Brick Loads of LEGO Fun Come to Michigan [Plus a Giveaway!]

LEGO KidsFest, a giant traveling LEGO expo, is coming to Michigan for the first time this weekend, October 12 – 14. Today, Aaron Wartner, part of the LEGO KidsFest national tour’s production team, fills us in on this fun event.

Read about it below and be sure to see how you can win tickets to LEGO KidsFest in Novi at the bottom of the post.

Ready your building skills!  The LEGO® KidsFest national tour is stopping for the very first time in Michigan, October 12 – 14, 2012, at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.  This event brings all of the creative hands-on, minds-on fun of LEGO building and experiences together in this three acre activity- and entertainment-packed family event for children of all ages and builders of all skills and interests.

The LEGO KidsFest is a highly interactive experience covering over 150,000 square feet of space.  The event includes LEGO product-based activities as well as activities that can only be had at the LEGO KidsFest.  Here are some highlights:

  • LEGO Model Gallery: dozens of 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
  • 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

Any family who likes to be inspired, get hands-on and have fun together won’t want to miss LEGO KidsFest.  We’re bringing so many activities for Michigan families to test and showcase their creativity and building skills in what is sure to be a family event to remember.

The event began in 2009 in Connecticut, the North American headquarters for LEGO Systems.  The initial idea was to offer a unique LEGO experience for those who live nearby.  We expected 5,000 attendees; 25,000 showed up.  The enthusiasm for the event brought us to the idea of a national tour.  There are a limited number of tour stops each year, and it is rare for us to repeat a market in a consecutive year; Michigan will be our 14th show since we got started four years ago.

Each LEGO KidsFest tour stop is a massive undertaking:  all the bricks and models need to be shipped in and set up; partnerships with various local organizations are established; about twenty representatives of LEGO Systems and the LEGO KidsFest come in to town; and local staff is hired to ensure an excellent visitor experience.

In Michigan, the LEGO KidsFest is pleased to be working with several local organizations, including The Robot Garage, Michigan Science Center, Visit Detroit, Pure Michigan, The Henry Ford, City of Novi, and the LEGO Store at Somerset Collection.

More information on the event is available at www.LEGOkidsfest.com.

Fun LEGO facts:

    • LEGO is the contraction of two Danish words, “leg godt” which means “play well”
    • There are 915 million ways to combine six eight-stud LEGO bricks
    • More than 400 billion LEGO® bricks have been produced since 1949
    • The LEGO minifigure represents the world’s largest population of people!
    • With a production of about 306 million tires produced a year, the LEGO group is the largest producer of tires in the world

Discover more at LEGO KidsFest this weekend! Tickets are selling out fast, so we’re excited to give you the chance to win two family four packs of tickets to LEGO KidsFest to two lucky fans who tell us in the comments below why their family wants to go to this event. Submit your comments (along with your email address) by tomorrow, Tuesday, October 9th at 11:59 p.m. EST. At that time, we’ll randomly select two winners and send each their prize. We’ll contact you using the email address you provide (we won’t share it or sell it to anybody). Only one submission per person, please. Also, please note that these tickets will be good for the Friday, October 12th session only.

Aaron Wartner is with the LEGO KidsFest national tour. He has been building with LEGO bricks for over 30 years. 

  • melissab731

    My 2 boys and their little sister LOVE Legos! It’s all they’re asking for as Christmas presents…I would love to see the looks on their faces when they walk around LegoFest, AKA Lego Heaven…LOL!!

  • melissab731

    My 2 boys and their little sister LOVE Legos! It’s all they’re asking for as Christmas presents, and they don’t even care which sets they get. I would love to see the looks on their faces as they walk around Lego KidsFest, AKA Lego Heaven!! :)
    my email: melissabaker395@gmail.com

  • TaraLeeMorfordRogers

    We would love to get these tickets!  We love LEGOS and don’t have enough money for all 6 tickets. So it would be the best if we could win!         braeleerogers@gmail.com

  • RyanRogers1

    Our family loves Legos!  Our 3 year old just has started to really spend  big parts of everyday building and using Lego’s as an awesome vehicle to jump starting his imagination, it is sooo much fun to watch and be a part of. Thanks Lego’s for helping all of us feel like kids and opening up our imaginations!!! U Rock!!!

  • BraeleeRogers

    We love LEGOS! We don’t have enough money for all 6 of us to go. Please choose us!? braeleerogers@gmail.com

  • LailaG

    It would be so great for my boys to immerse themselves in LEGO fun … without trashing their own room for a day! We would love to go! laila@lindsayexhibits.com

  • CindraLynnMorfordBowman

    This is great that it is coming here. My babies can only play with the Duplo ones for now as they are only 15 mths old but I’m sure eventually they will play with the regular one especially since LEGO has come out with some girly colors.

  • RachelKnowles

    My kids would love to go, especially my son. He LOVES legos and we are just starting to get into them. He is four and a half and plays with the duplo legos right now. I would be interested to see what he is in to since Christmas is coming up. This looks like an awesome way to spend a family Saturday!

  • amakowski13

    My son is practically obsessed with LEGOS, and since we are low income, free tickets would make it possible for us to go! I can only imagine his face if we won!!!!!

