The only way to describe the LEGO KidsFest in one word is to say that, everything was awesome! Awesome is definitely the word I pick if I could only choose one! I have taken my son to various LEGO themed events, but never a KidsFest before, so I wasn’t entirely prepared for the sheer amount of fun of what I attended.
I read through every tab, every frequently asked question, and review of the festival before I went so that I would be able to get the most out of my visit. The KidsFest website was so full of helpful tips and ideas that I felt like I was ready. I particularly liked knowing that there was a designated Lost Parents Zone meeting spot that was clearly marked, easy to find, and had contact information cards for each child.
Since I had checked out the event information ahead of time, we made a bee line to the Lost Parents Zone to fill out contact information cards for each of my sons. What a wonderful idea! They each thought the cards were so cool, and as a parent who brought two kids that at any time could run off in different directions, it gave me a little peace of mind to know that they would have an easy way to have a staff member get in touch with me. My seven year old still has the card in his wallet, and we will hold onto it for future events! This is not something I’ve seen at other events before, so I was thoroughly impressed.
Having a map of activities helped, but we ended up walking around and doing whatever the boys thought looked like fun. Which of course was everything. We started with the huge map of the country, where each of my boys build trees to represent Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens, then we had the LEGO staff place in the area of North Carolina. We made our way though each of the activity centers where even my two year old was encouraged to participate. The staff made sure that he was included and having a good time. He was so thrilled to be able to participate like all the older kids! Between all of the building areas, game areas, and life size models, and food options, we stayed until the very last minute. It is not often that something can keep the attention of both my boys for four hours straight, but everything about the way this festival was set up kept them entertained, involved, and happy. I had to practically drag my older son out of the convention center, with him playing with every LEGO along the way to the door.
The one thing I noticed was that all of the LEGO staff was smiling, participating, and having a great time. It was like it wasn’t work to them. This is so refreshing to see, when most people tolerate their jobs. It is additionally nice to see that the staff was able to keep this enthusiasm up to the end of the event even after the noise from thousands of children had been going on for hours.
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