Tuesday, June 7, 2011

LEGO KidsFest National Tour in Pittsburgh Brings 3 Acres of Family Fun



Aaron Wartner


Three Acres of Hands-On Educational Fun for All Ages

PITTSBURGH (June 2, 2011) – The LEGO® KidsFest national tour stops at Pittsburgh’s David L. Lawrence Convention Center June 17-19, bringing all of the creative hands-on, minds-on fun of LEGO building and experiences together in this 125,000 square foot activity – and entertainment-packed family event for children of all ages and builders of all skills and interests.

Among the many LEGO attractions, families will find:

• LEGO Model Gallery: 40 life-sized models made entirely from LEGO bricks

• LEGO Master Builders: building tips, tricks and live demonstrations from the crew who get paid to play

• Creation Nation: build your own creation to add to a custom map of the U.S.

• Mystery Mural: build a piece of a giant mural to help reveal the image

• Race Ramps: build your own custom car, then race it down the ramp against friends and family

• LEGO Games Arena: roll the dice to play LEGO board games

• Construction Zones: creative free build, play and display area

• LEGO DUPLO®: younger visitors can explore imagination through building

• LEGO Retail and KidsFest Marketplace: purchase LEGO merchandise and official KidsFest tour goods

• LEGO Club Member Lounge: join fellow Club members for fun activities or sign-up for free

• Brick Bin: a gigantic bin just full of LEGO bricks for creative play and enjoyment

• Monochomatic Builds: Bricks of a single color to foster group creativity

• Brickscapes: fantastic displays that combine lots of LEGO and DUPLO sets

• MINDSTORMS: build an intelligent LEGO robot and have it perform different operations

• LEGO Universe: become a custom LEGO Minifigure in this multiplayer online game

The event also includes hands-on learning activities from local partners, including Pittsburgh Magazine, Y108 and Star 100.7, Pittsburgh Pirates, KDKA-TV, Boy Scouts of America, Snapology, PA Distance Learning Charter School, and Macaroni Kids. Plus, Kidsburgh brings rotating family fun from some of their partners, including the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and the Gateway Clipper Fleet.

“Any family who likes to be inspired, get hands-on and have fun together won’t want to miss LEGO KidsFest,” said Vince Rubino, LEGO events manager. “We’re bringing so many activities for Pittsburgh-area families to test and showcase their creativity and building skills in what is sure to be a family event to remember.”

Based on sell-out attendance in previous markets, advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged. Five sessions – all identical – are available for the June 17 - 19 tour stop. LEGO KidsFest tickets are $20 for adults and $18 for children and can be purchased online at www.LEGOKidsFest.com.

The LEGO KidsFest Pittsburgh tour stop is presented by Target, Your Official Stop for LEGO Toys.

Other 2011 tour stops include Raleigh (October 7-9), Cleveland (November 4-6) and Hartford (December 2 – 4). Tickets for all 2011 tour stops are now on sale.


Directions & Parking: The David L. Lawrence Convention Center is located at 1000 Ft. Duquesne Boulevard in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh, with easy access from all interstates. For parking and detailed directions, visit www.pittsburghcc.com.

Dining: David L. Lawrence Convention Center concessions offer a range of food choices for children and adults, including a LEGO KidsFest family special. There are other dining options nearby: check www.VisitPittsburgh.com for ideas.

Overnight Packages: Save on LEGO KidsFest tickets as well as hotels and admission tickets at Pittsburgh area attractions. And get a $25 gas card! Book your overnight LEGO KidsFest weekend package with Visit Pittsburgh's Kidsburgh hotel partners today for family-friendly savings. Go to www.visitpittsburgh.com/essentials/family-fun/

While in Town: There's so much to do in and around Pittsburgh. Make a day or a weekend of it!

· Gateway Clipper

· Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

· Carnegie Museum of Art

· Carnegie Museum of Natural History

· Carnegie Science Center

· Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

For full details on what’s fun for families, check out Visit Pittsburgh at www.visitpittsburgh.com

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