If you’ve got kids between 4 and 14 40, you know Lego! You should also know about City Blocks, the world’s only public Lego commercial art studio. What’s a Lego commercial art studio? Imagine Santa’s workshop dedicated to all things Lego, and you’ll get the idea.
City Blocks is the brainchild of engineer turned master Lego artist, Dan Parker. Dan and his team spend literally days building meticulous creations made with tens of thousands of bricks. Some of their works are truly masterpieces-look at their Facebook page for the Lego Renoir! Most of them are used at fancy corporate events and fundraisers as showstopping centerpieces. They also travel to summer camps and festivals, and they will put on birthdays at their Freighthouse Square location in Tacoma or a venue of your choice. They also put on occasional family nights and look forward to doing more as they expand their space.
Now, this isn’t a shop, so don’t go there looking to buy. Instead, take your favorite Lego artist for a dose of serious inspiration and some free play time. That’s right: They have a table full of Lego, and you and your kiddos can cruise by to play during open hours for free!
The area that is open to kids isn’t huge-I’d say if 4 showed up it would be a crowd-but unless you all race there at once, you aren’t likely to have a problem. Henry and I were the only ones there this morning, and we had a great time talking all things Lego with Dan and his staff. You can tell they all think they have the greatest job on earth-and it’s hard to argue with them. The City Blocks website is a work in progress, so I’d suggest liking their Facebook page to stay up on what is Legoing on.
You’ll find City Blocks on the lower floor of Freighthouse Square, which has a mix of funky shops and art galleries on the upper floor and a food court with a mix of ethnic cuisines that is always bustling. It’s right across from the Tacoma Dome station, so if you want to pack more fun in your day you can ride the link a few blocks to downtown. You’ll find my post on that just two down!
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