On September 4th my family got to take a trip to LEGO KidsFest at the Austin Convention Center. We had an amazing time and got to see some amazing LEGO creations. There were things for kids to do for kids of all ages. Upon entering we were a little taken back. It was almost overwhelming. Just LEGO’s as far as the eye could see. And kids everywhere with the biggest smiles on their faces. We had to hold our girls hands because they just wanted to run free. lol The first thing they spotted was the giant LEGO Scooby Doo and Shaggy characters who were very kindly taking photos with people. My daughter, Taylor, is a HUGE Scooby Doo fan. She just HAD to have a photo.
After meeting some own child hood idols we decided to take a walk around before diving deep into all the fun LEGO activities that were scattered around the large convention room. Right in the middle of the room was this huge section of life sized models of famous characters build entirely of LEGOs. From Jack Sparrow, Hulk, Spiderman, Superman, the LEGO Movie characters, and many more. We spend a good amount of time just taking photos in front each of these very impressive models and discussed how long it must have taken to build each one of these.
After eating we went grabbed a bite to eat at one of the many conveniently placed food vendors around the convention center. The food was really good but I’ll admit a little over priced. To feed just us four it was about $30. Typical event pricing. So I would recommend eating BEFORE coming to a place like this. Save your money for the gift shop! But the seating are near the vendors did have a HUGE Cartoon Network themed screen set up with many brightly color bean bag chairs that my kids had fun jumping around with many other kids. It was a nice set up. We got eat in peace while our kids to go be distracted within arms reach. It was a nice place to take a quick break before rushing into all the chaos that is LEGO Kidsfest.
Now we get into the rush. The activities. The one thing that I really loved about LEGO Kidsfest is how they set up different section around the convention center for kids who have different interests. When I was growing up LEGOs where considered a “boys” toy. But now there’s more options. I’ve got three girls and I was happy to see that they had several different areas set up for girls LEGOs not just boys LEGOs. There were LEGOs Disney Princess and LEGO Friends. Even the LEGO Duplo section had a girls section. But I’m not saying that girls have to play with just the LEGO girls section. That’s certainly not the case. My girl love to play with ALL LEGOs. The LEGO Ninjago section was very popular with my girls. They got to build their own Spinjitzu master and place them on a special platform and battle. It was a blast.
LEGO Kidsfest has more to offer then just building. They encouraged children to use their minds as well as create by offering sections such as the Art Gallery where kids created 2 dimensional masterpieces and got to proudly display them on a huge wall. There was a section called the Creation Nation where kids built something that they felt expressed a certain part of a America and it got displayed on a giant map of the US.
My oldest daughter had, I believe, the best experience of all. She used her gaming senses to find her 2 favorite spots in the whole convention center: the LEGO Fusion area & the LEGO Dimensions area. And now we know what 2 items are on her Christmas list. If you haven’t heard of these to games yet you should hop onto Google right now and look them up. They are worth looking into. LEGO Fusion is an amazing game that brings LEGO bricks and virtual gaming into one fun new game. You take your LEGO bricks and build the front side of any house you can imagine. Then using the LEGO Fusion app you scan the front side of the house and it creates a 3D version of your house and sucks you into a virtual LEGO world. It’s so much fun! I’m sure by now everyone has heard of LEGO Dimensions. There’s been hype everywhere. They actually allowed kids to take turns playing the game and my daughter loved it! She played as the Doctor from Doctor Who and I had to pry her away.
While my oldest where getting their inner gamers on my husband took our youngest to the DUPLO section so that she could get her first experience with LEGO building. This area is designated for kids aged 1 1/2 to 5 to help them build motor skills and to help get their creative juices flowing. She loved running around and playing in all the blocks.
I haven’t even begun to describe all the amazing things that LEGO Kidsfest had to offer. I highly recommend it to parents who have children that love LEGOs. The staff at the event were amazing and very interactive with all the kids. Every one was great. The event was fantastic. We plan on going back next year.