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Friday, July 2, 2010

Place: Legoland Discovery Centre
Location: In the Streets Of Woodfield, 601 N. Martingale Road (Intersection of Higgins Road and Martingale Road near Woodfield Mall) in Schaumburg.Type of Place: Indoor amusement park.
Secret: Buying your tickets online instead of at the door will save you a ton of money! You can even buy a one year pass (for one person) for only $25.00, which would be a great idea if you have some Legomaniacs in your family who would love to go there regularly! You can also usually find coupons in Chicago Parent Magazine or Family Time Magazine.
Cost: At the door, $19.00 for adults, $15.00 for children. If you buy online, a standard ticket is $15.00 for adults and $12.00 for children.

Legoland isn't actually in Dupage, but since its just a quick drive down I-355, I thought i might include it here. Besides, we got our tickets for free when we attended Woodfield Mall's Kid's Club, and I didn't want to waste the opportunity to give you the inside scoop on this place!
And the inside scoop is... I'm undecided on how I feel about this place.
I mean, the model Chicago built out of Legos was very cool...

 and Little Bear and Pufferfish enjoyed the jungle  made out of Legos.

As you walk through the Lego jungle, you can take a quiz on different types of animals. Little Bear, who is an animal lover and who is always eager to practice her newfound reading skills, liked this part!

After that, the next thing most people do is go on the Dragon Ride. I was expecting it to be like the Dragon Coaster that they have at the carnival, or at least like the smaller version some indoor amusement parks have. But it was more of a slow train ride through a dark tunnel with lots of Lego scenes set up. It was nice for us because Little Bear is afraid of most fast rides, and Pufferfish is too small for most. This ride, we could all go on together. I don't have any pictures of it, because you can't bring cameras on the ride... but I guess its a little like the Small World ride at Disney.
Next we saw the 4-D movie. Its only about twenty minutes long, but its very cute! The difference between 3-D and 4-D is that, with a 4-D movie, you also feel things in real life. For instance, if someone in the movie is spraying a hose, you might get wet in real life! Little Bear and Pufferfish thought this was very cool. I have trouble seeing 3-D because of my astigmatism, but it was funny to see the kids reaching out and trying to grab the 3-D images!
The next room we went into was the largest room, with tons of Legos in it! Little Bear and Pufferfish were first drawn to this corner of "girl Legos" where they could build pink castles.

But there were plenty of other things to do too!

I didn't get any pictures of it because by then the girls wouldn't hold still long enough, but Little Bear's favorite part was a section where you could build Lego cars, and then race them down different ramps. Little Bear spent a lot of time there! So did Pufferfish, although she thought throwing the cars down the ramps was a good way to race them!

We also signed up for a workshop on making tops that look like cheeseburgers. We didn't get to keep it, because if you want to keep it you had to pay $5.00, and I was broke! But it was still pretty cool.

The bottom line is, Legoland is pretty cool, especially if your kids totally love Legos. (Little Bear and Pufferfish aren't that into them at home.) But I wouldn't pay full price at the door to go there! If my tickets hadn't been free, I would have been kind of mad!
If you can get discounted tickets, though, this is an enjoyable place to spend a day!


Chris said... [Reply to comment]

You've included some great tips about buying online and where to get coupons. I agree; the price seems steep, but my kids really do love Legos, so we might check it out sometimes.

Christine said... [Reply to comment]

I am dying to go there because I grew up with legos. E has a 1-year pass and also loves legos. I just don't know how M would like it or how overwhelmed I would get with both of them there. They don't seem to be interested in the same things for the same amount of time. I get overwhelmed taking them to the Children's Museum. If only I had a day with just E!

Nicki said... [Reply to comment]

@Chris Well, I have to admit, if they love Legos, then this will be Heaven to them! A yearly pass might even be worth it to you, at twenty five bucks per person!

Nicki said... [Reply to comment]

M might be a little young for some of it... like the 3-D movie, which was definitely hard for Pufferfish to sit through. But most of the free play Legos are in one large room, sort of sectioned off, so you might be able to keep both of them coralled in one section at a time!

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