This morning started very early, and soon after 7am we had the car packed and were at McDonalds treating ourselves to their drive thru breakfast.
Its something we do very rarely, but sweetens the bitter pill of an early start!
We had a straight forward journey up to Birmingham and the first place we visited once arriving at Brick Live was the graffiti wall.
There are so many things to do there, for an Lego fan you really need a couple of days to do it all...but for us poor mums and sisters one day is quite enough!
There were several group activities, one was to create a giant pumpkin, each person creating a large brick which was then given to one of the master brick makers to add to the design...
...on top you can see the "master" design, and by the time we left the giant one was complete.
There was an area where you could build your own house...
...which was then put on a map of the British Isles, showing where the day's visitors had come from...
...here is Teen Two's just being put into place.
One of the highlights of the day for Teen Two was being part of a "First Lego League"team.
The teams were given a challenge for their robot to complete, some basic instructions of programming the robot and that was it.
The organisation are keen to enrol as many schools etc as they can, so we have taken leaflets to pass on to Teen Two's college and internet group.
There was a stage area, with "brick offs" and the like going on, as well as talks on various Lego themes.
On was of LegoWorld, which is similar to Minecraft...but dare I say it, possibly better!
It is considered to be "safer" as well, as you only play with people from your friends list and not random players, as well as other child friendly benefits.
It is only £11.99 and has endless playing possibilities....so guess what is now on his Christmas list!
After walking round for sometime with the boys, with the odd place to sit down,
Teen One and I decided to go off and look at a quicker speed ( we don't feel the need to stand there for ages looking at all the intricate details!)
The 3D art work was really amazing...
... as was this amazing replica of a work of art.
This was probably my favourite.
I made the most of the sit down and crocheted up a few granny squares...
Teen One enjoyed a raspberry frappe, whilst we sat and watched the world go by.
We sat in a really interesting place...right next to the information and lost children booth.
It was really interesting seeing the various kiddies come up, some upset, some not really bothered at all...and equally, when the parents were found and reunited, some were obviously relieved and some...not so!
After eight hours we were well and truly worn out and made our weary way to the car park...forgetting we also had to pay the very extortionate fee!!
It really is frustrating how, despite paying a high price to get into such events, we then are forced to pay this much to park the car!
The tickets to get in to the NEC are £20 each ( so multiply that by four for our family) then they have the cheek to charge a £1.75 administration fee per ticket....but get this....we then had to pay for delivery....for an online purchase when we then print the ticket off ourselves!!!
Now it was only £1 granted...but by the time that is multiplied by the thousands of people there each day, they company are really raking it in.
PLUS....most of Brick Live is run by volunteers!
Despite my moans, its a really great day for Lego fans, with more bricks than you can dream of, stalls selling things made of Lego you could never imagine, and a good family friendly feel to the day and we are already looking forward to the next one....but am thankful we have a year to recuperate!
After finding somewhere for dinner, we then drove to our Hilton and the Teens were ready for nothing but crashing out on their beds!
I am now looking forward to a lovely sleep and lie in, followed by a delicious breakfast!
What a lovely way to end the half term!
"Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it"
(verse courtesy of Hubby!)