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LEGO KidsFest Denver: Sneak Peek & Nationwide Giveaway

A "small" pile of my son's 24,000 LEGO bricks.

My son owns more than 24,000 LEGO bricks. I know that because he keeps the boxes of every set he’s ever gotten since age 3 in his bedroom closet. Annually we pull out the boxes and add up the number of bricks in each set (listed on the front of each box). I also know he owns about that many by the masses of little bricks, minifigures and other plastic LEGO accessories strewn around my kids’ playroom.

I’m not complaining though — I’ve seen how building with LEGO bricks has inspired my 10-year-old. I think following the intricate directions helps with fine motor skills and problem solving; his free-form creations have been wildly outlandish and functional (my favorite was the remote-control four-wheeled vehicle that delivered a glass of wine to my home office one night, powered by LEGO Power Functions). I am hoping all this LEGO play means my son is destined to a fruitful career as an engineer! (Or, a LEGO Master Builder – either way.)

Imagine my son’s delight when we found out that LEGO KidsFest — a traveling expo of all things LEGO — is coming to Denver this month. Specifically, LEGO KidsFest is at the downtown Colorado Convention Center April 27 to 29, bringing all of the hands-on fun of LEGO building and experiences together in an entertainment-packed family event for children of all ages and builders of all skills and interests.

Characters from your favorite television shows and movies stand side-by-side with original LEGO creations at LEGO KidsFest.

Here is some of the programming we can expect at this weekend event:

  • LEGO Model Gallery: 40 life-sized models made entirely from LEGO bricks
  • LEGO Master Builders: live demonstrations and activities from the crew who get paid to play
  • Creation Nation: build your own creation to add to a custom map of the U.S.
  • Race Ramps: build your own custom car, then race it down the ramp against friends and family
  • LEGO Games Arena: roll the dice to play LEGO board games
  • Construction Zones: creative free build, play and display areas
  • LEGO DUPLO: younger visitors can explore imagination through building
  • LEGO Retail and KidsFest Marketplace: purchase LEGO merchandise and official KidsFest tour goods
  • Brick Pile: a gigantic pile full of LEGO bricks for creative play and enjoyment
  • Monochromatic Builds: bricks of a single color to foster group creativity
  • Brickscapes: fantastic displays that combine lots of LEGO and DUPLO sets
  • LEGO Universe: become a custom LEGO Minifigure in this multiplayer online game
  • And much more, covering over 150,000 square feet of space

The DUPLO Build Area caters to the younger LEGO KidsFest attendees.

With so much to see and do, I’m glad my son and I are planning to attend TWO of the weekend’s five sessions — all with the same exhibits and activities, offered Friday afternoon, Saturday morning and afternoon, and Sunday morning and afternoon. LEGO KidsFest tickets are $20 for adults and $18 for children and can be purchased online(Use my coupon code at online checkout for $2 off per ticket: VACATION12; good through April 17.)

The kind folks at LEGO KidsFest have also given me THREE sets of four tickets (“Family Four Packs”) to give away to The Vacation Gals readers. Use them for the Denver event, or any of the future LEGO KidsFest expos in 2012:

To win a set of four tickets to the Friday session at one of these LEGO KidsFest events (or the Denver event), here’s how to enter:

  • Leave a comment below telling me which LEGO KidsFest you’d like to attend with your family and why.
  • For another entry, Tweet the following, and then tell me you did in the comments (for a total of two comments daily maximum): I entered to win LEGO KidsFest tickets from @thevacationgals: http://bit.ly/LEGOtickets
  • You may leave comments (again, up to two daily: one answering my question; one telling me you Tweeted) until 6 p.m. (Mountain Time) Tuesday, April 17, 2012.
  • The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.
  • We’ll do our best to weed out repeat entries from the same household (duplicate IP addresses in one day), but we’re not superhuman. Please, as an individual, just comment up to twice daily — don’t try to dupe the system.
  • Immediate family members of The Vacation Gals are not eligible to enter.
  • You must be 18 and have a U.S. mailing address to enter.
  • We will enter the total number of comments into random.org to generate three winning comment numbers. Winners’ names and winning comment numbers will be announced at the bottom of this post April 18, 2012. You can only win one pack of four tickets (i.e. if an entrant’s comment number comes up twice, another comment number will be generated.)
  • If winner does not respond to two emails announcing his/her win within five days, another comment number will be chosen.
  • Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary.

