Brickman Experience – An Interactive Spectacular in LEGO® Bricks – A Review

Exciting news, we have a new guest reporter for you all to meet! Griffin is 13 years old and has such a way with words that we just had to send him on assignment to the Brickman Experience at the Gold Coast Convention and Entertainment Centre. Griffin is a massive LEGO® fan so we knew he would have an amazing time!

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BRICKMAN EXPERIENCE – AN INTERACTIVE SPECTACULAR IN LEGO® BRICKS 

Written By Griffin

What a day I had! It was easy to find the secure parking, and at $10 for the entire day, that seemed like a bargain. When I first entered the Gold Coast Convention and Entertainment Centre, I could faintly hear “Everything Is Awesome”, from The LEGO® Movie in the distance.

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The Gold Coast Convention and Entertainment Centre is a huge place, but it’s well signed, with lifts and stairs to cater for everyone. I was exited to meet our guide for the day, Ryan McNaught, who is one of only 14 LEGO® Certified Professional’s in the world (and the only one in the Southern Hemisphere). Ryan created all the models featured in the exhibition using more than 5 million LEGO® bricks.

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As soon as I walked in, I saw a very large colourful mosaic of the Sydney Opera House (created by 1×1 pieces on a MASSIVE board), to the left of me was enormous brightly coloured model of a flower, a replica of the Roman Colosseum, a Ferrari, many portraits of the Bond film actors done in a mosaic style (look for the imposter), and the Sydney Opera House. There are oversize replicas of Emmet and Wyldstyle from the LEGO® Movie, where you can sit and have your photo taken with them, and so much more!

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In the next room, a large model of the fire and rescue helicopter called, ‘Elvis’. Ryan explained that the first time ‘Elvis’ was being shown to the public, several children broke into the closed shopping centre at night, and pushed the model off the table on which it sat! SO MUCH DESTRUCTION! But thankfully it has been fully rebuilt and is currently on display at the Brickman Experience.

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There were also models of a Space Shuttle, and an X-Wing fighter from Star Wars, as well as quite a few other models in this room. I won’t tell you all of them, you must go see it for yourself.

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There was also the opportunity to build in the Mosaic Masterpiece Zone, and there is a Master Builders Training area for those who get inspired by what they see around them.

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Ryan was a very nice guy. I asked him a few questions, and this is what he had to say:

How’d you get the job? Sheer Luck. LEGO® knew I had worked on the programming for the LEGO® Mindstorms robots for a while, and then they gave me the opportunity to build these awesome creations.

What inspires you to make the models? Everything, really! I can’t afford a Ferrari, so I built a model of one. I went to the Coliseum in Rome, so I was inspired to build one, and I really love Pirate Films like Pirates of the Caribbean, so that’s what inspired me to build the Pirate Ship.

What could others do to become a LEGO® sculpture maker? Make sure you are good at Maths. It’s all about Trigonometry, Algebra and Symmetry. There is LOTS of Maths involved in the designs!

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GRIFFIN’S TOP TIP

Be on the look-out for all of the hidden Minifigs in Green Spacesuits (Bennies), once you have counted them all and tell them what your favourite model was why, you will be in with a chance to win a Space Lego prize pack. Go to www.bit.ly/greenspacemen to enter!

There is also a popup shop that sells LEGO® kits, LEGO® Mindstorms robot kits, and Brickman Experience merchandise (t-shirts, hats, stickers etc). I give my t-shirt two thumbs up!

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When you get hungry or thirsty there is a Combi Café for you to get refreshments and a light meal (you can get a stamp to return to the Brickman Experience if you wish).

All in all, the Brickman Experience was excellent fun! It is a must do for all LEGO® fans these school holidays!

MORE INFORMATION

BRICKMAN EXPERIENCE – AN INTERACTIVE SPECTACULAR IN LEGO® BRICKS
Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre
24 June – 9 July 2017
Open daily. Booking is advisable.
Tickets on sale now from Ticketek bit.ly/BrickmanExp
#BrickmanExperience
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NERF NITRO FLASHFURY CHAOS Review

Ready, Aim, Fire!

It was excitement stations at our house when NERF, by Hasbro, sent Alegría and Isaac a NERF NITRO FLASHFURY CHAOS to put through its paces.

NERF NITRO is a combination of traditional NERF fun and squishy foam cars, allowing big and little kids to create awesome action stunts!
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The NERF NITRO series consists of: Flashfury Chaos, Longshot Smash, Throttleshot Blitz, Motofury Rapid Rally and a very handy 3 Pack Foam Car Refill.

