive entertainment for families with children ages 2-12 . (PHOTO/LEGOLAND Florida, Merlin Entertainments Group, Chip Litherland).

Field trip pricing starts at just $8 per student, including the 45-minute program and all-day admission to LEGOLAND Florida! Reservations are limited and can be booked by school officials by calling 877-350-5346. Park guests can also sign up for these programs on a first come, first served basis at the Imagination Zone during their visit (subject to availability).

Florida teachers for grades K- 12 can also get a firsthand look at LEGOLAND Florida’s education offerings with a free Florida Teacher Pass that includes admission to both LEGOLAND Florida and LEGOLAND Water Park. Qualifying teachers just need to provide FDOE teaching certification and current paystub to receive the pass.

LEGOLAND Florida Education Programs

Field trip programs include:
Tall Towers (Grades K-3): Students learn about how structures are made and what makes them strong and then test their creation on an earthquake table.
Funtastic Gears (Grades K-2): Students build a theme park ride using gears to alter the speed and direction.
Robotics for Young Beginners (Grades 1-2): Students will build a Florida alligator and make it move to learn introductory concepts of robotics using motors and sensors. Program uses WeDo Robotics LEGO Education Set.
Get Moving (Grades 2-5): Students build a car and predict which car will win the race and why – all while learning about friction, inertia and wind resistance.
Energy Lab (Grades 2-6): Students build a solar-powered car where they collect, store and transfer the solar energy to power their vehicle.
Amazing Machines (Grades 3-6): Students build their own amazing machine equipped with gears, levers, pulleys and motors.
Dr. Heartbeat (Grades 3-6): With students at the helm, “Dr. Heartbeat” and other NXT-bots complete a variety of life-saving operations and medical procedures using a computer, light & sound sensors and motors.
Adventure Bot (Grades 3-6): Students can go on a mission using Adventure-bots to retrieve golden marble treasures and hide them from the treasure hunters using a computer, light and sound sensors and motors.

Start building your educational trip today!

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Brick-or-Treat Tips to Make Your Visit a Treat!

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Get ready for spooky family fun as Brick-or-Treat, presented by Wells Fargo, returns to LEGOLAND Florida for the second year on weekends this October! Even the smallest ghosts and goblins can enjoy safe, child-friendly Halloween festivities every Saturday and Sunday.

Best of all, Brick-or-Treat is included with park admission, so no need to worry about buying a separate ticket. The fun festivities include a ghostly scavenger hunt throughout Miniland USA, LEGO Ghost build, costume contest, character meet & greets and of course trick-or-treating on the Brick or Treat trail! (Full Event Details Here)

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Here are some tips to make the most of your Brick-or-Treat visit;

1) Have your smart phone or pen and paper handy to jot down the locations of LEGO Minifigures hidden throughout Miniland USA. Each Minifigure will be accompanied by a LEGO Ghost featuring a letter. Write down all 5 letters, unscramble the secret word and enter online for a chance to win a LEGOLAND prize pack!

2) Children should wear or bring a costume that is comfortable to walk in for both the costume contest and Brick-or-Treat trail! Some costumes may not be worn on rides for safety reasons, so a change of clothes is a good idea!

3) This year’s Brick-or-Treat trail features 6 trick-or-treat stations, with entry at the Special Event Venue (#37 on your park map) at 1 pm on event days. Pass Members! You get early access to the Brick-or-Treat trail at Noon, so be ready to show your Pass ID to enter!

4) Children are welcome to bring their own trick-or-treat bags, especially if they are the perfect accessory for their costume!

5) Costume contest categories are by age group this year. Register early to avoid missing your group in this popular event! Contest groups start at 3 pm for 0-3 year olds, followed by 4-8 year olds at 4 pm and 9-12 year olds at 5 pm.

6) Be sure to stop for a photo with the World’s Largest LEGO ® Jack-o-Lantern while your tiny ghosts and goblins are all dressed up!

7) If you are joining us on Saturdays, be sure to stay for the spooky, kooky dance party in Miniland USA!

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And of course, be sure to post your photos from Brick-or-Treat on our Facebook page, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram with #LEGOLANDFlorida! We will highlight some of our favorites from the event!

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Learn and Grow with NEW Fresh From Florida Experience

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The new Fresh from Florida Learn and Grow Experience is now open for guests to explore! This new area is a perfect compliment to the Fresh from Florida Greenhouse, which was opened last year as a result of a partnership between the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and LEGOLAND Florida. The partnership aims to educate visitors about where their food comes from and promote healthy eating.

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At LEGOLAND Florida’s Fresh From Florida Greenhouse, visitors can explore a Florida farm from seed to harvest through a variety of hands-on and visual displays that demonstrate the six stages of production – seeding, sowing, watering, tending, harvesting and serving. Since the Fresh From Florida Greenhouse was built, visitors from Florida and around the world have learned why natural resources – like water and nutrients – are essential to crops and what animals – like cows and bees – play a role in providing foods served at tables across the nation.

Fresh from Florida Learn and Grow Experience

This latest expansion welcomes guests to enjoy a beautiful lakeside setting and provides a fun, interactive and educational experience about Florida agriculture. Visitors can see a model orange grove, with LEGO oranges and orange pickers; work a solar-powered irrigation system by turning solar powers toward a LEGO sun; enjoy native plants, flowers and wildlife, including a LEGO bald eagle; and learn about the history of Florida since Ponce de Leon landed in Florida 500 years ago in 1513.

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