March activities

On St. Patrick’s Day members of TexLUG-Houston brought an assortment of models to a local children’s hospital for a one-day display.  Patients, families, and staff were all thrilled to see a space layout with monorail .. a samurai scene .. a train and town .. an Indiana Jones Death Star .. and more!

This has turned into a favorite event for many of us.  Kids in a hospital usually aren’t having much fun – it’s incredibly fulfilling for us to be able to bring a little unexpected joy into their lives.  We look forward to visiting the hospital again this summer.

 

 

A week later we had our March meeting.  About 15 members showed up to sort and share parts.  Two “spring” theme MOCs were brought .. the Star Wars beach scene was a one-vote winner!

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Children’s Museum of Houston

On February 25 and 26, 2017, almost 20 members of TexLUG-Houston worked together to provide a large display at the Children’s Museum of Houston.  The LEGO(R) models included a classic space layout, a town and train area (incorporating an elevated train track), the USS Constitution, BB-8 from Star Wars Episode VII, and much more.

Thousands of kids and family visited the museum each day.  Young and old were all fascinated by the overall size of the display, by the intricate details, and by the surprises throughout.  Who would have expected to see Disco Batman sitting on the lawn with a moose?

TexLUG-Houston usually displays at the Children’s Museum two or three times a year.  Check out our Events page to see where we will be next.  For more information about the museum, you can visit their website at www.cmhouston.org.

A few photos of the display can be found below.  For many more photos, you can view members’ Flickr albums here and here .

We don’t have a good answer to the question, “How many parts is all this?” .. but we do know that amount of smiles this weekend was even greater.

 

 

Store Displays

Recently members of TexLUG-Houston gathered to build new displays to be installed in local LEGO(R) Brand Retail Stores.  The first one is .. a model of a LEGO Brand Retail Store! It has been set up in a display window at the store in The Woodlands Mall, north of Houston.

TexLUG-Houston would like to thank the managers and employees of all three Houston-area LEGO Brand Retail Stores for their support and encouragement of the local AFOL community!  LEGO Brand Retail Stores may be found around Houston at The Woodlands Mall, the Galleria, and Baybrook Mall.

 

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All photos by members of TexLUG-Houston.

Happy New Year!

2017 has begun .. what will it bring?  For TexLUG-Houston, there will be displays (museums, hospitals, faires, and more!), meetings (drafts, build contests, oh my!), and the occasional brick convention.  Plus the usual group shopping trips, part swapping, collaborative builds, and whatever else we come up with.

Our Events page has a current list of our activities.  This will be updated as we schedule more events, so please check back!  If you have questions, want to invite us to your event, or want to be a member yourself – please use the Contact Us page.

Thank you for visiting the TexLUG-Houston website, and Play Well!

Charity Wreath

TexLUG-Houston has created a brick-built wreath for the 2016 MD Anderson Cancer Center Wreath Auction.  Wreaths are donated by employees of the Cancer Center, and all proceeds benefit MD Anderson’s Adopt-A-Patient/Family Program.

Many thanks to Ed G. for design and construction, to Maria M. for submission, and to other TexLUG-Houston members for supplying parts and suggestions.

All the wreaths may be seen here.   The TexLUG-Houston creation is at the bottom of the list, #176.  Bidding ends Dec. 9 at noon.

Happy Holidays!!

Maker Faire Recap

TexLUG-Houston provided a variety of LEGO(R) displays at the Houston Mini Maker Faire, November 12-13.  Models included an 8′ working crane, a detailed USS Constitution with hand-tied rigging, and a large classic space layout.  In addition, Texas Brick Railroad helped out with a train and town layout.

Kids and adults were able to build with Minecraft-themed play brick, and a fund-raising activity allowed participants to help a local children’s hospital and take home a holiday ornament.

A total of 17 members of TexLUG-Houston and Texas Brick Railroad attended over the weekend.  Several thousand public visitors enjoyed not only the LEGO area, but the entire Faire.  The Mini Maker Faire is an annual event which lets makers of all kinds show off their skills and products.

More photos are below.  All the photos in this post are by TJ Avery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Houston Maker Faire

TexLUG-Houston will be attending the 2016 Houston Maker Faire in November.  Currently we have the following LEGO displays and activities planned:

  • Large (over 6′) working crane
  • Classic Space layout
  • Train and town display (in conjunction with Texas Brick Railroad
  • Play brick area
  • Charity fundraiser

We have a discount code that can be used until Oct. 31 to pre-purchase Maker Faire tickets at 51% off.  Click here and use code “TexLug.”

Maker Faire is Nov. 11-12 at George R. Brown Convention Center, downtown Houston.  More details can be found on our Events page and at www.houstonmakerfaire.com.

Hope to see you there!