December 12, 2017

LEGO Lovers: 15 Spots to Build & Grow this Summer


By now, most LEGO fans know about the amazing LEGOLAND theme parks in California (Carlsbad) and Florida (Winter Haven), but did you also know about the LEGOLAND Discovery Centers in Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Atlanta and Kansas City? I had no idea until one of my writers told me she was going to the Kansas City location in July.

The LEGOLAND Discovery Centers are still pretty new, and are designed to encourage more hands-on play with LEGO bricks, rather than hopping on roller coasters and water rides. At the Kansas City center, in particular, families will find iconic Kansas City landmarks made out of LEGO bricks and an area where kids can build and test out a race car, but more on these in a few weeks when I post a review!

If you can’t make it to LEGOLAND this summer, there are a number of museums featuring exhibits made entirely with LEGO bricks, most also featuring areas where kids can build their own creations. Take a look at these five hot spots for LEGO family fun.

Stop by the National Building Museum in Washington, DC through September 3 to check out LEGO Architecture: Towering Ambition. I took my older girls last year and it was a lot of fun to see such famous structures as the Empire State Building and the White House made entirely out of LEGO bricks. There’s also a great play area for kids to make their own LEGO creations.

Head to the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis in Indiana for the LEGO Travel Adventure exhibit, which will be on display through July. Daily programs enable children to sketch out a vehicle made out of LEGO bricks or build a LEGO vehicle designed to get through multiple terrains and obstacles. Be sure to download the LEGO Travel Adventure Family Guide before you go.

The Art of the Brick exhibition is currently touring the country with various artistic creations made out of LEGO bricks. Each show has nearly one million LEGO pieces transformed into awe-inspiring creations, like Van Gogh’s Starry Night and the Brooklyn Bridge. Through August 19, you’ll find the traveling exhibit at the Art & Culture Center of Hollywood in Hollywood, Florida.

Stop by the Toy & Plastic Brick Museum, also named the “Unofficial LEGO Museum,” in Bellaire, Ohio for loads of creations made out of LEGO bricks, like Woody from Toy Story, a moving, lighted rock band and an entire train yard. You can check out a video here to see a bunch of LEGO creations and an interview with owner, Dan Brown, who has the largest private LEGO collection.

Head to the Children’s Museum of Seattle in Washington for Near and Far, and interactive exhibit that offers learning opportunities for young children using LEGO and DUPLO bricks. Little ones will have plenty of opportunities to build with LEGO bricks and play in the soft sculpture area.

Head to Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina through July 17 for LEGO Summer Brickation. Kids and adults will be able to have fun at various activity areas with games, challenges and photo opps with life-size LEGO models. This event will take place simultaneously in Traverse City, Michigan, Lake Tahoe, California and Branson, Missouri.

Have you been to any of the LEGO exhibits across the country? Let me know where you’ve been and what some of your favorite activities have been.

Photo Credit: semanticwill


  1. What a great list, thank you! My son is a little young yet to be excited about legos, but I’m sure that will come in a few short years.


  2. Well Rounded Mom says:

    Love this list! We did a Lego day with it! We too. Pseudo-vacation watching videos and looking at pictures from these places for almost an hour. Then we got building! The kids were newly inspired to play with their legos for hours!

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