The LEGO Education Learning Centre in Docklands is run by Moore Education, a company that provides schools with LEGO education resources to explore how robotics, mechanisms, renewable energy and creative construction work through hands-on LEGO play.
I booked Lady AB in for ‘City Movers’, a 45 minute workshop using LEGO Duplo Tech Machines aimed at 4-6 year olds. You can drop off your child at the centre but I chose to stay with Lady AB – and I’m glad I did because it was SO much fun!
The session started with a short story time that tied together all the different things we were going to build. The kids were itching to get to the LEGO tables but were very patient listening to the story.
Then they were shown how to use the LEGO Duplo Tech Machines, which use a special screwdriver to attach pieces together securely. Lady AB and I had great fun manipulating the screwdriver and building our outrageous construction vehicles.
The kids were then instructed to build a city using giant LEGO bricks and everyone set about busily building bridges and towers and tunnels.
Then the best bit…each child was given a remote control and instructed to drive their vehicle around the city! It was so thrilling to watch these vehicles move and wonderful to see the satisfaction on these little kids’ faces as their creations came to life.
The session went by very quickly and we were both sad to leave afterwards. I think it’s good value for $12 as the kids get to play, learn about construction, listen and work together. I can’t wait to go back! (Unfortunately I haven’t been able to find the LEGO Duplo Tech Machines that comes with the remote control for sale as it’s an old model – can anyone help?)
Every Sunday is ‘Sunday Funday’ when they run 45 minute building sessions at 11am, 12pm and 1pm for $5 per child (4+ and up) with a different theme each week. Bookings are not required and Sunday Funday does not run during the school holidays. You can also book a birthday party at the centre.
Note there’s plenty of parking at Harbour Town and metered parking on the street plus it’s easily accessible from the CBD via tram.
For more Lego play and workshops for kids in Melbourne check out Inside the Brick.