What it is: Lego Kids Fest is a traveling tour that comes to several cities each year. They set up in a convention center for a weekend and fill it with Lego fun. There were huge piles of both larger Duplos and smaller regular sized Legos where kids could create anything they wanted with more Legos than they would ever need. There were displays of fantastic Lego sculptures like models of Hogwarts and the Harry Potter characters, human-sized models of the toy story characters, dragons, sharks, and even a car-sized Lightnin' McQueen. There were stations to build Lego race cars, building stations of Legos of the same color, building competitions, a gift shop, booths from several local businesses (like Marbles and NCMLS), and more.
What we liked: I can tell that children between the ages of 7 and 10 would have a fabulous time for hours exploring everything that Lego fest has to offer. My children, being a little younger, did not quite have that attention span. Their favorite was definitely the Duplo pit. We spent quite a long time digging and creating whatever they wanted to. My boys were in awe of the Lego models and wandered around all of them just staring. They also spent quite while building race cars and racing them down the ramps.
What we would change: The biggest drawback of Lego Kids Fest is definitely the price. It is $18 for kids and $20 for adults. While there is so much to see, that is a lot of money to spend for a family outing. In addition, there were several things at Lego fest that were a bit difficult to navigate with really young kids (under 3). There were lots of escalators to get to the festival and we had to find alternate ways to get the stroller down each time. In addition, I had to watch my little one like a hawk to make sure he didn't get ahold of any Lego pieces that were too small. However, he did have a great time in the Duplo area.
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Locations and Dates vary, just check website.
1. a view from above
2. My son's favorite-Woody and Buzz
3. Lightnin' McQueen in Legos
4. A Lego map of the US
5. Model Darth Vader
6. The pile of Legos for building