They’re colorful, they come in countless varieties, our kids love them and it’s likely we do, too. The power of LEGO is strong in San Diego with opportunities to build, create and stack to your heart’s content. Read on for the coolest places to play and build with them in San Diego.

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Barnes & Noble
Keep an eye on this bookseller for LEGO-themed events. In anticipation of the LEGO Batman Movie release, the Grossmont Center, Mission Valley and most likely your neighborhood store will be hosting a once a month themed build beginning in Jan. and commencing in Mar. So mark your calendars for Jan. 28, Feb. 25 and Mar. 11 where you can play with bricks and blocks and take home limited edition playing cards from the movie.

Online: barnesandnoble.com

LEGO Store
Westfield UTC and Fashion Valley each have a LEGO store for all your restocking needs. Monthly events are held at each store for its VIP members and thankfully, registration is free. Visit here to become a member of this super duper club. Next month, ages 6-14, will get to make a raccoon that looks like it’s toting something like a jet back on its back. Don’t miss out on this cute little guy- registration opens Jan. 15 at 9 a.m.

Westfield UTC
4545 La Jolla Village Dr.
San Diego, Ca
858-824-9170
Online: lego.com/en-us/stores/stores/us/san-diego

Fashion Valley
7007 Friars Rd.
San Diego, Ca
619-294-9437
Online: lego.com/en-us/stores/stores/us/fashion-valley

Fleet Science Center
Hurry in before Jan. 31 to play in the Fit-a-Brick Build Zone. The main gallery features bricks and Duplo’s and a display area for creators to showcase their best work. This special zone is the sister to the center’s current exhibit, The Art of Brick.

1875 El Prado
San Diego, Ca
619-238-1233
Online: rhfleet.org

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Libraries
The LEGO movement is very much happening at local libraries. Here, your tots’ inner architect has many opportunities to unleash itself at weekly builds. An hour’s worth of uninterrupted imaginative play can be expected and they can load up on books to read for the remainder of the week. Here are some libraries that host regular meet ups.

Mon. MCCS Miramar base library 4 p.m. (limited access); Wed. Point Loma/Hervey 3:30 p.m., La Jolla/Riford 4 p.m., Mission Hills 5 p.m.; Thurs. Rancho Penasquitos 3:30 p.m.; Fri. Linda Vista 4 p.m.; Sat. North Clairemont 2 p.m.

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Legoland
A list about LEGOs just isn’t complete until there’s a mention of SoCal’s leading LEGO destination. There are so many rooms here where the smallest of visitors are privy to bins upon bins of LEGO pieces for hours of play. However, this destination is more about the LEGO free play, it’s about being able to get up and go with pieces that have been constructed into boats, roller coasters and water play objects. Have fun exploring!

1 Legoland Dr.
Carlsbad, Ca
877-376-5346
Online: legoland.com/california/

Snapology
This destination offers innovative programs for growing minds of all ages. Their Discovery Center hosts unique programs that usually combine the use of LEGOs to promote social skills, to learn engineering skills and to ultimately challenge the mind in an especially creative manner. And you might grow to love their regularly scheduled Friday Night Workshop (Drop & Play) for ages 4 and up.

4204 Adams Ave.
San Diego, Ca
619-855-4557
Online: sandiego.snapology.com

Play-Well
Give your kids a solid foundation and intro. to STEM with Play-Well’s LEGO sessions. Scattered throughout San Diego county, Play-Well features themed workshops including construction, minecraft, robotics, Star Wars and more. Click here to find a session and location near you.

Online: Play-Well.org

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— Jeannette Swanson