Lego – it’s not just for kids

“I don’t remember ever not playing with Lego, but in recent years, my collection has gathered momentum. I now own famous buildings from around the world, such as Big Ben, the Sydney Opera House..."

By ILANA STUTLAND
July 18, 2018 20:04
CHILDREN ENJOY the Lego Park, but grown-up kids (adults) are also welcome to build there

CHILDREN ENJOY the Lego Park, but grown-up kids (adults) are also welcome to build there. (photo credit: SHADOW STUDIO)

 
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For her 40th birthday, Orli Ahrak decided to treat herself by purchasing the Eiffel Tower built from Lego blocks. 

“The tower stands 1.2 meters high. I bought it secondhand, and it still cost me thousands of shekels,” says Ahrak. “Once I build something out of Lego, I never take it apart. If I need more room in the house for more Lego statues, I just move something out of the way. We took our books off the bookshelves to make room for more Lego. Now, it’s even begun taking over the kitchen. We probably have more than 200 sets of Lego in the house.”
 
Lego enthusiasts like Ahrak will be happy to hear that a Lego Park opened this past weekend at the Holon Toto Arena, that will run until the end of August. In addition to the three million Lego pieces that adults and children are welcome to build things with there, there are attractions such as a giant wheel, a carousel, bungee jumping, arts and crafts, PlayStation and Xbox stations. There will also be a future city exhibition displaying Lego creations made by children. A panel of judges will choose the winner, who will receive a free trip to LegoLand in California with her or his family. 
 
But Lego is not just for kids. “Lego is fun for everyone,” says Ahrak. “Some people like to plan their concoctions step by step, whereas others like to create freely. Lego has continuously remained popular since I was a kid, and it’s my favorite hobby. Unfortunately, it’s very expensive to buy in Israel, and so every time a friend of mine flies overseas, I ask them to bring me back a set. Let’s just say no one has a hard time figuring out what to buy me for my birthday each year.”


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