Months ago, we were invited to visit the Rouse Hill House & Farm in LEGO® Bricks exhibition at the Rouse Hill House & Farm part of the Sydney Living Museums. It was a bit of a trek from the Northern Beaches for us but the kids were happy once we arrived as I promised them LEGO!
The exhibition which is on until Sunday 22nd of July 2018 features impressive models of the iconic Rouse Hill House, outbuildings, stable and barns constructed from LEGO® bricks by the Southern Hemisphere’s only LEGO®-certified professional, Australia’s Ryan McNaught aka The Brickman.
This ‘explore and build’ exhibition includes a detailed model of the Australian Georgian style homestead which was developed between 1813 and 1819. It also features a cut-away section of the main house, the surrounding historic outbuildings and farmyard animals.
Kids and adults are encouraged to examine the lavish and quirky interiors and in turn create their own house and farm with over 200,000 loose LEGO® bricks located around the model and in a separate building area. There is also a special DUPLO® wall which will keep the younger visitors engaged.
So much detail has gone into the model of the Rouse Hill House & Farm, LEGO® lovers and lovers of the museum will love Ryan's interpretation. And a special cut-away section of the house is also featured with additional detail of each rooms.
As we explored the model, we started building straight away and managed to build quite a few models during our session. The kids did much better than me as I struggle with coming up with clever designs ha!
Little Miss was busy building a liquorice all sorts LEGO® type of building which ended up having a rooftop pool and accumulated pretty much all the people figurines on it while little Mister had fun with the DUPLO® wall.
After building with LEGO® and DUPLO® for one hour straight, we headed outside and looked at the garden toys and the outdoor area while waiting for our tour guide to go up to the house. The Rouse Hill House can only be visited by guided tour only which lasts 45 minutes which in theory was a good idea however my youngest had different ideas.
Once the cart drove us up the hill to the Rouse Hill House & Farm, we walked to the front of the beautiful house where we listened to the tour guide. Tours and visits to old houses and museums are always a tester for kids. We had visited the beautiful Vaucluse House a few weeks prior and had no issue walking around the grounds, the house and even catching a bit of a guided tour too, the kids managed really well.
However, maybe it was the fact that it was a strict guided tour where you can't touch anything in the house or the heat that day but my youngest did not want to cooperate. The staff were really nice with the situation but insisted we could not walk off unless we had a tour guide present as there were a number of sightings of brown snakes that month so did not want us to wonder off which was fair enough!
After a quick visit of the stunning old outside buildings, we headed to the chicken coop where the kids were invited to feed some beautiful chickens. A nice finish to our visit.
Rouse Hill House & Farm is a beautiful property. If you are a fan of old houses and your children are happy to walk through the house with a guided tour then go for it. If you think your kids would prefer something with more freedom and you live nearby then I would stick to visiting the LEGO® Bricks exhibition at the front of the property for an explore of the model and a build.
- Rouse Hill House & Farm in LEGO® Bricks is on at Rouse Hill House & Farm until Sunday 22nd July 2018.
- Rouse Hill House & Farm is located at 356 Annangrove Road, Rouse Hill, NSW 2155.
- Open Wednesday to Sunday and daily during school holidays.
- Tickets range from $12 for adults & children, $8 concession and $38 for a family ticket and include House Museum visit.
- Bookings are required for weekends and there are 4 sessions daily.
Busy City Kids were invited to Rouse Hill House & Farm and the LEGO exhibition for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel and fee paying activities were self funded.
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