Alegría and Isaac loved the unique multi-fire action of the NERF NITRO FLASHFURY CHAOS which launches three NERF NITRO cars in a flash! The load and trigger pull was easy to use and the accessories had them using their brains to think up clever stunts!

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The NERF NITRO FLASHFURY CHAOS comes with one blaster, one long-jump ramp, two pop-up targets, three NERF NITRO foam cars and six obstacles, is recommended for kids aged 5 years & up and retails for $49.99.

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MORE INFORMATION

The NERF NITRO range is available at Big W, Kmart, Toys R Us, Myer, Toy World & MR Toys Toy World and prices start at $9.99

Learn more at www.hasbro.com or NERF NITRO

Brickman Experience, Gold Coast – Giveaway

If you have LEGO® lovers in your house and you live near the Gold Coast, Queensland (or you will be there in the first week of the school holidays) then you are in luck!

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Ryan McNaught’s Brickman Experience is the largest touring exhibition of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere…and it’s heading to the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre for 15 days only from 24 June until 9 July 2017.

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Brickman Experience is an interactive exhibition featuring a collection of over 60 individual works by Ryan McNaught – the only LEGO® Certified Professional in the Southern Hemisphere and one of only 14 in the world.

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The exhibition is made up from more than 5 million LEGO® bricks and includes Ryan’s biggest ever Star Wars LEGO® build, a model Airbus A380, a quarter scale LEGO® Ferrari and the world’s largest LEGO® flower.

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For all the budding brickies who are feeling awe-inspired by Ryan’s work, the specially designed interactive master builder zones will give visitors the opportunity to build their own LEGO® creations.

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COMPETITION TIME!

We have 3 family passes (2A + 2C) to your choice of date and time to give away to the Brickman Experience!

Entering is simple! Just enter your details in the following form and tell us what you would like to make out of LEGO® Bricks in 25 words or less!

*IF YOU CAN’T SEE THE ENTRY FORM PLEASE GO TO OUR WEBSITE AS SOME PHONES AND MEDIA DO NOT SUPPORT THIS APPLICATION.

Entries close: 19th June 2017 at 9pm AEST. GOOD LUCK!

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
OPEN TO RESIDENTS OF AUSTRALIA ONLY. BY ENTERING THIS COMPETITION, YOU AGREE TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE KIDDING AROUND AUSTRALIA MAILING LIST, IF YOU ARE NOT ALREADY SUBSCRIBED. YOUR PRIVACY IS PROTECTED AND YOU CAN UNSUBSCRIBE AT ANY TIME.
BY ENTERING THIS COMPETITION, YOU ARE ALSO AGREEING TO ALL OTHER TERMS AND CONDITIONS.
THIS IS A GAME OF SKILL NOT A GAME OF CHANCE. ENTRIES NOT FILLING IN ALL THE REQUIRED FIELDS AND ANSWERING THE QUESTION WILL BE DEEMED INVALID. THE WINNER WILL BE CHOSEN BY ORIGINALITY AND CREATIVE MERIT, BY A NON INVOLVED PARTY. THE JUDGE’S DECISION IS FINAL AND NO CORRESPONDENCE WILL BE ENTERED INTO.
ENTRIES CLOSE 19 JUNE 2017 AT 9PM AEST. THE WINNER WILL BE DRAWN 20/6/2017 AT 9AM AEST AND ANNOUNCED ON THIS WEBSITE. THE WINNER WILL ALSO BE CONTACTED VIA EMAIL. 
ONE ENTRY PER HOUSEHOLD. PRIZES ARE NOT TRANSFERABLE, CHANGEABLE OR REDEEMABLE FOR CASH. KIDDING AROUND AUSTRALIA WILL NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY LOSS, INJURY OR DAMAGE THAT OCCURS IN CONNECTION WITH THE PRIZE OR THE WINNER’S PARTICIPATION IN THE PROMOTION.

MORE INFORMATION

BRICKMAN EXPERIENCE – AN INTERACTIVE SPECTACULAR IN LEGO® BRICKS, Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, 24 June – 9 July 2017, Open daily. Booking is advisable.

Tickets on sale now through Ticketek via this link bit.ly/BrickmanExp

SOCIAL MEDIA

facebook.com/brickmanexperience

twitter.com/brickmanexp

instagram.com/brickmanexperience

#BrickmanExperience

The Big Freeze Winter Festival Giveaway

Do you want to build a snowman?

