By Nancy Edwards
Kids of all ages who have played with LEGOs at some point during their lives will appreciate the upcoming annual Brickworld, organized by Fishers residents, Bryan and Kathie Bonahoom.
“The LEGO brick is widely recognized as one of the most educational toys in the world,” Bryan, 48, stated. “Kids of all ages can witness an incredible variety of ways to use the brick for art and engineering applications.”
The event, to be held at the Ag/Hort building at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, will span 45,000 square feet, plenty of space for sprawling LEGO displays, interactive activities and vendors.
This year, interactive displays will include a LEGO “monster truck” that kids get to drive around a course with a remote control, a robot that draws with a Sharpie, and a 13 x 15 ft. layout of scenes plus characters from the movie currently being shown in theatres, “The Lego Movie.”
There will also be fun educational displays such as a railroad with a hide-and-seek game that includes historical questions.
“Every year Brickworld gets more enjoyable to watch. Now it’s just amazing,” Bryan said.
At Brickworld, kids of all ages can witness a variety of ways to use the brick for art and engineering applications.
“Using the LEGO brick exercises creativity, engineering skills and hand-eye coordination,” Bryan stated.
The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math educational value of the brick is captured by Cummins Inc. (a Brickworld sponsor) in their interactive engine build. Cummins uses a LEGO model of their QSK-95 Hedgehog as a tool to discuss engines and engineering with kids and adults around the country.
Brickworld is also a supporter of FIRST® LEGO League, a robotics competition for junior high aged kids.
“We are working with the not for profit organization to include a demonstration area at Brickworld Indy,” Bryan stated.
Bryan’s favorite display he’s seen at a Brickworld event is of a big city layout with a Dunkin’ Donuts across the street from a Krispy Kreme. There is a car crash between the donut shops, complete with police officers eating donuts. These are the types of scenes that inspire his imagination.
“At every event, someone creates something where I go ‘wow, that’s just awesome,’” he said. “Why didn’t I think of that?’”
If you go: Brickworld Indy will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 8 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 9, at the State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. General admission tickets are $9; kids under 3 are free. Active duty and reserve service members and first responders will receive a discounted $6 ticket (military / first responder identification required). Tickets are available at the door and online at http://www.brickworld.us/indy.