Millions of tiny bricks took over the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh this past weekend. And kids of all ages lined up in droves to play with them.
Lego KidsFest is a hands-on bastion of fun and amazement. While the ticket prices are quite steep for the average family ($18 for kids three and older and $20 for adults) most attendees felt the experience was worth the price of admission.
Upon entering KidsFest, Lego fans are promptly greeted by a museum of favorite movie, television, and cartoon characters made from tens of thousands of bricks. Master Builders missed no detail in these creations. Even Darth Vader’s light sabre was made entirely out of Legos! The exhibit also contained life-sized models of Harry Potter, Hulk, Batman, and Spongebob Squarepants.
From there, people were left to their own creative devices. A Duplo section was set up for smaller children and babies to get in on the fun. Monochromatic sections allowed the building of creations in just blue, yellow, or green bricks. An art gallery was available to create and display projects for all to see. Builders were also invited to be part of the Creation Nation, where fans could have the buildings they made be part of the Lego “town” on display at the event.
New advances were also not forgotten. Fans got a chance to play the new Lego City on the Wii U game console. And the group of animated ninjas credited with saving the Lego franchise, Lego Ninjago, had their own section at KidsFest, and were well represented throughout the event.
But perhaps the biggest draw was the Brick Pile. A pile of over one million Legos were dumped in the middle of the floor.. Thousands climbed the pile, made their own creations, made angels as if they were in the snow, and even buried themselves in Lego bliss. An idea so simple yet so brilliant. The smallest kids to the biggest adults visited that pile, happily running their fingers through bricks of all colors and sizes.
Fans also had the opportunity to meet with Lego Master Builders, of which there are only seven currently employed in the United States. A store was on site to purchase everything from basic sets to the Death Star. Dozens of mechanically working exhibits built by Lego fan groups were also on display to enjoy.
There was something for everyone, and overall was well worth the hefty price of admission.
While the event was mainly aimed at children, Lego KidsFest allowed their parents to become kids again as well.