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Newly Opened LEGO House Is A Tribute To Creative Play

On September 28, 2017, a 12,000-square meter house filled with 25 million LEGO bricks opened its doors to a brand new creative universe. Children and creative souls of all ages can now get the ultimate LEGO experience all year round in the new LEGO House in Billund, Denmark.

It has taken four years to build the most unique LEGO experience in the world – LEGO House. The house is located in Billund, Denmark, where the iconic LEGO brick was invented, and was opened at a grand event attended by HRH The Crown Prince and HRH The Crown Princess and their children.

For LEGO owner, Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, the house is a place where LEGO fans of all ages can find out much more about where LEGO play can take you.

“It has been a dream for me for many years to create a place that will give our visitors the ultimate LEGO experience. With LEGO House, we celebrate creativity and the strength of learning through play. When they play, children learn the basic skills that they need, such as creativity, collaboration and problem-solving abilities,” says third-generation LEGO owner, Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, and adds:

“At the heart of all LEGO experiences – from the boxes of LEGO bricks that children have at home to this fantastic LEGO House that we are celebrating today – is the unique and timeless LEGO brick. With LEGO bricks, you can express yourself creatively and make anything imaginable. The possibilities are endless, and nowhere else in the world can you experience it in the same way as in LEGO House.”

The heart of LEGO House is the experience zones. Here, you will find two exhibition areas and four play areas where you can explore your creativity in lots of different ways. The zones are based on four different colors, each symbolizing a special aspect of play and learning. Red is for creative skills, Blue is for cognitive skills, Green is for social skills and Yellow is for emotional skills.

“All activities in the house are related to our LEGO philosophy that learning through play promotes innovation and creativity. Play runs through the LEGO Group’s DNA, and it is really brought to life in LEGO House. Everything from experience zones and outdoor areas to our restaurant concepts is based on play and creativity, so no matter what you do in LEGO House, it will have something to do with playing,” says Jesper Vilstrup, LEGO House CEO.

If you wish to visit LEGO House, you need to book your visit in advance through the LEGO House website due to space restrictions. This is to ensure that all visitors get the full experience without having to endure long queues and crowded experience zones.

– LEGO House was designed by the architectural firm BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) and consists of 21 white bricks stacked on top of each other. Its facade is covered with tiles, giving the illusion that the whole building is made of LEGO bricks.The building covers an area of 12,000 m2.

– On the ground floor, you will find three restaurants, a LEGO Store, a conference room and the 2,000-square metre LEGO Square. 

– The experience zones comprise four colored play areas, a large gallery of LEGO creations built by fans and a large exhibition about the history of the LEGO brand – including 200 of the most iconic LEGO boxed sets. 

– The experience zones are based on four different colors, each representing a special aspect of play and learning. Red is for creative skills, Blue is for cognitive skills, Green is for social skills and Yellow is for emotional skills.  Each color zone has a number of activities that encourage visitors to play.

– In addition to the experience zones, the enormous bricks house a sheltered public space and a number of interconnected outdoor terraces and playgrounds for visitors to explore and enjoy. From LEGO Square, you have free access to three eateries and a big LEGO Store. 

– Visitors arriving by air to Billund Airport are welcomed on approach by eight light beams from the gigantic LEGO keystone brick on top of LEGO House, representing the eight knobs on a 2×4 LEGO brick.

– LEGO House expects to welcome 250,000 paying visitors each year. Visitors are expected to come from all over the world – mainly families, but also school groups, LEGO employees and AFOLs (Adult Fans of LEGO). 

More info HERE.

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My PostCard – Easily Send Postcards With Your Own Photos

Why purchase a cheesy boring postcard with no personality at a gift shop or travel kiosk when you can easily create your own custom postcard with your own images?

MyPostcard allows you to send real physical postcards from your smartphone or your computer.  For the extremely low price of $1.99 per card you can choose that family shot at the Grand Canyon, pictures from an Anniversary party, photos of your last Disney World trip or a memorable image from your last exotic cruise and send a personal greeting on paper versus a boring digital image.

Imagine the joy on your kid’s grandparents face when they receive an actual postcard featuring your children’s smiling faces! Show your girlfriend that you really miss her on your business trip and that you wish she was with you.  It’s easy for people to scroll through forgettable pictures on Facebook and Instagram but a paper postcard leaves a lasting impresssion and shows that you REALLY care!

