lego-logo.jpgEnter The Best of the Brick Contest! Rochester, NY - Get inspired by the new exhibit The Art of The Brick featuring 30 whimsical, awe-inspiring works by artist Nathan Sawaya-giant heads, bodies, wall portraits, and more-made entirely of LEGO® bricks. Then, visit the museum's LEGO DUPLO® brick station and build your own imaginative creations daily during Lots o' LEGOs School-Break Week at Strong National Museum of Play Saturday, December 26, 2009 through Friday, January 1, 2010. (Please note: The museum closes at 4 p.m. on Thursday, December 31 and will be open from noon until 8 p.m. on Friday, January 1.) Avid toy-brick builders are also encouraged to take the excitement of brick building back home with them and create an entry for Strong's ongoing Best of the Brick contest. Following is an overview of the contest rules: Entries must be creative, unique, original, and not from a kit. The creator must be in the photograph with the creation. Images of the participant and his or her building-brick creation may be uploaded onto Strong's Web site (www.museumofplay.org) between January 1 and 15. The announcement of contest winners will coincide with the January 23, 2010 opening of the LEGO® Castle Adventure exhibit. Winners will receive a $50 museum shop gift card, and winning creations will be featured on the museum's Web site and in publicity communications. The winning creation will have the opportunity to be displayed at Strong National Museum of Play. For complete contest details, visit http://www.museumofplay.org/ The Art of the Brick exhibit remains at Strong until March 14, 2010. LEGO® Castle Adventure will be at Strong January 23 through May 9, 2010. The latter exhibit invites children to enter the world of LEGO castles and explore a giant castle full of LEGO brick decorations. All Lots ‘o LEGOS School-Break Week activities are included with general museum admission fees. About Strong National Museum of Play Strong National Museum of Play® (www.museumofplay.org), located in downtown Rochester, New York, is the only museum in the world devoted solely to the study of play as it illuminates American culture. Museum Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Admission Fees (through December 31): General Admission (does not include admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden®): Adults $10; Seniors $9; Children (2-15) $8; Children younger than two free; Strong members free. Admission Fees (as of January 1): General Admission (does not include admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden®): Adults $11; Seniors $10; Children (2-15) $9; Children younger than two free; Strong members free. Admission to Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden®: General Admission fee plus $1.50 for members, $3 for nonmembers; Children under 2 free. Entry is by timed ticket only. Please call 585-263-2700 to reserve and purchase tickets. Parking: Free parking is available at the museum for all guests on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that, on high visitation days, the museum lot may reach capacity early in the day. If space is not available on site at the time of your visit, you will be directed to additional parking at neighboring municipal garages (fees may apply).