Noah loves – LOVES – Legos. And I love Ridge Hill. So when we found ourselves with a Friday off recently I decided to take him over for a morning at LEGOLAND Discovery Center.
We had a great time!
Much in the style of Disney, even the tiniest details have been given careful attention. From the bowls of Legos stationed along the queue, to the Lego “wall” on one end of the lobby, kids can get busy from the moment they enter.
Noah was smitten with the display in front of the cinema, so we hit that first.
The “4D” movie shows every 15 minutes, which is super convenient as you can pretty much catch it any time you’re nearby. We got 3D glasses and I got a total kick out of watching Noah “grab” the flying objects as they hurtled toward him. If you sit in the center portion of the theater you’ll get the full 4D experience – including wind and (light) flurries.
Next we entered Miniland. Made up of more than 1 million Legos, master builders have recreated classic New York City and Westchester landmarks – including Times Square, Central Park, Yankee Stadium and Grand Central Terminal. There are buttons and levers to operate, and every 15 minutes “nighttime” falls – replete with fireworks over the Statue of Liberty!
The rest of the Center is comprised of a jungle gym, two rides, and several areas for building – each with its own theme.
Noah particularly enjoyed both rides.
“Merlin’s Apprentice” is interactive – the faster you pedal, the higher you fly. And “Kingdom Quest” is a “rescue the princess!” laser battle against skeletons, trolls and spiders.
The building stations are cleverly thought out, each providing a unique experience (no mean feat, as you are basically working with the same materials throughout). In the “Build and Test” area, kids can build any vehicle they can dream up – and then race them against others on a timed track. “Duplo Village” is geared for little ones aged 1-5, with tons of Duplos and a miniature play area. “Earthquake Tables” was cool. You build a tower as tall as you like, and then press buttons to make “plates” move, testing the stability of your creation. “City Builders” allows kids to add their designs to “Heartlake City” and “Lego City”.
There’s a small cafe (which we did not eat at), serving a wide variety of the typical fare, and the ubiquitous store – which you must walk through to exit (you can also enter the store directly from the mall). The entire place was immaculate, and the staff was super attentive, friendly and very helpful.
As with any children’s attraction I would advise getting there as early as possible (especially on weekends and holidays). And if you see yourself making a few visits over the course of the year, the seasonal pass looked to be a great option.
Having been to LEGOLAND in California – one of the most memorable trips our family has ever taken – I had extremely low expectations for a significantly smaller, indoor experience. And I have to say, I was truly impressed.
We’ll be back!
Note: I was not compensated for this post. I received complimentary tickets in exchange for a review; all opinions are – as always – completely my own.