Thanks to a bit of luck, and a ticket giveaway at Charlottesville Family Magazine, we had the opportunity to go to the Lego Kidsfest in Richmond, Va. My three boys, ages 2, 9, and 14, all found something they enjoyed (my hubby and I had a great time too, so lets say it’s fun for “kids” of all ages.)
- Duplos – Jake was a bit intimidated by the giant mountain of duplos, but he LOVED the playstations surrounding it.
- The Brick Pile – literally a mountain of legos. My 9 year old was in heaven, but the rest of us soon tired of the discomfort of sitting on top of hard pointy legos. On the plus side this was an incredibly fun photo op.
- Creation Nation – We added a submarine, the Washington Monument, and the St. Louis Arch to the giant outline of the United States.
- Monochromatic Builds – this activity allowed you to explore your creativity with a single color of lego, emphasizing overall shapes. For whatever reason, my little guy loved this activity! His imagination turned the legos into weapons, buildings, creatures, and a microphone he sang into (my favorite!)
- Lego Racers – Build your car, and race it down the ramp. Our gang spent more time at this activity than any other. I didn’t really get many photos. Why? I was playing with the Racers too!
- Chima – Something new for us, these were lego characters that use a ripcord to make them race along. It was fun to try them out, but time with them was extremely limited and quickly over.
- Lego model museum – I was completely impressed with the large lego statues. The detail in them was amazing.
- Master Builder Academy – The two older boys signed up for this first thing, but ended up in one of the last classes. The boys learned some of the “secrets” from a master builder, and got a chance to do some building of their own.
- Other activities we didn’t spend much time on were the LEGO Challenge Zone, LEGO Games, Life of George, LEGO Technic, and the LEGO Art Gallery. All of them looked like fun, but lines discouraged us and time didn’t permit.
It looks like the Lego Kidsfest visits different cities each year, but if it comes to our area again, we’d definitely go again.