INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 2, 2009 -- Hear ye, hear ye, calling builders of all ages! The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is opening LEGO® Castle Adventure, a new exhibit debuting Jan. 31, 2009.
In LEGO Castle Adventure, children and families are transported to a LEGO kingdom where they can become master castle builders, using one of the greatest building materials of all time - LEGO bricks! This traveling exhibit will visit 12 major markets in North America through 2013, reaching more than 2 million children and families.
"We are thrilled to partner with The Children's Museum of Indianapolis with this new hands-on, minds-on showcase of castles," said Soren Torp Laursen, president LEGO Systems, Inc. "We hope that this exhibit will not only inspire learning and creativity, but also unleash the inner creator and builder."
"LEGO® Castle Adventure is an extraordinary opportunity for families to make cross-generational connections. Adult fans of LEGO bricks can share their ideas and memories with their children and grandchildren," said Dr. Jeffrey H. Patchen, president and CEO of The Children's Museum of Indianapolis.
Visitors will be immersed in castle-life through experiences designed specifically for children and families. Enter the royal castle to sit in their majesties' throne, view the royal family's LEGO brick portrait, see a LEGO suit of armor and peek into the king's secret treasure room filled with LEGO jewels.
LEGO models of real-world castles Blarney, Arundel and Neuschwanstein offer insights into the planning and building of castles. Age-appropriate build areas for Apprentice Builders (toddlers), Journeymen Builders (ages 3 - 6) and Master Builders (ages 7 and older) allow children to use their newfound knowledge to create their own structures.
On the castle grounds, visitors can learn about castle life, dress up in medieval costumes, and climb a lookout tower. Children are invited to don suspender-style horses to play in a safe "jousting field" with foam-rubber lances and soft targets. Once families have learned to plan and construct a castle, they can virtually test their fortress' defenses using a 3-D computer program and real-world catapult. And no trip to a castle would be complete without meeting the resident LEGO dragon!
LEGO Castle Adventure is open at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis through May 3, 2009. To learn more, visit ChildrensMuseum.org, or call, toll-free, (800) 208-KIDS.