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Annual OK CityScape Exhibit Transforms 2 Million LEGO Bricks Into Metro Skyline
OKLAHOMA CITY – Soon streets and shops across the metro will be bustling with holiday activity, but there is another city that also will come alive – one made entirely of LEGO® bricks and creativity. The 2011 OK CityScape exhibit will open Saturday, Nov. 19 for a six-week run that is sure to provide holiday, family fun for children and adults, alike. Proceeds directly benefit Oklahoma City Educare, an early childhood education center in Oklahoma City.
Rachel Hernandez, president of The Exchange, said OK CityScape provides a chance for families to see Oklahoma City landmarks, attractions and streetscapes made of LEGO® bricks, alongside moving cars and shining lights – all combining to tell the unique and varied story of the city. In its third year, Hernandez said the exhibit will include more than 2 million LEGO® bricks and will debut the newly-renovated Myriad Gardens, additions to the Devon Tower and INTEGRIS Baptist Hospital.
“Each year this event has grown significantly, not just in the number of blocks used but also in the number of visitors who experience this mini-metro,” Hernandez said. “We are thrilled to continue providing this fun, entertaining exhibit that ultimately benefits underserved families within our community.”
In addition to the exhibit, several activities will be available for families and young children. There will be weekend workshops, story times and an area to build your own creations. Attendees will have an opportunity to have their picture taken and receive the building instructions for turning their picture into a LEGO® masterpiece.
OK CityScape began in 2009 and is hosted and assembled by The Exchange, an Oklahoma City-based event-planning company. In its first two years, the exhibit raised over $350,000 to benefit Oklahoma City Educare, a nonprofit focused on narrowing the achievement gap for children in poverty by providing and promoting the highest quality outcome-based learning environments for families and their children.
Kelli Dupuy, with Oklahoma City Educare, said funds raised during this event fund teachers’ salaries at OKC Educare, where they serve 212 at-risk children, ages birth to five years, with high-quality early childhood education and social emotional development.
“The funds raised throughout OK CityScape fund a portion of our teachers’ salaries, which enable us to continue providing the highest quality early childhood education and social emotional development to our students,” said Dupuy. “Not only do these funds help us narrow the quality gap for our students, but also they enhance our program and give more opportunities to our students and their families.”
This year’s theme is “UltraGalactic MegaFantastic” and will add spaceships, aliens and lasers to the popular interactive, whimsical exhibit. In addition to the exhibit itself, there is a Kids Construction Zone, which lets kids of all ages build their own LEGO® creations, providing hours of entertainment for future architects and builders.
Attendees also will have an opportunity to have their picture taken and receive the building instructions for turning their picture into a LEGO® masterpiece. Additionally, Junior League of Oklahoma City presents Weekly Story Time each Friday night and a special Weekend Workshop Series takes place every Saturday.
OK CityScape will open Saturday, Nov. 19 and run through Dec. 31. The exhibit will be located at 1100 N. Broadway in Oklahoma City’s Automobile Alley. Exhibit hours are Monday through Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children under 12 and children under 3 are free, and can be purchased at the door. Visitors can find out more about the exhibit, book a LEGO® filled birthday party, or register for the special happenings at ww.OKCityScape.com or by calling (405)-601-9200.
About The Exchange: An Events Revolution
The Exchange is an event-planning company located in Oklahoma City’s historic Film Row. Focused on redefining, reimagining and revolutionizing the events industry, The Exchange specializes in creating signature experiences for both profit and nonprofit clients.
Founded by the Ounce of Prevention Fund in Chicago in 2000, Educare Centers are committed to helping young children grow up safe, healthy and eager to learn. Through a consortium of partners, Educare supporters create, provide and promote the highest quality outcome-based learning environments for families and their children (ages birth to five years) who are at-risk for school failure. Educare principles and practices are based on continual research and implementation within the field of early childhood education. The success of the children who enter this program will demonstrate the societal and economic value of investing in the earliest years in order to prevent the need for costly interventions later