What to expect at Lego Live NYC, the official Lego playground

The first-ever official Lego convention is finally headed to New York City — here's what to expect during three days of build-your-own fun.
You could be this happy too at Lego Live NYC. Credit: David Frith

You could be this happy too at Lego Live NYC. Credit: David Frith

There’s a massive Lego playground popping up in New York City, and it’s pretty much every Lego fan’s dream come true.

 

The family-oriented Lego Live NYC convention is coming to the U.S. for the first time on Feb. 16-18, 2018 in Manhattan. Budding builders and even experienced architects can get their tickets now to the 65,000 square feet of build-your-own adventure playground filled with millions of Lego pieces.

 

Unlike most conventions, Lego Live will be split into activity zones where you can come and go freely, with few scheduled events. Younger fans will love the giant pit filled with piles of Lego bricks ready for their imagination and playing inside the Ninjago “arena.”

 

Older kids can try their hand at creating and coding Mindstorms robots, creating their own Star Wars spaceship and building within the world of Minecraft through digital and hands-on activities.

 

And because this is New York, everyone is invited to contribute to collaborative project to recreate the iconic Manhattan skyline.

Stumped about how to build your creation? Master Builders (yes, an actual job title — dream big!) will be on hand at the Master Lab Help Desk and also doing live demonstrations to share the secrets to their larger-than-life creations.

There will also be photo ops with life-size Lego models from popular franchises (yes, kiddos, there will be Star Wars characters)

There is one bit of bad news: Whatever you build at Lego Live stays at Lego Live. But there will be a gift shop with exclusive sets offered only at the show.

Lego events like BrickFest are fan-run affairs, but this is Lego's official authorized convention. Tickets are on sale now and get you access to a four-hour session for $30, or $45 for VIP and $75 for VIK (Very Important Kid) that comes with Lego swag, access to a special lounge, an extra hour of building and more.

Lego Live will take place on Pier 36 at 299 South St. on the Lower East Side. For more information, visit liveevent.lego.com

 
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