two are huge LEGO fans and were very excited to have the opportunity to review
the LEGOLAND ® Discovery
Centre in Manchester. It has a
great location nestled within the Trafford Centre complex, so you have plenty
of other things to do and see after your visit, if your children have any
energy left that is!
staff here make sure your children have a chance to get active from the moment
they arrive. The little introduction to
how LEGO is made was very interesting and saw all the children jumping
frantically at one point! Anything to
help wear them out is good in my books.
My boys (aged 4 and 6) eyes lit up hearing about LEGO and eldest enjoyed
being one of the volunteers of the factory tour.
nice touch was at the end of the demonstration they each received a special
brick to leave with.
MINILAND® was quite impressive to see, I
particularly liked that for the first part it changed from daylight to night,
then you could watch a firework display light the sky and see all the lights
coming on in the buildings. For the
boys they just were glad of lots of buttons to press to see things happening!
A definite highlight was the LEGO® Racers: Build & Test section, the boys
thought it was exciting to build their own car and then race it against other
children’s creations. Some of the
tracks were quite extreme and it was fun seeing if the car was up to the
challenge (or to count how many LEGO pieces would fall off on the way down!).
The LEGO® Fire Academy was well positioned with comfy looking sofa’s around it for
the adults to collapse on, meaning your children can safely climb and run
around whilst you keep a watchful eye on them and regain your energy! Or in the case of youngest he was tuckered
out himself and needed a quick lie down!!!
The 4D Cinema was a treat; we sat near the front and
got quite wet! This is the first time
youngest has left on his 3D glasses and stayed for a whole performance, but the Chima adventure kept
him absorbed and he soon realised there was nothing more scary than a skunks
flatulence! Thankfully the 4D
experience does not include smell…
We have been to LEGOLAND Windsor twice before and if
your hoping for lots of rides then you are more limited here. There are three rides in total, but to be
honest I think LEGOLAND DISCOVERY offers other things that still make it a very
pleasant day out. I think you have more
opportunity to be creative here; children can use their imaginations building
their own LEGO designs rather than just go from ride to ride. I see merits in both attractions and think
as long as you’re a LEGO fan you will have lots of fun!
can buy tickets online
which is the cheapest option, for our visit it would have cost £48 and actually
I think I would have gladly paid that.
We stayed for 3 and a half hours but we could have repeated some or all
of the activities and rides numerous more times quite contentedly we were just
conscious of our long journey home.
did make a point of trying out most of the sections though and I found the
staff to be very welcoming and friendly.
A few in particular tried their best to help coax my reluctant youngest
on to the Kingdom Quest Laser Ride, we finally managed it and he had lots of
fun shooting the trolls, skeletons, rocks and spiders.
has informed me he wants to move to the city!
I think that is largely down to his much-enjoyed visit here. He is willing to leave the countryside behind and
live in a hotel or so he says… maybe he could get a job manning the LEGOLAND stall, the pair of them could certainly entice more customers after having such a lovely time there!!!