Win Tickets: The Art of The Brick Exhibit at New York City’s Discovery Time Square

The largest display of LEGO® art ever assembled is at Discovery Times Square right now with brand-new, never-before-seen masterpieces

IMG_5748.jpg I was fortunate enough to join a group of bloggers for a tour of the incredible exhibit, Art of The Brick at Discovery Times Square in New York City. The creator of the exhibit, Nathan Sawaya, gave us a private tour of his masterpieces. When Nathan was a little boy he loved playing with LEGOS and making new creations from his imagination. Nathan continues to take LEGO® where it has never gone before by doubling the size of the show CNN claims is one of the “must see exhibitions” in the world, THE ART OF THE BRICK® The critically acclaimed collection of creative and inspiring art constructed using only LEGO® toy bricks by renowned contemporary artist Nathan Sawaya is in New York after enjoying record-breaking runs to sold-out crowds in Singapore, Taiwan and Australia. “I want to have the broadest impact possible to inspire people to change the way they view the world and the way they think about art,” said Sawaya. “What better way to do that than in the heart of New York City, at the crossroads of the world – Times Square.” Venus de Milo, Augustus, The David.jpg
The Discovery Times Square collection is the world’s biggest and most elaborate display of LEGO® art ever. Sawaya will be creating brand-new, never-before-seen works exclusively for this New York City premiere with more than 100 works of art made out of millions and millions of little LEGO® bricks. “This will be my largest showing of artwork to date and I’ve got some very exciting surprises in store for New York, of course, being it’s my hometown,” said Sawaya.
Here are a few of my favorites. It wasn’t easy to narrow it down, everything was amazing…
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THE ART OF THE BRICK® is the first major museum exhibition to use LEGO® bricks as the sole art medium. Sawaya transforms them into tremendous and thought-provoking sculptures, elevating the toy to the realm of art. “These works are very personal to me, since they reflect my growth as an artist as I strove to discover my creative identity,” said Sawaya. “THE ART OF THE BRICK exhibition is accessible because it engages the child in all of us while simultaneously illuminating sophisticated and complex concepts. Everyone can relate to the medium since it is a toy that many children have at home. But my goal with this exhibition when it first debuted in 2007 was to elevate this simple plaything to a place it has never been before.” I think children ages 6 and up will LOVE this exhibit, not to mention adults of all ages!
Monumental.jpg THE ART OF THE BRICK® at Discovery Times Square runs until January 5, 2014.
Discovery Times Square is open seven days a week. Tickets are available for $17.50 (child 4-12), $22.50 (adult) and $19.50 (senior = 65). Special savings for groups of 10 or more are available with advanced reservation. Visit http://www.DiscoveryTS.com/ art-of-the-brick, call 866.9.TSXNYC (866-987-9692) or visit the Discovery Times Square box office. DTS is located at 226 West 44th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenues).
*For our Role Mommy readers, we are offering a family 4 pack so you can enjoy this fantastic exhibit! The tickets can be used at any time during the exhibit until January 5, 2014. To enter, just go to the RaffleCopter link below. We will be in touch in a week if you are selected as the winner!
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DSC06528.JPG ABOUT NATHAN SAWAYA & THE ART OF THE BRICK
Nathan Sawaya is an acclaimed New York-based artist who creates awe-inspiring artwork out of a toy. His art focuses on large-scale sculptures using only LEGO® bricks. Sawaya was the first artist to ever take LEGO® into the art world and his touring exhibition – THE ART OF THE BRICK® – has entertained and inspired millions of art lovers and enthusiasts from Australia, Taiwan, Singapore, China and around the world. Originally from Oregon, Sawaya’s childhood dreams were always fun and creative. He drew cartoons, wrote stories, perfected magic tricks and of course also played with LEGO®. His days were filled with imagination. When it came time for college, Sawaya moved to New York City, attended NYU and became a lawyer. But after years of million dollar mergers and corporate acquisitions on Park Avenue, Sawaya realized he would rather be sitting on the floor creating art, than sitting in a board room negotiating contracts. He walked away from the law and took an artistic risk on LEGO®. Now Sawaya is an author, speaker and one of the most popular, award-winning contemporary artists of our time. For more information about Nathan Sawaya and his artwork, visit www.brickartist.com.
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Win Tickets to: SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure Drops Anchor at New York City’s Discovery Times Square

NYC Premiere Offers Visitors a Rare Look at Some of the Most Valuable Treasure and Artifacts Ever Recovered Beneath the Surface of the Ocean

