If you build it, they will come. Brick by brick, LEGO fans all over the country are building up in anticipation for Bricks Cascade 2016, the LEGO expo gracing the Oregon Convention Center in the last weekend of February. Read on for all the deets you’ll need to have an amazingly brick-tastic day.
Get ready for tables (and tables) filled with stunning creations—from battleships to arachnids to a complete reproduction of Union Station—all made from LEGOs by both kids and grown-ups. The public expo is actually part of a larger builder’s convention, but it’s recommended that families with children younger than 12 stick to attending the expo for the delightful displays. The builder convention is is for adults and advanced LEGO building kids. Also good to know, the expo has a firm hands-off policy, so this is a great opportunity to train the crew in looking with their eyes and staying behind the barriers.
In addition to the aisles of displays, vendors will be selling minifigs, t-shirts, custom-made pieces and vintage LEGO sets. Don’t let the “vintage” label sway you from browsing; we’re not just talking about expensive collectors’ items. Be on the lookout for the mega-fun (and economical) vendor who dumps assorted LEGOs in a giant pile for guests to sift through and purchase by the bagful.
There is street parking as well as parking garages near the Convention Center but the rates will set you back a bit. We definitely recommend riding MAX, since there is a Convention Center stop that will drop you off right at the front doors (just take the blue, green or red line to get there, depending on the direction you’re coming from). The added bonus of the ride on MAX will make the trip that much more exciting because you can relax while pointing out bridges and other sites while you ride along.
Once you’re at the Convention Center, the public expo will be held upstairs in the Oregon Ballroom. There may be a few restaurants and food vendors open in the Convention Center itself, but it would be wise to pack snacks or a lunch since the expo will not have food vendors inside. If you want to make eating out part of the day’s plan, there are plenty of family-friendly restaurants along MLK Jr. Blvd. within 1-2 blocks, like Burgerville (1135 NE MLK), Red Robin (1139 NE Grand) and burritos at the Fuego food cart (corner of NE 9th and Multnomah).
photo: Bill Ward via flickr cc
February 27 and 28
Hours: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Tickets: $9 per person, $32 for family of four, children 3 and under are free
Purchase tickets via Tickets West or at the door.
Oregon Convention Center, Oregon Ballroom
777 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
What’s the latest LEGO creation your builders have come up with? Let us know in the comments below!