It was complete with houses, police & fire stations, apartment buildings, a hospital, a gas station, an airport and the streets were even dotted with trees, flowers, bushes and light posts.
There were lots of LEGO men doing things throughout the town, pumping gas, flying planes and doing construction. I don’t seem to remember there being too many LEGO women around, but my favorite ones were the ones who worked at the hospital. They had crazy 60s-style beehive hairdos that curled up at the ends!
Flash forward to today and you can still find me playing and building with LEGO, but this time it’s with my kidlets.
My almost seven-year old son has always been fascinated with LEGO. He LOVES to build things. He comes up with elaborate spaceships, crazy creations or puts together sets like CHIMA, NINJAGO. He is definitely attracted to using all the crazier looking LEGO pieces over the standard ones I like to build with.
Even my four and half-year old daughter gets into the act. She’s moved beyond DUPLOS and is now on to the Juniors Easy to Build sets – mainly because they have several Super Hero sets.
So what could be better than playing with LEGO bricks? How about experiencing it first-hand by touching, feeling, learning and building at a LEGOLAND Discovery Center!
Now don’t get this confused with the LEGOLAND Parks in Florida and SoCal, this is not an amusement park, but it is like stepping into the world’s biggest boxes of LEGO bricks! We headed over to the Westchester, NY location, which was just over a 1/2 hour trip from our home in Northern NJ, but there are LEGOLAND Discover Centers in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas & Kansas City.
We had fun learning how those colorful plastic bricks are made and then spent lots of time over in the RACERS section both building and racing our own LEGO vehicles.
The whole family got to go on two LEGO-themed rides — Kingdom Quest which was a laser game and Merlin’s Apprentice which was sort of a flying bicycle one. We even got to sit back in the LEGO Cinema to watch an entertaining 15 minute 4-D movie featuring LEGO Racers.
The kids also got to pose next to some of their favorite LEGO characters, which were just as tall as them!
My favorite part of LEGOLAND Discovery Center though was MINILAND which featured LEGO replicas of NYC landmarks such as Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, Grand Central Station, the Statue of Liberty, Met Life Stadium, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Central Park and even NY’s famed subway!
All the sites of NYC, just in miniature form made with LEGO.
Visitors could also learn how to build their own amazing structures in their LEGO Master Builder Academy. Classes run throughout the day and includes instruction from an actual LEGO Master Model Builder where they teach you and show you tricks to building your own incredible models. We didn’t get the opportunity to do this on our visit this time, since the classes filled up quick (Visit Tip: Get in line a good 10-15 minutes before a scheduled class).
There’s of course a gift shop which sells LEGOs featuring their popular sets including The Lego Movie, Star Wars, Harry Potter, the girl-targeted Friends line, Duplo, Juniors Construction and some selected apparel (hats, t-shirts and watches).
Now while you can purchase your tickets when you arrive at LEGOLAND Discovery Center, you’re better off ordering them online beforehand in order to get to get a discount $15 for kids $18 for adults — regularly $18 & $22 respectively. To avoid overcrowding, LEGOLAND Discovery Centers only sell a certain amount of tickets each day – so if you order your tickets online in advance instead of just showing up, you’ll be guaranteed entry.
Now it’s your turn to share? What’s your favorite thing to build with LEGO?
For Full Disclosure: The Harried Mom was not compensated for this post, but did receive complimentary tickets to LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester to facilitate this review. As always, the opinions expressed in this post and on The Harried Mom blog are all my very own and are not influenced in any way. Please do your own research before purchasing any products as your opinion may differ.
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