Category Archives: Education

LEGOLAND® Florida Resort adds new educational programs for kids

Who says learning can’t be fun? We like to keep things exciting at here at the theme park #BuiltForKids!

Two new school programs have been added to our mix of in-park educational offerings: Milo’s Journey and Made to Recycle!

le_wedo_2_0_children_1hy16_45300_067Milo’s Journey takes kids in grades K-4 on an adventure through creating and programming their very own rover vehicle! The hands-on activity uses kids’ imaginations and combines it with basic force and change in motion using the all-new LEGO® WeDo 2.0 robotics set.

Ready to dive into more intermediate programming? Made to Recycle is geared towards grades 2-5 and spotlights the importance of recycling. The LEGO WeDo 2.0 set is used to educate kids on everything from recycling to renewable energy. Plus, they can build a dump truck and make it move!

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That’s what’s new, but don’t miss out on the other fun and engaging classes offered through our school groups program:

  • Funtastic Gears – grades K-2
  • Tall Towers – grades K-3
  • Robotics for Young Beginners – grades 1-2
  • Book and Brick: Once Upon a Time at LEGOLAND Florida – grades 2-5
  • Get Moving! – grades 2-5
  • Amazing Machines – grades 3-6
  • Astro Bot – grades 4-6
  • Rover Rescue – grades 4-6

Each class is STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) focused and led by one of our well-trained educational leaders. Teachers can opt for a self-guided experience of LEGOLAND® Florida Resort if they choose. For more information on our brick-tastic field trips, please visit our website. To book, call us at (877) 350-5346.

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LEGOLAND® Florida Resort’s #BrickPony parks for the last time

On Oct. 1, more than 100 special guests welcomed #BrickPony to her permanent home outside Ford Driving School at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort with the help of a few friends representing Make-A-Wish® Central and Northern Florida and Merlin’s Magic Wand.

#BrickPony

#BrickPony is a life-size replica of the Ford Mustang V8 coupe introduced in April 1964, made with nearly 200,000 LEGO® and DUPLO® bricks.

After traveling more than 3,100 miles through 13 states, our life-size LEGO® replica of the “1964½” Ford Mustang V8 coupe finally came home to the place #BuiltForKids, where a special celebration took place featuring two visitors straight from 1964 — Gabby and Tommy.

Representatives from Ford Motor Co. and park sponsor Southern Ford Dealers were on hand to commemorate the occasion, which ended when three special kids named Hunter, Zyon and Xander helped Gabby, Tommy and dozens of other children pull apart two large panels to reveal the giant LEGO model.

Here’s how it went down:

 

#BrickPony’s engine roared as guests snapped pictures and videos of the theme park’s dazzling new addition, which has been chronicled around the world since it debuted early last month at a special gathering of Mustang owners and fans.

Special thanks are due to Southern Ford Dealers, one of our oldest and most supportive sponsors, for making the entire project possible. And if you’re wondering about the LEGO Ford Explorer that was on display in the same spot for nearly five years, don’t worry! After giving the 380,000-brick model a little bit of TLC, Southern Ford Dealers is making plans to give it a permanent home at an awesome new location we hope to announce soon.

Gabby & Tommy

“Gabby,” left, and “Tommy” came all the way from 1964 to celebrate the homecoming of #BrickPony, which is now on permanent display at LEGOLAND Florida Resort.

Come back to our blog Sunday, Oct. 9 to see what happened recently when we captured dozens of  unsuspecting Orlando visitors reacting to some temporary #BrickPony sound effects on hidden cameras!

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‘Cool’ new solar energy project is the latest way we’re staying green

We’re teaming up with Tampa Electric on a 2-megawatt solar energy project that will produce electricity — and shade — for our guests, a project announced today as part of an Earth Day celebration at the resort #BuiltForKids.

CoveredParking2Beginning this spring, Tampa Electric will install a canopy of solar panels over our preferred parking lot, next to the theme park entrance.  When operational later this year, the project will produce enough electricity to power up to 250 homes annually, while keeping more than 600 cars cool.

Tampa Electric will own and maintain the solar array, with all power entering TECO’s electrical grid for the benefit of its more than 725,000 customers, including us!

150414_AR_DrivingSchool__A2O8078The solar energy project is just one of several ongoing environmental initiatives here.  In fact, we conserved enough energy though paper, cardboard and steel recycling in 2015 to power our newest theme park land, Heartlake City, for a year!  Here are some more fun facts on how we stay “green”:

 

  • Nearly 1 ton of LEGO® brick has been collected for recycling. It’s then redistributed to manufacture new products.
  • All 12 electric vehicles at the Ford Junior Driving School attraction are charged entirely with solar power.
  • A 30-kilowatt solar panel array is mounted atop Imagination Zone, supporting Tampa Electric’s Renewable Energy program.
  • Under the Citrus Connection Universal Access program, all Model Citizens who work here enjoy access to free bus rides, resulting in 22,581 fewer vehicle trips on area roads in 2015.
  • LEGOLAND Hotel works with Clean the World to supply recycled hygiene products to those in need.

brickrecyclingToday, in honor of Earth Day, we’re offering several fun activities designed especially for kids. Brick by brick, kids can help Master Model Builders create an Earth Day-themed LEGO mural as well as a large LEGO tree. Plus, several vendors will offer conservation tips and kids can take some of the fun home by picking up a free TECO activity book and colored pencils.

