A mum who uses adventures and outings around town as an excuse to avoid the housework.
Calling all lego fanatics
Do your kids love Lego? Then why not treat them to some school holiday fun with a visit to Switch Bricks. This Lego-themed pop-up play and display centre is ideal for creative, educational and affordable family entertainment.
Switch Bricks workshops allow kids to get hands-on with the world's most loved mini construction brick. Now in its second year of operation, Switch Bricks is the result of an enormous effort by one self-confessed super huge Lego fan, Tammy, and her team. Her dedication to sharing her passion with other brick-building enthusiasts is obvious when you experience the exciting atmosphere that she has created at Switch Bricks. We were fortunate to be able to visit Switch Bricks, where we discovered that there is more to Lego than just bricks and play.
One of my favourite areas to visit was the display section. Kids (and adults) will be in awe of the many Lego mini worlds, all of which could only have been made by a true Lego devotee. The attention to detail with these is amazing. There is even a competition set up here with an eye spy game. Be sure to submit your entry for your chance to win some wonderful Lego prizes.
Just like stepping out onto the street...only smaller
Mini swash-buckling adventure
Design skills will be put to the test on the build and race ramps as kids build and rebuild vehicles. Challenge other racers down the slippery slope on purpose-built ramps, then make your modifications for a faster race time. This area was an unexpected hit with my oldest daughter – she kept investigating how each of her design modifications would affect the outcome of her vehicle's speed.
There are a number of massive creative build tables where we found some distinct themes. Free construction, artistic creations and large bricks were popular at these. It was great that kids (and parents) could collaborate at these tables.
Lego creativity station
Little constructors have even been thought of with a Duplo dreaming zone. Filled with large-sized bricks and characters safe for littlies, this zone is enclosed by a safety child barrier. Train tracks, vehicles, roads, animals and plenty of free construction could be found here.
The popularity of Lego in the digital world was apparent as the Lego gaming zone had a steady stream of participants. So much so, that during busy periods there are time restrictions on turns taken here. Lego Pirates of the Caribbean kept many of the older kids entranced.
Challenge your friends to a round of mini golf. The equipment has been designed for the safety of all kids (golf balls replaced with miniature tennis balls, metal clubs replaced with light weight wood). The course has been designed to consider the various skill levels of participants. Try to score a hole-in-one past some Lego favourites old and new.
Craft loving kids will love the colouring in, bookmark making station and design your own mini fig area. All craft activities have a Lego theme of course. Remember to submit your colouring in work to be in with a chance to win some amazing Lego prizes.
Make your own bookmark
The chance to be a life-sized Lego character with dress ups and cut outs was pretty appealing to kids. Parents are welcome to take photos of their own construction worker, artist or nuclear scientist. When it all becomes a little exhausting parents and kids can take some time out in the reading corner – stocked with Lego-themed books of course. Please note that activities on offer at Switch Bricks vary each holiday, so it's best to check the website or Facebook page for the latest updates.
There is a small amount of Lego which may be available to purchase. Stocks vary depending on demand. Just in case though, I would certainly be encouraging the kids to bring along their pocket money. On the day of our visit there was a fairly large range of mini figs available to purchase at a discounted price. Snacks were also available to purchase however you are welcome to bring your own food.
These school holidays Switch Bricks will be held at The Amare Centre Sacred Heart primary school, Booval from Sunday April 6th to Sunday April 13th. Two sessions will be held each day with each session running for three hours. The morning session will run from 9am until 12pm, while the afternoon session will run from 1pm until 4pm. Families with ASD children who require sensory limitation can make prior arrangements with Tammy to arrive 1 hour early for a special session. Bookings are highly recommended and can be made by contacting Tammy via the Switch Bricks website, Facebook page or email (email email@example.com). Tickets can be purchased at the door subject to availability. Please note that there is a limited capacity during sessions, so booking will avoid disappointment. Tickets for children 4-14 years are $10 per session, 1-3 years $5 per session, under 1 year free, and unlimited accompanying adults are also free.
At this stage most Switch Bricks events are held during the school holidays, but there are plans to expand. Check the Switch Bricks website for future school holiday event dates and to enquire about other Switch Bricks services. Keep up to date with the latest Switch Bricks news via the Face book page.
It's rare to discover a school holiday activity that is suitable for the whole family and won't blow the budget. Kids big and small, along with parents and grandparents who never really outgrew Lego will have a blast here. Switch Bricks is definitely a must-do school holiday activity for all fans of that tiny iconic plastic brick.