This past Friday, April 25th, my girls and I attended our very first LEGO® KidsFest at the Suburban Showcase in Novi. I have heard amazing things about this annual event for quite some time now and was hoping to make it last year. Even though it wasn’t reality for us last year, it became reality this year, yay!
Leading up to the LEGO event, I began hearing mixed reviews. Some were fantastic, some were good, and just a couple of them were thumbs down or not impressed. I guess the only way to truly find out is to experience it for yourself, right? So that’s what I did with three very excited little girls.
Before I go into major details, let me just say that if your child is not truly into Legos or doesn’t really express any interest in them, they may not thoroughly enjoy the experience. But, LEGO® KidsFest is exciting enough to change a child’s mind and build curiosity and creativity at the same time. All three of my girls are fortunately Lego fans. My youngest (5) is into the Disney Legos, my 7.5 year old is into Disney Friends, and my oldest (11), is into Star Wars Legos. There was something for children of all ages as well as themes, etc.
We arrived for opening night’s session which began promptly at 4:00 pm. It was scheduled to end at 8:30 pm. My first thought was “wow, that’s a long time to be at a Lego event and will it be that exciting?” When walking in, we basically just walked around and looked at everything available as to not get overwhelmed. Then went back and participated in activities and events that were of interest to them. From building stations to a reading spot and marketplace, time went by pretty quickly. The girls basically enjoyed just creating in different spots. We then took a break for dinner and continued the rest. My girls had a blast. As an adult who is not as big a Lego fan growing up, I was pretty impressed with all that was available. As a teacher I liked that there was a reading spot, building stations, challenges, etc. Master Lego builders were also there to engage and educate the kids. We thoroughly enjoyed “Creation Nation.” Each child was given an opportunity to build anything they desired and send it to the drop off station. The map of the United States was available for them to choose which state they would like to place their Lego creation on. I would love to see a picture of this when it is completed:
Here is an idea of what was present at LEGO® KidsFest 2014:
LEGO Model Museum
LEGO Club and Master Builder Academy
The LEGO Movie
Brick Battle Zone
LEGO Disney Princess
LEGO Super Heroes
LEGO Master Builders
LEGO Star Wars
Big Brick Pile
LEGO Building Areas
The girls also enjoyed a fun Disney and LEGO Friends photo-booth at the end of our visit. I also allowed the girls one souvenir each. They were so thrilled! It was also nice that there were concession stands as I had some pretty hungry girls after all of that walking around. They did great!
We can’t wait for next year. They are already talking and planning. So pleased that they enjoyed the Lego event! This mommy and her three girls left with a big smiles on their faces. Thanks LEGO® KidsFest!