BrickFair Returns with Even More LEGO Festivities to Love (+ Giveaway!)


Calling all LEGO enthusiasts! BrickFair, the nation’s largest annual LEGO fan festival, is returning to the area in August, and it’s bigger and better than ever. Filling 130,000 square feet of space, this year’s event will accommodate even more amazing exhibits, vendors, games, and fun. And I have three Family 4-Packs of tickets up for grabs for a few lucky KFDC readers!

With a “Myths & Legends” theme, BrickFair 2016 will bring together LEGO fans from across the country to showcase amazing brick constructions. Over 800 exhibitors will display their designs, from tiny creations to towering cityscapes. There will also be nearly 100 tables of vendors selling all things LEGO — T-shirts, hats, mini figures, models, and more.

It’s not all just looking and buying. Visitors can get hands on in the Stay & Play Area chock full of bricks, so you can build and get creative. There will also be games, bouncy fun, and lots of photo ops. And in keeping with the theme, you can try to spot mythical creatures and characters among the LEGO displays.

This will all take place at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, VA, August 6-7 from 10:30am – 4pm both days. Tickets are $15/ages 4 and up, free for ages 3 and under.

GIVEAWAY: For a chance to win one of the Family 4-Packs of tickets, simply leave a comment below telling me your favorite way or place to stay cool during these hot summer days. To be eligible, you should subscribe to the KFDC blog (see sign-up to the left) and follow KidFriendly DC on Facebook. This giveaway will run through Sunday, July 24, then the winners will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!


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85 Responses to BrickFair Returns with Even More LEGO Festivities to Love (+ Giveaway!)

  1. J Tynes

    We have spent many a wonderful afternoon at the Rockville Swim and Fitness Center – many pools (and options), slides and kids areas, and decent snack bar food – and generally not that crowded.

  2. Alexis

    I like to take my daughter to Wegman’s Wonderplace in the National Museum of American History!

  3. Sandy

    We are loving all the water parks

  4. Paula

    So many!
    Yards Park
    Georgetown Waterfront Park
    Mosaic District Fountain in Falls Church

  5. We either pull out the Slip N Slide in our yard or we go to an indoor gym, like Mobu Kids!

  6. AFenia H

    Our favorite way to stay cool is going to the area water spots from pools to waterparks to splashparks all over the DMV. I never knew there was so many water spots.

  7. Stephanie

    My daughter and I go to the pool to cool off.

  8. Julie

    We love to cool off at cheverly swimming pool!

  9. Jackie

    Our family lives going to the fountains near Navy Yard!

  10. Robin Leon

    We love Canal Park, Yards Park, and Capitol Skyline Pool!

  11. Jeanne Chevillet

    Our favorite place these days is the new Silver Spring library

  12. Alexia W.

    My favorite place to stay cool is the Chevy Chase library. Sometimes I take the kids there after camp. Even when they are tired, they are never too tired to read!

  13. Lisa

    We have been staying cool at the Six Flags pools, Patapsco State Park river, and local library.

  14. Albert

    We go to Montgomery Mall and stop by Cold Stone Creamery in the food court area.

  15. Robin

    Love to hit the pool and splash pads!

  16. Sarah Higgins

    Yards park waterfall!

  17. Margaret

    National building museum for our little builders!

  18. Alison Tibbetts

    Our local pool is great in the early evenings but we prefer to stay inside during the hottest parts of the day!

  19. Lisa Dishmon

    My family and I stay cool by relaxing by the pool or playing board games or WiiU Lego games.

  20. Julia Munoz

    Our favorite way to cool off is to go to Upton Hill’s swimming pool.

  21. b l

    Germantown Splash Park!

  22. Jennifer Bhartiya

    We love to go to our neighborhood pool to cool off 🙂 My 3 year old son LOVES legos and we are having a lego themed 4th birthday party for him in August! (at the pool!)

  23. We’re making the rounds of DC public pools, hitting up Yards Park, and backyard slip n’slide!!

  24. Jennifer Lynn

    My favorite way to keep us all cool is definitely our kiddie pool, hose, and homemade Popsicles. Even I get in the pool

  25. Rebecca

    We turned our basement into a sports zone which is helpful in the hot days of Summer and the freezing cold days of Winter. We play football, basketball, soccer, hockey, ping pong and our latest favorite – balloon badmitton! It’s a great space for friends to join in the fun too.

  26. Kristi Belcher

    Thanks to Pokemon GO- lots of walking around the neighborhood. We also like the library, Monkey Joe’s and the pool!

  27. anna

    our favorite way to stay cool is by watching a movie at Tyson’s! Afterwards, we get ice cream and go to the lego store :).

  28. Ann

    We love to spend time at our local pool and library.

  29. Sarah Monroe

    My daughters and I spend a lot of time in our backyard with water toys, a sprinkler, and an inflatable pool. But every now and then, we’ll drift to the splash pad on base and enjoy staying cool there too.

  30. Danielle Werchowsky

    Our favorite way to stay cool is to indulge in ice cream. The store Nice cream in Arlington is a special treat.

  31. Leslie Baxley

    We love the building museum and the natural history museum but our favorite way to stay cool this summer is trying new places for ICE CREAM!

  32. mark meyerson

    Arlington has some great spraygrounds

  33. Cristina Lucas

    We like to cool off at local Arlington, VA pools, Penrose Square spray fountain, indoor movies, bowling and Menchie’s frozen yogurt. And lego play is a favorite as well! Happy summer.

