Hawthorn Woods to Hold Lego Contest

The Hawthorn Woods Parks and Recreation department is hosting a virtual Lego Building Contest this month, open to all residents. Lego creations may be anything, but the designs must be original and not part of a Lego set. Residents are asked to submit photos before July 29.

“While we are in different phases of the pandemic here in Illinois, we believe it’s important for everyone to stay diligent and do their part to help minimize the spread. That includes staying home more,” said Amy Mason, Hawthorn Woods Parks and Recreation Assistant Director.

The village began offering new stay-at-home activities for residents shortly after the COVID-19 “Shelter in Place” order from Illinois gov. J.B. Pritzker.

“[The virus] definitely challenged us to think differently.”

“Our ongoing Lego Contest is a fun way for families to do an activity together and feel part of a community. There is a goal, some friendly competition, and prizes,” said Mason, “We are looking forward to seeing all of the creations.” The contest is sponsored locally by Edward Jones and the Goddard School.

According to Mason, all virtual programs encourage staying busy, staying active and staying well while staying home.

COVID-19 Challenges Parks and Recreation

“We’ve changed everything that we’re doing in the Parks and Recreation department,” said Mason. Creatively, the Parks and Recreation team had to devise activities that could engage and entertain the community while still maintaining social distancing.

Activities have included a chalk art contest, a poetry slam and a fishing derby. Participation has been good and residents are enthusiastic.

“We really enjoy doing this with the families and seeing everything that they do. It’s been pretty joyful for us as well,” said Mason.

About Lego Categories & Judging

Rules and more information about the Lego contest can be found here. Entries will be posted on the Village of Hawthorn Woods Facebook page.

  • There will be 3 winners of the Best Lego Build award – one from each of the following divisions: ages 8 and under, ages 9-15, and ages 16 & older. Builds will be judged on a 1-5 scale for the following criteria: overall impression, creativity, skill, and design concept.
  • Decisions of the judges are final. Judging will be performed by Director of Public Works/Village Engineer Erika Frable, Assistant Director of Public Works Matt Bartlett, and Building Inspector/Code Enforcement Officer Wayne Wehde.
  • There will be one winner of the People’s Choice Award. All submissions will be posted to the Village of Hawthorn Woods Facebook page. The photo with the greatest number of “likes” will be the winner.
By Margo Pelak

Margo Pelak is founder of the Local Newsreader. She resides in Hawthorn Woods with her husband Dennis and their two wild beasts.

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