Kentucky Brick Expo at Turfway Race Park

Kentucky Brick Expo

My family loves to attend events put on by OKILUG (Ohio,Kentucky, Indiana, LEGO Users Group.) Each year they continue to provide incredible displays of creativity and detail.

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You will need to look at each display closely to truly appreciate all of the work that went into each of the themes. The OKILUG group also make their events really fun!

Kentucky Brick Expo

What is it?
A LARGE variety of themed displays made with Lego Bricks. Complete with children’s interactive area, vendor section, and artist alley.

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When?

Saturday, April 23: 10am-5pm

Sunday, April 24: 11am-4pm

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Where?

Turfway Race Park 7500 Turfway Rd. Florence, KY 40142

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Admission

Adults (16 and up)

$7 Kids (5-15)

$4 (4 and under)- FREE

 

You can find out more about the Kentucky Brick Expo from the OKILUG website.

I’ve been given 4 tickets to giveaway to the Kentucky Brick Expo!

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Disclosure: I was given tickets for review and giveaway purposes. All opinions are my own. 

Tips for Attending the LEGO Creativity Tour

Tips for Attending the LEGO Creativity Tour

My boys and I have enjoyed attending LEGO events over the years. We recently attended the LEGO Creativity Tour in Columbus, Ohio.

Each time that we attend a LEGO event, we enjoy HOURS of fun! The hardest part is knowing where to start and how to manage your time at each station.

Here are a few tips to make the most out of your experience.

Arrive on time – You will run out of time before you run out of fun. You want to be able to enjoy the event for as long as possible. Every year we have attended the event, the time flies by!

Allow extra time for parking and traffic- It’s better to have a little more margin than to miss some of your session because of downtown traffic or trying to find a good parking spot.

Check out the event map– It’s good to have an overview so that you don’t miss anything. There is A LOT to see and do! It’s worth checking out each area and then going back to the ones that your kids really like.

Play in the giant pile of LEGO bricks – You’ve stepped on them enough, why not enjoy it. It’s all the fun without the clean up!

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Take a few opportunities to build something WITH your kids– I get it, sometimes you just need a little break and want to relax. There are plenty of chairs for you to sit on while you are watching your kids play but it’s good to also challenge yourself to participate in a few of the activities where you play and build WITH your kids too.

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LEGO Creativity Tour

LEGO Creativity Tour

Participate in the team building games- Enjoy the friendly competitions and you also might get a prize to take home too.

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LEGO Creativity Tour

LEGO Creativity Tour

Get pictures with AND of your favorite characters

LEGO Creativity Tour

LEGO Creativity Tour

LEGO Creativity Tour

LEGO Creativity Tour

LEGO Creativity Tour

LEGO Creativity Tour

 

LEGO Creativity Tour

Display your LEGO art– you have lots of opportunities to create and display what you build.

LEGO Creativity Tour

LEGO Creativity Tour

LEGO Creativity Tour

LEGO Creativity Tour

LEGO Creativity Tour

Let your kids know that there will be a LEGO store at the event– This can help them plan ahead if they have been saving up for a set. You might also want to designate a time to look. We typically do that at the very end so that we don’t have to carry additional bags and they have enough to play.

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Take lots of pictures and video- You’ll be glad that you did. You will look back on these pictures one day and will be amazed at how much your kids have grown.

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You can find out more about upcoming LEGO Creativity Tours from their website.

 

Disclosure: I was given ticket for review purposes. All opinions are my own. 

9 Reasons to Visit The World’s Largest Display of LEGO® Artwork

 

9 Reasons to Visit The World’s Largest Display of LEGO® Artwork

The first time that I saw the LEGO artwork sculpture “Yellow” by Nathan Sawaya was at Art Prize a few years ago in Grand Rapids, Michigan and I’ve been a fan ever since.

Yellow by Nathan Sawaya The Art of the Brick

So what makes the Art of the Brick Exhibit unique?

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LEGO Creativity Tour in Columbus, Ohio

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My boys have enjoyed attending LEGO events over the past few years. They can easily spend hours at the events each year because there is so much to do and there are so many opportunities for them to create. As a parent, I enjoy watching my boys explore endless options to tap into their creative side….it’s also fun for me to join them.

 

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LEGO Creativity Tour, Powered by LEGO KidsFest, comes to Columbus, OH!

This event delivers immersive building activities for all LEGO enthusiasts Nov. 20-22 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center

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The LEGO Creativity Tour will offer children of all ages an opportunity to build, create and enjoy an immersive LEGO experience through engaging play areas, family-oriented building activities and more.

