A snowy May afternoon in Cleveland left me looking for something to get us out of the house. I didn’t know exactly what to expect from the LEGO® Americana Roadshow at Beachwood Place Mall. However, I did know that it was a FREE family event and that we desperately needed some entertainment.
The LEGO® Americana Roadshow is a travelling display of large-scale LEGO® models replicating some of our nation’s most well-known landmarks. There are ten highly detailed iconic buildings and architectural structures built entirely out of LEGO® bricks all over the mall!
I would suggest you first stop at the LEGO® Store on the first floor near Nordstrom. There is a large interactive building area set up outside the store. There are several building stations for kids to create with LEGO® blocks and race LEGO® vehicles they build. Although, kids cannot take home their creations, they can place them in one of the display cases with a card that give their name, age, and the name of their creation.
When you are in the activity area, be sure to pick up a map to locate the ten historical structures located throughout the mall. On the map there is a scavenger hunt where you fill in answers about each of the structures. Once completed, you can take your form to the LEGO® Store for a special LEGO® Americana Roadshow poster.
I would suggest starting your tour upstairs in the mall with the Jefferson Memorial, Old North Church and Liberty Bell. Although the Liberty Bell is built to actual size, these are some of the smaller structures and after seeing the massive US Capitol Building they may lose their wow factor. Each structure has an informative poster next to it. The poster provides some historical facts about the actual US building or structure as well as some fun facts about the LEGO® model. My kids loved guessing how many hours and builders it took to create each structure. The detail work in these structures is incredible. Make sure you peak inside the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials.
Another highlight are four extremely detailed “brickscapes” featuring some of my kids’ favorite LEGO® characters in some adventurous and humorous scenes. These exhibits could be easily missed as they are not on the map, and the LEGO® employees did not advise us to look for them. All four of the “brickscapes” are located on the second floor of the mall. Two can be found outside Dillards and the other two are just outside Nordstrom. My kids spent a long time admiring and laughing about the scenes depicted in these smaller enclosed displays.
The LEGO® Americana Roadshow will host a free Make & Take on May 21 & 22 from noon until 4pm where kids 4 years of age and older can make their own mini version of the LEGO® Lincoln Memorial to take home, while supplies last.
You can also enter for a chance to win a $100 LEGO® giftcard by RSVPing to the event here. You can also enter by posting your photos from the event on Instagram with the tag #LEGOAmericana.
LEGO® Americana Roadshow will be at Beachwood Place Mall until May 30th.