How does it work? It’s actually quite simple. First you download the MyPostcard app in the App Store or Google Play Store. You can even use your home computer or tablet.

There are many templates to choose from. Once your favorite photo has been uploaded you can add a personal message (Up to 450 characters) on the back of the card. Type in the recipient’s name and address and you are good to go!

MyPostcard will take care of the rest…They will produce the cards and mail them anywhere in the world for you quickly, affordably and efficiently. The cards are sent out within 24 hours. Pay with a credit card or PayPal.

The postcards are made in the traditional postcard format and measure 4.1 x 5.8 inches. The postcards are digitally printed on 300g thick paper or postcard cardboard. The front side of the postcard receives a high quality gloss lamination.

Who doesn’t enjoy receiving a postcard in the mail and the personal touch of actual pictures will make it a special keepsake! Try MyPostcard on your next family vacation and truly surprise your loved ones!

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Check Out The Amazing LEGO London Flagship Store

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LEGO has officially opened its new UK flagship store in central London’s popular tourist hot-spot, Leicester Square.

The Leicester Square store is the 131st  LEGO Brand Retail store globally and is pushing the boundaries with many unique LEGO firsts. The largest LEGO store in the world boasts exciting new experiences, such as a ‘Mosaic Maker’, which offers LEGO fans of all ages the opportunity to purchase their very own, one of a kind, personalized LEGO mosaic portrait. The machine captures your image and in under ten minutes, printed instructions and the bricks required to complete the LEGO portrait are supplied to the customer. The London store is the first in the world to make this unique experience available.

John Goodwin, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the LEGO Group said:

“We are excited to have finally opened the doors to the world’s largest LEGO store here in London. We want to inspire and develop children through creative play experiences – and this store is all about that. Here, parents and children can explore the many different LEGO products while at the same time getting a truly immersive experience of the LEGO brand.”

Inspiring creativity and developing the builders of tomorrow is a central theme for the store and this is encouraged with unique hands-on interactive brick experiences. These  include ‘Master Builder Playtables’, where children will be free to build whatever they can imagine – inspired by iconic London landmarks and a range of exciting LEGO themes.

There will also be a timetable, when Certified LEGO Master Builders will visit the store sharing tips and tricks to help visitors build LEGO models and help inspire children to think outside the box when building their creations.

Through a partnership with Transport for London LEGO has created a life-sized London Underground tube carriage. The tube is the largest LEGO build in the store, made up of 637,903 bricks and it took 3,399 hours to build. The carriage offers fun photo opportunities and will be a must see for all the family.

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Other highlights within the new London LEGO Store include:

-Build a Minifigure Tower with Talking LEGO Minifigures – includes four different talking LEGO Minifigures including Lester, Royal Guard, Bobby the Policeman and Sherlock Holmes

-LEGO Minifigure Scanner – an interactive experience available from outside the store where people can find out which LEGO Minifigure they are

-Digital window display  – state of the art screens that will show LEGO movies and clips

-Lester’s room housing a model of store mascot Lester for photo opportunities both inside and outside the store

-Brickadilly corner – an interactive information center informing shoppers including in-store event schedules and highlighting retail experiences within the store;

– Digital endless isle – a digital experience allowing shoppers to browse a digital catalog of all LEGO sets available in store. It also calls for assistance by sending a message to the smart watches of store staff

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Black Magic Rose, A New Magic Club Is Opening In Hollywood

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A new magic-themed nightclub called Black Rabbit Rose is officially opening next Tuesday on Hollywood Boulevard. The latest enterprise by the Houston Brothers includes a 40-seat theater, a Thai-Chinese dinner menu, and a cocktail lounge featuring roaming magicians, exotic variety acts, and burlesque dancers. The club was custom built with rooms that might suddenly come to life during performances.

The rooms are filled with tributes to 19th century magicians and tucked into a century-old apartment house. The club secured the services of longtime Magic Castle favorite Rob Zabrecky as entertainment director and occasional performer.

Black Rabbit Rose will be open Tuesday through Saturday with ticketed shows ($25-$40) on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.

Black Rabbit Rose
1719 N. Hudson Ave.
Hollywood, CA 90028
Tel: 323-461-1464
Open from 6pm to 2am

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Reprinted from Los Angeles Magazine

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The $21,000 First Class Airplane Seat

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If you’ve got the cash, there’s no first class seat like the Emirates first class seat. Featuring a massive, private cabin with retractable doors, personal wet bar, order-anytime menu, and a shower, it’s like your own hotel room in the sky.

