If you didn’t get your fix of life-sized LEGO statues at LEGO KidsFest last weekend, don’t despair. The Houston Zoo has a new exhibit, Animals Assembled, thanks to Fiesta and a partnership with Bronx Zoo’s Wildlife Conservation Society. The display features a safari of more than a dozen life-size animals made with LEGO® bricks. More than 200,000, actually!
I had the chance to attend the sneak-peek, Ribbon Cutting Media Event Friday. The exhibit is in the former dinosaur special exhibit at the Houston Zoo and included free with zoo admission. The horticulture department did a beautiful job creating a realistic environment for the display. The exhibit will be at the Zoo through Labor Day.
One of my favorite LEGO animals is the tiger. The detail is amazing! The LEGO Certified Master Builder spent 300 hours creating the tiger.
The zebra is another of my favs. It has the most LEGO bricks in the exhibit (37,000) and took the longest to build — 370 hours. The 10ft. x 3 ft. aquarium also is fun for kids to search for the different aquatic life: sea horses, fish and coral reef. Other LEGO animals feature gorilla mom and baby, baby giraffe, lemurs, baby rhinos, penguins, flamingos, hornbills, and spray toads. I won’t spoil the surprise of all the animals so I’m just including a couple photos!
A sign beside each LEGO animal shares facts about the animal as well as how many LEGO bricks are in the LEGO structure. The sign also lists how many hours it took to build each animal. It’s astounding.
Save money! Don’t forget your coupon this summer. The Houston Zoo is sharing a coupon for $4 off admission per person when you arrive after 4 pm this summer. Print out the $4 off coupon here. One coupon per person. Valid through September 30, 2013.
Zoo admission is $14 for adults, $10 for kids 2 – 11, and $7.50 for seniors. Just as a reminder, the zoo suspends its free Zoo afternoon each month June through August.