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Take the Kids to Seattle's BrickCon 2019: Just Build It!

Everything is awesome at our local Lego convention

Published on: September 27, 2019

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A Lego display at BrickCon 2018. Credit Pascal via Flickr CC

Attention, Lego fanatics! Find inspiration for your next creation at BrickCon 2019, taking place Saturday–Sunday, Oct. 5–6, 2019, at Seattle Center. BrickCon features eye-popping Lego displays, a hands-on Building Zone and a Lego-focused vendor area. This year's theme is "Just Build It!" (Can't make it? Check our list of awesome places to play with Lego around the Sound.)

Billed as the longest-running fan-based Lego convention, BrickCon is a Lego love fest where hobbyists show their creations, plus exchange ideas — and make new friends — with fans.

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Photo credit: Harmony Scofield

Past BrickCons have featured astonishing builds: detailed battle scenes that range from medieval to the intergalactic, elaborate cityscapes and even creations with moveable parts. BrickCon attendees itching to test out an idea can venture to the Building Zone, where lots of bricks are ready for on-the-spot construction.

Harmony Scofield, of Portland, Ore., shared a Twitter photo of her kids mesmerized by a Lego R2D2 at BrickCon a few years ago. Scofield said her children, then ages 7 and 4, enjoyed the event, but she cautioned other families that crowds around the displays can prevent kids from seeing them easily.

The event is probably best suited for older elementary-age kids — tweens and up — who have a strong interest in Lego, she said. "If your kids are younger, you might consider how well they do in quite crushing crowds and how long their attention can last… be willing to pause and go to the build area to let off steam.”

“We ultimately had a really fun day, but we had to tailor down the experience quite a bit to not overwhelm them,” Scofield said.

If you go...

When: Saturday–Sunday, Oct. 5–6, 2019, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. each day

Where: Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 301 Mercer St., Seattle, on the north side of Seattle Center.

Tickets: Buy online — well in advance recommended as tickets have sold out in past years. Tickets are $11–$17 for single-day admission; ages 4 and under are free. Tickets may be available at the door; advance purchase is recommended.

Timed entry: Tickets are for a specific day with timed entry: $17 tickets allow entry at 10 a.m.; $14 tickets allow entry at noon; $11 tickets allow entry 2 p.m. Doors close for all ticket times at  4 p.m.

Active duty with I.D. free: Active service members (with I.D.) and their immediate families are admitted free at the door.

Tips for parents:

  • Re-entry is allowed on the same day; get your crew's hands stamped
  • Strollers not allowed; park it in the stroller parking area
  • Do not bring your own Legos, please
  • Can't make it? Mark your calendar for Portland's Lego convention, called Bricks Cascade, coming up Feb. 29–March 1, 2020.

More Lego!

Where to play with Lego around Seattle and beyond: BrickCon is just one weekend; Lego fandom lasts a lifetime! Play (and shop) year-round at these Lego-rrific spots around Seattle, the Eastside and South Sound. Click here for the full list!

Legoland: Ready to partake in the ultimate immersive Lego experience? Read our guide to Legoland California.

Editor's note: This article was originally published in 2017 and updated for 2019.

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