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Our family was recently given the opportunity to attend Brick Fest Live at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA. The event was being held on April 25th & 26th, so it coincided almost perfectly with Ian’s 9th birthday. He was so excited! It seems like each member of our family got other plans and it ended up being down to just me and Ian. So, we decided to invite some Lego-loving friends from church to attend with us. 3 Little Lego Loving Boys in the back seat of a van for 2 hours . . . interesting, to say the least! (But, we moms had plans to go to IKEA after the event, so we were pretty excited as well!)
A Bit About Our Day
We arrived at the Expo Center about 10 minutes before the doors opened for the 9am event. The line to get in wrapped all the way back along the side of the building. Needless to say, there are obviously a LOT of people who love Legos!
Once we got inside, the kids were enamored with the Lego Wall. I think they would have stood and built on that all day, but we drug them away to see what else we could find . . .
The event was like the homeschool convention on crack! I’ve never seen so many people all together in one place and all so passionate about Legos! There were booths set up where Lego Clubs shared their creations with the masses. There were vendors selling their Lego wares (and, trust me, they had everything you could possibly imagine from custom-made Lego minifigures to Lego jewelry!) And there were Star Wars characters walking around for meet & greet opportunities. There was even a curtained off room black-lit room with glow-in-the-dark Lego creations.
Words really can’t describe it and my pictures don’t do it justice . . .
We were all pretty impressed by this 3-D image – when you looked from the right side, you saw Harry Potter; but from the left, you saw Voldemort. Creepy, yet extremely creative!
What We Liked
We were amazed by all the creative Lego creations. At one point I made a comment about people having too much time on their hands; but, really, I think it’s neat that there are adult Lego Clubs. I bet it’s a relaxing pasttime.
The kids loved the vendors and checking out the retired Lego sets and tons and tons of minifigures. If you were looking for something and left there without it, I’m surprised!
What We Didn’t Like
It was beyond crowded!
There was no rhyme or reason to the flow of traffic, so some people might be going clockwise around a display while others were going counterclockwise. They’d meet in the middle and have to move out of the way, etc. For an event so well-attended, they should consider some more specific “traffic laws.”
The “Lego mini golf” wasn’t really Lego – it was wood with Legos placed around the edges. To me, it would have been a lot more interesting and fun if the whole thing, including the obstacles, were made of Legos. The kids seemed to like it; but the adults thought it was cheesy.
I wish they would have given out some sort of bags at the beginning (even just a grocery type bag) because there was so much to pick up and carry around and I was feeling overloaded ’til the end of the event.
Will We Go Back?
I’m sure the boys would all give an emphatic “yes!” As for the moms, we might send the dads with them next time!