We attended the LEGO KidsFest in Pittsburgh last night … being held this weekend at the David L. Lawrence convention center. Four sessions remain, with the 2 on Saturday already SOLD OUT. I’d advise purchasing your tickets on line at www.Legokidsfest.com if you are interested in attending on Sunday! We missed the tour last year when they came to town, and have to say we are so glad to have the opportunity to attend this year! This is simply a "must see" event for the LEGO lover in your family and will quickly turn your child into a LEGO lover if they aren't already!! I think our favorite sections would be the new Lego Friends area that was “just for girls”. Legos in pastel pinks, purples and greens … people, animals, flowers and ponies – what more could a girl want? We literally spent HOURS in this one section alone building and playing!! Our second favorite would have to be the Art Gallery in which we could make creations to hang on the Art Gallery Wall using just single Lego Bricks. I was truly amazed at the creativity of some of the kids around us …. as for me, I was thankful for the various templates available to follow. So much for my creative side. There was so much more to see and do, we literally were one of the first ones to arrive and definitely one of the last to leave and there were STILL things we didn’t get to see. We spent time with the Master Builders, learning some tricks of the trade. Can you believe that being a Master Builder is a JOB? How cool would that be?? We also made our mark in Creation Nation by building an iconic bridge to place in Pennsylvania. Hanging out with Lego Mike was also a great time, he was running different contests and challenges in the center of the room, he was entertaining to watch and the kids earned a prize for participating in a Crabby Patty relay race. The bridge building contest was fun to watch too! We spent time enjoying the displays by Lego hobbyists, like Tim Alwein from Columbus. He and his daughter (13) created an interactive display of an entire town; complete with moving Ferris wheel, a burning Hotel and my favorite, the Village people in concert - mesmerizing!
If you are going, parking is $10 in the Convention Center garage. Save yourself some time and insert your debit card in the machine as you enter. You won’t have to wait in line at the pay station later, just insert the same card on the way out to pay! There is something for everyone to do, including the little ones. An entire section of Lego Duplo blocks is separate, with even a section for the under 2 crowd! Be sure to stop by the Yellow Tent near the entrance to fill out a “Lost Child” card with your name and phone number that you can easily tuck in your kids pocket or shoe. There is so much to see and do that kids may easily wander off. While you are there, pick up a free coupon sheet from www.PittsburghKidsGuide.com and follow us for more great deals!! As for food, there are at least four stations with food options. The stands on the back wall include regular choices like chicken fingers (8), burgers (6.5), pretzels (5) and fruit. The stations on the front wall include quesadillas (10), macaroni and cheese, corn dogs and hot dogs. I found the air to be a little on the cool side, so you might want to bring along a sweater. There is a coat check available for $2 as well.
The tour will not be returning to Pittsburgh next year …. So be sure to get your tickets online for Sunday, before they sell out! Tell them PittsburghKidsGuide.com sent you and HAVE FUN!