Last weekend, we were very fortunate to be able to attend LEGO© BrickFest Live here in Denver, and had a blast! We did not know what to expect because the sessions August 28 through August 30, were four hours for each session. Your ticket allowed you entry into one of those 4-hour sessions. We were not sure what to expect since it was a 4-hour session. For planning, you do not need the full four hours, and likely will be in done in 2 hours tops.
There were various stations for the kids and grown up kids to enjoy – pits where you can build your own creations (sad to say you cannot take it with you). Also, unlike going to LEGOLAND© or previous BrickFest events, the kids do not get a small token to take with them. So that is a little disappointing. I think at the entrance or exit, each paid admission should get a small Lego or token to take with him or her. For $25 per ticket, I think it would really go a long way. Plus, we were not aware we would have to pay for parking. Granted, it was only an extra $5 at a venue where parking is generally free, but still unexpected. I have been to the merchandise mart many times for shows and that is the biggest advantage we thought to this event being held at the Merchandise Mart as opposed to Downtown Denver (we despise going downtown for anything). We do love the Mart- it is easy to get in and out of, right off of I-25, and close to us, and convenient. When we went a couple years back to the Convention Center, it was tough to get in and out and parking was not cheap. But the tickets that year were cheaper I believed – like $12-$15 with discount codes.
Also, since this is BrickFest, another thing which would go a long way is discounted kits for the kids to buy. The kits were either at retail or pricier than Walmart/Target. I am truly grateful that we were able to attend since my kids spend hours upon hours building kids, and sometimes are running late to school due to the distraction. But, those were some recommendations that I saw from this otherwise fabulous event.
The kids built their own cars and raced them, played 9 rounds of putt-putt, lego-style, visited storm troopers, a mini Darth Vader, and met R2D2, and we saw the model Lego© villages, and even a battle of the ships in a display of water. There was a stand there selling LEGO© jewelry – you name it, you imagine it, you can build it. All the stations were fun, including the quilt where you make your own square design and post it up. All in all, a great time at BrickFestLive, and if you used discounts code from U.S. Family Guide or others, the tickets were a bit cheaper.
Disclaimer: Our tickets to attend were free in exchange for a post prior to the event and a review of it after the event. Opinions expressed here are my own.