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Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. and Discovery Times Square invite you to travel beneath the surface and explore SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure, an interactive, multi-media exhibit containing more than 500 artifacts from deep-ocean expeditions around the world. This not to be missed exhibit brings the world’s most amazing deep-sea discoveries to the crossroads of the world at New York City’s Discovery Times Square.
If you plan on visiting New York City or live in the tri-state area, you should bring your family to this wonderful exhibit. Children ages five and up will be fascinated with all the original artifacts from actual shipwrecks!
With the help of Odyssey’s unparalleled deep-sea archaeological and technological capabilities, SHIPWRECK! offers visitors a unique look into the depths of the ocean through a mix of actual historical artifacts and hands-on, interactive computer games and exhibits. Artifacts found at the exhibit, such as rare bottles, porcelain figurines, and a 300-year-old carpenter’s folding ruler, will transport visitors back in time as they get an up close and personal look at over 2,000 years of nautical history. Treasure seekers will find a stunning collection of gold and silver recovered from the deep, including the first ever display of silver recovered from the SS Gairsoppa over three miles deep.
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“We’re really excited about bringing SHIPWRECK! to Discovery Times Square in New York City. During the past 20 years, our team has discovered hundreds of shipwrecks in the deep ocean ranging from 2,000 year old Roman wrecks to WWII U-boats, and last year set a world record by recovering over 40 tons of silver from a shipwreck nearly three miles deep. One of our company’s goals is to share our amazing work in the deep ocean with the general public and Discovery Times Square is a premiere venue.  SHIPWRECK! allows visitors to get up close and personal with the artifacts we’ve discovered and to learn about the team, tools and technology necessary to explore the deep ocean,” said Greg Stemm, Odyssey Chief Executive Officer.
One of the highlights for the children is the hurricane simulator! They can feel what it is like to sustain 75 mile per hour winds. They will want to do it again and again.
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SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure is on display at Discovery Times Square, located at 226 W 44th St New York, NY 10036. For more information, please visit http://www.discoverytsx.com/exhibitions/shipwreck
*For our Role Mommy readers we are offering 4 family fun packs of tickets (4 tickets for each winner) so you can see the treasures yourself. Here’s how to enter:
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For details on Odyssey’s activities and its commitment to the preservation of maritime heritage please visit www.shipwreck.net.
Discovery Times Square (DTS) is New York City’s first large-scale exhibition center presenting visitors with limited-run, educational and immersive exhibit experiences while exploring the world’s defining cultures, art, history and events. More than a museum, DTS has featured a renowned line-up of exhibitions including Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, Leonardo Da Vinci’s Workshop, King Tut, Pompeii: The Exhibit, Harry Potter: The Exhibition, Dead Sea Scrolls: The Exhibition, and most recently Terracotta Warriors: Defenders of China’s First Emperor. DTS is located at 226 West 44th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenues).

MUST SEE IN NYC: SPY: The Exhibit at Discovery Times Square

Don’t know where to take your kids in this sweltering heat? If you’re visiting New York City, you won’t want to miss SPY: The Secret World of Espionage. Keep reading to find out how you can win two tickets!

DSC03963.JPGEver get the chance to see an umbrella that turns into a device that can assassinate a world leader? Or see a shoe phone that was used by a real spy and not Maxwell Smart? Want to climb through a laser maze and then disguise your voice so that nobody knows it’s you? Then do we have the place for you!
We recently hosted a fun and educational event for parenting bloggers and their families at the newest interactive attraction at Discovery Times Square… SPY: The Secret World of Espionage. This amazing exhibit offers visitors the first-ever public exhibition of treasures from the collections of the CIA, the FBI, the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), and H. Keith Melton, the renowned author, historian, and international authority on spy technology. For the first time ever, SPY grants guests unprecedented access into the real world of espionage by providing a first hand look at the weapons, surveillance cameras and disguises used during some of the biggest spy cases in history. Take a look…
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SPY’s extensive collection of espionage-related artifacts, both historic and contemporary, come straight from the unparalleled 10,000-plus personal artifact collection of H. Keith Melton, author of several books on the subject, including the best-selling The Ultimate Spy and the forthcoming Spy’s Guide to New York City. The remaining artifacts and surveillance videos come from the collections of some of the world’s leading intelligence agencies, including the CIA, the FBI and the NRO. There has never been a shortage of intrigue in the world of spies, and the artifacts and interactives in SPY vividly tell their stories, past and present, through actual tools, technologies, and testimonials.
Among the extraordinarily rare items are:
Charlie the Catfish, one of two CIA Robotic Catfish
Sleeping Beauty, the British WWII Two-Man Submersible
Cockpit of the A-12 Oxcart Spy Plane, one of only nine remaining in world
The photography bucket from a CORONA satellite
KGB Pinhole Drill Kit, used to spy on the US Embassy in Russia
Check out the awesome video trailer my niece Dani shot of our experience:

Of particular interest to New Yorkers will be artifacts, video surveillance tapes, and other items from the collection of the FBI related to “Ghost Stories,” the infamous Anna Chapman Russian spy case that beguiled New Yorkers and, indeed, all Americans just two years ago.  The case is arguably the most successfully foiled clandestine operation in contemporary American history, and visitors will see shocking, recently declassified surveillance videos of the undercover Russian spies in New York City, along with many of their personal belongings and tools.
In addition to the fascinating artifacts, SPY will allow visitors the unique opportunity to experience first-hand the technologies and tools utilized by intelligence agencies across the globe. Visitors will see and hear from real spies telling their personal stories, including from Oleg Kalugin, the former head of KGB Counterintelligence in Washington.
The entire family will find this exhibit fascinating, there is something for everyone. Visitors to SPY will find an educational, entertaining introduction to spy skills and techniques that have not previously been displayed, Melton noted. “New York will get a thrill equivalent to opening an envelope marked ‘top secret.’ Espionage is so much more than what you see on TV – there are real dangers and incredible technologies involved, and SPY lets you experience it all. For the general public, visiting SPY will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
Tools, Tricks, and Technology of “The Secret World of Espionage” is now on display at Discovery Times Square located at 226 West 44th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenues). The interactive exhibition is open Sunday – Thursday, from 10am – 8pm, and Friday – Saturday, from 10am – 9pm, with the last allowed entry 45 minutes prior to closing each night.
Want to enter to win two tickets to Spy: The Exhibit? Then enter below and you and a guest may be escaping into the secret world of espionage!
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