A new LEGO Store recently opened at Willowbrook Mall, which is about a 30-minute drive from the Heights, Garden Oaks and Oak Forest.
But LEGO-loving kids in the area did not have to go far to get some of their favorite interlocking toys, and their parents didn’t have to pay for them, either.
To promote the Oct. 2 opening of the new Houston location, the LEGO Truck made multiple stops in the area earlier this week, allowing families to get a sneak peek at the store’s offerings as well as a complimentary mini-building set of their choice.
The first local event was held around midday Sunday in the parking lot of Resource One Credit Union at the corner of West 43rd Street and Oak Forest Drive, where a line of families formed to get an up-close look at the truck – which was not made out of LEGOs but showcased several toys made with LEGOs.
“It’s a real exciting attraction to have in the neighborhood,” said Oak Forest resident Matt Brown, who brought his two kids. “It’s great to see everyone out riding their bikes and walking over. It’s a good distraction given everything that’s going on.”
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was held entirely outdoors and most visitors wore masks. They also were asked to remain at least 6 feet apart from people not from the same household, and children or their parents grabbed the mini-building kits of their choice to limit contact with others, including the LEGO Store employees on hand.
The LEGO Truck made a stop at the Garden Oaks Spark Park later Sunday and earlier this week visited Jaycee Park in Timbergrove Manor and the Historic Heights Fire Station.
Elizabeth Villarreal, president of the Oak Forest Homeowners Association, said she jumped at the chance to host a tour stop when contacted by the LEGO Store. She then got permission to use the credit union property.
“I wanted to put some smiles on faces,” Villarreal said. “It’s just something fun for families to come out and do that doesn’t take a lot of time. But the kids are walking away with an actual mini LEGO building kit.”
According to the LEGO Store, the free kits distributed during the tour stops can be exchanged for another free gift at the store.
Oak Forest resident Matthew Notley brought his three kids to see the truck because of their affinity for LEGOs. The draw was much the same for Oak Forest residents Henry and Jennifer Rodriguez, whose son and daughter left with racecar and UFO kits.
“He loves LEGOs,” Henry Rodriguez said of his son, who has the same name. “So we’re here.”