Family Days 2015

Don't miss these fun-filled family programs, which include lots of museum activities for participants of all ages—art workshops, performances, gallery activities, and more.



Monday, October 12 • 10:00am - 5:00pm

This Columbus Day explore the galleries of the Albany Institute of History & Art for free.

Gallery Talk at 1PM

Free admission

Sponsored by M&T Bank

Lego Building Challenge Fall 2015

Saturday, October 10 • 11:00am - 1:00pm Saturday, October 10 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm Sunday, October 11 • 1:00pm - 3:00pm Monday, October 12 • 11:00am - 1:00pm Monday, October 12 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Lego® Building Challenge Fall 2015 Theme: Buildings, Bridges & Boats!



Building Session Dates and Times:

10/10 Saturday Morning Challenge Session 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

10/10 Saturday Afternoon Challenge Session 2:00-4:00 PM

10/11 Sunday Afternoon 1:00-3:00 PM

10/12 Monday Morning 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

10/12 Monday Afternoon 2:00-4:00 PM

Registration Fee: $5 per person (includes museum admission, registrations are non-refundable)

Team registration: teams may include as many as, but not more than four people.

Time: 1 ½ hours for construction, ½ hour for judging and awards

Size Limit: 10” x 10” base

Brings friends, family, and colleagues to work together to create beautiful LEGO ® structures. This year’s theme is Buildings, Bridges, and Boats.  Let your imagination run wild, share your vision, and compete for awards with teams from across the capital region. Basic building blocks will be supplied; however, contestants may also bring in their own.

Challenge Specifics:

  • Models must be built using only LEGO® bricks and elements. You may bring in your own pieces or we will provide you with basic bricks in a variety of sizes and a 10” x 10” base.
  • Entries must be original designs based on the theme. Commercially sold kits or published designs are not permitted.
  • Project entries must be completely assembled within the one and a half hour time limit. All assembly must be completed on site during the challenge; no pre-built parts will be permitted. 
  • Your team may choose to practice building your model prior to the day of the building challenge.
  • Feel free to bring sketches, drawings, and photographs to use as reference.
  • Judging will occur during the assembly time as well as after final assembly.  Participants will have the opportunity to describe their structure as part of the judging process.
  • During the competition, children under 12 must be supervised by the adults who brought them; they cannot be left alone.

Please note that space is limited, and pre-registration is required.

For more information or to register contact Barbara Collins at 518-463-4478- ext 405 or e-mail to



Participation in the event assumes consent for photographs to be used for museum purposes.


LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group of Companies which does not sponsor, authorize, or endorse this event.