Every event staffer that we met greeted us with a smile and friendly welcoming - this really set the tone for a great evening. We had entered a place where everyone wanted to be there from the kids and staffers to event the parents and grandparents - there was truly something for everyone here. Let's get some parenting business out of the way before we start to play:
Coat check - yup, they had that, it is cold out side and who wants to lug puffy coats around - check!
Clean bathrooms, spot-less and in many, easy to get to locations - check!
Hand sanitizer - with all the building and playing you can be this comes in handy and it located at all the stations - check!
Lost parent station - as soon as we entered we had the option to take a card and include our name and cell phone number, tuck it in the kids' pocket and if we got separated all they had to do was find a staff member in a yellow shirt and show them the card - check!
Secure entrance/exit - no need to worry about any little ones wondering out - the entrance/exit was monitored - check!
Ample seating - just in case you need to sit for a minute, there is ample seating around each play space allowing you to keep a watchful eye but take a step back if you need a break.
Now that we have covered safety, sanitation and sanity - let's get onto some playing!
I can't remember when I have ever felt this comfortable in a large group of people! Parents and child alike on the floor building, sharing, playing and exchanging ideas - this was a great memory maker!
The figures were incredible to visit - just their size alone was a wow factor.
Interesting exhibits - there were so many! One of my favorites was the Art Galley where you could create a mosaic panel and add it to the exhibit.
Our daughter felt right at home with the LEGO Friends exhibit and they even had a photo booth where you could get a complimentary (aka FREE) photo strip of your visit!
We also took part in a Master Builder Academy session - the father-son team of Dan and Chris were very entertaining and educational - Did you know there are only 7 LEGO Master Builders in the US? AND 2 of them were at LEGO KidsFest!
Check out this video of them entertaining the kids before the session started:
Has your child ever dreamed of swimming in pool of LEGO bricks? Our has, and he got to!
The funniest part of the session was when I looked over and saw that my husband and daughter had entered the Bissell LEGO brick sweep challenge - a contest in the middle of the venue to see which team could 'turbo sweep' the most LEGO bricks - and they WON!
(Note: these are 2 of the most unlikely candidates to 'sweep' anything - I think I will try this game technique around the house!)
TIP - Planning on attending LEGO KidsFest? Get your tickets online and in ADVANCE - the sessions will sell out! For show dates and tickets visit LEGO KidsFest online here.