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The Big Freeze Winter Festival is returning these July school holidays bringing a snow
experience close to home for thousands of Melbourne families.

We went along last year, and are looking forward to seeing how The Big Freeze has grown with a new home under the Big Top at Fountain Gate Shopping Centre from July 1 – 9, 2017. If you would like to read our experience last year click HERE.

This year the festival will also be divided into two areas – the ticketed winter
precinct featuring snow play, snowball toss, snowfall forest, winter village, snow
globe photo booth, polar bear slide, kids’ active challenge, circus skills workshop,
construction play, art’n’craft activities and the brand new snow slides (at two
different heights to allow more children to enjoy the thrill of the ride).

The Community Precinct will be free for the general public to visit and hosts daily
stage shows, activity zone with Phillip Island Nature Parks, sports with Milo, food
vendors and more.
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GIVEAWAY TIME!

We are giving away a family pass (2A+2C) worth $92, to The Big Freeze on Tuesday, July 4 from 9am – 11:30am.

FIRSTLY:

Make sure you LIKE Kidding Around Australia and The Big Freeze on Facebook and Kidding Around Australia and The Big Freeze on Instagram if you use these sites to keep up to date with all that we do. This is really important!

FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN SIMPLY:

Fill in this form and tell us what you like about winter! We would love you to ask your kids to answer! Don’t forget their name/s and age/s.

*IF YOU CAN’T SEE THE ENTRY FORM PLEASE GO TO OUR WEBSITE AS SOME PHONES AND MEDIA DO NOT SUPPORT THIS APPLICATION.

Entries close: 19th June 2017 at 9pm AEST. GOOD LUCK!

For more information and to book tickets click: THE BIG FREEZE WEBSITE.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
OPEN TO RESIDENTS OF AUSTRALIA ONLY. BY ENTERING THIS COMPETITION, YOU AGREE TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE KIDDING AROUND AUSTRALIA MAILING LIST, IF YOU ARE NOT ALREADY SUBSCRIBED. YOUR PRIVACY IS PROTECTED AND YOU CAN UNSUBSCRIBE AT ANY TIME.
BY ENTERING THIS COMPETITION, YOU ARE ALSO AGREEING TO ALL OTHER TERMS AND CONDITIONS.
THIS IS A GAME OF SKILL NOT A GAME OF CHANCE. ENTRIES NOT FILLING IN ALL THE REQUIRED FIELDS AND ANSWERING THE QUESTION WILL BE DEEMED INVALID. THE WINNER WILL BE CHOSEN BY ORIGINALITY AND CREATIVE MERIT, BY A NON INVOLVED PARTY. THE JUDGE’S DECISION IS FINAL AND NO CORRESPONDENCE WILL BE ENTERED INTO.
ENTRIES CLOSE 19 JUNE 2017 AT 9PM AEST. THE WINNER WILL BE DRAWN 20/6/2017 AT 9AM AEST AND ANNOUNCED ON THIS WEBSITE. THE WINNER WILL ALSO BE CONTACTED VIA EMAIL. 
ONE ENTRY PER HOUSEHOLD. PRIZES ARE NOT TRANSFERABLE, CHANGEABLE OR REDEEMABLE FOR CASH. KIDDING AROUND AUSTRALIA WILL NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY LOSS, INJURY OR DAMAGE THAT OCCURS IN CONNECTION WITH THE PRIZE OR THE WINNER’S PARTICIPATION IN THE PROMOTION.

Dogs and Kids go together like Ice Cream and Chocolate Topping! Win a years supply of Bravecto!

THIS POST IS SPONSORED BY BRAVECTO

Two years ago we adopted a cocker spaniel from our local pound – those of you who follow us on Instagram or Facebook will have seen Duke and know that he is a much loved member of our family!

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The story of how Duke came to live with us isn’t a happy one, but the ending definitely is and it has been a valuable lesson for our children to learn. Duke was picked up by rangers on New Year’s Eve, 2015 and as he was not microchipped and an entire male, he spent 3 weeks in the pound whilst they waited to see if his owners could be found.

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He stayed longer than what is normal because it was the holiday period and I suspect that they wanted to have a little word to them about his condition. Duke had matting on his body that was so heavy and twisted it had made him bald all around his tail and up his back.

His front teeth are worn down to the gum line (which makes it hard to estimate how old he is and will be a costly expense for us in the future as it is not covered by pet insurance) and he was as skinny as he was stinky.

Was he a puppy farm dog? Did he have neglectful owners that didn’t mean to be cruel? What was his name before he lived with us?