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Splash, race, fly and play your own way in better-than-ever Imagination Zone

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Awesome new hands-on activities are coming to the newly re-imagined Imagination Zone, which will re-open in May.

If you’ve visited our theme park lately, you might be wondering what’s happening at the Imagination Zone building near Pirates’ Cove and LEGO® Technic, which has been closed to guests for a few weeks.

Wonder no more!

An amazing transformation is taking place as we, well, re-imagine Imagination Zone with awesome new experiences #BuiltForKids that will let them unleash the power of their imagination. Over the next several weeks, we’ll reveal exclusive sneak peeks at what’s in store when we open the doors late next month.

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

—Albert Einstein

Powered by the imaginations of the talented men and women of Merlin Magic Making, the creative division of our parent company, Merlin Entertainments, the indoor space will be divided into several themed zones where kids can build, test, design, create, splash, crash, fly, swoop, soar, spin, swim, race, chase and dream up colorful creations made from thousands of available LEGO bricks.

Returning attractions will include the Warner Bros. Games™ Zone and the LEGO MINDSTORMS® area, along with the freshly-pressed sandwiches, salads and ice cream treats available at I-Zone Panini. Meanwhile, we’re also expanding the private classrooms that host our popular educational programs for school groups.

Check back here on the blog soon for a first look at the new Creation Zone, the whimsical entrance area that epitomizes the fun, creativity and freedom of play.

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Built for all kids, LEGOLAND® Florida Resort partners with Autism Speaks

We’re excited to announce that we’re expanding efforts to accommodate guests with special needs by partnering with Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, to make our kid-centric theme park a more welcoming place for guests with autism.

Light It Up Blue

LEGOLAND® Florida Resort lit its whimsical entrance arch with blue spotlights in honor of World Autism Awareness Day, part of the Autism Speaks “Light It Up Blue” campaign.

Working closely with Autism Speaks, we recently installed large panels of hands-on, sensory-stimulating activities in a quiet space inside the theme park, the first of several planned projects designed to make LEGOLAND® Florida Resort a more autism-friendly destination for children and families.

In consultation with Autism Speaks, LEGOLAND Florida Resort recently installed large panels of hands-on, sensory-stimulating activities in a quiet space inside the theme park, the first of several planned projects designed to make the multi-day vacation resort a more autism-friendly destination for children and families.

In consultation with Autism Speaks, LEGOLAND Florida Resort recently installed several hands-on, sensory-stimulating activities in a quiet space inside the theme park.

IMG_0675Under the partnership, Autism Speaks staff members and volunteers will consult on the development and installation of “quiet rooms” and other resort facilities designed to meet the needs of guests with autism. The organization also will help LEGOLAND Florida Resort create online “social stories” that will provide illustrated walkthroughs of our attractions, shows and other guest amenities, and will consult on other autism-friendly initiatives such as a park map designed for guests with special needs and possible revisions to our existing Guests with Disabilities Guide.

In honor of World Autism Awareness Day, observed on April 2, we’re participating in the Autism Speaks “Light It Up Blue” campaign by shining blue spotlights on our whimsical LEGOLAND Florida entrance arch. Each year, iconic landmarks, skyscrapers, schools, businesses and homes across the globe unite by shining bright blue lights in honor of the millions of individuals and families affected by autism.

On Saturday, April 23, LEGOLAND Florida Resort will sponsor the Kids Zone area during the Autism Speaks Walk at Tropicana Field in Tampa, Fla., and on Saturday, Nov. 12, during the Autism Speaks Walk at Cranes Roost Park in Altamonte Springs, Fla.

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LEGOLAND Hotel chef cooks up creativity with local students

Three Lake Region High School students from Eagle Lake, Fla., are teaming up with three LEGOLAND® Florida Resort chefs this week to prepare an appetizer, entrée and dessert that will compete in a fundraiser for Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay, Polk District.

On Friday, Oct. 16, their creative cuisine will be featured at the 15th annual Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival in Lakeland, Fla., during the first Culinary Cook-Off, a competition between local chefs that JA plans to make an annual event.

The nonprofit organization relies on volunteers to share their personal experiences and bring classroom curriculum to life. James Boheim, executive chef at LEGOLAND Hotel, recently was named a JA board member and says he looks forward to sharing his knowledge with students.

“At LEGOLAND Florida Resort, we’ve created a world where imagination and creativity thrive,” he said.   “Opportunities like this help us to bring those values into the community where we live.”

The Culinary Cook-Off will take place Oct. 16 from 6-9 p.m. at the historic Magnolia Building in downtown Lakeland. Advance tickets are $30 each and include tastings of all three competition categories (appetizer, entrée and dessert), plus two drink vouchers.

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