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Lego in Minneapolis and St. Paul

By April 10, 2011

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Lego KidsFest, a touring Lego exhibition with master Lego builders, workshops and giant models will be at the Minneapolis Convention Center, May 20, 21 and 22. Tickets are $18-$20.

More places to see Lego in the Twin Cities...

BrickWorld is a privately owned, and utterly amazing Lego world constructed over a decade in the Thorpe Building in Northeast Minnepolis, at Central Avenue and 18th Street. They are open to the public on the second Saturday of the month from 11 a.m - 4 p.m. to see the Lego world, as well as a kids area, a store of rare and vintage Lego kits, as well as fan-created Lego kits.

The Minnesota Children's Museum has a traveling Lego Castle Adventure exhibit, where knights, princes and princesses can dress up, joust, admire models of real castles built from Lego, and build their own from a plentiful supply of Lego bricks.  At the Minnesota Children's Museum until September 11.

The Minnesota State Capitol houses a smaller version of itself, constructed from 75,000 Lego bricks. Local builder Roy Cook put together a six foot long Lego model of the Minnesota State Capitol, and the Lego model is on display inside the real thing until June 6.

The Mall of America has a Lego store in the central courtyard, surrounded by Lego dinosaurs, undersea adventures and race cars. There's bins full of Lego bricks for kids to play with, and a race track for racing wheeled creations. On the first Tuesday of every month, the MOA Lego store has a free mini build event and gives away a small Lego kit to children aged between 6 and 14 - check their website for upcoming freebie dates.

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