J has only recently made the transition from Duplo to Lego after we bought him his first Lego set, a fire engine. So I was quite keen to take him to the Legoland Discovery Centre in The Trafford Centre, Manchester to see what he makes of all the Lego.
The excitement started even before we went inside. For there on the doorstep stood a huge Ferrari made entirely of Lego bricks. J just had to get behind the wheel and pretend he was a boy-racer. To be honest, M and I would have had a go if only there was enough room behind the wheel for grown-ups!
Once inside, we started with a fun look at the way Lego is made at a replica of the Lego factory. J even got a little souvenir brick to take away.
The Legoland Discovery Centre hosts three fun rides in addition to 11 play zones and a 4D cinema. There is a model builders’ academy where you get to meet master builders and get tips to improve your own Lego building skills. Now J, who is not yet 4, is a little too little for a couple of these things. But that did not stop him making the most of everything else that was on offer and having a great time.
We had a go at zapping spiders, trolls and skeletons in order to rescue the captured princess in the Kingdom Quest ride. We pedalled furiously to whoosh up and down as we tried to qualify as Merlin’s Apprentice.
We took time to marvel at the wonderful displays in Miniland. The mind just boggles at the time, effort and number of Lego bricks that have gone in creating these brilliant scenes. I was fascinated by the Blackpool Tower. J was more into racing horses on the track!
Our favourite bit by far was the construction area. You can’t help but be mesmerised by the sheer volume of Lego bricks lying around, just waiting to be made into something. Both my boys spent most of their time building cars and racing them down first one and then another track.
It was only the lure of a 4D cinema that pried them away. I am so glad we found the time to take in a show; I loved it. The story was cute, the effects were superb.
J persuaded us to buy him another Lego set before we headed home. I am seriously contemplating purchasing a Merlin pass. For if the success of our first outing is anything to go by, we look set to visit the Legoland Discovery Centre often in the future. I can’t imagine a better place to spend time as a family on a rainy day.
Oh, and did I mention the free parking? And a huge soft play area just in case your little ones feel like it.
Disclaimer: We were guests of Legoland Discovery Centre, Manchester for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.