Rita Cook – Guest Contributor
Jan 18 2017
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Photo courtesy of LEGOLAND Discovery Center

Leave it to a bunch of kids to design the perfect city. At LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Dallas/Fort Worth, the beginning of the year saw a new, temporary display called DFW of The Future. 

The display was designed by children from across North Texas. 

Local kids were asked to submit their ideas to help design their idea of a future city. Winning ideas were then chosen and incorporated into a cityscape model display at LEGOLAND Discovery Center.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Master Model Builder James Wilson said the attraction received dozens of entries. "The children were asked to answer the questions: what will the future look like, what could be done better?” 

As a limited-time display, DFW of The Future includes the children’s ideas alongside the MINILAND exhibit, which features iconic North Texas landmarks built out of LEGO bricks.

Of the many entries, there were several winning designs. 

“Our future builders felt parks, wildlife preservations, conservation and solar power were some of their top priorities,” Wilson said. “We also have several unique and over-the-top buildings, including a gummy bear house.”

Wilson said it was decided to do the project because, “We wanted to inspire the next generation of builders by giving them an opportunity to see their ideas come to life out of LEGO bricks.” 

Other winning submissions included ideas like:

"We can use solar panels on more of our buildings. People can get around on hover boards instead of just cars. City buildings will have slides on the outside like an elevator.” - age 9, Midlothian

“Our future city will be a cool, loving place.” - age 10, Plano

“I would make indoor playgrounds. The buildings will be so tall and have TVs on them.” - age 7, Dallas

“The city of the future should have more skyscrapers, so less land is used. There should be more parks and wildlife preservations.” - age 10, Sanger

The DFW of The Future exhibit took 90 man-hours to build and over 40,000 LEGO bricks. It will be on display until March 3, 2017, at the DFW LEGOLAND®  Discovery Center in Grapevine.

“This exhibit will inspire kids to think about the future and how they can make an impact on it,” Wilson concluded. “It speaks volumes that a majority of our entries included ideas of conservation, more parks and solar power.”