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Some of the activities in the 118,000 square-foot space include:

* LEGO Model Museum: walk among life-sized models made from LEGO bricks
* Race Ramps: build a custom car, then race it down the ramp against friends and family
* Challenge Zone: the whole family is on the hook to show off their creative building skills in this emceed challenge
* Construction Zone: enjoy a creative build, play, and display area
* LEGO DUPLO: the youngest builders can explore building their imaginations and so many ways to play with DUPLO bricks
* Brick Battle Zone: join a team and compete in fun activities like relay races, tower speed build and bridge building contests
* Big Brick Pile: dive into the largest pile of LEGO bricks ever seen to build something amazing
* LEGO Art Gallery: create a custom masterpiece and display it for all to see
* Monochromatic Builds: limiting the materials to one color and one size creates amazing results
* And much more!

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“Since we began the LEGO KidsFest six years ago, we have been flooded with requests to visit more cities and regions across the country, but they don’t all have the space to host a KidsFest,” said Vince Rubino, senior events manager at LEGO Systems, Inc. “The LEGO Creativity Tour leverages some of the best of the LEGO KidsFest experience in a more flexible format to enable us to visit with even more families with an interactive, hands-on LEGO celebration.”

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*Tickets for the LEGO Creativity Tour are $19 (plus tax and service fees).

Children under 2 are FREE.

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Creativity on Display – LEGO® Americana Roadshow

Creativity on Display - LEGO® Americana Roadshow
 Our family went to see an incredible display of our Nation’s landmarks at the LEGO® Americana Roadshow at the Kenwood Towne Center in Cincinnati.

We LOVE to admire the creativity on display by LEGO Master builders. We’ve enjoyed LEGO Kidsfest and  LEGOland in Orlando in the past and always welcome any new opportunity to see a display.

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If you look really closely, you will see the a mini statue of Abraham Lincoln inside in the image above.
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LEGO® Washington Monument
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LEGO® Capital Building
Here are a few tips for when you visit the display.
1. Grab a map to locate all of the displays
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2. Take a few moments to observe all of the detail
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LEGO® Brickscape
I love all the playfulness in the “Brickscapes.” My boys enjoyed finding a variety of characters in the display.
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3. Read the stats
LEGO® Jefferson Memorial
LEGO® White House stats
4. Enjoy the play area
LEGO® Americana Roadshow Play Area
5. Show off your creativity in the display case
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The LEGO® Americana Roadshow: Building Across America is a travelling display of large scale LEGO models replicating some of our nation’s most well known landmarks.
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Models include: US Capitol Building, The White House, Supreme Court, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Statue of Liberty, Independence Hall, Old North Church

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Mall Locations:

  • Kenwood Town Center, Cincinnati, OH:  July 3-19
  • Riverchase Galleria, Hoover, AL:  August 20 – September 7
  • Northpoint Mall, Alpharetta, GA:  September 17 – October 4
  • Christiana Mall, Newark, DE:  October 15 – November 1

*dates subject to change

You can find out more from the LEGO® website.

Kentucky Brick Expo

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Do you enjoy checking out creations made with LEGO bricks?

 

The OKILUG (Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana LEGO User’s Group) is back again with their Kentucky Brick Expo.

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You might remember some of their creations from the BRICKmas Expo at Newport on the Levee around the holidays.

 

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My boys have enjoyed the Kentucky Brick Expo over the past few years.

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Kids can get photo opps with helmets made from LEGO bricks, search from a list of items located in several themed scenes on display, create their own LEGO designs in the play area and can shop for items to complete their collection. Members of the OKILUG are always happy to share about their designs and the work that went into their display.

 

 

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The detail on display is INCREDIBLE!!!!

  Make sure that you take the time to observe all of the design details that were put in place for the enjoyment of the attendees.  We typically look at the displays and then go make around again for a deeper look the 2nd time around when we arrive.     Kentucky Brick Expo4     Kentucky Brick Expo5   I’ve been given Family Four Pack of tickets to giveaway to the Kentucky Brick Expo.   a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

 

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You can find out more information about the Kentucky Brick Expo from  the OKI LUG website.

 

Disclosure: I was given tickets for review and giveaway purposes. All opinions are my own.

LEGO Fun at BRICKmas at Newport on the Levee

BRICKmas at Newport on the Levee

BRICKmas is an exhibit for anyone who enjoys creativity and fun. The OKILUG (Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana Lego User’s Group) have put together another incredible display that will amaze audiences young and old.

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LEGO® Kidsfest in Indy Nov 7-9

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Last year our family had sooooo much fun at the LEGO® Kidsfest in Louisville.

 

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What’s not to love?

