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.
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
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:
- Milwaukee, WI • June 15-17
- Austin, TX • August 31- Sept. 2
- Detroit area (Novi), MI • October 12-14
- Pittsburgh, PA • Nov. 30- Dec. 2
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.
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!