We were unable to make this event as we had a family emergency to attend to. My kids were pretty disappointed, but life does go on. I am hoping we will get the opportunity to do this next year. I selected a Michigan blogger friend of mine to take my place. She is guest posting this review for me. Big thank you to Alysia from MichiGal!!!
Being huge LEGO fans, my son and I were totally excited to hit up the LEGO KidsFest in Novi last weekend. We recruited some friends and fellow LEGO fans to go with us, and headed to Novi’s Suburban Collection with high hopes for an awesome day.
My first impression, before we even saw a single brick, was that this was a well-organized event. There was quite a line to get into the parking lot, but the lot was manned by several employees who were helpfully directing traffic and keeping things moving along. Once we got inside, the line to get into the LEGO fest area moved very quickly, and was neat and orderly. We were given a detailed map and program guide, and told where the designated area for “lost parents” was, just in case. There was a massive queue set up, but the line moved so fast that it was not even necessary.
Once we got inside, I was overwhelmed by the size and scope of the place.Wow! There were a lot of LEGOs, and a lot of people. This was a very hands-on event, which made it a ton of fun for the kids.
Tickets were broken down by day and time frame (ours were for Saturday from 3-7), which was nice because this was a sold out event! However, to be honest, four hours was not enough time to do everything. We barely scratched the surface!
There were LEGO sculptures all around, providing plenty of photo opps. We especially loved Batman and the life size Star Wars characters. The kids also enjoyed the many scene displays that were set up in glass cases, and they spent a lot of time looking at all the wonderful details.
Also popular with our group were the LEGO Art Gallery, and the Creation Nation. In the Art Gallery area, each child could create LEGO art on a small white square LEGO base, using different colored single LEGO pieces. When finished, the kids could add their pieces to the LEGO art display walls. In the Creation Nation area, there was a huge map of the United States outlined on the floor. Tables with bins full of LEGO bricks of all varieties were set up around it, and kids (and adults!) could create anything they wanted on green bases, then hand the creations over to a KidsFest employee to be added to the map. The idea was for the map to be full by the end of the weekend.
There was so much more to do and see. There was a Duplo area, Ninjago, race ramps (build & race a LEGO car!), LEGO games, LEGO Friends (Pink LEGOs! What could be better?) , challenge zones, tables set up with LEGOs all around, and a huge “brick pile”, which was basically a LEGO free-for-all.
LEGO Master Builders were around, doing random giveaways and scheduled workshops. There were also concessions, a LEGO Market Place, and so much more. While the Michigan event has now ended, there is a Pittsburgh LEGO KidsFest scheduled for November 30-December 2. For LEGO fanatics, this was a really fun, not-to-be-missed event. Thank you, Kerri, for giving me this opportunity to make my son’s weekend! We all had a blast, and if LEGO KidsFest ever comes back to Michigan, we’ll be there!
|LEGO KidsFest – Novi, MI – 2012|
Alysia George MichiGal