Disclosure: As a member of U.S. Family Guide, I was given tickets for my family to attend this event for the purposes of promotion. All opinions are my own.
My family had the pleasure of attending our first Brick Fest Live event at the Timonium Fairgrounds, just north of Baltimore. With two kids (ages 5 &6) in tow, my sister and I weren't sure what we were about to embark on. In my mind I was thinking it would be my worst nightmare, a huge hall full of LEGO bricks for me to navigate through while kids throw them and leave them all over the floor. Ya know much like we experience at home, curse you rogue LEGO blocks! This is certainly not the case at this well orchestrated LEGO Fan Event.
There are many stations set up around the hall and all very well run and organized by Brick Fest Live staff and local volunteers. The first station that caught the kids eyes was a LEGO wall. If I knew I could glue LEGO boards to a wall and entertain these kids for hours I would have done it years ago! I am sure the novelty wouldn't be nearly as magical at home.
We peeled the kids away from the LEGO wall to see what else Brick Fest Live offered. We found many fun stations such as Inspiration Station where we were able to build our own creations and add it to the city that the Brick Fest Live master builders had on display. Once you added your own creation you could share with Brick Fest Live on social media such as facebook and instagram.
Speaking of master builders. We saw some amazing and fun displays at Brick Fest Live. You can take a pic with Woody from Toy Story, or Lord Business from the Lego Movie. Needless to say there is no shortage of talent at this fan fest.
We spent two hours at the festival exploring and building at the different stations. One of the most popular events is the Brick Fest Derby, you can build your own LEGO vehicle and race against other LEGO fans at the festival. It was certainly fun watching kids of all ages thinking outside of the box and building what their minds created with millions of bricks surrounding them.
Other events we took part in were mini golf and the gamer arena. Due to large crowds these events were a bit more hassle than the brick building events available. If I could make a small suggestion, festival volunteers should time kids participation at the gaming arena. It's purpose is for kids to test the newest LEGO video games out there, not play the whole time at the festival.
Be sure to take the kids allowance or give them a spending limit for the festival. There are plenty of vendors with retired LEGO sets, more mini figures than you can count and other great LEGO fan items for purchase. If your kids love mini-figures I would have them make a wish list of the ones they really want to add to their collections, it can get overwhelming with the amount for sale at the festival.
The kids really enjoyed the festival and would love to return, next time we will send the Dad's!