YouTube Personality and Filmmaker, Casey Neistat got a free upgrade on his way from Dubai to New York aboard an Emirates A380, and gives you an all-access tour of the best first class seating in the business.

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Bugaboo Boxer Luggage System

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With decades of experience making strollers, Bugaboo knows about mobility. Now they’re applying that know-how to travel. The Bugaboo Boxer Luggage System ($1,030+) is more than just a set of bags. At its core is a versatile folding chassis that lets you push your bags like a stroller or pull them behind you. For longer trips, click the check-in sized Travel Case onto the chassis then slide the carry-on friendly Travel Case on top. For shorter excursions, attach the smaller bag to the chassis and go. An Organizer pouch sits on the back keeping essentials like your wallet, phone, and passport handy, while the Inner Bag of the Cabin Case helps keep you organized and doubles as a daypack once you’re reached your destination.

The Bugaboo Boxer Luggage System will be available on September 26, 2016.

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Gidget Retro Camper

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The Gidget Retro Camper was created by an Australian developer and contains a Queen size bed, a television entertainment set and sink with refrigerators. Some models even include showers with hot water. It’s powered by solar panels.

The rear camper shell can double as an overhang that will provide some shade in the sun, or some shelter in the rain, for whoever ends up cooking out back.  If you’re camping somewhere windy, there’s even an accessory windshield that isn’t featured in the video, but is available to protect whatever you end up cooking up on the stove top.

Best of all, it won’t break the bank. While the average brand new RV costs over $100,000, the Gidget is only $15,000.

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Features include:

– custom slide-out, patent pending, unique world-wide
– designed to be towed behind a 4 cyl car
– fuel efficient design, easy to tow and manoeuver
– fully set up in 30 seconds
– fully insulated
– Queen-size bed
– 1200mm wide skylight to view the stars at night
– 21” TV, DVD player, stereo
– 330 litres of storage space inside cabin
– handcrafted Tasmanian timber kitchen and throughout cabin
– pressurized water system, Dometic sink
– 80 L to 120 L water storage
– 30 L waste tank
– 41 L Waeco ice box or fridge
– large 2 burner gas stove
– fire extinguisher, blanket, smoke detector
– pantry and utensil drawers
– single or dual deep cycle battery
– 240V inverter
– 12V, 240V and USB outlets
– LED lighting inside cabin and kitchen
– custom Smoothie hotrod wheels

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Unassuming Doors That Hide Exciting Mysteries

Club 33

Club 33 is a private club located in the heart of the New Orleans Square section of Disneyland. Officially maintained as a secret feature of the theme park, the entrance of the club is located next to the Blue Bayou Restaurant at “33 Royal Street” with the entrance recognizable by an ornate address plate with the number 33 engraved on it.

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Club 33 members and their guests have exclusive access to the club, which is not open to the public. In addition to beer and wine, Club 33 has a full bar, although patrons must order directly from their server rather than the service bar. Club 33 is the only location within Disneyland to offer alcoholic beverages. Members are entitled to complimentary valet parking at the Grand Californian Hotel and access to the Lilly Belle, the presidential car on the Disneyland Railroad. Club 33 members receive up to six Immediate Fastpasses when they insert their Club 33 membership card into any of the Fastpass kiosks and bypass the stand-by queue. Members are permitted to join the skipper in the wheelhouse of the Mark Twain and the engineers in the engine compartment of the steam trains.

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An individual membership costs $25,000 for an initiation fee and $10,000 a year in dues. For corporations, it’s $40,000 at the start and then $10,000 dues.

Safe House

In the intelligence trade, a safe house is a secret refuge for spies engaging in covert operations.

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Safe House in Milwaukee is a popular spy-themed restaurant that since 1966 has provided crafty concoctions and incredible edibles to hungry agents on R & R.

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Located at 779 N. Front Street in Milwaukee, Wisconsin behind International Exports Ltd.

To get in Go to the website, http://www.safe-house.com and click on the Top Secret Clearance Agreement to promise you won’t disclose the location, then contact Control to make a reservation).

