Magazine article Sunset

San Diego Hosts Lego Fete

Magazine article Sunset

San Diego Hosts Lego Fete

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You can join or watch the fun at Horton Plaza downtown

IF ALL GOES AS PLANNED, THE first Lego theme park in the United States will open in the spring of 1999 in Carlsbad, California. While you're waiting for the new family park--which, like Legoland in Denmark, will be a sort of United Nations for children, full of model villages from around the world--consider checking out the Lego Construction Zone on October 1 and 2 at Horton Plaza in San Diego. Legos, if you don't know, are small colorful interlocking plastic bricks that can be combined like hand-held atoms to construct houses, tractors, spaceships, and just about anything else the imagination can conjure. More than 1,000 Lego lovers will see who can build the most creative whatever and win one of the elaborate Lego building kits given to the top four finishers in four separate competitions.

Here's how it works. Teams of two to five members are given two shopping bags full of Legos and 90 minutes to see what they can do with them. Some memorable creations from last year's competition: Noah's ark, a computer, and a padlock and key that actually worked. …

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