Calling all LEGO enthusiasts! Are your kiddos crazy for this classic Danish building toy? We found places around town where you can build big with LEGOs and get tips from the pros. From libraries to play spaces to a convention, there is something for every brick lover. Read on to find out the best places to play with LEGOs in Des Moines.
The LEGO Creativity Tour comes to the Iowa Events Center September 18th – 20th. The LEGO Creativity Tour offers children of all ages an opportunity to build, create and enjoy an immersive LEGO experience through engaging play areas, family-oriented building activities and more. Show sessions on Friday, September 18th are 1:30-4:30 pm and 5:30-8:30 pm. On Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 19th and 20th, sessions are 8:30-11:30 am, 12:30-3:30 pm and 4:30-7:30 pm. General Admission (Ages 3+) is $19, Children 2 years and under FREE.
Programs & Play Spaces
bricks4Kidz offers fun, hands-on programs where kids ages three-13+ can learn, build and play with LEGO bricks. Not only does this program offer classes, camps, afterschool programs and birthday packages but they also have… (wait for it;) Kids Night Out! You won’t feel so guilty about date night when you know how much fun they’re having. You can find programs in Ankeny, Clive, Grimes, Johnston, Urbandale, and West Des Moines. Classes are offered through Community Education, Parks and Rec Departments and Libraries or check out the company’s website for information about birthday parties and other activities.
FIRST LEGO League Introduces younger students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots. Every year, FIRST releases a new challenge that engages teams in hands-on robotics design and scientific research. Participants, ages 9-14, form teams of 2-10 members. Teams can form from any group: school, scouts, religious organizations, home school groups or even groups of friends. After the challenge has been released, teams have about three months to design, program and build their robot, and prepare an in-depth research presentation related to the challenge theme. Visit Iowa State Engineering Kids website for more information about the program in Iowa.
Buildings, birthdays, and babysitting—all rolled into one cool place! The Little Gym of West Des Moines offers kids a number of opportunities to get creative with LEGO Juniors or LEGO DUPLO at their Birthday Parties, Kids Camps and Parents’ Survival Nights. Visit their website to find out more information about classes, programs and schedules.
Hosts LEGO Club the first Wednesday of each month at 3:00 pm. They provide all the supplies you need to create something amazing! Children of all ages are welcome to participate.
Join fellow LEGO lovers for a fun afternoon of building. The library will provide the LEGO pieces and children will have time to build to their heart’s content (or until the hour is over!). Registration required for children in kindergarten and older. Sessions are September 9 and October 7.
LEGO Fridays, LEGOs are available all day in the children’s area, so bring your imagination and get ready to build.
LEGO Challenge on September 10th from 4:30 to 6:00 pm! Bring your skills and use the libraries blocks. The challenge is for kids Ages 5+. No registration is necessary.
LEGO Building commences the fourth Monday of each month from 2:30 – 3:15 pm, beginning October 26th. Children age 6 and under must be accompanied by an adult. See what you can make with a few bricks and a little imagination. LEGOs and Duplos provided or feel free to bring your own!
LEGO-Maniacs begins on Monday, September 28th. The library will supply the bricks for kids ages 6 – 11 — you bring the imagination! Snacks will be provided at each meeting. Call the library to register, beginning September 21st.
Lego Club is for children ages 5 and up who love to build and be creative with Legos. Lego Club is offered multiple times each month. Pictures of participants’ creations are posted on the Library Facebook page after each Lego Club.
Lego Robotics will meet on the second Wednesday of the month starting November 11th from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.
Lego Club. All ages are welcome to play with Legos the third Saturday of the month. The next meeting is on September 19th and will be accompanied by teen volunteers.
What CAN’T you build with LEGOs??!!? Meet in the Library’s Community Room on the third Wednesday of the month and put your best block building skills to the test! For ages 5-12. Registration is required.
Where do your kids go to play with LEGOs? Let us know in the Comments section below.