 

 

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You are surrounded by creativity everywhere!  You can read more about it here.

 

LEGO® Kidsfest

This year LEGO® KidsFest will be in Indianapolis, IN Nov. 7 – 9, 2014!

The LEGO Model Museum in Pittsburgh.
The LEGO KidsFest is a giant traveling LEGO expo coming to the Indiana Convention Center from Nov. 7 – 9, 2014. This hands-on, educational, all-ages LEGO extravaganza features millions of LEGO bricks, not to mention lots of construction zones, dozens of life-sized LEGO models and displays, LEGO Friends, LEGO Chima, LEGO Star Wars, live LEGO Master Builders, and so much more covering three acres of space.

 

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SOME ACTIVITIES  (some activities are subject to change)
LEGO Model Gallery: dozens of life-sized models made entirely from LEGO bricks

LEGO Master Builders: live demonstrations and activities from the crew who get paid to play

Race Ramps: build a custom car, then race it down the ramp against friends and family
LEGO Chima: choose a tribe and test battling skills with the whole family
LEGO Star Wars™: build and display a Star Wars model
Creation Nation: build your own creation to add to a custom map of the U.S.
LEGO DUPLO®: younger visitors can explore imagination through building
LEGO Retail: purchase LEGO merchandise and official KidsFest tour goods
Brick Pile: a gigantic pile full of LEGO bricks for creative play and enjoyment
Monochromatic Builds: bricks of a single color to foster group creativity
LEGO Friends: build for the five empowered friends from Heartlake City
LEGO Mindstorms: build and program robots and snakes
LEGO Ninjago: spin the way to being a Spinjitzu member
LEGO City: using the imagination to create buildings and vehicles to the urban diorama

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Five identical sessions are available.

Friday, November 7
4 pm – 8:30 pm

Saturday, November 8
Session I: 9 am – 1:30 pm
Session II: 3 pm – 7:30 pm

Sunday, November 9
Session I: 9 am – 1:30 pm
Session II: 3 pm – 7:30 pm

(Note: Each session offers the same exhibits and activities)

*Tickets are $20 for kids and $22 for adults.

For more information and to purchase tickets. go to the LEGO® Kidsfest website.

Indiana Convention Center
Halls I, J & K
100 S Capitol Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46225

 

 

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I’ve been given 4 Tickets to the Friday evening session from 4-8:30 to Giveaway!

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Disclosure: I was given tickets for review and giveaway purposes. All opinions are my own. 

Kentucky Brick Expo April 27th & 28th

My husband and I were invited to attend a OKILUG (Ohio,Kentucky, Indiana- LEGO User’s group) meetup last Saturday.

Did you know that there is a group for adults in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana that meets regularly to build with LEGO® bricks?

My biggest observation was that this club is all about community and sharing an interest in LEGO bricks. You don’t have to bring your own LEGO bricks or be extrememly creative to get involved with the club. There is a variety of skill and experience levels amoung the members. They gave us a simple project.

We put together pieces for part of the frozen lake layer for the upcoming show.

 

I first met Rodney, one of the orginal members of the club, with his mom at the LEGO Kidsfest in Louisville, KY. I recognized the logo on their shirts from an event we attended that the OKILUG was involved in.

What’s also really neat is that Rodney started building with LEGO bricks with his mom when he was 7 years old. This has been a shared hobby that has continued over the years.

You might remember some of the group’s creativity from the Shillito’s Elves Display at Newport on the Levee this past Christmas.

 

The OKILUG group is hosting an event that you don’t want to miss!

Here are some additional reasons for why you don’t want to miss the Kentucky Brick Expo!!!!!

*There will be over 5,000 sq. feet of LEGO built by club members. (That’s HUGE!!!!)

*There will be a youth area where kids can build and share ideas.

*There will a toddler area with Duplo blocks to build with.

*There will be a remote control area with a member that lets the fan participate.

*There will be a great display of Star Wars specializing in EWOKS! ( My personal fav from Star Wars)

*Cincinnati Bricks will be there with LEGO collectibles.

 

I’ve been given a family admission of 4 tickets to giveaway to the Expo

on either Saturday, April 27th or Sunday April 28th!

 

To Enter

Comment on this post by sharing what is yours or your child’s favorite LEGO creation to build

(required to enter by Friday, April 26th at 1:30pm).

 

*Bonus entries (comment separately for each one)

Become a fan of the adventure mom on facebook and comment here that you did.

Subscribe for email updates and comment that you did.

 

The winner will be selected by using random.org and notified by email.

 

 

You can learn more about the show from the OKILUG website. You can also “like” them on facebook to learn more.