Friday, March 21, 2014

LEGO KidsFest Raleigh NC

On Friday, February 28th my husband and I took our three boys to the Lego Kids Fest In Raleigh, NC at the Raleigh Convention Center.  We went to the opening event which was Friday at 4:00pm.  We arrived at about 3:30 to park and get through the entrance.  Upon arriving we were taken through the ticket entrance and lined up with the many other families there.  It was a sold old show (all of them were) and it was packed!  

At about 3:55 they came over the intercom to tell us a bit about the event, what all there was to do and where any lost parents (HAHA) or children should go. They made a couple of jokes and then we had a countdown to 4pm.  We entered to find many events stations set up.  My boys first went to meet the live mini figure for a photo op.  They also stopped to build a tile for the big mural.  

We stopped by a booth for some power drinks and then proceeded to check out the many life size Lego sculptures.  These must have taken so much time to put together before the event.  There was a billboard created for the upcoming Lego Movie.  There were many Star Wars characters including Darth Vader, Darth Maul, R2D2, C3P0, Chewy and a clone trooper.  We saw Batman, Super Man, Lightening McQueen, Buzz and Woody and several animals, our favorite being the Giraffe.

There were many play stations which the boys had a great time with.  My boys are 11, 7 and 6 months.  Obviously the 6 month old just rode around in his stroller and enjoyed the entertainment.  
The older two had a ton of fun building at each set up.  There were games to play at some of the areas as well as several demonstrations.  There was also a raffle where they gave away 5 new Lego sets to the lucky tickets holders who had their numbers drawn.  There was a huge lego pile that all the kids were able to play in, a Chima area to build/play with those, a place to build your own vehicles and race them down the ramps and an area for just the little girls with all of the girly styled Lego sets.

They had a large store set up with many great sets being sold.  The store stayed packed the entire time.  At one point the line was 45 mins long to check out.  There were some sets on sale but most were retail price.  This was our ONE complaint about the event.  With the cost of admission being $20 each (so $80 for our family) we thought they would offer the 10% discount at the Lego store.  This would be the one thing we would suggest they offer.  We did buy our boys a few mini figures as well as two Marvel Lego sets that they enjoyed looking at when we sat down for a break to feed the baby and get ourselves a snack from the concession area.  

Overall, we were very happy with the event.  We stayed for about 3 hours and they boys asked to go back again soon.  My praise to the people who organized this for having very large pump bottles of hand sanitizer stationed throughout the event.  We thought that this was very important with their being so many children there playing with the same toys.  We felt this was a great family event and there seemed to be many families there who were having a great time!

** Disclosure: Party of 5 received complimentary tickets in exchange for our review. My writer Amanda had the privilege of attending this event in NC. All opinions are her own. No monetary compensation was made **

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