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LEGO 2013 Recap!

Last Saturday we completed another fantastic LEGO-building competition, our 17th to be precise! As always, it was tons of loud, chaotic fun. Put 50 kids (plus parents) together with boxes and boxes of LEGO, and they get pretty excited, apparently. Weird, huh?

And they're off!

And they’re off!

This year’s theme was “What if YOU were a Whistler bear?” and all of the participants were encouraged to build their designs from a bear’s perspective, whatever that means. The designs were awesome; creative, thoughtful, and often hilarious too! Of course, this was  a competition, with professional (kinda) judges and tons of prizes. As difficult as it was, some winners had to be decided. Here they are:

Age 5 & under
 1) Lucy Trowbridge
2) Shay Smith

3) Patrick Reid

Age 6-7
 1) Kiera Ho
2) Milan Emond
3) Emmett Zicherman
Age 8-9
 1) Jordan Gage
2) Spenser Mandy
3) Jude Arnold
Age 10-12
 1) Lucy Kloepfer
2) Owen Kloepfer
3) Alex Gabbert
A big THANK YOU goes out to all of the participants, and the parents who came out and supported their kids. This event would not be possible without you!

We would also like to thank the many sponsors who donated prizes. The level of support we get from the community for this event is truly great, so a huge thanks to: Armchair Books, Blenz Coffee, Bricks 4 Kidz, Caramba! Restaurante, COWS, Creekbread, Earls, Fathom Stone Art Gallery & Studio, Fun for Kids Clothing & Accessories, Lush, Marketplace IGA, Meadow Park Sports Centre, Metropolitan Theatres, Prior Skis & Snowboards, The Adventure Group, The Old Spaghetti Factory, and Whoola Toys.

And of course we would like to thank our Judges for taking time out of their busy schedules to come and judge all the wonderful LEGO creations. Isobel MacLaurin, long time Whistler resident, artist and supporter of the museum, and Quinn Bender, newly appointed editor for the Whistler Question (as well as Museum Programs Manager Jeff Slack). Last but certainly not least, thanks to Alison Hunter for once again supplying the Duplo for the 5 and under category, and Wayne Flann for contributing even more LEGO to the Museum’s already prodigious supply!

Hope to see you next year at #18!

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17th Annual LEGO Competition: August 10th


It’s back. For the 17th straight summer the Whistler Museum will be opening its doors for a day of pandemonium (the good kind) as we welcome 50 kids to take part in our annual LEGO-building competition. It’s all going down on Saturday August 10th, from 2-4pm.

August is Bear Month at the Whistler Museum, so our LEGO theme is “What if YOU were a Whistler Bear?” Essentially, this means you can build something, anything, but it should be from a bear’s perspective. You can build the ultimate bear den, you can show you and your bear friends having a picnic, a car designed specifically for bears, whatever you want!

It’s only $5 per child, and is open for all children from ages 3-12. This year we’ve got tons of great prizes from Armchair Books, Whoola Toys, Cows, Earls, Marketplace IGA, Lush, Fun for Kids Clothing and Accessories, Caramba, TAG – The Adventure Group, Meadow Park Sports Centre, Village 8 Cinema, Prior, Creekbread, Fathom Stone Studios, Boston Pizza, Whistler Grocery Store, The Old Spaghetti Factory, and Blenz.

This event sells out in advance every year, so to avoid disappointment, stop by the museum or give us a call at 604.932.2019. Because of the event’s popularity, we cannot reserve spots without payment.

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Reflections on the 2012 LEGO Building Competition

The 2012 LEGO Build Competition was a huge success! Thank you to all of our participants, our judges, and all of the local businesses who donated prizes! Check out some photos from the event:

Competitors waiting for Robyn’s presentation on ‘Whistler Hideaways’ to begin.

A competitor in the 3-4 age group works on his entry.

Choosing from a sea of LEGO pieces!

Competitors in the 10-12 age group were pretty serious.

Intensely searching for LEGO.

A fantastic DUPLO creation.

Museum staff enjoying the LEGO Competition.

Highlights included a great scavenger hunt (which the kids said was easy-peasy… we thought it was pretty hard!), some awesome creations, and a whole lot of fun!

