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Thousands visit Sidney for Lego and more

Families gathered at the Lego-building table at Sidney
Families gathered at the Lego-building table at Sidney's Mary Winspear Centre on Family Day Monday. The town welcomed thousands of people, taking in SidneyLand art the Centre and a professional Lego builder at the Sidney Pier Hotel.
— image credit: Steven Heywood

Streets are full of families enjoying a tour through downtown Sidney today (Mon., Feb. 11) for a Family Day treasure hunt, featuring popular building blocks.

The Sidney Pier Hotel is hosting professional Lego builder Robin Sather, who is in the process of constructing a five-foot Lego parrot. It's expected to be complete at around 4 p.m., after which the model will be taken to the Sidney Museum on Beacon Avenue. The museum itself helped start the Sidney Lego phenomenon, with its annual Lego model display. There, and at the Sidney Pier Hotel, line-ups were long but spirits high among the families waiting to get inside.

From the hotel venue, families can get a treasure map, which directs them to stores throughout the Sidney downtown. Once all of the map is stamped by participating businesses, people can enter it in a draw for a prize.

At the Mary Winspear Centre, children are enjoying SidneyLand which, as of early this afternoon, was sold out. Between 800 and 1,000 people have gone through the doors at the centre, visiting with various mascots and costumed characters, as well as taking on bouncy castles and other fun activities. SidneyLand ends today at 2 p.m.

The Sidney Museum presents its Lego display all month. Donations are being accepted at the Sidney Pier Hotel, as well as the museum itself, to help with its ongoing expansion plans.

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