AADL’s LEGO Contest

Does your child love LEGO? IF so, they should plan to enter the Ann Arbor District Library’s LEGO Contest which is held on Thursday, August 6. The LEGO Contest is great for motivating my daughter to free build each summer. The various judging categories also provide inspiration for my daughter. This year AADL’s LEGO Contest is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary.


My daughter first entered the AADL’s LEGO Contest the summer before she started Kindergarten. She has entered every years since then (except for one when the contest fell during our vacation). She loves creating an entry and viewing the other entries. Entries in the contest range from entries like my daughter’s that have been put together in a couple of hours and others that you can see the effort that has been placed in them for the whole summer.

The Library LEGO contest is broken down by grade that your child is entering in the fall. The age groups are:

  • Preschool
  • Kingergarten-2nd Grade
  • 3rd-5th Grade
  • 6th-8th Grade
  • 9th-12th Grade
  • Adults

In each age group, there will be three winners: 1st Place, Runner-Up, and Honorable Mention. Each winner will receive a Target Gift Certificate and a prize ribbon. Prize ribbons will also be given for various categories:


  • Best Motorized Project
  • Best Architectural/Engineering Project
  • Coolest Robot
  • Best Vehicle
  • Most Creative
  • Most Sophisticated
  • AADL LEGO Master Builder
  • Best Use of the #10 – visual or conceptual

Personally, since the contest is sponsored by the Ann Arbor District Library, I have always wanted to see a category for best book inspired entry.


Additionally, a People’s Choice Award will given in each age group. The People’s Choice Winners will receive a LEOG trophy.


More information on the categories and requirements is available on the Library’s website.

There is no need to pre-register to enter the LEGO Contest. You simply need to drop-off your entry at the Kensington Court hotel between 9a and 3p on Thursday, August 6. The conference room doors will be closed from 3-6p for judging. From 6-8p there is open viewing of the contest entries followed by an 8p awards ceremony that wraps up around 8:30p.

The viewing session tends to get very crowded as the awards ceremony approaches. We typically meet my husband at the hotel for the beginning of the viewing session and then leave for dinner. Kensington Court is located in the Briarwood Mall complex, so we usually walk to the mall to eat. We then return about 15-20 minute before the awards ceremony. The Kensington Court location definitely makes leaving easier than the previous location at Weber’s did.

Will your child be entering AADL’S LEGO contest?


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Anna Mae

Anna Mae owns & operates Ann Arbor with Kids, a website dedicated to Family Activities in Ann Arbor. My husband and I moved to Ann Arbor in 2003 and our daughter joined the family in 2006.

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