On Wednesday, May 31, LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston will host a ceremony to rename “Tessie” the large, 20-foot-tall LEGO Giraffe outside of their building to “Gio” in honor of Giovanni Maggiore, the Medford six-year-old who passed away in April after battling Congenital Heart Disease (CHD).
Gio was in the news recently when his family and friends nominated his name for the baby giraffe that was born at the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, NY. After his name wasn’t chosen for the new calf, a friend of the family and secretary from the Brooks School in Medford where Gio was a student, reached out to LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston to ask if the large LEGO Giraffe could be renamed in Gio’s honor.
WHAT: LEGO Giraffe Renaming Ceremony
Chris, Maya & Carmen Maggiore, Gio’s Parents and younger sister
Megan Amaral, LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston Master Model Builder
David Gilmore, LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston General Manager
Gio’s family & friends
WHEN: Wednesday, May 31 at 3:00 pm
WHERE: LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston
Outside by LEGO Giraffe
598 Assembly Row, Somerville
The ceremony will include an unveiling of a special addition to the LEGO Giraffe in honor of Gio. Gio’s family and friends will also be invited to stay and enjoy LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston after the ceremony.
The 20-foot-tall LEGO Giraffe outside LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston was originally named Tessie in a 2014 naming contest when the attraction first opened. The giraffe is made up of 22,000 DUPLO bricks.
About LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston is the first and only one in New England. The 44,000-square-foot indoor attraction, geared toward children aged 3 to 10 and their families, features millions of LEGO® bricks and offers a fun, highly interactive and educational two- to three-hour indoor experience. The attraction features interactive LEGO® experiences, LEGO® Rides, LEGO® Studios 4D Cinema, LEGO® MINILAND featuring replicas of Boston landmarks made out of LEGO bricks, LEGO® Factory Tour, LEGO® Ninjago Training Camp, LEGO® City Builder and birthday rooms.