Ole Kirk Christiansen started making wooden toys in his small workshop in Billund, Denmark in 1932. Two years later, Ole Kirk decided upon a name for his toys and his workshop – LEGO®, a contraction of the Danish words ‘leg godt,’ meaning ‘play well.’ Coincidentally, it was later learned that LEGO in Latin means “I put together” or “I assemble.”
In 1947, the company bought its first plastics injection-molding machine and in 1949 the forerunner to the LEGO brick was introduced, under the name “Automatic Binding Bricks”.
Inner tubes on the bricks were introduced in 1958, which significantly increased the number of possible building combinations. In 1967, the larger DUPLO® bricks for pre-school children were introduced, and LEGO TECHNIC for older children debuted in 1977. LEGO DACTA®, now know as The Educational Division, was set up in 1980.
It was the increasing interest in the fantastic LEGO masterpieces displayed at the factories that triggered Godtfred Kirk Christiansen’s idea of exhibiting the models outside. He originally envisioned just a little garden, where various LEGO models and figures could be displayed, but when work began on the project, it developed and became much larger.
In June 1968, LEGOLAND® Billund opened for the first time on a 9 acre site. All buildings, landscapes and vehicles were built using standard LEGO bricks, and the park’s success exceeded everyone’s expectations – in the first year alone, 625,000 happy visitors were guests at the park!
LEGOLAND Florida is geared specifically towards youngsters ages two through 12. With over 50 family rides, “hands-on” attractions and shows, LEGOLAND Florida provides education, adventure and fun in this second park of its kind in the United States.
In addition to LEGOLAND Florida (opening Fall 2011), there are currently 4 LEGOLAND parks in the world – LEGOLAND Billund in Denmark marked its 40th anniversary in 2008; LEGOLAND Windsor outside of London opened in 1996, and has been awarded the British Government’s top honor for excellence in academic programs, LEGOLAND California opened March 20, 1999 and LEGOLAND Deutschland in Germany opened the Spring of 2002.
LEGOLAND Florida is located at One LEGOLAND Way, Winter Haven Florida 33884, just 45 minutes from the Orlando theme parks or downtown Tampa.
||From Orlando, take I-4 WEST to exit 55 (US Hwy 27 South). Turn right off U.S. Highway 27 at State Road 540/Cypress Gardens Boulevard. Park is four miles on the left.
From Tampa take I-4 EAST to Exit 27 (Polk County Parkway). Then take Exit 14 to Winter Haven (2nd Toll Booth) by turning east on S.R. 540 and follow eight miles to Hwy 17 North. Turn left to take Hwy 17 North two miles over the bridge to Cypress Gardens Boulevard and turn right. Legoland Way will be on your right.
If using a GPS system, keep in mind that LEGOLAND Florida may not yet be included as a destination. A secondary address for GPS systems is 6000 Cypress Gardens Boulevard, Winter Haven FL 33884.
Field trip Information
We will meet in the parking lot at 9:30am in the morning. Bring $12.00 for parking.
Paying by paypal:
$9.50 per child
$26.50 per adult
DEADLINE : September 13, 2012
MUST HAVE PAYMENT BY DEADLINE
PAYING BY CHECK PRICES:
$8.50 per child
$25.50 per adult
BRING A PACKED LUNCH
We will have our own pavilion to eat in.
MAKE CHECKS OUT TO: BROWARD HOMESCHOOL PSG
PLEASE WRITE IN THE MEMO SECTION THE NAME OF THE FIELDTRIP YOU ARE PAYING FOR.
SEND CHECKS TO:
Broward Homeschool PSG
2231 NW 87 Terrace Pembroke Pines, FL 33024
WHERE TO MEET: Meet Linda Ward in the parking lot. (I will have my black PSG shirt on)