Monday, April 6, 2015

Free Lego Mini-Build Event at Lego Stores: 1st Tuesday of the Month

The first Tuesday of every month Lego Stores host a free mini-build event. Kids 6-14 years will receive a kit to create a special themed mini model. The event is limited to the first 250 participants and starts at 5pm. There are Lego Stores at the Glendale Galleria, Ontario Mills, and Downtown Disney in Anaheim.

Tuesday, May 5 Mini-Build: Koala


Details & Event Tips:

I've been to this event a few times with the kids at the Glendale Galleria. The event starts at 5pm, but people start lining up before 3pm. The last time I arrived at 4pm and there were about 50+ people ahead of me, by 5:45 we had built our project and were heading home.

A Lego store associate passes out cards ahead of time that guarantees each child a building kit. Once you have a card you can leave to shop or eat dinner at the food court and you can return a little while later when the line will be shorter, although most people stay in line.

Kids spent the time in line doing homework, reading books, playing with tablets, and toddlers were running around a bit. I suggest having 2 adults for this event. One parent can wait in line and once you have the cards the other takes the kids to the play area, or to browse the Lego or Disney stores nearby.

Once inside there was one Lego store associate for every 3 kids, instructions were taped to the table and the associates provided help and guidance. The kids enjoyed the experience and come home with a cute Lego structure to add to their collection.

If you don't mind waiting in line, and your kids are patient the Lego Mini-Build event is worth the trip.



  1. Says it is only for kids 6-14. My son is a few months away from turning 6 and is fully capable of building lego projects. Do you see younger kids there? Do all the kids file into the store to assemble their projects? Is that why it takes longer? Or do you have the option of assembling the kit at home?

    1. Hi! I believe the Lego Store puts a minimum age of 6 as a safety precaution since many of the parts are very small and are choking hazards to young children. My kids have been attending Lego Mini-Builds since they were 4 or 5. About a 9-12 kids work on assembling the creation at the same time, parents usually stand next to the younger children and help, while older kids 8+ can do most of the assembling on their own. The kit is meant to be assembled in store, you could take it home without building it but you will still have to wait in line, so everyone builds it there and the Lego Associates give little bags to take it home.

  2. Thank you for the reply! Now I know what to expect on my first visit.