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Brick by Brick LEGO at the National Capital Exhibition

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by Sue W (subscribe)
Lover of exploring, family, food and fun!
Published July 12th 2015
Update August 31st 2018
The National Capital Exhibition will be re-opening again in September 2018 after an upgrade - and unfortunately there will be no more LEGO.

What LEGO creation will your child make?
If your child loves LEGO (the small, fiddly variety) or DUPLO (the larger variety for younger children), then the Brick By Brick Exhibition at the National Capital Exhibition will be a place of discovery.

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LEGO table. Source: Brick By Brick Facebook page.

The National Capital Exhibition is located at Regatta Point, next to "The Deck" café/restaurant and Commonwealth park, the location of Floriade each year.

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Front entrance.

As you walk in you are welcomed warmly by a staff member who will walk you through to the Brick by Brick area and explain how it all works. There are times when it will be busy so there may have a time limit to make your creations, however if it isn't busy you are free to stay as long as you like.

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Brick By Brick play area, with several little tables to play on.

The LEGO area is designed for children 4 and over, with fact sheets and instructions for older children (or adults) if you want to try your hand at creating a National Capital building.

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One page of instructions to make The National Library. Source: National Capital Exhibition Brick By Brick website.

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The National Library x 2. Source: Brick By Brick Facebook.

The Brick By Brick sessions run as:

DUPLO (for younger children) is 10am - 11am daily.
LEGO (for ages 4 and over) is 3pm - 5pm daily.

DUPLO is 10am - 11am.
LEGO is 11am - 4pm

ACT School Holidays:
DUPLO is 10am - 11am.
LEGO is 11am - 4:30pm daily.

Whilst you are there, the Brick By Brick space is in a handy location in the middle of the National Capital Exhibition.

The National Capital Exhibition tells the story of Canberra - displaying aboriginal tools found in this location, the history of how Canberra got it's name and explains the historical buildings still in the area.

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Timeline displays of Canberra's history.

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Interesting facts to discover...

It also explains the original designs for Canberra, political history, why the location was chosen as the Capital and how Canberra is enjoyed today.

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Display showing how Canberra was designed with light and sound effects.

National Capital Exhibition, Canberra
Interactive display asking for feedback (on Post-it notes) about why people come to Canberra.

"Little Griffins" is a fun program for toddlers and pre-schoolers to enjoy playing DUPLO together as well as sing songs and participate in activities. This free program is held the last Friday of each month: 10am - 11am (last date for 2015 will be 27th of November).

Check out their Facebook page for more information and photos of other LEGO creations.

Brick By Brick is a permanent exhibition which is a creative space for the kids to let their imaginations run wild. We took our daughter Miss Four to the LEGO session and she didn't want to leave. There are also adult chairs and knee pads (which look like colourful donuts) if it looks like you are going to be there for awhile.

After you have finished, there is a playground, picnic tables and BBQ nearby or walk through Commonwealth Park and explore the gardens.

Regatta Point playground, National Capital Exhibition, Canberra, kids activities
Playground at Regatta Point nearby.

With so much to do at Regatta Point and the National Capital Exhibition, your kids will be asking to come back again.....and again.

Please note: LEGO and DUPLO are trademarks of the LEGO Group, which does not sponsor, authorise or endorse this exhibition.
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Why? Get creative with your kids, whilst learning about Canberra yourself!
When: National Capital Exhibition is open 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday, 10am - 4pm weekends. See main article for Brick By Brick times.
Phone: 02 6272 2902
Where: National Capital Exhibition, Barrine Drive, Commonwealth Park.
Cost: Free
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