Something we love in our family is spending time together. It doesn’t have to be a major outing, and sometimes it’s the extended family while other times it’s the nuclear family. It can be any variation of the lot – just as long as we are together making memories and enjoying one another.
In November, we did just that at the Lego Creativity Tour on the Columbus, Ohio stop! My kids, niece and nephew and I spent the day together, and wrapped our holiday bonding up with a few hours in Lego heaven! I didn’t tell the little ones where we were going – I let them be awed by the initial wonder as they entered the play area where there were lego’s to play that fit every kid’s desire, no matter what age, gender or prior experience!
The LEGO Creativity Tour offers boys and girls of all ages the opportunity to build, create and enjoy a unique LEGO experience through engaging play areas, construction zones, family oriented activities and more. What we found when we entered the Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCC) was a fantasy Lego World
There were life-size Lego characters where kids of all ages were posing for pictures, and we ran into some of our great friends (real and imaginary)!
Our princesses found a lot of princess power and I found a Lego wall, which was amazing in that it seemed to attract the older Lego lovers and adults who created postcard like Lego art to leave at the wall for keepsake Lego art!
Exhaustion – Kids playing to exhaustion is one of my very favorite activities in the free world.
There was more – yes, even more! I timed our visit for 2 and 1/2 hours because I knew that overload would turn into meltdown if we stayed any longer. We had enough time to build Lego cars and race them, build Lego creations out of signature color, pick up our gifts that could only be granted because we presented our postcards as subscribers to Lego Jr. magazine, and, of course, visit the store area and get a memento to take home!
Here’s what I, as a parent and adult taking more than just one kid loved about the Lego Creativity Tour:
The Organization of the Tour Area – there is something for every child, no matter what age or interest, to play with; safety and imagination are paramount. Any child will be entertained for as long as they spend at the tour. There is not one minute when a child has to spend time feeling left out, unable to participate, or not smart enough, fast enough, or “right” enough to play and have fun.
It’s not a Cash Magnet – Although there are two areas set up for merchandising, they do NOT interfere with the play areas and are not huge and obtrusive. The “company store” so to speak, is small and doesn’t have a lot of paraphernalia, so a parent or guardian won’t feel inundated with the message to buy, buy, buy; and the Lego toy merchandising area has something to fit every budget. It is also located in the rear of the huge playing arena, to the side, so you almost have to look for it to find it. Again – not forcing a parental unit into buy, buy, buy mode.
Subscription for Lego magazine availability – You know how little ones like to leave with something? The subscription area for Lego and Lego Jr. magazine area is set up so that not only can you subscribe, but you can take home both mags, today! You know how cool it is that your kid has their very own magazine coming to the house monthly? My son has been a subscriber for years. Do IT!
Staffing – Lego did an awesome job with staff selection and planning. Every single person working this event is nice, cordial, helpful and keeping kids safe, happy and clean 100% of the time. I also do not know how they kept those Lego’s so clean and orderly – but they did. Constantly someone was moving, cleaning, replacing, and helping in every area.
Exhaustion – Kids playing to exhaustion is one of my very favorite activities in the free world. I am not kidding you – watching and helping these kids play with Lego’s until they were just plain ‘ole tuckered out was as much fun for me as it was for them. This was by far one of the best family outings!