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Heads up parents! New school holiday workshop announced: CLASH OF BRICKS, inspired by gaming mega-hit Clash of Clans™!

BRICKS 4 KIDZ Sydney | School Holiday Workshops | Clash of BricksWe are super-excited to bring a BRAND SPANKING NEW theme for our Sydney school holiday workshops – join us for the CLASH OF BRICKS!

Gather your barbarians and archers! It’s time for battle… BRICKS 4 KIDZ® style! Inspired by the gaming mega-hit Clash of Clans™, collect and store gold and elixir to train troops and build villages in this fun workshop with LEGO® Bricks. You must stop at nothing to defend your village from enemy attacks! Experience the thrill of battling barbarians, greedy goblins, powerful PEKKAs, and wild wall breakers. All of this and more at our Clash of Bricks workshop!

In addition to the Clash of Bricks, there are spots available on our January workshops at both our St Leonards and Mosman locations: other themes include:

  • Mining & Crafting (going quick!)
  • Space Adventures
  • Remote Control Mania
  • Superhero Academy, and
  • Amusement Park Mayhem

Get in quick before all spots are gone!

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Hornless goats and other excellent LEGO® creations, powered by imagination!

LEGO® Imagination Ad | Artwork by Blattner Brunner | BRICKS 4 KIDZ® SydneyRight now, the cool thing with LEGO® is to go “freestyle” – pick up a bunch of bricks and just build something! Use your imagination rather than slavishly following the instructions. LEGO® themselves deserve some of the credit for the freestyle creativity, with the excellent messages from the LEGO Movie (which you should see, if you haven’t!).

Kids find freestyle LEGO® easy. The other day, I sat down with one of our little girls and we started to build a farm set with animals. We ended up with a horse, cow, goats, frog and a duck, with a little yard for them to play in, along with a farmhouse. To me, the animals looked a bit sketchy! The goats for example didn’t even have horns. But to my little girl, none of that mattered – for her, these LEGO® farmyard animals were *real*.

That imaginative spirit is captured in these brilliant LEGO® ads, showcased in a great post by Twisted Sifter. There are ads from around the world, with the same theme – given a set of bricks big enough, you can create the world.

Recently we announced details of our upcoming programs for the Sydney school holidays – a mix of one day, two day and five consecutive half day vacation programs in July 2014, located in Willoughby. Themes include Mining and Crafting, Ticket To Ride, Space Adventures and the World of Super Heroes.  Send your little master builder onto the program and let their own imagination run wild 😎 . The programs are filling quickly so be sure to book your spot soon!

Here’s another of the LEGO® ads – do you recognise these characters?  More examples on that Twister Sifter post – check it out, and happy building!

LEGO® Ad of Simpsons | Artwork by Jung v Matt | BRICKS 4 KIDZ® Sydney

 

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One day and two day workshops now added to our Sydney school holiday programs! Fun for kids with LEGO®, located in Willoughby

 

BRICKS 4 KIDZ® | Sydney July 2014 School Holiday Programs

 

We had a great reception to the Sydney school vacation BRICKS 4 KIDZ® programs we previously announced, so we’re happy to launch new options for parents seeking something fresh and fun for kids over the winter break. With specially-created BRICKS 4 KIDZ® models, LEGO® games galore, and plenty of time for free-play, the kids are always having fun!

We have now added one day and two day workshops, for parents seeking an all-day activity.  Programs will start at 9am and finish at 4pm (LEGO® Creative Play time is available for children who need an early drop off or late pick up – details available on our school holiday programs page).

School holiday and vacation care is designed for kids ages 5 – 12 and are staffed by trained, screened BRICKS 4 KIDZ® instructors. Children will work and play with designated LEGO® Technic pieces such as gears, axles, electric motors and more! Themes include Mining and Crafting, Ticket To Ride, Space Adventures and the World of Super Heroes.

Children work in small groups to build projects using BRICKS 4 KIDZ® model plans. They also get to make creations of their own during our free play periods. We keep the action going with unique games and challenges using LEGO® Bricks to make sure they get their fill of LEGO® school holiday fun in an open, friendly and team-based environment!

All the vacation programs will be held at 1st Willoughby Scout Hall, 56 Laurel Street, Willoughby, NSW 2068.  Each child will receive a BRICKS 4 KIDZ® t-shirt and a custom LEGO® mini-figure to take home.

There are only 20 spots in each workshop. You can download details here, to share with friends – get a group going!

Alternatively, if you are interested in any of the programs announced previously (five consecutive half-days) please note these are filling fast.

 

Here are the new sessions now available for the July school holidays in Sydney:

 

ONE DAY PROGRAMS ($90, INCL GST)

Ticket to Ride

4 July  ⚛  9am – 4pm

Get your ticket to ride at the BRICKS 4 KIDZ® amusement park! Kids will build rides, learning how to make things spin, roll, turn and rock.  They will take what they have learned to design their own thrills and challenges.  Motorised models maximise the action and fun. The day includes carnival-themed games, group challenges, model building and more.

