I had the chance as a US Family Guide blogger to get tickets for Friday 4:00-8:30 pm session of LEGO KidsFest in St. Louis, MO plus a couple tickets to giveaway in exchange for an assessment of the event.
We live about 3 hours away so this became an overnight trip for us, nonetheless it was worth that added expense to: 1. Go to our initial LEGO KidsFest and 2. To not get home at nighttime.
The youngsters (ages 11 and 6) were starting Spring Break the day after, so such as a large amount of families we started the break each day early. Don’t worry all of the teachers had a week’s notice and moved their tests up a day. The hubs became popular work and we were off.
We got to St. Louis early and explored downtown while we waited for the function to begin.
LEGO KidsFest was at the America’s Center, which was an excellent central location and near to the Metro Link Station. The majority of the exhibits were in the Edward Jones Dome. Once you have in there were stations to get drink and food (needed when you are there 4 hours!), two store locations, and a lot of exhibits to visit!
1. Entering the function. Check in to the event was fast and efficient.
2. Space. We loved that the exhibits were all spread out. You weren’t crowded while trying to go from exhibit to demonstrate. If anything seemed busy you could easily find something else to do.
3. Activities. The youngsters got to build…A LOT! There was a whole lot of creative expression between Creation Nation, LEGO Friends, LEGO Bionicle, etc.
4. Free Stuff. The kids got prizes for participating at some exhibits like the Creation Nation, LEGO Friends, Challenge Zone, and Brick Battle Zone.
5. Displays. The huge LEGO statues of characters from Toy Story, Marvel, LEGO Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, DC, and more!
1. Time. There exists a lot to undergo. We couldn’t do each and every thing. It is a con, however, not a major one. It is best to have too much to see and stuff to choose and chose than inadequate.
2. Event Merchandise. I must say i wanted a LEGO Kids Fest magnet (it is my collecting obsession for vacations), but there weren’t any. I had hoped they might have special LEGO Kids Fest minifigures like I have seen on ebay for previous years, however the sales people said they didn’t make any. By the way you can fine lego coloring pages here.
Ideas for LEGO KidsFest:
My only suggestion is on the high traffic areas like Battle Zone Nation, and Master Builder Lab that that they had a method to join times every 20-30 minutes. A straightforward pull a number thing
like at the craft store so you could wander around and come back.
Tips for Visitors:
1. Camera and Back up Camera. My iPhone chock-full so I had to use a back up camera for pictures. The event has a phone charging station. I am not sure, but it looked like they had cables.
2. No Flash. It is a hardcore area to photograph, and the flash LOVES to reflect off the LEGO bricks. My iPhone does best, but like I said I ran out of space. I’ve some flash points in photos I don’t care for.
3. Costs. Food was $6-9 range between what I saw. A soft pretzel was $4 however the cheese dip was $1.50, pizza slice (large one) $6, drinks were in the $4 -$6 each. Food appeared to be sold by the positioning itself and other local vendors. LEGO shops there appeared to be basically the price as the LEGO web store, but damaged boxes were in a particular section for 20% off.
4. Time. Try to get there the moment it opens and stay as late as you can to do whenever you can. This is not an “in and out” kind of event.
Would we go again??
Ok last one! If comes near again I’d love to go! I think each year will be fun with all the current new sets that are always coming out. Plus it is among those activities that boy, girl, young, or old can enjoy and that is rare!