Whistler Museum’s 24th Annual Building Competition is Back!

The Whistler Museum is happy to announce we will be hosting our annual Building Competition with LEGO Bricks again this year!  We announce a theme and it will be your challenge to interpret that theme using LEGO bricks (or DUPLO for the younger ones)!  This is a great activity to help keep the little ones entertained and get their creativity flowing this summer!  We want to bring you the competition you know and love while also making sure everyone stays safe.  That being said, this year is definitely going to be different than previous ones, so it’s important to know the rundown.

Unlike past years, this year’s competition will not be held in Florence Petersen Park.

Don’t fret, this year won’t be all different!  Some things will remain the same as before.  Like past years, there will be 50 spots to register for.  You can register your child for $5.00 at the Whistler Museum website here.

Instead of a one day event, we will have online submissions open from Sunday, August 23rd to noon on Saturday, August 29th.  To stop any eager beavers (though we do love your excitement about LEGO!), we announced this year’s theme on Saturday, August 22nd, a day before submissions opened.  Each child will have a week to perfect and send in their LEGO creation along with a description of what you’ve made and how it relates to this year’s theme.

Before it was held in the park, it was held on the parking lot outside the Whistler Museum and Whistler Public Library. Museum Collection.

A proper submission must include: a photo of your child’s LEGO creation and a completed participation form with your child’s name, age, a description of how their creation relates to the theme, and consent to let the Whistler Museum share the photos of their creation.  The participation form is available on the Whistler Museum website.

We will have grand prizes for category winners and goody bags for all participants thanks to generous donations from businesses within our community.  All the prizes and goodies will be available for pick up at the Whistler Museum from Sunday, August 30th to Sunday, September 6th.  Prizes must be picked up and cannot be shipped.

We’ve asked members of the community to be judges for this event, so be sure to put forward your best creations!  We want this year’s virtual Building Competition to be as fun and fair as possible for all participants.  Keeping that in mind, winners will be judged on their LEGO creations as well as the description on how it relates to the theme.  We recognize that since families will be using their own LEGO and not all families will have the same amounts, winners will not be judged on how big or extravagant their creations are, but on their creativity, originality, and how well they relate what they’ve made to the theme.

We’re always amazed by the creations that are presented as part of the building competitions, and can’t wait to see what you all come up with this year!

Because this year’s event is virtual, we are trusting that all LEGO creations are original and your own (though we certainly know how tempting LEGO is to adults!).

We hope to hear from you over the last week of August for our 24th Annual Building Competition!  For more information, please visit our website or check out our Facebook event page.

Jasmin Linton is the Summer Program Coordinator at the Whistler Museum & Archives.  She is here on a Young Canada Works contract and recently graduated from Whistler Secondary School.

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