If you are a huge fan of Legos, or just like Legos in general, you need to visit a Lego KidsFest. Recently, the kiddos and I were able to attend a LegoFest event in Charlotte. They haven't stopped asking when they could go again. I have to admit, when we checked in and got our media tags, we felt pretty special; I kept looking for paparazzi. Sadly, they never showed up but that's alright!
LegoFest was huge, we arrived at 3:30 and stayed until they closed. At times, we felt rushed. I honestly think that was just because there were three children wanting to see everything and explore the entire fest. The children loved playing and building with all of the different Legos; it was incredible to see all of the available Lego sets and even explore according to our favorites. Lego Kidsfest was very crowded but there was so much to see and do, we never felt as if we were going to run out of time.
Pumpkin loved all of the "girly" themed Legos, as she called it. They had princess Legos to help build a castle scene, you could even take your picture with Cinderella made of Legos or her glass slipper. I was expecting the boys to not even tolerate being in the area but they were happy to help their sister build her pieces for the castle. I loved seeing all of the families building together and creating a giant castle scene.
Each booth was more fun as we walked around the fest, I have to say that my favorite part was the monochromatic build, it was all purple Legos! One I am a huge fan of purple and two, it was really fun to see how the creations came to life. The neat thing about building is as the night goes one people can join in and add to your piece and create entire new pieces, there aren't many places that you can go and just start building with strangers.
Lego KidsFest also has master builders available to learn and even work with. This is something that you have to sign up for, there is not extra fee. Peanut loved his session, he was able to work alongside a LegoMaster and ask questions, he was in Heaven. While Peanut was working with the LegoMaster, Bean, Pumpkin and I went and jumped in the bouncy house, well they did. One of the things that I was impressed with was the fact that Lego KidsFest offered different areas for the children; there was a big screen (reminded me of a drive-in) where you could watch the LEGO movie ( I am not a big fan of going to an event and watching a movie, but after three hours of driving and playing for three hours, the kiddos needed some down time), there were also giant foam building blocks that you could built with and climb all over, and of course the bouncy obstacle course.
As you movie through LEGO Kidsfest, there are interactive booths and booths that are for display purposes. There are also local vendors that set up booths, there was a booth from StateFarm, where you could take your picture. If you uploaded and tagged them on Instagram you could have it printed for free. They also gave the children piggy banks. We spent about 10 to 15 minutes at each booth and a couple we completely skipped, not because of time but the kiddos preferences. During the event, you can participate in a scavenger hunt, where you walk around and find characters from the LEGO movie and write down their quotes to receive a free poster. We got so wrapped up in the booths that we only looked for the statues twice! oops!
We went to a LEGO KidsFest in 2011 and I have to say that I really like that they took the feedback and improved on what was offered. One thing that we loved from then and even now were the Lego creations. These will rock your world, I am still in awe of the creations that were built out of LEGOS. The kiddos loved seeing their favorite TV/Movie characters come to life.
Another fun booth that we spent a huge chunk of time was the create your own artwork for the art gallery. Pumpkin kept calling herself the LEGO artist, I lost track of how many Lego pictures she created. The fun part about the art gallery was you could create your picture and then display it for everyone to see. I am sorry to say that at the end of each session they are taken down and the pieces are put back into the bins for others to use!
LEGO Kidsfest really is a family event, the organizers have created an environment where all members of the family no matter the age can come and enjoy LEGOS. Bean loved the Duplo pit area, he was not only able to build with blocks that worked better for his abilities but he was able to jump and climb. This mama, was very grateful for that!
Some of the different booths available were the Star Wars booth, The Knights booth and Ninjago. At each booth, you can not only explore the themed Legos but also play games that match the theme. Throughout the fest, you can sign up for drawings for LEGO camps, and kits. When you visit a booth, the LEGOS are not only themed to match but so are the activities. In the LEGO friends section, you can take your picture in a photo booth, with your friends! Help build your own creations and fill in the map of the United States, or build and display your work in the museum section or build your own race car and race it against other racers! There is always something to do!
If you aren't inspired by all of the booths, there are different games you can play; the kiddos loved racing the Lego trucks and trying to dump the LEGO pieces into a bin. There is the race to build the tallest tower or even race to build the pizza.
We finally wrapped up our night in the LEGO store, I mean how can you not purchase some LEGOS after spending all of that time playing with them!
Some tips to make your visit amazing:
Buy your tickets as soon as possible, ours sold out days before the event.
Food is available but expensive, bring snacks and eat before you come.
Plan on spending as much time as possible, there really is so much to see.
Prepare for crowds, who doesn't love Legos?
Legof KidsFest is a traveling exhibit so make sure to check out their website to see a location close to you.
Leave with a new appreciation for LEGOS and all of the amazing things that are built with them!