If your family loves LEGO®, there’s lots of fun activities and event in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & the Hunter to enjoy. You can attend an afterschool LEGO Club at a local library, do a workshop with Bricks 4 Kidz, attend Newcastle Brickfest 2021 or be inspired for new builds with LEGO books.
Lego Club at Local Libraries
If you’re looking for a great after-school activity on a Wednesday afternoon consider LEGO Club at Newcastle City Library. LEGOClub is a fun and free activity held upstairs at Newcastle Library in Laman Street every Wednesday afternoon in the school term from 4pm – 4.45pm. Every child has access to their own box of Lego and box of LEGO® Mini-figures and there is a new build theme each week.
The week, we attended the theme was ‘Paperweight’. The challenge was to make a unique and interesting LEGO creation that would weigh down some papers. Past themes have included ‘Colourful’, ‘Bridges’ and ‘Animals beginning with the letter G’.
We met Cheryl, the coordinator, who is welcoming and engaging and has lots of ideas to assist the kids in their designs. LEGO Club is recommended for kids aged 5-12 years old but when we visited the kids were aged 4-8 years old and all had a fantastic time. My kids and their friends all asked to go back again.
Maitland Library also hold LEGO Club from Tuesday to Thursday from 3.30-4.30pm at different branch locations in the Maitland area (check out Maitland City Library website for more information.
Newcastle Brickfest 2021
Newcastle Brickfest is back for 2021 and will delight LEGO fans of all ages. Fans of all ages will delight in the showcase of LEGO creations and collections from across NSW on Saturday 10 July and Sunday 11 July 2021 at the Newcastle Jockey Club.
Book your 2-hour session online and enjoy the exhibits and activities. Newcastle Brickfest is a community event created by local volunteer LEGO fans for LEGO fans.
Come along and see original LEGO creations and displays of LEGO themes, including the ever-popular city layout with working trains.
Exhibitors are always happy to share their passion for LEGO and to answer questions you may have about their display, and talk about LEGO in general.
As well as all the exhibits, there will be lots of activities for everyone to enjoy, including appearances by cosplaying friends from Hunter Heroes and Star Wars characters. For more information, visit the Rainbow Bricks website.
Bricks 4 Kidz
Keep the kids busy this winter school holidays with a Bricks 4 Kidz workshop. Designed for kids aged 5-12 years old the workshops, staffed by friendly, trained and screened staff, allow kids the opportunity to create, play and learn with LEGO all while making new friends and having fun. With different themes to choose from including Movie Mash Up, Space Adventures and Mining and Crafting, a Bricks 4 Kidz workshop will make for some memorable school holiday fun. There are school holiday workshops in Belmont, Merewether, New Lambton, and Erina.
Still have a $100 Creative Kids Voucher to use? Bricks 4 Kidz accept Creative Kids Vouchers for their qualifying school holiday and after-school programs.
LEGO® Certified Store
The LEGO® Certified Store at Charlestown Square is LEGO fan heaven. Opened in August 2020, not only do they sell the latest release LEGO®, a great range of LEGO® Creator and LEGO® accessories but a lot of the newer sets are built and on display in the display cases that line the walls of the shop.
You’ll find the LEGO® Certified Store on Level 2, opposite H&M. Standing guard to the entrance is an impressive Lego-man sailor built entirely of Lego pieces.
Once your kids have circled the store, checked out all the builds and asked to buy half the shop you can steer them towards the Duplo play table (younger kids) or older kids might like to check out the Pick a Brick Wall or Build Your Own Minifigure™ station.
There’s an array of pieces to choose from and, for $19.95, you are able to build three unique minifigures and choose three minifigure accessories to take home in the take-home box.
I found all the staff extremely helpful and friendly and I’m confident that they’d be able to assist with any queries or help choose a special gift. Perfect for a unique gift, the store also provides brick engraving. If your budget doesn’t allow for a big box of Lego, there are lots of smaller boxes and packets to choose from plus Lego-themed gifts and accessories such as magnets, baseplates and keyrings.
There are some great books out at the moment for Lego fans young and old.
Brickmans Family Challenge Book
If you’ve not heard of Brickman it is possible that you don’t have children who love LEGO. Brickman is the star judge of LEGO® Masters Australia and a Lego Certified Professional. His book Brickmans Family Challenge Book challenges members of your household to 30 building competitions such as Maze Runner, Model Mashup and Self-Portrait. With beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, the whole family will enjoy this book.
LEGO Cute Ideas
My daughter, aged six, loves her LEGO Cute Ideas book. It features bricks and instructions to make an exclusive owlicorn mini model and is full of ideas and prompts to create different things from bricks you already own.
The Big Book of Bedtime Builds
My four year old uses The Big Book of Bedtime Builds all the time. It includes bricks and instructions to build eight mini models including a pirate ship, dinosaur, elephant and spider. Each build has a related bedtime story, a great way to wind down before bed. This book would suit LEGO loving kids of all ages.
LEGO Games Book
I really like the look of the LEGO Games Book. It includes 50 fun brain teasers, games, challenges and puzzles using LEGO pieces and would be a book that the whole family could enjoy together. Great for promoting screen-free family time.
The LEGO Ideas Book
The LEGO Ideas Book looks great. Full of tips from expert LEGO builders and divided into six themed chapters – transport, buildings, space, kingdoms, adventure and useful makes, this book would inspire imagination and assist little builders to enhance their models. When you’re ready for new ideas try The Lego Awesome Ideas Book.
LEGO Book Kits
On a recent trip to Big W, we found a great selection of Big Book of Fun-themed LEGO books including Harry Potter, Star Wars, Ninjago and Disney Princess. These books, priced from $12 come with enough blocks for a small build and would make great birthday or Christmas gifts.
Meg is a born and raised Novocastrian whose interests include gardening, reading and writing poetry. In between writing for Newy With Kids and working casually as a School Learning Support Officer, Meg enjoys camping and travelling with her family and exploring Newcastle and all it has to offer. Meg has two energetic kids and is passionate about kids having the opportunity to be outdoors as often as possible.