Experience the Ultimate LEGO Weekend in Raleigh
The LEGO KidsFest national tour is coming to North Carolina for the first time Oct. 7-9, offering a unique interactive experience. The event, at the Raleigh Convention Center, includes 150,000 square feet of activities, making it the largest LEGO event to ever hit the city.
With dozens of attractions, from race ramps to larger-than-life LEGO models, any kid – or kid at heart – will find something special. “My favorite part of the event is hearing and seeing the kids go, ‘Wow!'” says Aaron Wartner, a representative of LEGO KidsFest. “We are bringing an experience that they have never seen before.”
Kids can build their own LEGO creation and add it to a floor map of the U.S. at the Creation Nation attraction. Throughout the weekend, this basketball-court-sized map will be filled with individual sections until the LEGO nation is finished. At the 20-foot-long Mystery Mural, participants piece together a small color-coded tile, add it to the wall and look online at photos to see the mystery image appear as the weekend goes on.
LEGO Master Model Builders are onsite throughout the weekend, offering live demonstrations and teaching the basics of design, engineering and art with LEGO bricks. There are only 12 master builders in North America.
LEGO KidsFest organizers work with local attractions and sites in every city they visit. In Raleigh, they are working with the Boy Scouts of America, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Marbles Kids Museum, Carolina Hurricanes, Carolina Parent and other groups or organizations. Kids can also give back to the community by participating in LEGO creation fundraising for the North Carolina Children’s Hospital.
Carolina Parent is among the partners bringing this fun event to Raleigh. Come see us at our booth at the event, and enter our contest to name the number of LEGOs in the jar. The prize is a $100 gift card to the LEGO store at Crabtree Valley Mall, in Raleigh. At our booth, we’ll also be taking photos of kids with their LEGO creations. All photos will be posted on www.CarolinaParent.com. For $10, we’ll drop them onto a mini front page of Carolina Parent and send mom and dad a PDF.
There are five sessions during the weekend, all featuring the same exhibits, at the Raleigh Convention Center at 500 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh. It is highly recommended to pre-purchase tickets online at www.LEGOkidsfest.com. Tickets for children ages 3-17 and seniors 65 and older are $18; tickets for adults are $20. Organizations and companies can also purchase group tickets. For more information, call 919-996-8500.