It’s the time of year where all I want to do is hibernate indoors and be cozy. But for my son, this inevitably leads to too much screen time and makes for a grouchy kid and mom. So last week we picked the warmest day, bundled up and headed to Stone Zoo in Stoneham with friends to check out the Brick Safari.
Zoo New England generously gifted us passes to Stone Zoo to check out the Safari, which is presented by Metro T-Mobile and in place through January 5, 2020. The Brick Safari features over 40 life-size animal sculptures made from millions of colorful LEGO® bricks.
The brick animals are located near their real counterparts and since my son is an animal lover, we had fun comparing the real thing to the sculpture and talking about where animals live in the wild and what they eat. The bears (real and brick) were a favorite!
There are also a few extra sculptures mixed in–like the elephant and giraffe!
Our group included three kids, ages two and three years old. So playing on the playground and riding in the safari jeep made of 74,600 LEGO® bricks were also big highlights of the day.
I’ve posted about Stone Zoo in the past and emphasized how it’s a great size for toddlers and younger kids. It’s usually not too crowded, so you can get a good look at the animals, and the playground is great for burning off some energy in between visiting the animals.
The brick animals add another dimension to your visit and kids (and adults) of all ages will have fun admiring the construction and guessing how many bricks were needed to make each sculpture. (Spoiler: there are WAY more than 4,000 bricks per sculpture, as I guessed at the Polar Bear!)
In addition to visiting Stone Zoo during the day, you can also experience the Brick Safari at ZooLights from November 22nd to January 4th, 5-9 pm (except Thanksgiving & Christmas Day). I’m sure the sculptures will look amazing lit by thousands of twinkling lights! Plus you can meet Santa.
Zoo New England gifted us the tickets for our visit, but this is otherwise not sponsored and all the opinions present are my own.