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Design & Build Family Weekend

For Immediate Release

Lyndhurst’s 12th Annual Design & Build Family Weekend
Saturday and Sunday, April 29 & 30, 2017

(Tarrytown, NY—March 2017) One of Lyndhurst’s most popular family programs returns this spring to once again bring fun, dynamic activities to kids interested in architecture, engineering, and design. The weekend’s events include the interactive creation of a 3D village using recycled materials, massive LEGO® sculptures, robotics battles, scavenger hunts along Lyndhurst’s historic property, crafts, food, and entertainment. The event runs from 10 am to 4 pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Admission is just $8 for kids and $10 for adults.

“This year, we really want to center the Design & Build Weekend around the theme of community building. Because Lyndhurst is an architectural landmark, we want to show kids that architecture and engineering shape not only our buildings, but also our culture. Families will get to engage in the concept that architecture goes beyond structure and apply it through these fun activities,” said Howard Zar, Lyndhurst’s Executive Director.

Lyndhurst is teaming up with ArchForKids, a local organization that provides exciting, interdisciplinary programming to teach children engineering principles with hands-on projects. Children and adults are invited to join in the creation of a 3D-village using recycled boxes and supplies. Then, put the structures together to make an entire Gothic Revival style village. Held outdoors in the carriage house courtyard, this activity gets kids to practice problem solving, basic city planning and architectural concepts, and above all, creativity.

Master LEGO builder Cody Wells of C3BRIX will bring his signature large scale portraits and conduct how-to workshops with kids of all ages, followed by a Q&A each day. Cody is a participating artist in the New York Hall of Science’s Brick Fest Live and was featured in the recent film “A LEGO Brickumentary.”

Camp Mohawk invites the youngest and oldest family members to build together with large blocks set and other fun activities. Available to the whole family are crafts, scavenger hunts, food, entertainment, and tours of the historic mansion which will feature LEGO® sculptures built by local children. Everyone’s invited to join in the theme of building a village together through teamwork and ingenuity.

Already have a mini-engineer in the family? Kids are invited to submit their LEGO® sculptures for display within the Lyndhurst Mansion. Exhibitors and two family members get in to Design & Build weekend for free. This is an exciting opportunity for LEGO® loving kids to showcase their work among their peers. Get more info and register your child to exhibit online at www.lyndhurst.org/lego by April 7. Kids are also invited to construct LEGO® sculptures on-site in the historic Carriage House.

About Lyndhurst. Originally built in 1838, Lyndhurst is considered by many to be the most important American home of the 19th century. Designed by A.J. Davis, the Frank Lloyd Wright of the 19th century in Gothic Revival style, Lyndhurst was one of the first homes to be built in the Hudson Valley as a romantic retreat. Lyndhurst is situated on 67 magnificently landscaped acres on the widest part of the lower Hudson River. Lyndhurst is where the Hudson Valley begins.

Go to www.lyndhurst.org for more information.

ArchForKids provides young people with dynamic, hands-on, minds-on learning experiences grounded in architecture, design, engineering and urban planning. Young designers brainstorm, sketch, estimate, design, calculate and construct. They create parks and dream houses, go on I Spy architecture walks, build model skyscrapers and bridges, and so much more. They apply academic concepts to real world situations. In addition, young people gain a deeper understanding – and appreciation – of their own communities and the wider world.

For additional information:

Maura Bekelja, Marketing & Digital Communications Coordinator
914.303.6847, [email protected]