At the end of the day, all kids will go home with a custom LEGO® mini-figure and a BRICKS 4 KIDZ® t-shirt. Ages 5+

 

Space Adventure 

11 July  ⚛  9am – 4pm

Inspired by NASA and Star Wars™, our Space Adventures program is packed full of models that will make your imagination blast off! Children will learn about real-life space exploration and build models related to the NASA space program. In addition, the day includes LEGO®  Star Wars™ themed models, group games, challenges and more. BRICKS 4 KIDZ® Space Adventure provides the spark for imagination and creativity.

At the end of the day, all kids will go home with a custom LEGO® mini-figure and a BRICKS 4 KIDZ® t-shirt. Ages 6+

 

TWO DAY PROGRAMS ($180, INCL GST)

Girl - DuckMining and Crafting

30 June – 1 July  ⚛  9am – 4pm

Experience the world of MineCraft® with LEGO® bricks in this creative school holiday workshop! Kids will begin by crafting their shelters and some of the mobs, critters and tools using traditional bricks and mosaic builds. Children will face new challenges each day building motorised BRICKS 4 KIDZ® models and crafting key elements from the MineCraft® game.

At the end of the two days, all kids will go home with a custom LEGO® mini-figure and a BRICKS 4 KIDZ® t-shirt. Ages 7+

Space Adventure 

2 – 3 July  ⚛  9am – 4pm

Inspired by NASA and Star Wars™, our Space Adventures program is packed full of models that will make your imagination blast off! Each day, children will learn about real-life space exploration and build models related to the NASA space program. In addition, the program includes LEGO®  Star Wars™ themed models, group games, challenges and more. BRICKS 4 KIDZ® Space Adventure provides the spark for imagination and creativity.

At the end of the two days, all kids will go home with a custom LEGO® mini-figure and a BRICKS 4 KIDZ® t-shirt. Ages 6+

 

Super Hero Academy

7 July – 8 July  ⚛  9am – 4pm

Join BRICKS 4 KIDZ® for two days building Super Heroes with LEGO® bricks. Explore all the caped crusaders and discover their super powers. Create a fantasy world and protect it against all of the evil arch enemies with custom contraptions made with LEGO® bricks.

At the end of the two days, all kids will go home with a custom LEGO® mini-figure and a BRICKS 4 KIDZ® t-shirt. Ages 5+

 

Ticket to Ride

9 – 10 July  ⚛  9am – 4pm

Get your ticket to ride at the BRICKS 4 KIDZ® amusement park! Kids will build rides, learning how to make things spin, roll, turn and rock.  They will take what they have learned to design their own thrills and challenges.  Motorised models maximise the action and fun. Each session includes carnival-themed games, group challenges, model building and more.

At the end of the two days, all kids will go home with a custom LEGO® mini-figure and a BRICKS 4 KIDZ® t-shirt. Ages 5+

 

Details

  • Payment can be made via credit card or bank transfer.
  • Please note that food is not provided. Please provide a nut-free snack for your child to enjoy during every day of vacation care. If staying for the full day children will need to bring their own nut-free lunch.

 

Check out our cancellation policy, missed classes policy and other notes here.

Get in quick before all the spots are gone!

 

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Spots on our July school holiday program are now available! Fun for kids with LEGO® Bricks, located at Willoughby

140527 Vacation Care brochure

 

Looking for something new for the kids in the winter break? BRICKS 4 KIDZ® vacation care is a fresh and fun way for kids to spend their school holidays! With specially-created BRICKS 4 KIDZ® models, LEGO® games, and plenty of time for free-play, the kids are always having fun. Themes for the coming break include Mining and Crafting, Super Hero Academy, Space Adventures and Amusement Parks.

Our vacation care is designed for kids ages 5 – 12 and is staffed by trained, screened BRICKS 4 KIDZ® instructors. Children work in small groups to build projects using BRICKS 4 KIDZ® model plans. They also get to make creations of their own during our free play periods. We keep the action going with games and challenges using LEGO® Bricks to make sure they get their fill of LEGO® fun!

All the vacation programs will be held at 1st Willoughby Scout Hall, 56 Laurel Street, Willoughby, NSW 2068, and run Monday through to Friday.  You can choose morning or afternoon sessions, or for hardcore little master builders, they can choose full days.  Each child will receive a BRICKS 4 KIDZ® t-shirt and a custom LEGO® mini-figure to take home.

There are only 20 spots in each workshop.  You can download details here, to share with friends – get a group going!

 

Here are the available sessions:

Minecraft® Steve | BRICKS 4 KIDZ®Mining and Crafting

30 June – 4 July ⚛ Morning session 9am – 12pm

Experience the world of MineCraft® with LEGO® bricks in this creative school holiday workshop! Kids will begin by crafting their shelters and some of the mobs, critters and tools using traditional bricks and mosaic builds. Children will face new challenges each day building motorised BRICKS 4 KIDZ® models and crafting key elements from the MineCraft® game.

