Have You Seen Him?

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

His name is Seymour, and he wears a scuba mask.  You can see him from I-75 standing in front of Great Lakes Crossing Outlets day and night.  And believe me, you can’t miss him.

Seymour stands 20 feet tall and weighs 2,357 pounds, and if you haven’t guessed by now, he is a giraffe and made of 46,974 LEGO bricks.  He wears a scuba mask so that he can swim with all the creatures at SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium.

Rumor has it that he likes photo ops.  So if you’re in the neighborhood and want to take a selfie with Seymour, just go to the Great Lakes Crossings entrance by SEA LIFE and the Rainforest Café.  I just hope you have long arms.

LEGOLAND Combines Learning And Legos

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Community Development Executive Assistant

School bells are ringing all across Michigan today, welcoming our students back into classrooms for another year of instruction, growth, and discovery.  LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Great Lakes Crossing Outlets – one of our favorite local attractions – has designed educational workshops utilizing LEGOS, and the kids love it!  The program started last year and is making a return this fall.

Workshops will target pre-kindergarten through sixth-grade students and incorporate age-appropriate math and engineering concepts, and language skills into playtime.  These workshops are perfect for school field trips, clubs and play dates.

Maybe back-to-school is the most wonderful time of the year!  Keep an eye out for workshop information at www.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/michigan.

New Ninjago Training Camp Opens in Auburn Hills

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

Do you have what it takes to become a Master of Spinjitzu?  If you’re interested in finding out, now is the time to drop by LEGOLAND Discovery Center’s new Ninjago Training Camp in Great Lakes Crossing Outlets.

Participants will hone skills in building a ninja dojo, test reaction time, speed and accuracy and sharpen focus with the Buzz Mountain Challenge.  The final training mission requires persistence and caution through the Laser Maze for the ultimate Ninja test.

In the end, will you have what it takes to join Kai, Jay, Nya and Zane of the Ninjago team?  Your final score will give you the answer.

Excitement ‘Builds’ for LEGOLAND Discovery Center Michigan

Posted by – Stephanie Carroll, Manager of Business Development & Community Relations

It was a lot of fun!  Yesterday, various officials and dignitaries marked the ground breaking for Auburn Hills’ newest attraction – LEGOLAND Discovery Center Michigan at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets.  The event was also celebrated with the help of a very lucky 2nd grade class from R. Grant Graham Elementary School.

Mayor McDaniel participated in one of the most unique ground breaking ceremonies we have seen.

Mayor McDaniel participated in one of the most unusual ground breaking ceremonies we have ever seen

LEGOLAND Discovery Centers are unique indoor attractions based on the popular LEGO brick.  The attraction will cater to families with children aged three to 10, offering interactive and educational experiences.  It will be the perfect complement to our community—while our companies are busy building cars and other automotive components, robots, and buildings – residents and visitors can come here to experience a LEGO-themed ride, 4-D cinema, and a “miniland” with Metro Detroit area landmarks constructed entirely of LEGO bricks.

Kids are going to love this place

Kids are going to love this place

Operated by British-based leisure company Merlin Entertainments, LEGOLAND Discovery Center Michigan will be Merlin’s eighth Discovery Center to open in the United States once complete in the spring of 2016.

The 2nd graders from R. Grant Graham Elementary School had a great time at the event

The 2nd graders from R. Grant Graham Elementary School had a great time at the event

Stay tuned for more updates as the project progresses over the winter months.