Today I would like to introduce you to an exciting LEGO event coming up in the Philadelphia area next April. The event is organized by Chad Collins, who – along with his daughter – runs the popular LEGO YouTube channel Your Creative Friends. Below I will let you hear from Chad how the idea for the Philly Brick Fest came about, what is the vision behind it, and what you can expect at this LEGO convention. 🙂
❓ Why have you decided to do Philly Brick Fest? – “As a kid, LEGO was my favorite toy. However, it was later in life when I realized that my time spent playing with LEGO as a child had remarkable benefits. For instance, I built my first computer at the age of 13. Prior to that, I had absolutely no knowledge of how computers worked, but it came to me quickly because of LEGO. I vividly remember the thoughts and feelings I experienced while building that computer and quickly realized that my experience of building and creating with LEGO made a seemingly impossible task possible. LEGO gave me the confidence I needed in myself to build, fix, and engineer things. Today, I believe that all too often parents and children alike view LEGO simply as a toy. Many of us in the community know that LEGO can be more than a toy and in my opinion, contains the unique power to spark one’s imagination in incomparable ways. Philly Brick Fest is just one way we can spread this message and educate people that LEGO is more than a simple toy; it is an investment in our children’s future.”
❓ Why are the educational aspects that surround LEGO so important to you? – “Because I think we are still just scratching the surface in this department. While there are successful structured after-school programs like Bricks-4-Kidz and organizations such as First LEGO League, these programs are a long way from becoming part of the every day curriculum. As a society, we need to find ways to unlock the minds of our youth as early as possible and with as little cost as possible. Once we figure that out, we will see even more advances in our technology and ingenuity.”
❓ How did you make the transition from doing a YouTube show to running a major LEGO fan festival? – “It was a surprise to us that our YouTube channel became popular. The friends and contacts we have made due to our channel certainly helped facilitate our direction. One of our early videos was about a storage system we found to help us organize all of the bricks we were purchasing from the Pick-A-Brick wall at the LEGO Store. A few weeks after that video went live, the manufacturer contacted us and sent us even more storage units for free. When something like that happens, you begin to understand that through YouTube, you can make lasting connections with people. These connections include people that want to be educated or entertained, people that you can help, and people that want to help you. In order to produce an event like Philly Brick Fest, we needed some help in the early stages and started having conversations with friends we made in the LEGO community. Since then, we have been off to the races.”
❓ Why did you choose Philadelphia? – “I am from Philadelphia and I am a proud product of the Philadelphia Public School System. While we live in Bucks County Pennsylvania now, our roots are still in the City and we take our kids to the famous landmarks, museums, and events every chance we get. However, with all of the richness, history, and culture that Philadelphia offers, it was still missing something, a major LEGO fan convention. We are thankful to have the privilege of putting on an event like this for our community. We are starting a new Philadelphia tradition that will create new friendships within the LEGO community and lasting memories for families that attend.”
❓ What can we expect to see and do at Philly Brick Fest? – “Expect the unexpected. While there will be some similarities to other conventions, you can expect to see and do things that will be unique to Philly Brick Fest. For instance, independent builders not affiliated with a LEGO Users Group (LUG) will be displaying their own creations (MOCs) that have never been seen in public. In addition, we have several new ideas for LEGO-related games and contests made to accommodate large groups of participants.”
Are you interested to participate in Philly Brick Fest? Here are some further details as well as contact information:
- DATE: April 24th & 25th are Private Days for Registered Attendees, LUGs, & Vendors, and April 26th & 27th the event is open to the public from 10:00AM to 5:00PM.
- LOCATION: Philly Expo Center, 100 Station Avenue, Oaks, PA 19456
- FOR MORE INFO: visit the Philly Brick Fest website, FaceBook Page, YouTube Channel, or joint the Mailing List.
- BUY TICKETS: to buy tickets go HERE
What do you think? Are you planning to attend Philly Brick Fest next year? Or would you like to? Do you have any questions for Chad about the Philly Brick Fest? Feel free to share your thoughts and questions in the comment section below! 😉
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Sounds like fun! Too bad it is all the way in PA 🙁
I’m back in the UK now well yesterday!
