Eat Play Williamsburg Reviews
  • Beyond Bricks

    October 31st, 2013

    Beyond Bricks Logo4919 Courthouse St.
    Williamsburg, VA 23188

    (757) 345-0266

    The largest LEGO® collection in Hampton Roads, Beyond Bricks provides your master builder with an endless supply of educational and creative fun

     

    WE ARE SORRY TO REPORT THAT THIS STOREFRONT HAS CLOSED.

    Beyond Bricks Play Area in Williamsburg

    LEGO® awesomeness. If you’ve read some of our other reviews, you have probably gathered that we have children (ages 5 and 3). So when we heard that Beyond Bricks was opening their LEGO® awesomeness, there was no question we had to review it. I thought the concept was unique, entertaining, and that many people would want to visit this place. But if I’m being honest, I thought we would enjoy our review visit and leave it at that. Boy was I wrong. Both of my daughters loved it WAY more than I thought they would, and Eddie and I followed suit. It brought me back to my childhood and I told Eddie that I would like to come back just by myself. Although I guess I should bring a kid along with me so people don’t give me strange looks :)

    The Beyond Bricks interior is colorful, inviting, fun and playful. When you walk in, you immediately see their  huge open play area and their birthday party rooms in the back (or right depending on where you come in). They have 3 DUPLO playing tables for smaller children and 9 tables for playing with the “regular-sized” LEGO®S. In the main LEGO® playing area, there are containers upon containers filled with thousands of LEGO®S to choose from (they have the biggest collection in Hampton Roads). Also along the wall, are boxes of LEGO® kits. You can choose this add-on for your open play session and go step-by-step through a project to its completion. My 5 year old picked one of them out while we were there and she had a blast putting it together (and so did I while helping her). I love that Beyond Bricks encourages together time with parents and kids. The owner was telling us how on opening weekend there were no parents “sitting on the sidelines”. Although, if you DO want to have some parent alone time while your child plays, you can do that as well. They have some adult-sized comfy chairs and couches for you to sit and relax on while your child concentrates on their project. Beyond Bricks also offers free WiFi, so if you have work to do, or would just like to hang out online, you could bring your laptop or tablet along with you.

    Besides being just plain ol’ fun, Beyond Bricks is educational, too. They offer educational enrichment based on the LEGO® Education curriculum, which is designed to stimulate creativity, problem-solving skills, and collaboration. Children will learn about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) while building a variety of LEGO® creations. (These last two sentences were pasted from their website because there is no way I would remember and articulate all that!)

    One of the things that I liked the most about Beyond Bricks was their Open Play offering. For only $12 you get the WHOLE day of playing! So, if you come in the morning when they open, you can stay all day until they close at night. When they say Open Play All Day, they mean it. They also offer a Parents’ Night Out service. With this, you drop off your children for 3 hours where they get their Open Play offering, other games and are even fed dinner!

    I don’t want to overhype it, but I haven’t been as excited with a review since we did MAD about Chocolate. You just have to experience it for yourself to know what I’m talking about. It’s a great way for your kids to get out and do something creative and educational while having a ton of fun.

    Mindy’s Favorite Thing: Doing the LEGO® kit with my daughter. It was fun to work together and watch her intently work on it step by step.

    What Mindy would like to try next time: I would love to try one of their camps. I saw a “Posh Princess” one listed on their website that I know my daughter would love.