A little while back, my family and I were treated to a trip to Ottawa to experience the first stop on the LEGO Imagine Nation Tour in Canada.
We had the BEST time! And when I say “we” I mean it. We are LEGO loving family, so this was awesome.
We took full advantage of every part of this tour to give you the most information for you and your family. Our conclusion? You will NOT want to miss this tour when it comes to a city near you.
When we were in Ottawa, these stations were available:
- Master Builder Lab: this is where kids learned tips and tricks about building like the masters.
- Creation Nation: we decorated square tiles with single bricks (and these are said to create a 40-foot maple leaf mosaic in the end!)
- Bridge Build Challenge: engineering came into play here when we had to build a bridge to last as much weight as possible before crashing! (a great family activity)
- Brick Pit: this was where I jumped in – a mountain of LEGO bricks! You have to try it!
- LEGO Video Games: the newest titles from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment where available to try out
- Life-Sized LEGO Models: get your LEGO selfies with the best sculptures
- Digitally Enhanced Building Pavilions: see your child’s LEGO creations come to life! Make a structure for LEGO City, LEGO Elves, LEGO Friends, and LEGO NINJAGO™ , scan it into the game and enjoy this unique gaming experience.
- Model Display Areas: a place to build & showcase LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS™, LEGO Star Wars™, and LEGO Minecraft models.
Next stop is my hometown, Montreal! Mark your calendars for August 12, 13, 14 at Palais des Congres.
Tickets are $28.50 each (children under 2 years old are free). Before you say this is pricey for a 4-hour event (especially if you are a big family like us), consider another event like a dinner or a movie and I argue that this is well worth the ticket price.
It’s hard to find events such as these for kids where they get to really have a hands-on experience. And while there are others, this event really gives LEGO fans a chance to use their minds in more ways than one. Also, they get to speak to their idols: Master LEGO Builders!
Get your kids ready to fire up questions to the Master Builders, they will be ready! How do I know? We asked LOTS of questions and it was so cool to hear what they had to say.
Exclusively for this tour, LEGO has created active video games for the kids (young and old!), or the Digitally Enhanced Building Pavilions. When I asked the boys, they said this was their favourite part of the tour. The concept for each of the four different themed games, is that first, you need to build a structure. Then, you get to place it in a special container, that will transform the structure into the video game! The expression on the kids faces was fantastic! The kids need to move their bodies (a lot!) to get their structure moving to play the game and win points.
I asked to see if these games will soon be available to purchase and bring home. I didn’t get a clear answer, but I would bet it’s in the works, and this might just be their test run to see if they are well-received. I personally, would buy a game like this – it’s fun, active and creative all in one!
To all my Montreal readers, now is your chance to enter for a chance to win a family pack of four tickets to the event on August 12,13, or 14 (your choice).
Simply enter the Rafflecopter below, and be sure to answer the mandatory question with a comment below on “What is the coolest structure that your child has ever made with LEGO?” (and yes, I am sneakily gathering ideas for my kids here!). I can tell you the coolest structures my kids ever made (that I remember, because they create all the time) was a full Elves Toy Making Room. It was complete with elves, presents, and of course, Santa.
This giveaway is open to Canadian residents only, and please note you must be available to attend the event in Montreal only (tickets cannot be transferred to another tour city). Deadline to enter is August 10th, 11:59pm. Good luck!
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For more information on future locations, visit the LEGO Imagine Nation Tour website.
Here’s one more video with the very first LEGO Master Builder, Paul Chrzan. I just loved the spirit that each one of these LEGO Master Builders had. You can tell they love their job!