Friday, June 30, 2017

The Art of The Brick

The new art scene in town...

Presented by the Vinik Family Foundation, this exceptional art installation by award winning artist, Nathan Sawaya is a must see! 

The Art of The Brick will run from June 23rd through September 4th. 

What you need to know to plan your visit: 

  • It's FREE! Thanks to the generosity of the Vinik Family Foundation!
  • No reservations are necessary
  • The exhibit will be open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am - 6 pm
  • Parking will be available in the surrounding lots & street parking is available too!
  • Kids are welcome! (Just encourage them to be mindful not to touch the Lego art!)
The boys and I got a sneak peek before the doors opened on opening day and... 'Everything was AWESOME'!! We all enjoyed it & will be going back again very soon!! 

This cool, peace symbol, was one of my favorites! A little insider tip for you, the bricks used here, were actually Lego bricks donated from families all over the country! Instead of throwing them away, Sawaya recycled them into some of his artwork! Any piece you'll see with multi-colored bricks, are the up cycled Legos!! 

This piece, called Dinosaur, is the largest structure Sawaya has built yet. This T-Rex measures 20 feet in length and took 80, 020 bricks to build!! 

This piece, simply named, Yellow, is Sawaya's best-known piece. His inspiration, his own personal metamorphosis on his journeys. My boys, loved the explosion of Lego's in his chest! :) 

Life imitates art... These boys loved being thinkers, like our green friend! :) 

 And the best part of this exhibit for kids... The Brick Yard!! Before heading out, make time to stop and build your own Lego art! You can even leave your creation on display for others to enjoy and gather inspiration! My Master Builder, Jack proudly displayed his piece, The Mansion of the Brick.

Zeus, was specially designed for the Vinik Family by the artist, Nathan Sawaya! Go Bolts!!

The Art Of The Brick, has visited over 80 cities worldwide and now, Tampa!! Don't let the Summer get away with out a stop to this exhibit!! It's truly, amazing!! We'll be back soon to check out the pieces we missed, and maybe we'll see you there!! 

A big thanks to the friends at Art of the Brick Tampa for inviting us to enjoy a little VIP experience that day! 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Lego Art coming to Tampa!!

Art is taking on a new shape!!! Lego bricks are taking over the art scene in Tampa!!!

 The Art of the Brick will be making a stop in downtown Tampa this Summer! This exhibit, generously presented by the Vinik Family Foundation will officially open it's doors on Friday, June 23rd and run through September 4th!

The Art of The Brick is a critically acclaimed collection of more than 100 inspiring works of art created by Nathan Sawaya and made exclusively from one of the most recognizable toys in the world: the LEGO® brick.

This incredible exhibit will be free to the public, thanks to the generosity of the Vinik Family Foundation, who brought us The Beach exhibit last year to Amelie Arena!

Stay tuned for a sneak peak & more details to plan your visit, coming very soon!!!
Follow me on Instagram/proseandcompany to catch a glimpse of the brick art, before the doors officially, open this Friday!!!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Family Day at Busch Gardens || Jack Hanna Weekend

As residents of Tampa, we have access to great theme parks and some of the best beaches within an hour's drive! Yes!! Love, Tampa Bay!

And Busch Gardens Theme Park, is even closer!! Only a 20 minute drive, we surprised the boys with a family day, to Busch Gardens!!
Our oldest had become a fan of Jungle "Jack" Hanna & his great show, Into the Wild! So, what better time to visit Busch Gardens than during Jack Hanna weekend!! With a huge thanks to some special people at Busch Gardens, we were able to attend a very special meet + greet brunch with Jack Hanna himself!

Our day started with a delicious brunch at Serengeti Overlook Restaurant, in the park. While we awaited for Jack Hanna to arrive we enjoyed a delicious breakfast buffet! Eggs, bacon, fruit, waffles-as big as the boy's heads, fried chicken and carving stations too! So, so good!! And you couldn't beat the view! Giraffes were roaming just below us in the Seregenti Plains!

On Jack's Summer bucket list, he insisted we go to the Columbus Zoo, home of Jack Hanna ;) To our surprise, COLUMBUS ZOO came to us!! And, they brought some baby animals to play with while we waited for Jack Hanna to arrive! What a special treat!! This staff, from the Columbus Zoo, were the sweetest! We'll make it there one day, but in the meantime, we so appreciate your kindness in showing us this baby leopard & the baby fox we met that day!

Jack Hanna arrives!!! 

This boy was over the moon excited!! And I couldn't help but grin, ear-to-ear, watching this interaction with the man of the hour, Jack Hanna! He spent a good amount of time with us,  giving our Jack some tips for when we do make it to Columbus Zoo one day & even tried to sneak a blueberry from Max's plate! He was exactly as you see him on his show, genuine and kind!

After brunch, we walked to the Stanleyville Theater inside Busch Gardens to catch Jack Hanna's live show with many of his favorite animals. It was super cool to see, a baby sloth, a giant chameleon and even adult cheetahs purring over the microphone!


We spent the rest of the afternoon roaming around the park! We rode the train and saw lots of animals! We watched crazy people ride scary roller coasters & even got soaked just watching SheiKra!!

For a moment, we thought we stumbled upon Te Fiti, from Disney's, Moana!

What an awesome time we had exploring Busch Gardens and meeting Jack Hanna! If you haven't visited Busch Gardens, or it's been a while, grab the kiddos and plan your visit soon! So many great things to check out! And, with the Preschool Card, your littles under 5, can get in free! Be sure to visit the link for more information!!! 

Hope you're enjoying your Summer! 
Stay tuned for some more family activities coming your way soon!!! 
Again, a very special thanks to the special people at Busch Gardens for helping to organize this great family day!! 

**All opinions and photos are my own. 
#sponsored #buschgardens 

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