Kids big and small gathered on the lawn at Thousand Oaks City Hall Saturday to create what they hope will be the world’s longest Lego chain. The charity event, organized by the Conejo Recreation & Park District, Rotery International and Play-Well TEKnologies, is an attempt to break the world record of 565 meters or .35 miles set by children in Switzerland in 2003. The money, raised through participant registration and donations, will go towards the construction and renovation of a state-of-the-art Dreamcatcher Playground at Old Meadows Park for kids with special needs.
According to the Play-Well website, “…community volunteers will need to build approximately 94 meters/hour.”
The Lego blocks were donated by Play-Well as well as through local donations, according to Ron Block, chairman of the Rotary Dreamcatcher Playground effort. “We’ll see where 190,000 Legos takes us,” said Block, who hopes the fact that this is a collaborative effort between the community and those who are developmentally disabled will get them special consideration with the Book of World Record judges.
Once the final block is in place, the chain will be measured, videotaped, photographed and sent in for consideration. The result could take months, said Block.
The kids who took part all seemed to be having a great time. “I love to build stuff, and we’re just having fun trying to build a giant Lego chain,” said J.J. Bird, 9, who came to participate from Moorpark.
For more information about the Dreamcatcher Playground, go to www.rotarydreamcatcher.org/