As kids and adults across the globe celebrate World Play Day, today in London, the LEGO® Superpower Academy opened its doors. The unique interactive escape room experience offers a chance for visitors to unleash their superpower of play. Ahead of the experience opening, a group of well-known LEGO ‘fans’ or celebs, got to try it out, which offers a look inside the event. Check it out below.
CELEBS AND THEIR FAMILIES UNLOCK PLAYFUL SUPERPOWERS AT THE LAUNCH OF NEW IMMERSIVE PLAY EXPERIENCE, THE LEGO® SUPERPOWER ACADEMY
The immersive play experience opens today on World Play Day in London and runs until 18th October.
Local artist and limerick extraordinaire Angry Dan’s riddles will unite players as they bring their unique ‘superpowers’ together to solve challenges and unlock new rooms.
The LEGO® Superpower Academy forms part of the LEGO Group’s Play Is Your Superpower campaign which aims to inspire families to reprioritise play and experience the benefits it brings.
London, UK – 12th October 2023: Today, the LEGO® Superpower Academy opens its doors in Shoreditch, London, giving families the chance to come together to solve a range of fiendishly fun challenges while they discover the superpowers that play gives them.
The experience forms part of the LEGO Group’s second annual World Play Day celebrations – a day dedicated to celebrating the benefits that play brings and encouraging families to take a moment to play.
The LEGO Superpower Academy will be open from today until 18th October to help families rediscover the power of play as they unite superpowers to solve the experience’s unique missions. Each room hosts a different challenge that will test the creativity, problem-solving skills, communication, and resilience of players set by the Professor of Play.
Celebrities including Katie Piper, Giovanna Fletcher and Cara Delahoyde were the first to compete in the LEGO Superpower Academy yesterday. This included an immersive fun filled afternoon of play through teamwork and imagination. All those who completed the course and unleashed their superpowers graduated as qualified members of the LEGO Group’s Play Squad.
East London based artist, Angry Dan, has created a bespoke mural in Shoreditch which aims to inspire commuters to get involved in World Play Day. Guests and passers-by will be invited to design their own tiles and add it to the design, leaving their individual LEGO mark on the streets of Shoreditch.
The LEGO Superpower Academy comes as new research from the LEGO Group finds that over half of children in the UK are spending less than 2% of their week (seven hours) playing, despite UK parents saying play is fundamental to kid’s development and growth, boosting their creativity (59%), confidence (57%) and communication skills (54%).
Alero Akuya, VP of Global Brand Development at the LEGO Group said “Kids and families need play, it’s as simple as that. It helps children develop crucial superpowers, or ‘skills’ that benefit them both now and in the future. But it’s not only children that benefit from play – it makes the whole family happier, builds stronger family bonds and improves wellbeing”.
Families who are unable to visit the experience in person can take part in an online mission inspired by the LEGO Superpower Academy and claim their Play Hero Badge at LEGO.com/kids.
Please find more information on the event below
- Timings: 12th – 18th October 9am – 6:75pm
- Address: The LEGO® Superpower Academy, White Rabbit, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3HJ
- Price: FREE – but tickets must be booked in advance here
The LEGO Superpower Academy has also connected with local primary schools and community in East London bringing exclusive sessions and experiences to them on October 13th.
Other initiatives from the LEGO Group to help families in the UK celebrate World Play Day in the UK:
- Selected LEGO Stores across the UK and Europe will be handing out free play mission packs on the day. Visit LEGO.com/stores for more details
- A range of playful and creative celebrities will take over the LEGO Group’s social channels for ‘24 hours of fun’ – sharing inspiration for how they are weaving play into the day
- LEGO Education will be helping teachers bring more play to the classroom with brand new activities designed to help students learn through play
- Families can take part in a range of quick and easy interactive games and experiences on LEGO.com
- The LEGO Life app will also offer kids a huge range of engaging Play Missions and challenges
Show us how you play on the day using the hashtag #TodayWePlay or visit LEGO.com/World-Play-Day to join in the fun.