Are your kids (or adults) obsessed with Legos? In our household it’s Legos all day and night, and since my sons are absolute Lego fanatics we’re always looking for things to do. Here are a few ways to get your brick building on!
A trip to Schaumburg is an obvious choice for any Lego fans. Besides making and building Lego creations, fans can scope out iconic Chicago buildings in Miniland or view your favorite characters in Star Wars Miniland. Take in a 4D movie or hop on their two rides. Kids love playing in their pirate ship play structure and splashing away at their pirate-themed water table.
For Lego lovers, Brick Loot is everything you’d want all sent to your doorstep. It’s a subscription box filled with brick-building goodies such as custom kits of Lego bricks, custom Lego Minifigures, Lego compatible sets and building accessories. The best part? They are as unique as they can be since you can’t find these sets at any retail store.
Brick Loot was founded by then 9-year-old Chicagoland resident, Parker Krex. The 13-year-old (YES, 13!!) CEO (Chief Entertainment Officer) works together with the President (his mother Erin) to curate fun themed boxes each month. They currently have a store in Northbrook, but they will have an even bigger one in Deerfield in the summer. You’ll find everything a Lego fanatic will want – custom Lego kits, hard to find Lego bag sets, vintage Lego sets, Lego minifigures, as well as all of their popular custom light kits. Here’s what we thought about Brick Loot, plus an interview of 13-year-old CEO Parker Krex by my son, and a chance to win a box for yourself.
Come early summer, you’ll now have another reason to head to Woodfield Mall. Blocks to Bricks, a unique art gallery inspired museum will include hi-tech and interactive features along with a retail store. While Legos will be featured in the museum, there will be a focus on the history of all building “toys.” In fact, you’ll see more than 6,000 rare and unique artifacts, including an original Lincoln Log set created by the son of Frank Lloyd Wright. As you walk through the museum, you’ll find all sorts of Lego creations, a black-light room, and display of every Lego piece and Lego mini-figure ever made.
If you’re celebrating a birthday for your Lego-obsessed child, how about you throw a Lego birthday party? Not just any party, but one where the Legos come to you! We had a Play-Well Teknologies party last year with a Pokemon theme, and it had to be one of the best birthdays ever. A Play-Well instructor brings over 20,000 Legos, then instructs the kids on how to build items. The kids had no idea that they were learning fundamental principles of engineering and physics. They also offer summer camps and programs throughout Chicagoland.
Mark your calendars for June 16 and 17 when Brickworld Chicago lands at the Renaissance Hotel & Convention Center in Schaumburg. The expo and convention dedicated to Lego enthusiasts features Lego creations everywhere you turn, interactive activities, raffles, workshops and all sorts of brick-tastic fun.
Can it get any better than Legos and trains? The Northern Illinois Lego Train Club (NILTC), a Lego-loving group of 25 active members makes awesome Lego creations for all to marvel at. We’ve been to a couple of their events in the past and we have always been amazed. Mark your calendars for their upcoming events.
Since engineering, architecture and building blocks go hand in hand, stop by Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Lego build program. Their upcoming program focuses on Maggie Daley Park.
With five locations around Chicagoland, The Lego Store is your ultimate stop for all things Lego. Don’t forget to check their calendar for special store events that include fun builds. Just know that it may be hard to leave without buying anything.