Inspired by LEGO: A Family Story


LEGO bricks provide inspiration for many families to be creative. We talked with the Gonzalez family, last year’s LEGO DESIGN Challenge winner to get the scoop.

How did you decide what you were going to build? (What were some of the challenges? Any fights or funny stories?)

Our son and daughter worked together to think about what to build. They made up sketches which evolved as the ideas grew. We love penguins in our house so quickly the penguin idea got traction and everyones’ agreement. Once we started building, our biggest challenge was to get the kids to go to bed before they fell asleep at the table.  We worked every night- sorting, building… and would lose track of time. After seeing the Lego Movie, we decided, my husband Ricky is the original “Lord Business.” He would love to Krazy glue everything down.  But, lets the kids constantly move and change pieces and figures.


First sketch of idea:

sketch 1

2nd sketch to elaborate how to use Penguin

sketch 2

What else do you guys build with LEGOs?

Ricky built with Lego since he was a kid and has passed on his love of Legos to us all.  Our favorite thing he built is a miniature of our house.  The kids gave him the Death Star a few birthdays ago.  They built that together working every morning before school for weeks.  Having Lego projects means everyone gets up early in our house!

How else is your family creative?

We all enjoy being creative.  Ricky works in a creative job and has a BA in fine art.  We volunteer our arts/creative energy for many local and school projects.  We have a great passion for the arts, fashion, design and music.

Want to have your LEGO creation on display at the museum? Participate in this year’s 2014 LEGO DESIGN Challenge. Be a master builder and help build a new Columbus from LEGO bricks. Submissions due by October 17, 2014.