Lego Animals at Slimbridge
Being members of Slimbridge, we visit there often and the girls are always entertained feeding the ducks or playing I Wellyboot Land. However, it is always great to visit when they have special activities on such as the Pumpkin Trail they had in October. This summer there is a Lego Animal trail around the grounds as well as Lego workshops for real Lego enthusiasts.
Freyja has recently graduated on to “grown up” Lego and as a result this has been a great excuse for the 30-something Lego fan in the family to play with Lego. I booked the two of them into a Lego workshop. During this hour they had a team challenge to build as many ducks as possible in a fixed period of time, build a vehicle to transport an animal down a ramp and finally build a Lego duckling which they were able to bring home.
Whilst Freyja and Rich had fun playing with Lego, Emily and I went off to feed the ducks and find the nine Lego animals. Very close to the Visitor Centre we saw Mac the Mallard and Benedict the Bewick Swan.
These two were on little islands and were a bit of a distance away for Emily to really appreciate that they were made of Lego. A bit further on we found Natalie the Nene and Suki the Spoonbill. These were much closer to the path so we were really able to see that they were made of Lego.
Emily was very excited – pointing and shouting “More Lego!” every time she found one of the giant animals. I was particularly impressed with Lottie the Otter – complete with whiskers and on a Lego block rock.
We finished off part of the trail with Bruce the Red-Breasted Goose and Flavia the Flamingo.
Then we headed back to the centre to meet Freyja and Rich (with their Lego ducklings) and Emily led the way round to show Freyja where the seven Lego animals that we had seen were. She was just as excited second-time round! Next to each model was an information board which said how many Lego bricks and how many hours had gone into building it. Freyja was very interested in all of this information – although I don’t think she could properly get her head around the thousands of blocks used in each model. As we headed back towards the Visitor Centre, Freyja was able to find the last two animals – Chris the Crane and Emily the Emperor Dragonfly.
The nice thing about the Lego Animal trail was that they were all situated within a fairly small area – perfect for smaller children who want to be able to walk round themselves. The Lego animals are at Slimbridge until 6th September when they will then move on to tour some of the other WWT centres.