Saturday was a blast for all the kids as well as Carol and I. We picked up tickets to the Lego KidsFest in Atlanta a few months back securing our time slot to go and play. Even though we read the various reviews online, looked at photos of past events and read up on various blogs…..we weren’t prepared for the total amount of awesome this event had packed inside.
Setup like a typical convention, Lego had a “section or booth” for each type of Lego that they sold. Everything from the new stuff from the Lego Movie, the Builders Series, Mixels, Lego Friends, Bionicles, Lego Chima, Duplo, Lego City, Star Wars (LOTS of Star Wars), etc….they had everything. There was even a section for Technic and MindStorm but we never found them due to other distractions (OMG SO MANY THINGS TO SEE AND DO). I was so looking forward to building something that I could program and control with my phone that didn’t cost me $300 to play with – maybe next time.
The various booths were not really the main attractions. Each booth area was surrounded by building areas either related to a particular type of Lego or a blend of several. We got lost in each one building our creations that would be put on display for the rest of the event. We got sidetracked watching the various family competitions to create and build something unique out of a box of mixed blocks in a set period of time. It was fascinating to see what people can dream up quickly and under pressure with little plastic bits. One competition was to build a bridge that spanned about two feet. After the building was done in a fifteen minute period the bridges were set between two chairs and slowly loaded with weight. Some instantly broke apart and collapsed into tear stained pieces while others were built like real bridges and stayed intact with 10-15 pounds of weight on top before slowly cracking and slipping into the sea of destruction below. Pretty amazing.
One section that was a lot of fun was a picture mural where everyone received a six inch empty white square and had to come up with a super hero design using 1×1 Lego Blocks. Surprising this was harder than it looked. The kids had some pretty ingenious ides. Jacob created the Batman symbol, Piper made the UniKitty from the Lego Movie, Isaac build a Lego sign with lots of color around it, Violet and Carol designed various star patterns. I tried to be crafty and copy a QR Code that linked back to EternallyChaotic but the square wasn’t quite big enough. Instead of defaulted to ISI – you know because what better super hero symbol than your name
Our favorite bit was a HUGE outline of the USA on the floor surrounded by tables and tables full of Legos. The ideas was to work as a team and build something, anything, and place it on the map of creations. We opted for a building with a huge tower on top that held a massive wrecking ball. Violet insisted all day that we needed to build a wrecking ball. We worked diligently, somehow as a team, to construct a massive base building and a tall tower with a crane and wrecking ball swinging from the top. Carol hijacked a massive bucket of bricks, found us a corner on the floor away from the crowds and got us going. As the kids got bored or wanted to do something else we sent them out on scavenger hunts to find various pieces so that they could continue building our awesome tower. When it was done and after a few scary moments of carrying it to the map we set our creation down in Indiana – Georgia was full up and that was option number two.
After our creation we headed for the sea of bricks, a MASSIVE dump of sharp pointy colored Lego that for some god awful reason we just perfect for playing in, or making Lego Angels, or swimming, or otherwise getting lost within. Crazy people. They even made me get in and enjoy myself. We didn’t get to play long here as our time slot was ending and the best part was still to come.
Last stop, of course, is the gift shop. How can you not pick up some of the really cool stuff that you have been playing with all day. Wait a minute. I think Lego knew all along that immersing us in their world for half a day, filling our heads full of unmade creations and then strategically placing a HUGE store full of gold plated wonder on the way out would somehow make parting with our cash all that much easier….OH they are so sly The kids eyes were bigger than our bank account but we reeled them into reality and left as happy builders.
After having seen the Lego Movie now about twenty times (thank you Plex) the stupid song that incessantly gets stuck in your head certainly has it right for this event…..We all certainly thought so.
EVERYTHING IS AWESOME….EVERYTHING IS COOL.