Brussels' new Lego Discovery Centre unveils first of 12 play areas

Brussels' new Lego Discovery Centre unveils first of 12 play areas
LEGO figures in a crossover between Star Wars and the Beatles' Abbey Road. Credit: Daniel Cheung on Unsplash

Even though the Lego Discovery Center in Docks Bruxsel in Schaerbeek won't open until 24 June, the organisation has already unveiled the first of the 12 announced themed play areas this week – called 'Mini World.'

The 'Mini World' area is a brightly coloured miniature city where people can walk from Brussels' Cinquantenaire Park to the Berlaymont via the Grand Place, but can also wander through streets lined with doughnut shops, rainbow office towers or toy shops.

Construction workers will be busy working on the roads with jackhammers or steamrollers, there will be a metro station, and it is even possible to get a glimpse of Belgium's Royal Family.

Across the street, people will be able to discover a fantasy world, resembling the Harry Potter and Game of Thrones universes: to the sound of an orchestra and with the obligatory dragons, a medieval fair is being held.

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"Mini World is the point that leads to the different play areas. It is an exclusive concept compared to other Lego Discovery Centres because the area is made up of 80% imaginary buildings and 20% emblematic Brussels locations," the centre's Marketing Manager Diane Lobet, told Sudpresse.

In total, all 12 areas will have an interactive surface area of 3,152m², through workshops for 2 to 10-year-olds and video games among other things.

It took over 1.5 million Lego bricks to build all the works, she added. "105 Lego constructors, 16 designers and 12 technicians took part in creating the area. This represents more than 6,600 hours of work."

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