  34. Colleen

    Swimming pool!

  35. Jennifer

    We like to go to Purse State Park and look for shark teeth, picnic under the low hanging tree branches and cool in the shallow clear fresh water!

  36. shawnte

    I usually check the KfDC blog weekly to find new cool spots to visit and cool off,and our go-to’s are the Yards Park, Turkey Thicket Pool and Chillum Splash Pool.

  37. Nikki ka

    We’ve been keeping cool at the bowling alley taking advantage of their summer deal with my girls. They are loving it

  38. Mark

    Spending a lot of time at museums, libraries and, of course, the pool!

  39. Ulyana Panchishin

    We LOVE to explore ice cream shops around town to stay cool this summer. Nothing helps beat the like a generous scoop of gelato Pitango or The Dairy Godmother.

  40. Jane

    One of the splash parks in Arlington or blow up pool in the backyard!

  41. Kelly

    Home made water park- slip n slide, sprinkler and a baby pool.

  42. MiCa

    Pool! Thanks for the giveaway!

  43. Tom

    Blend, blend, and blend! OJ, frozen fruit and a blender, creating lots of fun frozen smoothie concoctions is the way to go (but try to avoid the brain freeze!)

  44. Emily Schmidt

    Swimming pool. Any swimming pool at all to dodge the heat!!

  45. Hillary Jones

    Our favorite way to stay cool is at the splash pad. We love Our Special Harbor at Lee District Rec Center!

  46. Neel Wais

    We love to cool down at our local pool or library.

  47. My family’s way of cooling off for the summer is hitting up all the Spray parks around the DMV. Going to different museums, and of course some pool time. Kid friendly DC always has the best suggestions to go to for my kiddos and the family.

  48. EllyMae

    In my AC at home….. Or lately the library is a cool place the kids enjoy.

  49. Sara

    Splash park, library, movies

  50. Vanessa

    My favorite two places to take the kids are the water sprays in nationals park and boher park in Gaithersburg.

  51. Emily

    We like to go to splash parks or museums.

  52. Marcela

    We always keep cool at the pool.

  53. Kristen

    Movies,puzzles, or reading a book in the air conditioning is my favorite way to beat the heat.

  54. Darlene

    We love to do hands on activities…science Musuem, climbing…and Legos!

  55. Demetria

    My favorite place to stay cool during these hot summer days is at home under the air conditioner.

  56. Shelly Parker

    To stay cool in the summer, we like to ride our bikes to the splash park at Hillcrest Recreation Center.

  57. Laura

    Going to the pool or splashing around with the kids.

  58. Gayle

    We love visiting DC’s sites! (And going to the pool and beach)!

  59. Blanca

    The way I keep my kids and self cool it at OUR SPECIAL HARBOR in Alexandria, VA.
    It’s a Spray park. The kids have fun every time we go.

  60. Justine

    The pool, library and movie theater.

  61. Cindy Rayner

    At the pool. Julia and I are pool rats!

  62. Deborah M

    Lee District spray park is amazing (and free).

  63. Carolyn

    Pool 😉

  64. Chris

    Wrapped around a big bowl of Guacamole at Rosa Mexicano after a day wondering through the city’s museums.

  65. Jen

    Our favorite place to stay cool is the pool- but we also love the science center at fair oaks and the Udvar-Hazy center after 4! 🙂

  66. Kayla

    We are beating the heat this summer with an awesome inflatable pool and some sprinklers. We just dump the water and refill it nice and cold, sometimes if it’s really hot we even add ice

  67. Jennifer Mueller

    Water, water, water. No pool? Spray bottles are quite portable.

  68. Leslie Lamas

    We love to cool off at the bowling alley!

  69. Paula Gonzales

    We have spent an incredible amount of time at splash pads and at the swimming pool. Ice cream consumption is up (for the kids) as well as iced coffee consumption (for me). We also enjoy sitting under the air conditioning and reading books together. 🙂

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway, by the way!

  70. Laura Osborne

    We stay cool at the museums!

  71. Jessica

    We spend countless hours at our pool, Tuckahoe Recreation Center, and just love it!

  72. Soleak

    Any of the wonderful museums!

  73. jane

    Takoma CC splash pad, or the pool, or library!

  74. Rebecca Brooks

    If it’s as hot that weekend as it’s expected to be this weekend – driving out to Dulles seems like it’s totally worth it! In the meantime, we’ll stay inside and eat ice cream. 🙂

  75. Julie

    Museums. And ice cream. Lots of ice cream!

  76. Darcy

    We went last year with our 5 year old and he loved it! We will be there this year! Thanks for the information!!!

  77. Kara Walter

    Leesylvania State Park, or any of the VA state parks!

  78. Ally

    Stay inside!

  79. Natasha

    Movies! Otherwise staying at home reading and doing puzzles, or playing with water guns in the yard!

  80. Kat

    Definitely the pool!

  81. Jennifer Curtis

    We have a great community pool that we frequent as much as we can. Otherwise, we are enjoying a lot of netflix and movies this summer.


    We go to our pool, Ocean Dunes Waterpark or visit the most awesome kids programs at Smithsonian Museums!

  83. Erica

    We are staying cool at the pool this summer.

  84. Erica H

    The library is our favorite place to stay cool!

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