Everything old is new again; teased hair, tye died clothes and even the colour orange. And then there are some things that never get old such as LEGO. Poppa played with it when he was a boy and it was a favourite of mine as well. As for The Kids, at only four years of age, their love of LEGO is already well documented.
When I heard about LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre, I knew that we had to visit.
The LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre is located in Vaughan, Ontario, just a quick drive North of Toronto. We went on a Wednesday morning and while it was busy, we didn’t have to wait for any of the many activities such as; Rides, Attractions made out of LEGO, Master Model Builder Workshops, Playground and 4D cinema.
Activities for everyone, including Adults.
Speaking of 4D movies, this was the first time that The Kids saw a movie in a theatre. I was worried that they might be a bit afraid of the 3D or 4D factor and/or having to wear glasses but they loved all of it. It was my favourite part for sure. Which goes to show you that even though the centre is geared towards 3-10 year olds, it has things for adults too.
Max’s favourite part was the Racers Build and Test Centre. After some engineering and trial and error, he and Ed created a race car to rival all race cars. Or one that had four wheels… Then, they had a chance to race it against others (on one track) or alone (on another). He especially loved it when the car took air. Like the movie, this activity was enjoyed by the adults as much as the kids.
Artemis spent most of her time “creating” with some of the over 3 million bricks in the building. And I’m not exaggerating by 28 bricks. There were bins of LEGO stacked beside bins of LEGO. And where their wasn’t LEGO to play with, there were things made of LEGO. Pictured is one of many bins.
If you haven’t seen Niagara Falls on the Toronto Skyline (during the day and at night!), you can at LEGOLAND. There were several interactive portions to the display such as planes starting their engines, boats going around the lake and street cars riding the tracks. The attention to detail was incredible. All of that is made with LEGO!?
The one thing that I didn’t like was the first ride. The concept was that you were taken along tunnels and tried to save the Princess by shooting at the bad guys (you had a gun and needed to hit sensors). I would have preferred hitting flowers that made them grow or something. I’m sure that there are signs to describe the ride and in turn, I would have opted out but we just got into line and immediately got on the ride.
Healthy Food Choices in the Cafe and for Birthday Parties
The Cafe was impressive in it’s size, healthy food choices and reasonable prices. A kids meal deal includes a sandwich and choice of side for $5. Kids could choose from fruit, yogurt, hot and cold sandwiches, salads, hummus and more. Food is not permitted in the facility except for those with babies or food allergies.
Open seven days a week and with tons of parking, consider becoming an Annual Pass Holder and enjoy many benefits such as 10% off purchases in the Gift Shop, 20% on food and beverages, an invitation to sneak preview event days and more. Note that entry is Free for Kids two years and younger. Remember to bring socks for your kids so that they can play in the playground area. If you forget, you can buy a pair for $1. Note that Adults must be accompanied by a child or attend one of their monthly “Adult Nights Only” events.
They suggest that you allow 2-3 hours for your visit and I’d agree. We did 3/4 of the activities and it took us 3 hours. Based on Max’s displeasure when it came time to leave, we could have stayed a lot longer.
LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre is a Must Visit
for LEGO Fans of All Ages!
Note that this is the second of five attractions in our “What To Do with your Family This Summer in Toronto”.
Disclosure: Journeys of The Zoo received compensation that enabled us to complete this review.