It’s Lego Week Apparently

Somehow we’ve stumbled into having a very Lego-centric week.  First, over the weekend, we got ourselves over to the National Building Museum’s exhibit about architecture and Legos.  I’m still a little dubious about the price tag involved, but I think that’s just because as a Washingtonian I expect all museums be free all the time, which is a tad unreasonable of me.  The first part of the exhibit had huge famous buildings replicated in Lego, like a giant version of Falling Water in Lego and a big Sears Tower.  The kids were fascinated.  We especially liked that they had someone replicated the Building Museum in Lego with lots of little minifigures hanging out.  Over the years, we’ve spent a good bit of time at the Building Museum and done some of their excellent programs for kids, so even though it was a gimmick and not technically part of the exhibit, it was the Lego piece we all liked the best.  In the second part of the exhibit, there is a big space with a billion Legos to play with.  We own a lot of Legos, but we did get to achieve some scale that perhaps couldn’t get at home.

BalletBoy and his tower at the Lego exhibit.

Then the other day, because we were in outer Virginia anyway, I took the kids to the Lego Store where we oohed and aahed at everything and I nearly caved in and bought them one of the new Lego board games they don’t have yet even though they totally don’t need it.  BalletBoy became giddy when he found Legos in pink.  I feel like pink Legos sort of sums up some essential truth about his personality, though I don’t know if I can articulate what.

Since the mess in the basement has again reached epic proportions, I also decided to tackle the challenge of Lego organization this week.  I feel like what we need is a beautiful Chinese apothecary chest with each drawer labeled in Chinese to say “2×6 blocks” or “wheels and axles” or “minifigures” or “Don’t be fooled, these are K’nex!” so that the Legos can be excellently hidden away.  But that’s probably an unreasonable expense.  So I went completely the other direction and bought a bunch of half price cardboard organizers from IKEA.  Let’s hope these help curtail the craziness, at least a little.

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