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ByDave Stopher

Jul 26, 2018 #Events, #life

Shoppers visiting Teesside over the next five weeks can expect to receive a larger than life welcome, as a giant LEGO elephant and gorilla have arrived for the summer.


The brick animals, which are up to two and a half metres tall and can be found outside Mothercare, have been built as part of Teesside’s programme of free jungle-themed family activities running throughout the school summer holidays (28th July – 30th August).


The jungle takeover will also see Teesside host a range of free events for little ones every Wednesday and Thursday between 11am and 4pm. These will be run by resident explorers ‘Molly Mangroves’ and ‘Vinny Vine-Swinger’ and include LEGO workshops where kids can learn how to build their favourite wild animals and play animal-themed games.


There will also be a large sandpit, where children can search for rainforest critters while parents can relax on the seating area, and a jungle base camp full of puzzles and games.


Mike Clarke, Centre Director at Teesside, said: “We have a lot of visitors to Teesside, but this is our first elephant and gorilla! I’m sure they’ll go down really well with families and I think there will be the odd selfie or two as well. We’ll be looking out for the best of them on social media.


“We’ve got a brilliant calendar of free activities lined up over the coming weeks, from fun LEGO brick workshops to animal-themed craft sessions, so we hope this will help parents keep the kids entertained throughout the summer holidays.”

The full list of free events, which will all take place outside Mothercare, includes:


Wednesday 1st August (11am – 4pm) – Jungle Jeep Racing – Little explorers can test their engineer skills by building a LEGO brick jeep before putting it to the test.


Thursday 2nd August (11am – 4pm) – March of the Elephants Make and Take – Kids can step into the LEGO workshop to learn how to create their favourite wild animals to take home.


Wednesday 8th August (11am – 4pm) – Jungle Theatre – Join in jungle fun with your favourite animal friends!


Thursday 9th August (11am – 4pm) – Lego Brick Pit – Visit the LEGO workshop to make rainforest critters, jeeps and more.


Wednesday 15th August (11am – 4pm) – Jungle Mask Making – Kids can become their favourite jungle animal with a crafty make-and-take session.


Thursday 16th August (11am – 4pm) – Rumble in the Jungle – Join the explorers, ‘Molly Mangroves’ and ‘Vinny Vine-Swinger’, for a day of interactive jungle-themed games.


Wednesday 22nd August (11am – 4pm) – Jungle Jump Up Animals – Little explorers can create their favourite jungle animals to take home with them.


Thursday 23rd August (11am – 4pm) – Jungle Biff Bats – The chance to make a personalised jungle ‘biff-bat’ toy – a small wooden bat with a rubber ball attached by string.


Wednesday 29th August (11am – 4pm) – Creature Creation Station – Kids have the chance to use their imagination and design their own animals.


Thursday 30th August (11am – 4pm) – Lego Keyring Builder – Little ones can design a LEGO keyring to keep keys bright and colourful.