Our Visit to Legoland Discovery Center
Do you have Lego lovers in your family? Then you just have to take them to the Legoland Discovery Center. We visited the Legoland Discovery Center located in Westchester, NY. We have 3 children, two girls and one boy, and they all love Lego. I mean, who doesn’t? The Legoland Discovery Center was the perfect place to spend an afternoon.
Getting to there was super easy, and with covered parking available for only $3 for the whole day, we were excited to start our adventure. When you first arrive, you enter into a “Factory Tour” area where there are stations that replicate how Lego are made. You can explore at your leisure, but at specific times, a team member explains the whole process asking for volunteers along the way. You can to see how Lego starts from plastic beads, are heated, pressed, and shaped into the iconic brick shape. This area is multi purpose, one being educational, the other is crowd control. This allows you children to be active in line while waiting for the first attraction within the center.
Once our factory tour ending, our group was directed to Kingdom Quest. We were delighted when we found this was also an active in line concept; while waiting for the ride, there were buckets of lego which encouraged children (and adults) to create masterpieces. Since we had never been to the Center before, we were unsure what what waiting for us. Kingdom Quest is an interactive ride, with each ride seating 5 comfortably. Your mission on Kingdom Quest is to laser zap all the bad guys at several locations within the ride, gaining points along the way. It was fun to see who the point winner was as the end of the ride. Even Dad got in on the competitive nature of the ride. The ride ends with a commemorative photo of the whole car zapping bad guys. I’m not sure who had more fun, the kids or the adults.
Once the ride is over, guests are directed into the main area of the Center. And, man – my kids didn’t know which way to run! This open area has several play areas, and observation areas as well. One observation area has New York City; it was beyond awesome to see the new Freedom Tower, Statue of Liberty, and other iconic NYC landmarks, all created entirely of Lego!
The center of this area has a HUGE climbing structure. Forgot your socks? No worries, socks are available for a small charge. My girls love these type of structures, and could spend all day in one. Tons of climbing, sliding and exploring can be done here. One thing that was awesome was that there was an attendant at the one and only entrance/exit. They provided the basic rules when children entered, and only would let a child leave the play area is a parent was at the exit. This was a valuable service for my family. I knew my children could not leave the play area from another exit, and could not leave with a stranger.
With so many play centers to explore, we didn’t know where to start. Of course, my 9 year old son knew where he wanted to be -the “Lego Racers Build and Test” area. This area is equipped with thousands of Lego in all different shapes and sizes, even some of the fancier Lego like windshields, wheels, doors, etc. The goal in this station is to build racing machines and then race them down one of three test tracks.
My son took his time creating the perfect racing machine, with lots of wheels, tons of height, lots of colors, and even created wings. I guess he needs work with his physics, that racing machine was a flop. He literally picked up the pieces and started over; and over and over. But, he loved it. He was able to race other children, and learn from other about what worked and what didn’t. It was hard to pull him away from this creation area. All ages were enjoying this area.
My girls are younger (5 & 6), and there was tons of creations areas for them as well, including Duplo Village, and Lego Friends. Lego Friends also had a karaoke machine with a stage for little performances.
Tucked in the back is a 4D theater. 4D is a traditional 3D movie, but with additional effects, such as wind blowing, flashing lights, bubbles, etc. This was the first movie like this that the kids have seen. The movie lasted about 15 minutes, which was the perfect amount of time to capture their attention. And, it was really fun. The 4th dimension really does add a lot to the experience. The movie runs throughout the day, so if you miss one showing, you have plenty of time to catch another showing. Plus, there are more buckets of lego for active in line waiting. Seriously, this idea is genius.
We could have spent the whole afternoon here, there are a lot of different creation stations, with all different themes. My son basically stayed the entire time at the Lego race track, while the girls hopped around a lot. They were all so excited be able to play independently.
We didn’t eat there, but there is a cafe which has options including panini sandwiches, snacks, treats, and more.
When it was time to leave, the center exits into the lego shop, here you can purchase the latest lego products as well as single bricks. Another team member stands at the center exit ensuring that children don’t accidentally leave without a parent. I really liked this added sense of security.
My kids were said to leave, and could have spent all day here. There was lots to do, in many creation stations. We can’t wait to go back!
Legoland Discovery Centers are located in Westchester, NY, Arizona, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Kansas City and Michigan.
*Thank you to Legoland Discovery Center for allowing my contributor Amy and her family to visit complimentary. All opinions are Amy’s and Momma Lew’s opinions may be different.
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester is located at Westchester’s Ridge Hill, 39 Fitzgerald Street in Yonkers. They can be reached at 866-243-0770 or by visiting www.LEGOLANDDiscovery Center.com/Westchester. For the latest news and updates, follow @LDCWestchester on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.