Bluesecrets wrote:I am wanting to know what happens and such.
It's been varied-- but I believe it's gotten better.
The first year, it was really the "LEGO-themed Family Trade Show". In Hartford, there were hundreds of advertising booths for parents. Everything from educational supplies to cosmetics to family cars. And there were a few LEGO activities, but not much. Mostly a free-build area, some presentations, and AFOL display models.
However, after *DISASTROUS* reviews, they revamped the KidsFest format (at least in Hartford, probably elsewhere too). So it was a lot less advertising and a lot more LEGO. They had a TON of LEGO activities, and very few advertising booths. We almost thought there were NO advertising booths at first, although looking at the map, we found a scant few here and there.
The activities I remember from last year:
- "Creation Nation" build event (build a 16x16 square and gradually fill a map of the USA)
- free-build area
- color-themed builds (build only with one color)
- mosaic builds (build 6x6 squares to complete a large mosaic)
- LEGO games (play various LEGO games-- I think they had a selection of 3)
- LEGO presentations (master builders, set designers, etc? mostly video or live presentations)
- play LEGO universe (various laptops set up for playing)
- play LEGO video games (they had some Playstions or Wiis or something with which to play)
- racing challenge for kids to race their creations
- building contests & voting
- special meetings for LEGO Club members
And of course, there were AFOL displays, other large LEGO models, store displays-- and a scant few advertising booths who pretty much ALL had activities for kids, like a basketball free-throw, a bounce house, and an Xmas ornament build. Oh, and they had a LEGO store (similar to LEGO Brand Retail, but no Pick-A-Brick wall)
Bluesecrets wrote:Do the kids get to keep anything or get anything (I should hope for $18 for a kid's ticket you would)?
Um-- yeah, I guess so. They had special minifigs and some special printed bricks that the kids kept-- basically some tidbits here and there. But it's not like they got to keep whatever they built.
Bluesecrets wrote:Is it really worth it?
Most kids that I heard had a blast at last year's KidsFest. The first year? Not so much. And AFOLs probably won't have all that much to do at a KidsFest, besides look at fellow AFOL models, and watch the goings-on. So I'd recommend going with kids-- if you're going for yourself, nah-- but kids in the 5-10 age range are right in the target market, and should have a lot of fun.