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Yesterday was the big day . . . Ian’s countdown finally came to an end and it was time for LEGO KidsFest. He was excited! Not only because he LOVES LEGOS, but also because it was in Harrisburg, which meant that we didn’t have to drive nearly as far as we drove to get to BrickFest Live last year. I’m so glad that we got our tickets early (thanks to US Family Guide); when we pulled into the parking lot, there were signs saying that the LEGO event was sold out. It’s actually sold out for both time slots today and tomorrow as well. Apparently lots of kids (and adults) in central PA love LEGOS!
I just have to give a big shout out to LEGO KidsFest for bringing their event to Harrisburg! So often, these large events are in Philly or Baltimore or DC; but not near enough to us that it’s easy access. So, this was a nice change of pace.
Our Experience with LEGO KidsFest
We arrived about a 1/2 an hour before the doors were to open. We waited in the van for a little while, then decided to walk inside and wait. They had a great system set up to check bags and take tickets; from there, we went into the hall, where they had probably 6 lines roped off and people were just standing there waiting.
Finally, they started making announcements (we couldn’t see them from where we were standing); and then they let everyone in. My strategy was to start at the back of the hall and work forward, hoping to avoid the crowds. But, it really wasn’t all that busy in the first hour and we got to see and do pretty much everything that Ian wanted to do.
One of my favorite parts of these LEGO events is seeing all the LEGO character creations. It amazes me that people are talented enough to create this life-size models. And Ian loves posing with them as well (so it’s a win-win!)
There was a neat station set up where you could pose in front of a green screen and get your picture taken. Afterwards, they printed the pictures out and GAVE them to you. (I found that refreshing because you normally have to pay for extras like that at events – and even at Legoland.)
Above you can see Ian posing in front of the screen. Below is the finished product.
There was also a station set up to print out pictures with Spiderman. This section was sponsored by Sprint; and you could even have a copy of the photo sent to your cell phone.
Another section that was neat was the Creation Nation section. Kids were encouraged to build a famous US landmark, then they placed them on a HUGE outline map of the United States (as you can see, I couldn’t even get the entire thing on a picture). We tried to get Ian to get in there and build a castle or the giant Epcot ball to place in the center of Florida, but he wasn’t interested (go figure!)
Ian’s been fascinated by Jurassic Park for the past year or so, so he was excited to pose with one of the dinosaurs from the Jurassic Park display. He also thought the LEGO Dimensions was neat (it reminds me of something like Disney Infinity, though we have neither game, so I can’t speak for the similarities and differences).
Ian would definitely give this event TWO THUMBS UP!
What We Liked
I liked this venue much better than the one where Brick Fest Live was held. Maybe it’s because I’m used to the Farm Show Building (from attending the homeschool convention there each year). But, it just seemed more spread out and bright than the other event did.
While I don’t think this event was as large as Brick Fest Live, it seemed much more well-organized. The sections were much more spacious and it was easier to walk around, even when it did get crowded.
This event was entirely LEGO, with no outside vendors.
All of the staff were very friendly and helpful and made the kids feel important.
What We Didn’t Like
I really can’t complain about this event. It was well-organized. It did get a bit crowded as the evening went on (and I don’t like crowds!)
Will We Go Back?
Definitely! Ian had a blast and will definitely want to go back if the event comes to central PA again.
***This post made possible by US Family Guide.***