Thursday Finds: LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester Extends Deadline for Junior Construction Panel Search



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Extension to Allow Extra Time for Children (and Parents) to Record and Submit Videos,

Ensuring No One Gets Left Out of Consideration


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[Yonkers, NY – January 28, 2012] – To ensure no one is left out of consideration for its Junior Construction Panel search,LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester — opening at Ridge Hill in Yonkers, NY on March 27 — announced today’s submission deadline for the ambassador program has been extended to February 19.  For the past three weeks via Facebook, eager Mini Model Builders have submitted mock news reports and videos for the chance to be selected for the Panel.


The Junior Construction Panel will consist of 12 imaginative and energetic children between the ages of 6 and 12 to serve as ambassadors for LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester throughout the year.  If selected to the panel, winners will receive a special “box of imagination,” an annual pass to the attraction and work alongside LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester Master Model Builder Mike Tocidlowski, to help finish plans for new LEGO® models, provide input on what features could be added and best of all, give their official approval when the attraction opens this spring.


In addition, the school with the most entries for the Junior Construction Panel will also be entered for a chance to win a visit from Master Model Builder Mike Tocidlowski.


“Enthusiasm from MINI Model Builders interested in joining our Junior Construction Panel has been amazing, which is apparent from the great videos already submitted,” said Chris Mines, General Manager of LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester.  “Understanding that preparation of the video can be time consuming, we decided to extend the deadline to give children, and their busy parents, more time to record and upload their submission.”


How to apply for a spot on the Junior Construction Panel:


  • With the help of a parent, guardian or teacher, MINI model builders will create a brief news report video, no longer than 90 seconds, about why they are the area’s biggest LEGO fan or about a LEGO model they’ve built.


  • All videos should start with the line, “My name is (INSERT NAME) and I am a LEGOLAND Discovery Center MINI model builder and I want to be on the Junior Construction Panel because…”


  • The video should be uploaded to YouTube and the MINI model builder’s information, including the name, city and state of the MINI model builder’s school; the parent, guardian or teacher’s email address; and the YouTube URL of the video, should be filled out on the form at on LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester’s Facebook page.



Entrants will be judged on creativity, enthusiasm for LEGO and their LEGO models.  With the deadline extension, the competition will now close on Tuesday, February 19 and the Junior Construction Panel will be chosen and announced by LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester’s panel of LEGO experts on Friday, March 1, 2013. For full details, visit the attraction’s Facebook page at or Panel search Facebook page at


LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester is a $12 million, 32,300 square-foot indoor attraction featuring more than 3 million LEGO bricks, geared towards children ages 3-10 and their families.  Its range of interactive attractions will include hands-on play areas, a 4D cinema, master classes led by Master Model Builders, two LEGO rides, special party rooms and MINILAND — the venue’s signature re-creation of landmark locations and buildings throughout Westchester County and New York City, made entirely out of LEGO bricks.  Advance tickets and annual passes to LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester are available online.  To purchase tickets and annual passes, or for more information, visit  For group sales call 866-243-0770.  Follow us and  LEGOLAND Discovery Center is part of the Merlin Entertainments Group.

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