This week we’ve been to the Vale and Downland Museum for their Wantage Lego Expo event. It’s taking place from Saturday 27th July until Saturday 31st August 2019.
The galleries have got lots of Lego models on display. Some have been built by local children using the theme of Past, Present and Future. There have been lots of interpretations of this. My particular favourite is a model of Scrooge in his home being visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. There’s even little Tiny Tim being carried on his father’s back outside the house.
Some of the models are actual real Lego sets. A number of them have been provided by Toy Planet which is a retro toy shop in the town. They work with the museum to organise the event.
There is a trail you can take part in around the museum. There are mini models and minifigures to find hidden among the displays. Some of them are quite tricky to find! It certainly kept the kids well entertained trying to find them. On the back of the trail sheet are some lego activities including a wordsearch.
In the larger gallery downstairs there’s a big table set up with boxes of mixed lego. Here you can build your own design then put it on display for the day.
The museum is working on building a big lego mosaic of King Alfred. You can pay 50p to place 2 lego bricks on the mosaic. Once it’s completed it will be displayed in the museum cafe.
As well as all the activities inside the museum you can also have a go at the minifigure hunt around the town. For £2 you can purchase a trail sheet with a list of shops. You need to visit each shop to find the Lego minifigure hidden inside it. Each figure has a number which you need to write on the sheet. Once you’ve filled it in, return it to the museum or Toy Planet to be entered in the draw to win a £30 voucher for Toy Planet!
Entry to the museum and the gallery trail is free however please put a donation in the box to help keep the museum open. Its a great place for all the family to enjoy so donations to help cover costs are really important. Keep an eye on the museum Facebook page or website as well for Lego building workshops taking place over the holidays. There’s some great themes that the kids will love!