At the end of the week, all kids will go home with a custom LEGO® mini-figure and a BRICKS 4 KIDZ® t-shirt. Ages 7+

 

Space Adventure

30 June – 4 July ⚛ Afternoon session 1pm – 4pm

Inspired by NASA and Star Wars™, our Space Adventures program is packed full of models that will make your imagination blast off! Each day, children will learn about real-life space exploration and build models related to the NASA space program. In addition, the day includes LEGO® Star Wars™ themed models, group games, challenges and more. BRICKS 4 KIDZ® Space Adventure provides the spark for imagination and creativity.

At the end of the week, all kids will go home with a custom LEGO® mini-figure and a BRICKS 4 KIDZ® t-shirt. Ages 6+

 

Ticket to Ride

7 July – 11 July ⚛ Morning session 9am – 12pm

Get your ticket to ride at the BRICKS 4 KIDZ® amusement park! Kids will build a new ride each day, learning how to make things spin, roll, turn and rock. They will take what they have learned to design their own thrills and challenges. Motorised models maximise the action and fun. Each day includes carnival-themed games, group challenges, model building and more.

At the end of the week, all kids will go home with a custom LEGO® mini-figure and a BRICKS 4 KIDZ® t-shirt. Ages 5+

 

Super Hero Academy

7 July – 11 July ⚛ Afternoon session 1pm-4pm

Join BRICKS 4 KIDZ® for a week building Super Heroes with LEGO® bricks. Explore all the caped crusaders and discover their super powers. Create a fantasy world and protect it against all of the evil arch enemies with custom contraptions made with LEGO® bricks.

At the end of the week, all kids will go home with a custom LEGO® mini-figure and a BRICKS 4 KIDZ® t-shirt. Ages 5+

 

Details

  • Weekly vacation care runs Monday – Friday.
  • Morning sessions are from 9am-12pm
  • Afternoon sessions are from 1pm-4pm
  • The cost is $225 per week (morning or afternoon sessions), or $450 per week (morning and afternoon sessions)
  • Please note that food is not provided. Please provide a nut-free snack for your child to enjoy during every day of vacation care. If staying for the full day children will need to bring their own nut-free lunch.

 

Check out our cancellation policy, missed classes policy and other notes here.

Get in quick before all the spots are gone!

 

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BRICKS 4 KIDZ® is part of response to #STEM Education crisis

20130807132328 (1) copyThe parent company of BRICKS 4 KIDZ® is Creative Learning Corporation, a publicly-listed US company.  The company recently posted an article detailing the extent of the crisis facing STEM education, and how BRICKS 4 KIDZ® may be part of an effective response.

As the article notes, “The U.S. has 13 federal agencies that have committed over $3.4 billion to more than 250 different programs supporting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (“STEM”) programs, according to the Association of Science and Technology Centers (“ASTC”). Despite these investments, the World Economic Forum ranks the U.S. 52nd in the quality of mathematics and science education.”

Australia faces similar challenges.The number of maths major enrolments in Australian universities fell by about 15 per cent in the past decade, while at the same time the demand for mathematicians increased by 52 per cent. The proportion of year 12 students taking physics, chemistry and biology fell by about a third in the past 10 years, and in international education performance assessments Australia is dropping down ranks.   The issue has received plenty of media attention.

BRICKS 4 KIDZ® offers programs designed to teach the principles of engineering, math and science to children ages 3-12+ using LEGO® Bricks. Classes are provided in school/after school, at special event programs, and at vacation programs designed to enhance and enrich the traditional school curriculum by triggering imagination and building confidence.  The experience of using LEGO® to build models embeds the STEM concepts in kids in ways that we can’t reach with traditional classroom-based learning.  As the article notes, “In a 2009 Purdue University study, researchers found that students that used hands-on learning were able to use drawings, words, or phrases to explain STEM concepts better than those learning the same material via lecture, particularly among non-native English speaking children.”  BRICKS 4 KIDZ® is proof of that.

If you are new to BRICKS 4 KIDZ® and unfamiliar with its programs, this short video is a great introduction.

 

We recently posted news of our July school holiday programs – please get in touch to learn more!

 

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Stop the holiday brain drain! July vacation programs announced, limited spots

A BRICKS 4 KIDZ® vacation care is a fresh and fun way for kids to spend their school holidays! With specially-designed BRICKS 4 KIDZ® models, LEGO® games galore, and plenty of time for free-play, the kids are always having fun. Vacation care is specially designed for kids ages 5 – 12 and are staffed by trained, screened BRICKS 4 KIDZ® instructors.

In June / July 2014, we’ll be running four programs in Sydney’s Lower North Shore:

  • Mining and Crafting 1 (twice!),
  • Angry Birdies/Bad Piglets, and
  • Space Adventure

Limited spots are available.  Confirm your place now!

 

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