2015 Lego Kidsfest

2015 Lego Kidsfest Dates

The great majority of kids love Lego building sets. Our kids happen to be big fans of the Lego product mostly because my father-in-law is a huge influence on them and builds elaborate train layouts for them. The other cool thing about Lego is that the brand has pretty much remained the same product as it was when it was first created back in 1932. One could literally take those original pieces and use them interchangeably with today’s Lego building sets. Sure there are some companies that try and copy the Lego design since the patent is no longer valid, but there is nothing like a Lego brick.

Heck, I even still have my dozen or so Lego sets in my basement waiting to one day give my kids. They have so many of their own though, and still growing into the brand, that it has not been the best timing yet.

So when Lego Kidsfest came to Cleveland back in 2011, we jumped at the chance to go. Even with a two year old and 8 month old at the time of Lego Kidsfest, ours kids had a great time. With so many different areas to play with Lego, kids (and adults) of every age can find something to enjoy.

Lego Kidsfest released some of their 2015 dates.

• Arizona (Glendale): February 27–March 1

• Missouri (St Louis): March 20–22

• Tennessee (Nashville): April 17–19

• Texas (Austin): September 4–6

What is weird about the 2015 list of shows is it is substantially less than previous years.

2014: 7 shows
2013: 7 shows
2012: 6 shows
2011: 5 shows
2010: 3 shows

Saving money on tickets to Lego Kidsfest has been becoming more difficult over the years, since the demand for the shows has been high and results in selling out most time slots. The best bet to save a couple bucks or win free tickets is to find local bloggers. Lego partners with bloggers and offers a discount code for a couple bucks off the cost of tickets.

You typically do get some small sets of Lego to take home from the show. Therefore, it might be best to go to one of the earlier time slots to make sure to get some Lego. However, there are certain areas of the show that are built upon by guests as the event goes on. So if you would like to see some impressive builds, it might be better to go towards the end.

What tips do you have for visiting Lego Kidsfest?

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2014 Gaylord Opryland ICE

Save 30% on Gaylord ICE Tickets

Four of the Gaylord Hotels put on an amazing ICE show each year set to a theme. This years theme will vary by location and feature over 2 million pounds of hand carved ice at each location recreating the scenes from these iconic stories.

Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, TN- ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

Gaylord Texan in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area- Frosty The Snowman

Gaylord Palms in the Orlando/Kissimmee area- The Nutcracker

Gaylord National in the Washington, D.C. area- Frosty The Snowman

Marriott, the parent company to Gaylord, is currently offering a 30% discount on tickets purchase to ICE, but you have to purchase by November 1, 2014. Purchases after 11/1 get a 20% discount.

Use promo code MRICE14 when booking your tickets.

If you are a Marriott Rewards Credit Cardmember, you can also reserve rooms for a 20% discount (Monday-Thursday stays) and get two free ICE tickets per room.

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Six Flags Read to Succeed

Six Flags 2014-15 Read to Succeed Registration Open

We have been covering the details on the Six Flags Read to Succeed program for the past 3 years.

2013-14 Six Flags Read to Succeed

2012-13 Six Flags Read to Succeed

- 2011-12 Six Flags Read to Succeed

Last year the program was especially painful, since you had to go through an extensive registration process to even find out anything about the program. Then, we received countless complaints with problems accessing the system. Unfortunately, we have nothing to do with the program other than relaying the information, so we had to direct people to contact Six Flags directly with problems. The 2013-14 program was a major hassle for everyone, so lets hope the 2014-15 program is more successful.

First you will need to register for the 2014-15 Six Flags Read to Succeed program.

The email we received from Six Flags said the registration process should take five minutes, which would be a major improvement of that used last year.

Just like last year, we chose to register as under the Homeschool program because the application was substantially easier and the system already had our generic information from last year. Once again, you could not see any of the pertinent details of this years program without registering, which is a major complaint of ours. Why make people register for something without giving them so insight into what the program entails?

Just like in years past, students are required to read a total of 6 hours in order to receive a free ticket. The nice thing is that the program is now entirely online, including submitting the forms. In years past you had to mail them in.

The following Six Flags properties will participate this year:

  • Six Flags Over Texas (Arlington)
  • Six Flags Over Georgia (Atlanta)
  • Six Flags St. Louis (St. Louis)
  • Six Flags Great Adventure (Jackson, NJ)
  • Six Flags Magic Mountain (Los Angeles)
  • Six Flags Great America (Chicago)
  • Six Flags Fiesta Texas (San Antonio, TX)
  • Six Flags America (Washington DC/Baltimore)
  • Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (San Francisco/Sacramento)
  • Six Flags New England (Springfield, MA)
  • Great Escape (Lake George, NY)

Please note: Six Flags Mexico, La Ronde, Hurricane Harbor Arlington, Hurricane Harbor Los Angeles, Hurricane Harbor New Jersey and White Water are not part of the Read to Succeed program in 2015.

Tickets are emailed following program completion. Tickets will also be subject to blackout dates in the 2015 schedule.

Here are the program details for Homeschoolers and public/private school students.

The program ends March 2, 2015.

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