Thanks to:

Keith and Jessica Reed
Jeremy Postal
Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden
Lush Whistler
Whoola Toys
Ziptrek Eco Tours
Whistler Eco Tours
The Adventure Group
Canadian Wilderness Adventures
The Old Spaghetti Factory
The Great Glass Elevator Candy Shop
The Body Shop
Armchair Books
Fun for Kids
Meadow Park Sports Centre

The 16th Annual LEGO Building Competition – Sign Up Now!

Attention all LEGO Builders! Registration is open for our 16th Annual Children’s LEGO Building Competition!

The 16th Annual LEGO Building Competition will be happening on August 25th at the Whistler Musuem. There are great prizes to be won and fun times to be had! This year’s theme will be “Design Your Ultimate Whistler Hideway”! Anyone aged 3-12 is welcome to enter.

To register, drop by the Museum at 4333 Main St, call us at (604) 932-2019, or email robyn@whistlermuseum.org. This hugely popular event sells out every year; reserve your space by registering today! Registration costs $5 per child aged 3-12. Preregistration is necessary.

Check out our blog post from last year’s event!


Whoa, kids really do love LEGO. On Saturday the museum hosted it’s 15th  annual (!) LEGO-building competition and the response was great to say the least. We knew we were in for a treat when registration filled up days in advance. It was extremely difficult having to turn away so many disappointed parents and children; we easily could have had twice as many participants if we had the space. For anyone who was there, however, it was pretty clear that 50 LEGO-crazed ankle biters was plenty for our little museum.

(For an alternate take on the event, check out this post on the always-awesome whistlerisawesome.com by WIA editor and LEGO-competition judge Michelle Leroux.)

The 5 & under kids building with DUPLO! Photo: Joern Rohde/joernrohde.com

This year’s theme was “Transportation: How Would YOU Get To Whistler?” After a short presentation from Jeff on the history (and future?) of transportation got the contestants sufficiently riled up, buckets and buckets of LEGO were dumped on the tables and the kids exploded into a creative frenzy.

Taking a cue from Jeff’s presentation, many of the designs took an eco-friendly approach. There were several solar-powered vehicles while others ran on wind, coffee beans, even dolphin power!


When Whistler’s youth grow up the commute to Whistler is sure to get faster, safer, greener, and way more fun! Photo: Joern Rohde/joernrohde.com

Besides the designs themselves, we got a kick out of the written descriptions that the kids included with their submissions. They helped sell us on all the cutting-edge and beautiful features included in the wide array of vehicles:

Unmatched in speed, aerodynamics and off-road performance, and with its small design, the Pragtiger 500 is the first commercially available dragster. Perfect for a trip to Whistler.                                                                                             -Tina “Leafy” Dommer

Some were as creative the designs themselves, such as the description for the SS Stanger, which was written in the form of a diary!

LEGO even has the power to overcome sibling rivalry! This brother/sister duo teamed up to maximise their building proficiency. Photo: Joern Rohde/joernrohde.com

When the building stopped a scavenger hunt kept the kids busy while the judges had the difficult task of picking their favourites. Jeff was mobbed one more time when he decided to give out coupons for free gelato scoops to kids with the right answers. Seems simple enough, but it seemed as if not only did every single kid know all the answers, but had each one out and was reaching for a prize before Jeff had even finished reading the question. It was pandemonium.

Somehow Jeff survived and the judges managed to choose their favourites. Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to all who came out and made our 15th annual LEGO-building competition loads of fun and a huge success. Till next year!

The happy faces of all the winners! Congratulations!  Photo: Joern Rohde/joernrohde.com

Thanks so much to all the local businesses who donated prizes, ensuring that Saturday’s inspired designs did not go unrewarded, and that every kid went home with some goodies:  Ziptrek, The Core, Whoola Toys, Prior, Armchair Books, Lush, Cows, The Body Shop, Hatley, The Old Spaghetti Factory, Meadow Park, Marketplace IGA, The Grocery Store, Blenz, Purebread, and Fun For Kids Toys and Accessories.

Finally, one other piece of LEGO-related business: For the last few weeks we’ve had a massive jar of LEGO bricks on display at the museum and kids were encouraged to take a stab at the total number of pieces. We had well over 100 guesses, ranging from 100 (probably the highest number some of the contestants could name) to more than 2000, but local boy Callum MacFarlane’s guess of 660 was closest to the actual number of 645. Congratulations Callum! You’ve won a family membership to the Whistler Museum so now you and your family can come check out our exhibits whenever you want!

The description says it all. Photo: Joern Rohde/joernrohde.com