‘Old Man Winter’ took a look at the calendar, and must have thought it was time for snow! But ‘while the weather outside is frightful’, it’s also time for the December Open Houses at Brickmania.
First Thursday is December 5th, 5pm – 9pm. Help Brickmania decorate their Christmas tree! We will have our 2013 tree ornaments for sale, and also have bricks and hangers so you can build something from our play area bricks and add it to the tree.
And as for our regularly scheduled Saturday Open Houses, we’ll be doing three of them this month: December 7th, 14th, and 21st; 10am – 4pm each day. The Brickmania store is stocked for your gift-giving shopping, and we’re looking forward to seeing you!
And as always, bring your LEGO train to one of our events, and you can run it on our layout.
It’s November already? Weren’t we just in Summer a few days ago?
Open Houses this week! First Thursday is November 7th, 5pm – 9pm. We are going to be finishing work on Brickmania’s Van Gogh mosaic that we started at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts last month, we ran out of time (and some parts!) there so we’re going to finish it up this week. Come on out and help build a LEGO masterpiece!
Second Saturday is November 9th, 10am – 4pm. Brickstuff will be there again demonstrating their new lighting kits, the Brickmania store is stocked, the trains will be running, and as always if you bring your LEGO train you can run it on our layout.
Stay tuned for updates on our schedule for December, tentative plans are to have an extra Saturday Open House (or two?) in December.
The GMLTC’s own Steve Demlow is featured on Metro Transit’s Blog!
Steve has built LEGO versions of Metro Transit’s light rail, and Northstar Commuter Rail trains that are featured at Brickmania during our Open Houses, and has also built trains that are on display at Metro Transit’s Commuter Connection store in downtown Minneapolis.
Nice job, Steve!
Brickmania and most of the GMLTC will be at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts this Thursday, October 17th, from 6pm to 9pm, building a LEGO mosaic of van Gogh’s “Olive Trees”:
It’s a free event, come on out and build a section of the mosaic!
We hope to see you there!
Although it sure doesn’t feel like it today, it’s October, and it’s time to mention our Open Houses for this month.
First Thursday is this week, the 3rd. 5pm – 9pm. If you can’t make it to one of our Saturday Open Houses, or perhaps you prefer a less crowded Brickmania space, come visit us on Thursday.
Second Saturday is the 12th, 10am – 4pm.
Brickmania store is stocked and will be open both days, Peleliu LST diorama will be on display, trains will be running, as always bring your LEGO trains to run on the GMLTC layout!
Note: We are not planning on any special Halloween events this year. We will have a couple extra Open Houses in December, we’ll update this space (and our Facebook page) as they get scheduled.
It’s September, we’ve survived the State Fair, the kids are back in school, and it’s time for our September Open Houses!
First Thursday is the 5th, 5pm – 9pm. Second Saturday is the 14th, 10am – 4pm.
For those of you who want to see the LST Peleliu diorama, the plan is to have it on display on the 14th, through the November Open Houses. It has been doing some traveling this summer, but we’re happy it will ‘land’ at Brickmania for the next few months.
Brickmania store will be open, trains will be running, (bring yours to run on our layout!), we’re looking forward to seeing you this month.
I needed to get this posted quickly, as the First Thursday Open House is August 1st – it just can’t get any earlier in the month than that! 5pm – 9pm Thursday night, Brickmania store will be open, play area will be operational, stop on by if you’re in the neighborhood.
Second Saturday Open House is August 10th, 10am – 4pm.
For those of you who want to see the big Peleliu LST diorama, it won’t be set up in August, but we’re planning on having it set up in September, and hopefully through the end of the year. We know it’s a very popular display, so we want to keep you updated when it is on display at Brickmania, and when it’s on the road to various Lego fan events.
That’s all the news for now, as always, bring your Lego train to one of our Open Houses and you can run it on the GMLTC layout!
We’ve survived World War Brick, so back to our regular Open House schedule.
Yes, we’re planning on being open the “First Thursday”, and yes, it’s the Fourth of July! The GMLTC layout will be running, some of the usual displays will be set up, but please note that the Brickmania store will not be open, as the Brickmania crew will all be out of town.
However, the store will be open for our Second Saturday Open House on July 13th, or you can always order through their website.
And as always, if you bring your Lego train, we’ll pull one of ours off the track and let you run yours.
Most of us who went to Brickworld in Chicago have recovered from that weekend (special “Hi!” to my new friend Conner the Conductor), and now we’re getting things ready for World War Brick this Friday through Sunday at Brickmania.
Friday is for paid attendees only, but Saturday and Sunday (10am – 4pm both days) will be open to the public. Admission will be $5 for adults, that money helps pay to put on the event, and we think you’ll get your money’s worth. There will be special military-themed exhibits, Will from Brickarms, GI Bricks, and Bullseye Bricks will all be there, and there will be some brand new and exclusive things for sale. Help build a huge mosaic for permanent display, and take home a special free US Marine minifig as a ‘thank you’.
The GMLTC and TCLTC layouts will be running, but the emphasis this weekend is on the military displays. So yes, you can still bring your Lego trains to run on our layout!
Finally, a quick note for July. Our “First Thursday” Open House is on the Fourth of July! We’ll be open for visiting on your way to watch fireworks, we might even break out the charcoal grill for hot dogs and veggie dogs and make a picnic out of it. 5pm – 9pm on the 4th!
Due to a quirk in scheduling, both our “First Thursday” and “Second Saturday” Open Houses are this week! Thursday, June 6th, 5pm – 9pm; and Saturday, June 8th, 10am – 4pm. Come to one or the other or both, we’d love to see you at Brickmania Toyworks this week.
Next week several of us will be in Chicago for Brickworld, one of the biggest and best LEGO fan weekends you’ll find anywhere. Brickmania will be there as well, with their biggest store setup and display space yet. We’re really looking forward to a great weekend in Chicago.
Brickmania / GMLTC / TCLTC will be part of the Nordeast Minneapolis Parade on June 18th, along Central Avenue between 28th and 18th. Be sure to wave when you see us!
Lastly, June 28th – 30th is the second annual “World War Brick” at Brickmania. The 100 all-weekend guest passes have sold out, but there will be public display hours on Saturday and Sunday. This will not be a free event like our Open Houses, but with a small admission fee you’ll be able to see our regular displays plus so much more – military themed models from builders around the world, a huge mosiac you can help build, BrickArms and GI Bricks with some exclusives – it’s going to be a fun weekend as well.
And there are still a few days to back Brickmania’s Kickstarter campaign to create more realistic track links!