Have you ever taken your kids to a LEGO event? If they like LEGO, and I am guessing they do since you are reading this, you definitely should consider going. We have all the info you need below.
These events are great for kids. They are all a bit different so you will want to check locations and decide which type of event would be best.
Either way these events can be a lot of fun and kids can really learn a lot while they are there. Other builders are happy to share tips and tell the kids about their builds and how they were made.
For a super inspiring time use our LEGO Convention and Event Guide to find out if there is one near you.
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I am starting off with the events that are perfect for kids. The others mentioned are more geared toward Adult Fans of LEGO (AFOL) though kids are also welcome to attend with an adult.
If you have a beginning builder, stick with the kid-oriented events. If you have an enthusiast or an older child who wants to take their building up a notch an Adult Fan of LEGO convention might be just the ticket.
LEGO Kid’s Fest is a big deal for kids of all ages. It tours the country and the locations vary by year. There are plenty of opportunities for interaction, playing with LEGO, group builds, and educational activities. This event includes DUPLO for the younger set. It is an official LEGO sanctioned event and includes the opportunity to meet some LEGO Master Builders and see life-size builds.
LEGO Creativity Tour is put on by the folks at LEGO Kid’s Fest but is different from Kid’s Fest. They say that this tour is rescaled (that means smaller 🙂 ) You can build in competitions, create a 2D art piece, do LEGO challenges, and more.
BrickFest Live is held in various cities across the US. This was developed for kids! Watch the video to get an idea of what they have to offer and check the site for locations and dates.
Brickworld holds events in Chicago, Ft. Wayne, Indianapolis, Lafayette and Tampa and it is big! This is more geared toward adults and older kids but they do have a kidsworld as well. You need to register and there are two registration options. Full registration (for AFOL and teens accompanied by an adult) and All Access for families. Check the site for additional details.
BrickCon Exhibition is the oldest LEGO convention and is located in Seattle. It is put on by AFOL and runs Thursday through Saturday. The convention is for adults and kids 14+ w/adult. Families can attend the exhibition. LEGO creators bring their builds for display. You can see incredible builds, get building tips, meet and talk with other fans. There is also an opportunity to create in the building zone.
Here are a few additional LEGO Events that you can check out:
LEGO EVENT TIPS
Going to a LEGO convention or event is a lot of fun. Here are some tips to make your trip even better.
- You will want to sign up for the newsletters of the events you are interested in to get dates and locations. Some shows travel so you want to make sure you know where they will be each year. Plus, get info on advanced ticket sale pricing.
- These events sell out. If you want to go, your best bet is to buy tickets as soon as they go on sale.
- If you don’t buy tickets ahead of time and they happen to have some left, expect long lines.
- If you are traveling, be sure to make your reservations at the same time you buy tickets. Hotel rooms in the direct vicinity sell out fairly quickly.
- Know that most of these events are very crowded! Repeat – very crowded. This also means that they are very loud. Make sure your kids can handle the atmosphere and make plans to take breaks.
- If there are specific things your kids want to do make sure do them first. Also set your timer for specific activities so you don’t miss them. Time seems to slip away and you don’t want to miss out!
- If you are shopping know your prices. There are vendors from all over and they don’t always have the best prices.
- Shop at the beginning of the day for best selection.
- Shop at the end of the day for possible deals as vendors may not want to pack everything up and bring it home.
- Enter the drawings – you just might win something!
I hope you will find what you need in our LEGO Event and Convention Guide to make your trip a success. Feel free to comment with any other tips you have for attending.
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