  • gjones

    As my son is getting older, he still grabs for the Legos to build, build, build….totally excited with his creation.

  • KarenPaul1

    My son, Jacob, turns five on Thursday and recently discovered my brother’s and my childhood LEGO bricks, while I was cleaning out the basement. He has been in love with them ever since! He frequently asks if I can go work in the basement and then casually adds he could play with the LEGOs while I do. Needless to say I don’t get much work done as he is constantly calling me to see his creations. To be able to take Jacob to LEGO KidsFest would be the best birthday gift ever!!

  • coachkitt

    Growing up, I was constantly playing with legos…discovering different ways to build many things. I see this same love for Legos in my son and I could find no better way to share this “infatuation” with Legos than to take him to this expo in Novi!! So many nights a week we spend playing with Legos and it brings me back to my childhood and also brings my son and I together enjoying something we both love so much!! I sit and watch his creativity and his mind think when playing with Legos and it would mean the world to me to be able to show him all the great things that can be done with Legos!!

    coachkitt@aol.com

  • chynnadoll313

    As a mother I am always trying to introduce my children to new things. With this being the technology era legos are not as popular as they used to be. With that being said my children were not really introduced to legos. I think Lego’s is a great way to use the imagination and spark many ideas in children. I would love to win tickets to this event that I would otherwise not be able to afford for all 4 of us.  mzjriley2012@gmail.com

  • Cesarel

    I should have named my son Zack, because he is definitely a Lego maniac and would LOVE to go to this event!

  • graywolfpack

    My youngest is a Lego maniac!  He builds all kids of kits and when we go to Disney the first thing he wants to do is go to the Disney Market Place to go to the Lego store!  He would love this!!
    graywolfpack5@yahoo.com

  • ElizabethGawlikAltizer

    Both of my boys are LEGO enthusiasts! We recently traveled to Legoland in Florida and they were in heaven! I know the would enjoy Lego Kidsfest very much!!

    rezitla2001@yahoo.com

  • gott1

    My two sons (ages 5 and 8) are Major Lego Fans! My older son loves to build the kits with instructions, and my younger son loves building creatively without instructions! We have never been to a Lego Fest before and live in mars, pa which is so close to Pittsburgh. Thanks for the oppurtunity! Gott@zoominternet.net

  • lasagna678

    I am an architecture student at Lawrence Tech in Southfield. My studio mate and I use legos to quickly mass model and design with the bricks. Seeing the creative side of legos will inspire us to use different attachment techniques, see different forms and designs that have been done, and will serve as a great precedence study for the rest of the year. Going to LegoFest would help the both of us design and perform more creatively.

    akadzban@ltu.edu

  • karis

    my son is a lego freek, he has legos from the garage door to the basement and every where else, got to watch where you walk them pest hurt if you step on them, and believe me they are in every crack as well, my son loves sitting and putting togeather the kits that is why we keep all instructions in the filling cabnit, but he has an imingination that he can creat what he wants, my son would love to attend an event like this, legos are a great way to sit down and entertain each other to see who can create what and to see how fast one can build a creation,kari.scherer@yahoo.com

  • jdewittrn

    My Son Riley 6 years old cried because he just knew we lived too far away to go (we live in the Upper Peninsula).  I would like to surprise him with tickets. jdewittrn@ yahoo.com

  • MaryannSlider

    Hi. My son is so excited for legofest. He makes something new everyday out of Legos! Rodeoqwn1@frontier.com.

  • MaryannSlider

    Can’t wait to take the kids! Mlslider72@myfrontiermail.com

  • KatieBrohlBohm

    My son loves Legos and the Ninjago sets are his new favorite!

  • AndyDawnNagy

    Our sons have been nuts about Lego’s since our oldest was three and our home has been a plastic engineering lab ever since.  We often complain about stepping on bricks but must admit our boys’ high mechanical and design abilities wouldn’t be what they are without Lego!  We have always wanted to take them to a Lego event or park and know they would love every minute of it, except for the minute we have to go home.

  • Veenamhebbar

    Just love it! For us, Lego = unmatched creativity & unlimited fun!
    Email: maheshi73@yahoo.com

  • jaceycole42

    My oldest son who is six has high functioning autism called Aspergers. Legos arent just a hhis favorite toy for him but a magical world where heroes and plastic meet to help him cope with the various anxities of the world. The various characters are his instant friends.

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  • rechtm

    My son is 8 years old.  He is the last child left at home out of 6.  He’s been working really hard on his MEAP tests this week and I would love to take him, as a reward, to the Legos kids fest.  He loves to build things.

  • NicholasStrahle

    I have always been into playing with Legos. It was one of the things that inspired me to become an Architect. I feel like going would give me ideas that would inspire me when working on my Archiecture projects.
    nstrahle@ltu.edu

  • LaurenNimeth

    My daughter is in love with the new Polly Pocket Legos!! I was happy to see that there are more legos geared toward little girls :) Our family of four would just die for a chance to go to the lego festival!!

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    Feeling happy to visit such blog “Kids-fest” (Fun fest) which gives opportunities for kids to showcase their creativity and building skills. Thanks to such organisations who come up with these ideas.
    (all the bricks and models need to be shipped in and set up.)
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