10 Things to Do at LEGO KidsFest That Prove Everything Really is Awesome
As all parents know, there are few activities that can manage to please every member of your family. But we may just have found the holy grail of family-friendly fun, because everyone—from energetic toddlers to hands-on parents—will love LEGO KidsFest, so buy your tickets before they sell out!
Returning to Milwaukee October 7–-9, the touring event will bring the world of LEGO to life in the form of exhibits, activities, games, competitions, and workshops. Whether you choose to spend your visit jumping into the BIG BRICK PILE of loose LEGO pieces, sizing yourself up next to the life-size character models, or learning from the Master Builders (AKA forming career #goals), LEGO KidsFest is guaranteed to keep visitors of all ages entertained. And we all know how rare that is.
Check out the top ten things to do at LEGO KidsFest—and buy tickets to the LEGO Universe now!
1. Discover your new dream job.
If you’ve never met a LEGO Master Builder, then you might be unaware that this dream job exists—but that’s about to change. The Master Builders are an elite group of professionals who have made the art of the perfect LEGO building their life’s work, and who test the limits of these plastic pieces on a daily basis. Each Master Builder is part artist, part educator, and part engineer—and they don’t just work to create their own LEGO builds—they also tour as part of LEGO KidsFest, imparting tips and tricks (and some serious career envy) to attendees of all ages. Who knows, maybe some future Master Builders will attend Milwaukee’s tour stop!
2. See Master Builders at work.
At LEGO KidsFest you’ll not only have a chance to learn more about what these professional LEGO builders do, but you’ll also get to see them in action. Two out of just eight Master Builders in the U.S. will be at the Milwaukee event, where they’ll be setting up shop at the Master Builder’s Lab. New in 2016, this attraction has quickly become a hit on this year’s tour stops—and LEGO KidsFest could not be more excited to continue to introduce attendees to this fan favorite. At the lab, the Master Builders will hold a series of workshops, where they’ll discuss what it’s like to play (ahem, work) with LEGOs for a living, and help aspiring builders develop the skills they need to make it to the big league.
3. LEGO DIMENSIONS takes you out of this world!
Warner Bros Games™ takes LEGO building fun and spins it into a whole new dimension! When kids (and big kids) enter the LEGO Dimensions booth through a giant, glowing portal, they can learn the basics of this innovative video game with an interactive touch wall. After discovering that you can mix and match characters, vehicles, and universes from your favorite films and TV shows like The Wizard of Oz, Batman, Lord of the Rings, and Ghostbusters, you can grab the controls at one of the gaming stations and explore the different dimensions of LEGO Dimensions!
4. Jump into the BIG BRICK PILE.
For those of us who feel like we can just never get enough LEGOs, visiting this attraction is going to mean checking off a major bucket list item: experiencing what it feels like to have an unlimited supply of LEGO bricks. The BIG BRICK PILE is, essentially, just what it sounds like: a giant pile of these building bricks, in every variation and color under the sun. Attendees can use the bricks to build their own creations, or simply marvel at what a pile of thousands of LEGO bricks looks like. Spoiler alert: it looks pretty freaking fun.
5. Channel your inner Luke Skywalker.
Not just one, but two of this year’s new activities have to do with everyone’s favorite movie franchise: Star Wars. Star Wars lovers can team up with their friends and family for a showdown at the Hanger Bay relay race, or build some of their favorite characters from LEGO action figures.
6. Step up to the challenge.
The Star Wars activities aren’t the only place at LEGO KidsFest where you can team up with the rest of your group—there’s also plenty of healthy competition to be had at the Challenge Zone and Brick Battle Zone. At the Challenge Zone, teams will improvise builds called out by the emcee, while teams in the Brick Battle Zone will compete to build the LEGO bridge that can carry the most weight.
7. Leave your mark on the U.S.
Without a doubt, one of the highlights of LEGO KidsFest has to be Creation Nation. While visiting this attraction, attendees can build a unique LEGO creation and leave their mark by adding it to a giant map of the U.S. Along with other LEGO lovers, you’ll fill the map in from sea to shining sea, and have the chance to say “I was here!” with your own custom build.
8. Master the art of Spinjitzu.
A returning favorite, the LEGO Ninjago hub offers amateur builders a chance to leave LEGO KidsFest as a certifiable Spinjitzu master. Sorry, Mr. Miyagi, but you’ve been outdone—Spinjitzu is taking over, and this event is the perfect opportunity to show off your skills. By the time you walk out the door of LEGO KidsFest, you’ll be ready to take on any Ninjago-style battles thrown your way.
9. See how you measure up.
The bigger, the better right? That’s definitely true at LEGO KidsFest—at least when it comes to the life-size LEGO models of our favorite characters. For those hoping to defeat the dark side, imposing Star Wars models—made completely of LEGO bricks—will inspire you to get your lightsaber ready for battle, while the LEGO Disney Princess models will give little ones a taste of their very own fairy tales. The full series of models includes favorite superheroes, cartoons, movie leads, and animals—each made from thousands upon thousands of LEGOS, hand-crafted by the Master Builders themselves.
10. Entertain the littlest ones (LEGO Duplo).
Don’t worry—even the littlest members of your family will find plenty of entertainment at LEGO KidsFest. Over at LEGO Duplo, the youngest visitors can get their hands on colorful—and safe—bricks to get those creative juices flowing….and prepare them for many LEGO builds in their future. Slightly older attendees will love LEGO Juniors, designed to help kids graduate from Duplo to LEGO. At this part of the LEGO KidsFest, mini builders can work together to build out a cityscape.
At LEGO KidsFest, everything really is awesome—and you’re not going to want to miss its stop in Milwaukee.
The event will take place October 7–9 at the Wisconsin Center, and tickets will be offered in four-and-a-half-hour sessions. Each session is ticketed separately; entry is priced at $19 for the Friday and Sunday afternoon sessions and $22 for each session on Saturday and Sunday morning. More information, including directions, scheduling, and ticketing, are available at LEGOKidsFest.com—be sure to buy your tickets before they sell out!