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    Preview: LEGO KidsFest comes to Louisville April 5-7
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    Feeling bummed that you didn't head to the beach for Spring Break? You may be happy that you stayed put in the Derby City. This weekend, April 5-7, LEGO KidsFest descends upon the Kentucky Exposition Center, bringing three acres of brick building fun and entertainment to LEGO fanatics of all ages and skill levels.

    Excitement for the national tour's stop in Louisville runs high—people who have previously visited LEGO KidsFest in other cities give rave reviews, comparing it to visiting LEGOLand (without the rides) or a giant LEGO store without "just look, don't touch" parental restrictions. Of course, there is a large retail marketplace so the kids will still be begging for bricks. But check out some of the other attractions (included with your admission of $20 for adults and $18 for children):

    • LEGO Model Gallery: View dozens of life-sized models made from bricks (Indiana Jones, Buzz Lightyear, the LEGO Friends girls).
    • Meet Master Model Builders: Ooohh, this is cool. There are only seven paid-to-play LEGO master model builders in the U.S.; two will be on hand in Louisville!
    • Race Ramps: Build your own custom car, then race friends and family.
    • Construction Zones: Have fun in no-rules build and display areas.
    • Games Arena: If your kids like Heroica or Creationary, they'll love this area of LEGO board games.
    • Creation Nation: Create and add unique landmarks all over this basketball court-sized map of the U.S..
    • LEGO DUPLO: The tots will have fun playing with these larger bricks.
    • Monochromatic Builds: There will be areas designated for bricks of a specific color.
    • Brick Pile: Make snow angels in this enormous pile of more than a TRILLION LEGO bricks. This must be what it's like to be a kid in a candy store!

    Tickets typically sell out, despite their high cost. Currently, Friday's session and both of Saturday's sessions have limited availability. Don't wait to buy tickets until you show up at the KY Expo Center; chances are you'll be greeted by a big "SOLD OUT" sign. That would make for a tough ride home with some disappointed kids.

    Dates and Sessions:

    Friday, April 5: 4-8:30 pm

    Saturday, April 6- Session I 9-1:30 pm; Session II 3- 7:30 pm

    Sunday, April 7-Session I 9-1:30 pm; Session II 3- 7:30 pm

    To purchase tickets, go to Kentucky Exposition Center is at 937 Phillips Lane 40209.

    Photos: courtesy of LEGO KidsFest

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    About Anna Frye

    After living in Chicago, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Colorado, my husband and I made our (hopefully? probably?) final move back to Louisville, where I was born and raised.'s nice to be home. Now I'm busy making sure my three little ones learn to love the quirks and traditions of their new hometown: Kentucky Derby Festival, no school on Oaks Day, grits and hot browns (not necessarily together), monograms, parks, festivals, and even our seasonal allergies.

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