The entire family (minus Baby Lucy, because we’re not interested in that type of torture) headed to the Oregon Convention Center last night to check out LEGO KidsFest.
LEGO KidsFest gave me 4 tickets in exchange for promoting the event and sharing this review. We purchased 4 more tickets, paid for parking, and bought dinner at the event, so know that we had some serious money invested.
Is this event really cool or just hype? It’s really, really cool.
Is it worth the money? (Because, goodness, this thing is spendy.) This is one of those “twice or thrice in a lifetime” things. If your kids or grandkids are LEGO freaks, then yes, it’s worth it. The sessions are 4.5 hours, which is about enough time to hit most of the exhibits (not all exhibits will be interesting to everyone). And the LEGO people really do a fantastic job running the activities.
We also got a bunch of freebies, including some smaller LEGO kits (a Batman car and a Star Wars flying thing), a smartphone building app thing (I have no idea), a handful of cars that the boys built, and posters and magazines galore. I also heard of some people getting minifigures. The ticket prices are around $20, and I estimate that we each walked away with $15 in free product.
If you’re kids are not crazy about LEGOs or are little (like preschool or younger), save your money.
What ages is this event geared towards? I think kids over four will have an absolute blast. A mature three-year-old (or one with older LEGO-loving siblings) could hack it. Our almost four-year-old went, but had one adult assigned to him as he wanted to do different things than the older kids.
I would NOT bring toddlers or older babies if you can help it. They will seriously slow the fun down.
Was it a zoo? Could you really enjoy the event with all the people? The place was crowed in the middle 2-3 hours, but not enough that there were too many lines (some activities have lines — the Ninjago building challenge was packed, but the others weren’t bad at all). It was easy to find activity tables at the open building exhibits. The marketplace (LEGO store) was jammed with people. There were a few “show specials” but unless you want one of those deals, wait for an Amazon deal or a Fred Meyer coupon.
The show emptied out over the last 90 minutes (our session went until 8:30). I suggest you make sure you’re at the event early so you get in immediately, plan to stay until the joint shuts down, and hit the super popular exhibits during the slow times.
Food and drink are not allowed, but there are moderately-over-priced food options on site. Grandma paid about $50 for 8 of us to eat. You could also send someone up to Burgerville (about 2 blocks away) and eat it in the Convention Center lobby (re-entry is allowed with a hand stamp) for half the price.
Upon leaving the Convention Center, by six-year-old declared that yesterday was the best day of his life.
There are still tickets available for this weekend’s sessions. Purchase your LEGO KidsFest tickets here.
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