I have much in my life to be thankful for: family, health, safety, and opportunities are certainly among the most significant. However, it is important to also be thankful for the small blessings in life. So, I would like to publicly state that I am immensely grateful neither of my children are obsessed with Legos. Give me a 1,000 piece puzzle. Give me challenging logic problems or crossword puzzles. Give me a dense, laborious work of literature. But please, keep the Legos to yourself and away from my children, because I simply don’t have the patience to complete a single tiny construction project. My Lego creations always end much like my knitting projects: unfinished and forgotten.
I was reminded of this ineptitude on a recent trip to Longmont. To celebrate one of our last days of summer break, I took both of my daughters to the Longmont Museum and Cultural Center. We started by browsing through the permanent exhibit, which is always free to visit. This small gallery features exhibits that document the 14,000 years of human history in Longmont. You’ll find a brush shelter, Cheyenne Tipi, and trading fort. You can create dams at the water table, ring a school bell, and tune a 1930s radio.
And you’ll probably discover an item or two that truly baffle…
We then paid a small entry fee to experience Build! The Amazing World of Lego, a temporary exhibit at the museum. It was quite enjoyable.
For about 30 minutes.
Truly, that was about all of the attention span I could muster for this. My children, despite their general disinterest in Legos, were entertained for close to two hours. They built cars, decorated houses, created cities, and engineered bridges. Entirely with Legos. Meanwhile, I admired the impressive Lego art and occasionally helped them with their projects. I dried a few tears when a car was snatched by a rambunctious little boy and I helped them navigate the crowds to find a spot at their favorite activities. However, it truly tested the limits of my patience and I was thankful for my smart phone. More specifically, I was thankful for Candy Crush. Again, it’s sometimes the little things…
The Longmont Museum is approximately 45 minutes from Fort Collins, depending on traffic. Due to the popularity of the exhibit, Build! The Amazing World of Lego has been extended through September 22nd. The next exhibit, Day of the Dead, is the museum’s signature event and the largest Day of the Dead celebration in Colorado. It will take place from October 5th through November 10th, 2013.
400 Quail Road, Longmont, CO