Good luck! And I hope to see you at the Colorado Convention Center April 27 to 29!

Bottom two photos courtesy of LEGO KidsFest.

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UPDATE 4/18: After deleting comments that weren’t entries, and deleting entries that arrived after the time cut off (6 p.m. MDT), I used Random.org to determine the 3 winners: comment numbers 29, 32 and 60 came up. That’s Cujo who’s going to the Detroit event, Christine Brown of Denver area and Jill L. who wants to attend Pittsburgh LEGO KidsFest. Congrats!

70 Responses to “LEGO KidsFest Denver: Sneak Peek & Nationwide Giveaway”

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    Theresa says:

    We’d love to go to the LEGO KidsFest here in Denver. When the Lego store opened in Park Meadows it was very entertaining to see my 16 year old, 6 foot tall son stand next to glassy eyed boys of all ages as they took in all the displays and kits in the store. :)

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    Theresa says:

    Tweeted too!

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    Cheryl D. says:

    Austin would be great! Not only is it fairly close to us but we have never been there and I’ve heard it’s a great little town all around!

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    Nichole says:

    I would LOVE to go to this! Especially to see the Harry Potter legos.

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    Sarah Hirsch says:

    I’d like to attend the Detroit event because it sounds fun (and that’s where i live ;)

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    Cujo says:

    My family would enjoy going to the Detroit Event. Our kids, sons (8, 4) and daughter (1) would LOVE to see this … as would their parents (engineers). Lego are great learning toys and we think this event would inspire our kids. Thanks for this opportunity.

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    Cujo says:

    4/5 daily tweet -https://twitter.com/#!/HMB99/status/187982425194901504 1-2

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    Cheryl D. says:

    I would say Austin, TX! It’s pretty close to us and I hear it’s a really fun town! My son would flip to see a room full of legos and see what has been made with them.

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    Ann says:

    Our little 7 year old boy has been begging to go to the Lego Kidsfest coming to Denver, as have our girls. They have such creative minds and ask for Lego’s at every birthday and Christmas. It would be such a treat to go as a family. Admittedly, we all still play with Legos!

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    Cheryl d. says:

    Austin, TX would be great because it’s not too far for us and we hear it’s a great little town for all ages. My kids love road trips!

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    Cheryl D. says:

    We would love to check out Austin, TX to enjoy the Lego Kidsfest! My son and daughter love building and they would have a ball doing the hands on stuff along with admiring all the objects that have already been built by the lego master builders!

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    Cheryl D. says:

    Austin would be a blast! It’s fairly close to us and my kids are crazy about legos. They will get a kick out of the race ramps and my son especially would love the Lego Universe game!

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    Hanni Deters says:

    We would love to win the tickets to the Denver Kids Fest. My kids’ grandparents live there and we would make it a super fun trip to see them and go to the Kids Fest. Especially my five year old little Lego lover would have the time of his life. Thanks

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    Hanni Deters says:

    4/8 Tweeted it!

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    Adam says:

    I would love to take my kids to the Denver one. Hope I win.

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    Adam says:

    Tweeted!

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    Michelle says:

    I would love to take my kids to the Denver Expo. My son has been collecting legos since he was 2, he is now almost 11. We have bins and bins of legos. We recently went to the Park Meadows mall and stocked up on “necessities. “

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    Nanci says:

    We would love to attend the Denver event. My 5 year old son is obsessed with Legos (especially Star Wars) – and he has completed many sets that are recommended for kids several years older. Judging by his reaction every time we walk in the local Lego store, he will be in hog heaven when we walk into the Kidsfest!

