It's Lego Nirvana at BrickCon 2017
Attention, Lego fanatics! Find inspiration for your next creation at the 16th annual BrickCon Exhibition taking place at Seattle Center over the weekend of Oct. 7–8, 2017. BrickCon features eye-popping Lego displays, a hands-on Building Zone and a Lego-focused vendor area.
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.
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 last year’s BrickCon. Scofield said her children, ages 7 and 4, enjoyed the event, but cautioned 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.
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If you go...
When: Saturday, Oct. 7, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 8, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Where: Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 305 Harrison St., Seattle
Tickets: $8–$12 general admission (ages 4 and under free). Tickets are for timed entry; choose your entry time when purchasing online. Limited tickets are available at the door; active service members with I.D. and their immediate families are admitted free at the door. Strollers are not allowed; stroller parking is provided.
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When: October 21–22, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
If BrickCon in Seattle doesn’t sate your Lego hunger, keep this Portland, Ore., convention in your sights. Coming March 2018.
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 on for the full list!