National Typewriter Company

Located at 1221 Olympic Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90404 this building houses JJ Abrams’s production company, Bad Robot, is a literal, physical reflection of his sensibility. The big sign on the outside doesn’t say Bad Robot but instead National Typewriter Co., and that’s not because the building used to house such a business. It’s because Abrams likes typewriters and misdirection. Near the doorbell, which is a glowing green light, a smaller sign asks, “Are you ready?”

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Abrams’s personal suite of offices is on the second floor and to get to his bathroom, you have to walk up to a wall of bookshelves beside his desk and tug on a copy of “Louis Tannen’s Catalog of Magic” (named for the same Manhattan magic shop, still around today, where he got his childhood mystery box). Abracadabra: the wall opens. The toilet is revealed.

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The entire building belongs to Bad Robot, which spreads out over three stories of glass walls, floating staircases, common areas and movie-related mementos: posters, masks, dolls, board games. There are editing bays, a state-of-the-art recording studio, a workshop where props are made and a screening room that doubles as a makeshift set on which certain limited effects and scenes can be shot.

Prohibition Bar in Atlanta

Prohibition was designed to look like an old fashioned underground speakeasy. The Atlanta bar is located in Andrews Square Buckhead at 56 East Andrews Drive (inside the basement of Stout.)

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Prohibition was designed to look like an old fashioned underground speakeasy. The Atlanta bar is located in Andrews Square Buckhead at 56 East Andrews Drive (inside the basement of Stout.)

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Now how do you get in? In the back of the lower courtyard is a door to what appears to be a defunct antique shop. Beside the door is a large red phone booth. You simply enter the booth, dial the number on the old fashioned rotary dial phone and a secret door in the back wall of the phone booth opens up allowing you entrance.

How do you get the number? To get the secret access code of the day your best bet is to wine and/or dine at Cellar 56 upstairs (a great tapas restaurant and wine bar that’s operated by Prohibition’s owners), be very kind to your bartender and/or server, and if you’re well-dressed, well-behaved and lucky, someone will give it to you.

The International Museum and Library of the Conjuring Arts 

The secrets contained within the International Museum and Library of the Conjuring Arts merit that the 40,000-square-foot warehouse just off the Las Vegas Strip is closed to the general public.

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On the museum’s first floor is the Hall of Masters, a space lined with costumes, props, posters, and photographs arranged by magician. Beginning downstairs with Cardini (linking rings, card tricks, monocle), the hall continues on the second floor with Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin (mystery clocks and automatons), Harry Houdini (metamorphosis trunk, iron maiden, water-torture cell, straitjacket), and others.

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David Copperfield, who owns the museum, uses the warehouse to practice new magic tricks and archive his own history as an illusionist. Charred crash-test dummies from early “Tornado of Fire” rehearsals and racks of costumes are on hand, as are props from his favorite movies, including a 10-foot-tall statue of Zeus from Citizen Kane.

The intention of the 80,000-item museum is to educate future generations of magicians and illusionists. Magic scholars and people researching for books and motion pictures can visit Copperfield’s museum by request. (Hugh Jackman did his research for The Prestige at the facility.) He invites all other interested parties to send a note backstage during one of his regularly scheduled performances at MGM Grand’s Hollywood Theatre.

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Escape The Room Game Is Becoming One of NYC’s Hottest Attractions

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In this life-size puzzle created by Victor Blake, funseekers have one hour to get out of a locked room.

Escape The Room is an interactive game in New York City that challenges players to escape from a locked room by solving a series of puzzles before time runs out.

The game’s Manhattan venue includes three rooms to choose from: a spy thriller room, a Sherlock Holmes-style parlour, and an office. Escape the Room was created by Victor Blake.

Escape the Room, 25 W 31st St., 11th floor, between Broadway and Fifth Ave. Tickets are $28. Reservations at escapetheroomnyc.com.

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The 50 Most-Visited Tourist Attractions In The World

This infographic of the 50 most-visited tourist attractions in the world, compiled by LoveHomeSwap.com, indicates how many people flock to the popular attractions every year. And it shows the peak season for each site.

I’ve been fortunate to see 27 attractions on the list so I will have to add the other 23 to my bucket list.

In third place is Central Park in New York with 37.5 million visitors a year. France’s Eiffel Tower reached 38th place with seven million visitors, while Australia’s Sydney Opera House came 31st, with 8.2 million, and the Great Wall of China made it into 28th place with nine million.

What location made # 1, check out the infographic below.

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