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    Robin says:

    Hi, Great posting! My 8 year old son would love to go the Denver Lego KidsFest because he wants to go from following directions of kit builds to building the Titanic!! The KidsFest would be a great opportunity to see amazing projects and master builders in action and show him just how limitless legos are!

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    Hanni Deters says:

    Denver Expo is my choice because that’s the closest one to where we live.

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    Hanni Deters says:

    4/9 tweeted it!

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    Cheryl D. says:

    Austin would be a lot of fun! It’s fairly close for us and my kids love legos and would love to see what the Master Builders have built along with so many ideas for my kids to build. It may help with their creativity to see other things than what comes in their box.

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    Cori Brown says:

    My 11 year old son is determined to become the youngest master builder. Legos have taught him.so much…patience, engineering, architectural design. I would love to take him to the Denver show.

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    Amber says:

    My boys would be so surprised if we took them to Lego fest! They are 8 and 3, and with so many years apart it is hard to find something they both can share an interest in and play together!. Legos has been the solution, and this event could no doubt be remembered forever! What an excellent family oriented activity….and celebration of Legos…building bonds with brothers, and robots too :) Crossing our fingers to win!

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    Cheryl D. says:

    Austin would be the pick for us, it’s not too far away and my kids would flip if they knew there was a big Kidsfest with Legos. The ideas they would get from this and just the fact that it would be fun for all of us since we all play legos together.

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    Amandah says:

    Thanks for sharing. I had no idea there was a LEGO Kids Fest. Not only would it be a fun vacation, it would be educational too. The ‘Construction Zone’s give kids a chance to use their imaginations to create and build whatever it is they want. I’ll pass this information onto our readers.

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    Deb says:

    My son is infatuated with Legos. It is the ONLY toy he plays with and you cannot imagine my excitement when I found out Lego Kidsfest was coming to Denver since he has been asking to go to CA Legoland for years!! We would love to go to the Friday night or Saturday 3:00-7:30pm session. Crossing my fingers :)

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    Cujo says:

    Detroit event, please

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    Kimberly says:

    Denver and I would love to take my daughter she is 4 and has a cupcake set from Lego and absolutely loves it. I would love to show her what else she can build.

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    Liz says:

    I have little boys, and one big one, who are dying to go to the Denver event! I’ve been trying everything to win tickets, but so far, no luck—hopefully that is about to change!

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    Christine Brown says:

    We would like to attend the Denver event.
    To say Legos is a huge part of our lives is in understatement. Both my 5 year old and my 9 year old have been playing with Legos since they could. Being a single mom has its challenges, Legos have helped in so many parts. Both of my kids can entertain themselves with Legos in any situation. After the not so popular meltdowns they seem to calm down much faster if Legos are involved. The kids soon to be step-dad had his 1st bonding moments with the kids and Legos. Taking the 2 kids to the Lego store picking out a few sets and building the sets and the relationship. We also incorporate Legos in our kids daily homework and problem solving.
    Legos Have made a difference in our new family!

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    Christine Brown says:

    I Tweeted It! :)

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    Cheryl D. says:

    Austin or Milwaukee would be fun! Our kids love a road trip and either one of those we hear are wonderful towns. The Kidsfest would be the icing on the cake!

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    Hanni Deters says:

    Denver would be my choice because its the closest one and we would have babysitters for the youngest kids.

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    Hanni Deters says:

    Tweeted it as well! 4/12/12

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    Spencer says:

    My son would absolutely love this! How cool.

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    Sarah L says:

    The Denver event for me & my grandson.
    Thanks for the contest.

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    Cheryl D. says:

    I’d say Austin! We love road trips and that not too far and if my kids knew we were going for a LEGO kidsfest that would be the icing on the cake!

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    Sarah L says:

    Denver, because it will be fun.

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    Cheryl D. says:

    Austin would be really cool and not too far for us. My kids love a road trip and a Lego kidsfest to boot would be probably the best trip they ever been on!

