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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Lego KidsFest today (6/16) and tomorrow (6/17) in Milwaukee WI!!



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Yesterday we attended the Lego KidsFest in Milwaukee WI.  Wow, what an experience.  With 3 acres of activities, you never once heard "I'm bored!" 

First, we attended a instructional session by Master Builder Chris.  In the session the kids were taught two techniques, sideways building and interlocking.  After being shown the technique the kids were let loose to try to build a spaceship of their own with the techniques they had just been taught.  The really cool thing about this was that Master Builder Chris and his father Master Builder Dan were very hands-on in giving the kids ideas and showing them the technique.  Plus, giving the kids praise on the spaceships they had built.  Who better to get building praise from than a Lego expert!!

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Master Builder Chris answering questions!

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Next, Master Builder Chris led us over to the Creation Nation.  On the floor in the middle of Creation Nation was a LARGE United States Map.  There were many tables around the area that the kids were then led to.  We were able to make different items to put on the map.  Such as landmarks, or just general items, then the kids handed them over to a staff member, giving them instruction as to where on the map they would like them placed.

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My daughter and her bridges of Charleston SC she built

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One of the boy's planes in New York....

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...and a barn in Wisconsin

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The Creation Nation Map filling up


From there we were turned loose to explore. We visited the neon green monochrom building site.  When building with one color of brick you have to really have an imagination, you can't just make your item stand out in color.  We took it easy and just build the first letter of each of the kids' initials out of the monochrome bricks. 

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Of course we had to visit the shopping area.  We were intetested to learn about the Master Builder Academy.  You could purchase kit one at Lego KidsFest (or online and in Lego stores), the kit came with 3 detailed instruction books that not only gave you the pieces you needed to use but explained the technique that was being used in the build.  Kit 1 was using the technique that Master Builder Chirs and Master Builder Dan had shown us in the beginning of the session, interlocking and sideways building.  The rest of the kits are on a subscription basis, but each kit gave different building techniques.  A definite addition to two boys Christmas List.  Then we learned about Life with George.  Life with George is a box that contains all of the brick that you will need follow George on his adventures.  Life with George works with iPod (must have camera ability), iPhone, or iPad.  In the application you follow George's adventures, then George will give you an item to build.  You build the item, take a picture of the item, you are then judged based on completion time and other factors.  You can also play against friends!  An addition to my daughter's Christmas list.

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While at Lego KidsFest we also spent time in the Challenge area, where the kids were given an idea from the staff, ours was "build something you would find in Lake Michigan."  Then they were given about 3 minutes to build.  We also spent time in Lego Friends, Create a Story, and the Race Car challange.  Besides all of the building activities there was the Ninjaq area, pile of bricks, the brick displays, a place to sign up for the Lego Club, the Duplo area for the little ones, and even face painting. 

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Building the Challenge


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Attending Lego KidsFest was definitely an experience my kids are not going to forget.  There were also bathrooms along the edge of the event area and food available as well.  We found parking very close in a parking garage at $9, which can be paid in cash or credit upon exit.  If you are not in the Milwaukee area there are other stops along the Lego KidsFest tour in Milwaukee, WI: June 15-17 | Austin, TX: August 31- Sept. 2 | Detroit, MI: October 12-14 | Pittsburgh, PA: Nov. 30 - Dec 2.

Be sure to check it out, your kids will not be disappointed!!

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