The sound of 140 participants pouring out buckets of LEGO bricks simultaneously filled the room as children laughed and parents snapped photos feverishly at the sold-out Vancouver LEGO Games yesterday.
The Firefighter’s Club in Burnaby was packed with about 200 people in attendance from all corners of Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. Split into age groups (ranging from 5 years old to teens and adults) and colour-coded tables, children and adults alike competed for LEGO building glory in this friendly competition that saw proceeds benefit Canuck Place.
Members of the Vancouver LEGO Club brought in impressive pre-built pieces, including one of Poseidon that had moving parts. Children could also bring in pre-built pieces for the competition using the theme “What Vancouver Means to Me” as inspiration.
When the live build competition got underway participants were given a theme as well: “Play”. Hands and fingers moved quickly to assemble LEGO creations using only the bricks provided.
Refreshments were served at the back of the room and there was a general play area for younger children or those not competing. Kids got VIP badges worn on lanyards and LEGO gift bags, touches that would make anyone feel like a rockstar. A VIP in the LEGO world, Robin Sather, was also on hand for the day. Robin is Canada’s only LEGO Certified Professional.
T-Shirts for Canuck Place
Organizer Darian Kovacs told me that there was such a response on Facebook when they posted the design for their volunteer t-shirts that they decided to make more and sell them. “We had such a huge uproar of people wanted to buy them but we didn’t want to become t-shirt producers so we found that there was an organization called CauseShirts. They sponsor a new charity every week with a new t-shirt design. Because we already had a shirt design they adopted us right away.”
CauseShirts has graciously extended the Vancouver LEGO Games shirts/Canuck Place donations for a few more days so you can still make your purchase until Wednesday, May 1st.