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    Sarah L says:

    Because it’s in Denver and that’s where I live.

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    Cheryl D. says:

    Austin would be great! It’s not too far away, just a little road trip and if they kids know where we are going they would flip out! A kidsfest all about Legos- we would all have fun!

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    Susan Fleming says:

    I’d love to go to the Denver Lego kidfest! I’ve got 3 boys who love legos, but due to unemployment, we can’t afford any extraneous expenditures right now!

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    Kristy Gotham says:

    Our family would love to go to the Denver expo on Sunday, April 29th, 9:30-1:30. Our 7 year old son has been building with legos since he was four. He loves loves loves legos and builds with them every day. It’s great to see where his imagination goes when he is creating new things with legos and then playing with them. He would be so very excited to attend this event. Plus, as parents, we also think legos are pretty cool and enjoy building with him.

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    Sarah L says:

    Why? Because it will be FUN! (in Denver)

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    Kia says:

    I would love to attend the Denver event

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    Julie says:

    I’d love to take my girls to the show in Denver. It looks like a lot fun!

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    Renski says:

    Detroit area (Novi) would be great ~ is it close to us and we’ve never been to this event. Our young children would have a great time ~ thanks

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    Sandra says:

    My boys and husband are HUGE lego fans and when they found out about Lego KidsFest in DENVER, they just about lost their mind (and yes, that includes my husband who can’t get enough of Lego Mindstorms!).

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    Cheryl D. says:

    Austin would be fantastic! Not only is it not too far away but Legos and road trips are a perfect combination!

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    Dominique W says:

    We’d love to attend the Detroit/Novi event since it is the closest to home. My boys love LEGOS…I have permanent lego marks on the bottom of my feet to prove it.

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    Sarah L says:

    Last day for you to pick me to win Denver Tickets. Thanks for the contest.

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    Jill L says:

    Would love to attend the one in Pittsburgh, PA

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    Dawn J says:

    My son would love this! We are from the Chicagoland area, but are in major need of a mini-vacation. We have never gone away as a family, so this would be a perfect little get-a-way for our 10 year old, 7 year old, my husband and I. Would love a chance to attend the one in Milwaukee! Thank you!

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    Sarah L says:

    OK, so I was a day ahead of myself. Today is the last day for you to pick me for the Denver tickets because we will have lots of fun there.
    Thanks for the contest.

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    Cheryl D. says:

    We would love to explore Austin, we have never been there and it’s not too far and on the itinerary would be Lego Kidsfest, they would think we were the coolest parents ever!

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    Kristy Gotham says:

    Our family would love to go to the Denver expo on Sunday, April 29th, 9:30-1:30. Our 7 year old son has been building with legos since he was four. He loves loves loves legos and builds with them every day. It’s great to see where his imagination goes when he is creating new things with legos and then playing with them. He would be so very excited to attend this event. Plus, as parents, we also think legos are pretty cool and enjoy building with him.

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    Kerry says:

    Thanks for the coupon code! We went to Legoland over spring break and my 7 year old loved it. We’re excited that the Kids Fest will be in Denver this year! The pictures from previous events look awesome!

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    Dominique W says:

    My daily entry. I’d love to take my boys to the Detroit/Novi event. It’s closest to home. My kids play with their Legos all the time. They have their dad’s set from when he was little. We literally have Legos or creations in every room of the house. It would be nice to see them in a different setting.

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    Dominique W says:

    My Tweet!! I entered to win LEGO KidsFest tickets from @thevacationgals: http://bit.ly/LEGOtickets

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    Sandy says:

    My family would LOVE to go to the Denver Lego Kidsfest. My daughter (7) and son (4) have been fascinated by Legos and Duplos for about the past three years. Going to Legoland last summer was beyond excitement for them! We don’t have 24,000 Lego pieces yet, but we’re working on it. Why would we like to win? Because getting “into” Kidsfest for free would help with getting “out” of Kidsfest for a whole lot of money!! :)