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LEGO World, Zwolle, The Netherlands

Courtesy of LEGO World, Zwolle

LEGO World, IJsselhallen Zwolle, Netherlands

What It Is: Ever wanted to see a life-size model of Indiana Jones built entirely out of LEGO blocks? You’re in luck! At this weeklong convention in the Netherlands, giant LEGO constructions take center stage. Watch with bated breath as teams compete in building competitions, or try to beat world-record LEGO construction times; if that’s too much pressure, you can stroll exhibitions of pre-made LEGO masterpieces.

Who Goes: While families with young kids make up the majority of the 20,000-person crowd, a surprising number of adult LEGO “sculptors” travel from around the world to attend. It takes mature skills, after all, to build a life-size baby elephant, a Star Wars Death Star, or the Eiffel Tower out of LEGOs.

When: October 22–27, 2009.

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