Your LEGO obsessed kids break new ground with their creative builds every day. Now it’s your turn! Push the LEGO boundaries with innovative travel ideas your kids are gonna love. From LEGOLAND’s newest location and a tricked out LEGO house to traveling exhibits that inspire and awe, we’ve got 11 places LEGO fans of all ages need to experience this summer.
LEGOLAND – CA & FL
The first stop on any Brick Head’s bucket list is the most LEGO-ist places of all. Full immersion is how it’s done at these two LEGOLAND resorts. Rides, water parks and plenty of brick-tastic builds to explore and participate in are what these theme parks are all about. Add in LEGO themed hotels and you’ve got a not-to-miss 24/7 experience. Psst … what the dish on all of LEGOs newest releases? Check this out!
LEGOLAND - Goshen, NY
If you and your crew have been there/done that in the sunny regions of the other two LEGOLAND locations, it’s time to put the soon-to-open New York theme park on your list. Expect more than 50 family-friendly rides, including the LEGOLAND driving school, the exciting Dragon roller coaster and the mesmerizing builds featured in Miniland. Get the full scoop here.
The LEGO House - Billund, Denmark
This totally original Denmark build brings new meaning to the phrase “brick house.” Constructed from over 25 million LEGO bricks, it commemorates the birth of a legend—LEGO (psst ... Billund is LEGO's hometown)! Visitors can explore six Experience Zones when they make the pilgrimage, shop the LEGO store, bounce around the playgrounds and explore the colorful rooftop spaces. Talk about house envy!
LEGOLAND Holiday Village--Billund, Denmark
Book a sweet spot in Billund at the New LEGOLAND Holiday Village to really blow your bittty brick lover's mind. Overnight in one of their new Wilderness Barrels (think: Frodo's Hobbit House) surrounded by LEGO built wild animals and decor. Or maybe you'd prefer a LEGO NINJAGO or Wild West-themed cabin for your night's stay? But if creature comforts are more your style, the Pirates' Inn Motel can't be beat. No matter which totally tricked out LEGO experience you choose, expect plenty of outdoor play space and family-friendly activities too!
BrickCon - Seattle, WA
Now in its 17th year, this is a LEGO celebration West Coasters won’t want to miss! It spans a long weekend in early October (6th & 7th) and features thousands of models built by adult LEGO hobbyists. This year’s theme, Hidden Worlds, will surely leave lots of room for builders of all sizes to be inspired and create their own masterpieces in the expansive Building Zone. Brick Heads unite!
The Art of the Brick
Attorney-turned-LEGO artist, Nathan Sawaya, is taking his exquisite brick creations on the road, and families across the globe are invited to check it out. This unusual LEGO experience mixes fine art with bricks to create a playful, innovative experience that appeals to LEGO lovers of all ages. Just think of the inspiration you and your kids will find here! Check out the upcoming tour schedule to find out if the exhibition’s coming to your city.
The LEGO Travel Adventure
Dream, build, go! on a Travel Adventure, produced by the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. The exhibit, which is currently traveling around the country, marries LEGO with the love of locomotion, as visitors explore travel destinations and modes of getting there through a LEGO lens. Check the tour schedule and cross your fingers that your city’s on the list!
FIRST LEGO League
If LEGO MINDSTORMS is your kid’s jam, being a participant or spectator at a FIRST LEGO League tourney is where you want to be. The name of the game here is STEM, challenging kids ages 9-16 to solve real-world problems and super cool missions using LEGO MINDSTORMS robotics as the main tool. This season’s theme is all about water and how to use or dispose of it. Are you up to the challenge? Get the deets on the 2018 global tournament dates here.
And you thought your kid had a ton of LEGO. You don’t know the half of it until you’ve hit a Brickfest Live! event. Imagine a warehouse full of your favorite LEGO including new, rare and vintage sets. Plus photo ops, mosaic walls, a racing arena, mini golf (LEGO style), robotics and much more. A serious playground for LEGO fiends of any ages, find out if it’s headed your way in 2018
LEGOLAND Discovery Center
They’re touted as the “ultimate indoor LEGO playground” but your kids know them as that “place with all the LEGO.” And they want to go there ... like yesterday. Each location has its own twist, but families can always count on being able to build and test LEGO racecars, exploring architectural wonders in Miniland, and meet and greets with your favorite LEGO characters. To see what the buzz is about, check out one of these U.S. locations: Arizona, Chicago, Michigan, Atlanta, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Philadelphia, Boston, Kansas City or Westchester.
Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO Bricks - St. Paul, MN
It took 1.5 tons of LEGO bricks and roughly 2,000 creative clock hours for Certified LEGO Professional Ryan McNaught to create his jaw-dropping architectural creations now on exhibit at the Science Museum of Minnesota. You and your littlest LEGO lovers can take a gander at his creations through Sept. 3, 2018, when you grab a ticket and make the trek. Six foot tall LEGO towers? Yes, please!
Which one do you want to put on your LEGO bucket list? Share it in a comment.
— Allison Sutcliffe