Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Kayla Waller and her son Luke Waller, 4, of Alpharetta, build a helicopter to contribute to the large-scale map of the United States of America made out of LEGOs during the celebration of the LEGO Store grand re-opening at Discover Mills Mall on Saturday.
LAWRENCEVILLE -- Few things can slow down six-year-old Zack Williams.
"He's all over the place," said mom, Sarah Williams. "Until you give him some LEGOs."
Like hundreds of other excited children, Williams channeled his mental and physical energies Saturday to assist in building a large-scale map of the United States out of the glossy, snap-together bricks.
In celebration of the newly redesigned LEGO store at Discover Mills, employees invited children to come out and put their unique mark on the project, an event which began Friday and culminates at 6 p.m. today.
Young builders like Kimberly, Emma and Erik Ohrstrom got a free LEGO certificate of achievement for helping to build the colorful, one-of-a-kind model.
"I love LEGOs," said Kimberly, 11. She and sister, Emma, 10, are veteran architects. The girls once constructed an entire LEGO amusement park complete with roller coasters and concession stands. They aimed more for simplicity during Saturday's event: colorful little LEGO houses.
Summer Davis, 9, also went with the domestic motif. She built a red, yellow and white brick house complete with chimney. Her mom, Gladys, said Summer has always had the LEGO bug. "Ever since she was little, she's always been sort of obsessed."
Her favorite LEGOs? A "Cinderella's Castle" set at home.
Zack, on the other hand, prefers the Army-themed plastic bricks. When asked why, he shrugged, smiling. "They're just fun."
Mom, Sarah, said she was glad her son and daughter, Mary, 5, could come out for the event.
"It helps them with their fine motor skills," Sarah Williams said.
She gestured toward Zack, whose hands moved with speed, snapping tiny blocks together. "Just look at him go."
The LEGO store at Discover Mills is located in Neighborhood 6 near Burlington Coat Factory. For more information, call 678-847-6078.