🙁 / 🙂 (I don’t know how to feel :/ )
Anyways I’ve so far caught up with 2 youtube channels and 1 chima episode (5) pretty good start 😀
To be honest conventions and stuff I kinda want to go to but they’re all to far away! Even if the is one (I’m interested in) and is in the UK I’m always busy THAT day!!!!! Why me????!???
Make that 2 episodes 😀
The 6th is probably the best in my opinion. Love the helium voices 🙂
I just gave a customers 1 year old kid her first DUPLO, I see it as an investment in her future(c:
On the event, sounds like fun, I would love to see if any rare 2×4 bricks turn up, LOL!!!
Anyway, if you would like a few rare 2×4 bricks for the show (or just to have), contact me through admin, she knows how to reach me.
I’m thinking that there will be some rare 2×4 bricks at the convention. Send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would us to put something on display for you.
rare 2×4? what kinds?
Ike, Maxx is a 2×4 collector. He has an amazing collection of beautiful, never-released LEGO colors. You can see some of them under his contributor’s profile as well as in his posts. 😉
My grandson Ryan (age 7) is in the surprise of a lifetime when his Grandpa & I take him to his first Lego convention the Philly Brick Fest in April 2014. He has been building with lego’s since age 2 and now without hesitation he can build any set 14 yrs and older.
Marge, I’m sure you guys are going to have great fun! It is very inspiring for LEGO fans to go to an event like this! Have a great time! 🙂
“tradition that will create new friendships within the LEGO community”
Yeah, that is why he is holding this event two weeks before another LEGO themed convention in New England. Because Chad wants to forge friendships in the community.
Would you like to get in touch with Chad?
Can kids come to the brick fest? The kid fest is not coming near us:(
Maria, absolutely! The event is available for all ages! It is a great place for both adults and kids to have fun, get inspired, and meet other LEGO fans. 🙂
You’re welcome. 😉
Can u give me an idea of what goes on.we are gonna make the one in nj. I just don’t want to bring him if its just sales etc
Thanks for your help I appreciate it
Maria, LEGO conventions are definitely not just sales. There are huge LEGO displays and exibits that takes your breath away and inspire you, there are LEGO building contests and activities for all ages, playrooms for kids, and all kinds of activities to interact with other LEGO fans. Most LEGO events have a dedicated website, so you can check out all the details.
If I remember correctly BrickFair in New Jersey is not until November, so you can keep tab of their site for updated info. Also, I would recommend that you check out some videos on YouTube about BrickFair, BrickWorld and other LEGO fan conventions to get an idea of what goes on. They are a lot of fun for all ages. 🙂
Can u give me an idea of what they will see.my son is 11 we r going to nj brickfest. I just dknt want him to be disappointes if its just sales.thanks so much
Maria, I have already answered that question. See my previous response. 😉
Please disregard last post I thought first didn’t go thru
Thank u so much!
My son’s 9th birthday is that weekend so I’m taking him and a few of his buddies to the BrickFest as part of his party. They will have a blast I’m sure.
Oh, nice! I’m sure you guys will have fun! 😛
How do we buy tickets? The website said only that tickets are available at the door, but friends of ours have already bought… do not want to drive out there and not be able to get in…
Joel, tickets used to be available online, but I guess because we are so close to the date of the event they no longer have that available as an option. I could contact the organizers, if you like, and ask them if they have any tickets left. Just let me know. 😉
I sure hope that tickets will be available at the door. I just heard about this and my grandson will be so surprised to go & I’ll be so disappointed if we can’t take him!
Debby, for events like this it is always best to get tickets beforehand. It helps the organizers to see what to expect. Most venues have limitations on capacity for crowd safety, so once the maximum number is reached there is nothing organizers can do to let anyone else in. It wouldn’t be safe. I have contacted the organizer of the event by email this morning. Let’s see what he says/suggests. I will let you guys know.
Okay, I heard back from Chad, this is what he said: “Correct. Tickets will be available at the door only. We plan to accommodate everyone. There may be wait due to capacity restrictions, so the sooner people arrive the better.” Hope this helps some. 😉
I would like to know how much it cost to for the Tickets thanks you.
Jaden, all pricing information is available here: http://brickfestlive.com/tickets/