Do you have a love/hate relationship with Legos? Me too. But mostly love.
I just hate the cleanup, which happens multiple times per day lately. Even when Shep “helps.”
On one hand, my son LOVES them. He could play with them forever (at least until he wants more juice). Right now at 2 1/2 he’s mostly into Duplos, but when he’s played with some older friends, is equally passionate about classic Lego sets. (If yours is too, here’s an awesome place to buy upcycled Legos at a fraction of the cost!) He got his first Duplo set when he was one, and since then, they have accumulated to the point I have two different Lego stations in the house – one upstairs and one downstairs.
I was reading What Should We Do Today Columbus (one of my FAVORITE #cbusmom blogs) and came across her story about Brick of Dreams. It was essentially a play cafe but entirely with Legos. With all the cold, wet weather, I was looking for something new to try with the boys and figured this would be a good idea. I was a little nervous how Beau would be since it seemed a little more geared toward older kids, but thought it couldn’t hurt trying.
Info: It’s located in Dublin, which isn’t far at all (20 minutes). It costs $7/hour per child, but we didn’t have to pay for Beau.
What to expect:
You walk in and there are a bunch of Lego sets on display, cubbies for coats, backpacks, shoes and where you pay. Once you’re settled, there are essentially two or three “zones.” There are signs that say it’s not suitable for kids under 3, but we did just fine. I was super careful to watch Beau especially in the main Lego build areas where there were small pieces. It’s not a place you can let a baby roam free, but he still had fun too.
Zone 1(I’m calling them zones, the actual business does not) was lots of BIG bricks to build forts, walls, etc. They are HUGE blocks and suitable for babies and toddlers. We spent the majority of our time here. It also allows them to run around a little bit more vs. the actual building areas.
Right around this same area is a HUGE selection of Duplos. They were also really well organized and overall very clean. Shep loved playing with these, and so did Beau. He played for a good 20 minutes while Beau surfed around and crawled over the big blocks.
Zone 2 includes a big homemade ramp for kids to race their creations. Shep really loved this space too. He met a few friends and spent time racing helicopters, trains and cars.
Zone 3 is the largest by far, and has so many tables, Lego sets, books, etc. It’s truly a great place for a Lego enthusiast. While I will definitely go back with the boys at this age, I have a feeling they would enjoy it even more when they are just a little bit older.
- Eat beforehand. Most play cafes have snacks and drinks, this one does not.
- It’s by-the-hour so be sure to set that up with your kids so there aren’t any quick transitions (that’s important for us now at the age Shep is at). Although, the owner was super nice and let us extend it by 30 minutes.
- They do have Legos for sale as well. Shep scored a new Miles Duplo set and was super excited to continue the fun at home after our visit. Some are used and some are new, the prices were really reasonable.
- Their hours vary throughout the week, check this calendar for open play times.
Have you been to Brick of Dreams before? What did your kids think?