Lego Brick Bash Report
|Lego Building Table|
Lego Brick Bash 2012 was held at Washtenaw Community College on Saturday, March 24 from 11a-6p. We attended the 2011 Brick Bash and were excited to be able to return again this year. Based on our 2011 attendance, we made a few changes for this year. We arrived as the event started so it would be less crowded. We also dressed for it to be warm in the room. We packed lunch with the plan to eat in the building lobby while there. However, with some changes in 2012 there was not a need for someone of these.
It was definitely nice to arrive early and beat some of the crowds. We stayed until about 12:45 and the event was not overly crowded. Wild Swan Theater had a performance of Strega Nona and the Magic Pasta Pot at 11a (the same time Brick Bash started). When the play let out, it did get crowded for a little while.
|Shooting Balls with a
Lego Mindstorms Robot
Brick Bash has been held at the Morris Lawrence Building at Wasthenaw Community College. In 2011 it was restricted to the large conference room. For 2012, the room dividers were open to the lobby and the event extended to the lobby. This expansion kept the room from overheating as it had the previous year. Unfortunately, it also meant that the tables in the lobby where we had planned to eat our lunch were being used by exhibitors and vendors. My daughter and her friend were both so thrilled with Brick Bash that they didn’t care about lunch until after we left, so it was not a big deal that there was no place to eat.
My daughter loved many of the exhibits. Some of her favorites were the motorized robots. We have seen several camps and classes offered on the Mindstorms kits that include programming of the Lego robots, but they all have a minimum age that my daughter does not meet. She also loved the Angry Birds, Disney/Star Wars figures, and especially the Hex Bugs.
|Lego figures – Wall-E, Mickey Mouse,
R2D2, Boba Fett, Luke Skywalker
The Lego building table was also a huge hit with all of the kids. Shortly after we arrived, they added a few extra tables to expand the building area. It was popular most of the time that we were there.
We really enjoyed Brick Bash 2012 and will be watching for the 2013 event. The Whittaker Rd Branch of the Ypsilanti Library has a Lego Night every Tuesday night from 6-8p through the end of May.
I am also waiting to finalize our schedule for the summer because I may sign my daughter up for one of the Brain Monkeys summer camps. We had the chance to speak with the owner/founder of the company. My daughter was definitely interested in a Lego class or camp.
The next big Ann Arbor area Lego event is the Ann Arbor District Library’s Lego Building Contest. We participated for the first time in 2011 and my daughter really enjoyed building her own creation and then seeing everyone else’s creation. She was disappointed not to win. The 2012 contest date has not yet been announced, although you can start building your creation now.