On day 2 of what to do when you are stuck in 35+ degree heat with no air con at home…
I actually wouldn’t have even thought to go to LEGOLAND today, if it weren’t for the extreme heat. So maybe I will be grateful for it…
l’ll dedicate this one to the weird and wonderful things we saw at the ‘mini brick mansion’ instead.
I mean, it’s not like we had never planned on going to LEGOLAND… baby girl sure loves her Lego, and can’t wait ’til she turns 5 so she can accumulate even more Lego (I have to impose a pretend age ban, or else we’d be swimming in these pointy shaped blocks in our house).
The only LEGOLAND Discovery Centre in Australia is situated in Chadstone shopping centre, Melbourne. It’s a bit of a hefty entry price per single admission, of $32.50 a pop (sheesh!) but you do get access to a whole heap of free things. My thoughts are that with an annual pass costing you $75.00 a person, if you are bound to go at least twice a year, you’ve paid off your ticket, with the annual pass coming with freebies like special event invites and 10% off the Lego store too.
The website also advises that you can book and even schedule a time in advance to visit, so as to avoid the disappointment of possibly waiting if you do just ‘rock up’ like baby girl and I did today, hoping to just walk on in… having said that, we easily walked in, and still found it packed to the rafters inside with adults and kids, and it is school holidays too! Perhaps it gets even busier on weekends? Something to consider.
Upon entry we walked into a room where we were told to stand on a red dot and pose for a camera. I didn’t like this, only because I knew I would later be easily persuaded to buy the photos of myself and baby girl for a hefty price… which I did, for a hefty price! $45 to be exact!
But they were pretty cool, and showcased both of us in various Lego scenes, and to be honest we looked good, and if we didn’t I wouldn’t have bothered. Onwards.
The next room was the Lego ‘tour,’ which was really just a circular room with screens all around, with little cartoon people talking to us about how Legos are made, and all kind of fun statistics and info for kids… maybe older kids, but it was nothing to keep baby girl interested for very long.
The next door took us to a ride where we had to save the Lego princess, and we hopped on a car that took us around the dark in twisting corners, and where little Lego-shaped characters popped out, and then we pointed our play guns at screens and shot the bad guys. Of course, we saved the princess in the end 🙂 A cool ride, for both young and old, but if your littlie is scared of the dark, maybe it might be a little freaky with all the fake spiders and all.
The next room was MY personal favourite of the centre, the LEGOLAND of Melbourne city! Stay tuned for photos at the end of this post.
The final room was a huge mish-mash of everything:
- There were various zones of Lego play where kids could get into the Lego-making themselves
- Kids could also make Lego cars and then test them on awesome car tracks against other kids’ cars!
- They could view human sized Lego
- You could get involved in a Lego workshop
- You could even create your own Lego to take home (today it was a starship from Star Wars)
- There was the 3D Lego movie that ran every 30 minutes or so
- Then there was the Merlin ride where you pedalled your way up and around into the sky (that was great fun!)
- And last but not least there was the playground area, but note to all: kids aren’t allowed without socks!
And all of this with a café in the middle of the room and toilets nearby. All the activities were for free, the only things you had to pay for that were extra, were those cheeky photos they took of you at the beginning (of course you would pay for them), and food and drink from the café, plus anything from the Lego store of course, which was the place you exited from as you left the centre.
AMAZINGLY, we didn’t buy anything from the store, but that was purely because there was no Frozen or Little Mermaid or Disney themed Lego that was 4+ that baby girl didn’t have.
I would seriously consider getting an annual pass, but perhaps when baby girl is a bit older. Although we did most activities and went on both rides, she wasn’t interested in the movie, and the workshop might be a ‘next time’ task too.
But it was a great day all in all, and baby girl and I spend a good couple of hours in there, taking it all in (and me trying to get my money’s worth!)
Oh and it was cool. Hip-wise and temperature-wise. BONUS points.
Now for those awesome Lego Melbourne city pics…
(Baby girl – and Anna – checking out half of the MCG during cricket)
(Racing the horses at Flemington Racecourse)
(Melbourne Exhibition Building and Shrine of Remembrance)
(The stunning Arts Centre)
(Live music, and Hot Air Balloons!)
(They even got the suburb I work in… why I never! Docklands)
And my favourite, most favourite of all…
Melbourne’s beautiful beaches. Yep, we sure do ♥♥♥
And all was made that much sweeter and cooler, by the addition of some much-needed cold relief following such a huge day out…
Hope your day was filled with as much fun and ice cream as ours was.