Duke has the most beautiful nature and is not scared, but he doesn’t particularly like grass. He makes himself at home on the couch and carries around a teddy, but has obvious injuries to his eye and teeth. We have many questions that we will never know the answer to, but what we do know is how incredibly thankful we are that he is ours.

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It is no secret we are animal lovers. Both Tim and I grew up with animals, and always had a dog (or two), so we wanted that upbringing for Alegría and Isaac. Whilst Alegría likes taking Duke for a walk, making up performances for him to watch and will open the door for him when he wants to go out, it is Isaac that is Duke’s person, through and through.

Isaac and Duke are inseparable. A little boy and his dog.

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Isaac and Duke are not alone in the special bond that they have created. A recent survey amongst Aussie dog owners confirmed what many families have suspected all along – just like ice cream and chocolate topping, kids and dogs are meant to be together!

The survey was commissioned by long-lasting paralysis tick and flea treatment Bravecto®,  with the survey results* revealing the positive and long-lasting effects dogs have on children and indeed the entire household. If you want to read more about Bravecto® or see Duke demonstrating how easy it is to administer, click HERE!

The main benefits dogs provide Aussie children are ranked as companionship (73%), emotional bonding (67%), having fun (66%) and learning responsibility (61%). Dogs also have a positive impact on the emotional wellbeing of children, with 85 per cent feeling happy, 67 per cent feeling loved, and 64 per cent feeling safe when their four-legged friend is close by and their favourite things to do with them are playing games (53%), followed by snuggling on the couch (41%) and going to the park (39%).

After we welcomed Duke home, we spoke to Alegría and Isaac about responsible pet ownership and what it takes to look after a dog properly. We covered everything from food and bedding to clean water and exercise. We spoke about Duke needing regular haircuts, making sure his ears were clean (and watching out for grass seeds) as well as yearly medical treatments like immunisations and preventative treatments like worming tablets and his 3 monthly dose of Bravecto®.

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Alegría and Isaac observe daily how Tim and I treat Duke. We greet him when we get home, he tucks himself under our arms and we give him a cuddle (his tail never stops wagging!), we take him to the vet, just as we take the kids to the doctors, if he is unwell and we are kind to him always.

When we witness Alegría greeting Duke when she gets home from school, or Isaac saying “come here Dukey, my beautiful boy” we know that he is having a positive impact on their upbringing. They are learning compassion and kindness with their very own live in tutor and we love having him here too!

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We know how much you love your kids’ best friend and want to protect them from fleas and paralysis ticks, so we spoke to Bravecto® who have generously offered us a year’s supply (four packs valued at $240 – Based on average estimated retail price of $60 per pack.) that we can give away to FIVE lucky doggies!

Bravecto® is first and only oral chew that delivers extended protection for three months against fleas and four months against paralysis ticks – all in a single chew. For a busy family who has so many things to think about, 4 doses per year versus 12 or more doses per year equals a no-brainer.

Thank you to everyone who entered! Our winners are: 

  1. Karen Ray
  2. Ana Florez
  3. Katrina Baker
  4. Rebecca Tardent
  5. Kirsty Jayne Ciantar

TO ENTER:

Tell us all about your dog! What does it mean to have them as part of your family? What kind of bond do they have with your children?

Put your best paw forward and upload a photo, short story or video via email georgina@kiddingaroundaustralia, on our Facebook post or tag @kiddingaroundaustralia and #kiddingaroundaustralia on Instagram!

THEN:

Fill out this form with your details so we can contact you if you win! We will never pass these details onto anyone (apart from Bravecto so that they can post out your prize!).

ENTRIES CLOSE JUNE 11, 2017 at 9pm AEST.

1. Entry is open to Australian residents only who are aged 18 years and over and only one entry per household is permitted.
2. Entries open on 1/6/2017 and close at 9pm AEST on 11/6/2017.
3. This competition is a game of skill and chance plays no part in determining the winners.
4. To enter the competition, entrants must fill in all fields of the form above.
5. Five winners will be selected and receive a years’ supply of Bravecto (4 packs) valued at up to $250 (depending on the weight of the dog).
6. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
7. The winner will be drawn within 48hrs of the closing date and the winning entry will be announced on this website. The prize will be posted to the address supplied at the time of entry.  The promoter will not be held responsible if the address supplied is incorrect.

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MORE INFORMATION

Bravecto is available from leading veterinarians across Australia.

For the latest news and information about Bravecto visit www.bravecto.com.au and “LIKE” Bravecto on Facebook at www.facebook.com.au/bravectoau