I have been compensated with free tickets from Merlin Entertainments to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% my own.
This past weekend was our first trip to LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Grapevine, Texas. Even though it was a bit crowded, there was plenty for our kids to do.
We chose to visit on a Saturday so that my husband Nate could go with us. Even though it was a weekend, I'm sure the line was long due to spring break. However, if you plan to go on a weekend, I highly recommend purchasing tickets online ahead of time because when we arrived around 1 PM, the line to purchase tickets was closed and sold out.
Once we got to the entrance, the wait was not bad. They take a quick family picture on a green screen when you are next to get your tickets. Then, the next stop is entering the "factory."
Once you enter the factory, it's a quick tour with Professor Brick o'Brack, who shows you how the Lego bricks are made, and then gives each child a souvenir LEGOLAND brick to take home.
As you enter LEGOLAND, you line up immediately in the queue to ride the Kingdom Quest Laser Ride. It's really fun. The kids sit in front with the parents in back, and everyone gets a gun to shoot at spiders and rock throwing bad guys, etc. The ride keeps score. Miss Em was the winner with more than 15,000 points.
I think my favorite part was all the amazing creations made from Legos. This was one from Chima that we walked by as we were checking out all the activities.
My girls saw the Princess Palace and went straight to it. They built castles topped with cupcake turrets. Then, Molly saw some little girls singing on the stage, and she had to go sing Let It Go with the karaoke microphone.
We stopped for a quit snack in the Cafe, which has sandwiches and salads and a few other snacks. Then, it was off to the 4D Cinema. The wait was short. The 3D part was broken, but that was okay since Molly is still too little to wear the 3D glasses. However, the 4D part was fun with bubbles dropping down and quite a few squirts of water as the characters on the screen fell down a waterfall.
Nate and Mr E headed to the Lego Race Cars and built their own to race down three different hills. Each hill was larger than the next. They said the hardest part was finding tires. They spent most of their time racing, while the girls and I played in the Princess Palace and the Duplo center.
This was Molly's absolute favorite thing in LEGOLAND -- the Duplo center. There was a play structure with a twisty slide she enjoyed. She loves building with blocks, and these were big squishy blocks she could use to build huge towers taller than her.
Our last stop before dinner was Miniland, which was awesome! It was full of Dallas & Ft Worth landmarks all miniaturized -- from AT&T Stadium to the Ballpark at Arlington. Nate was fascinated by the entire recreation of Dealy Plaza complete with the lit up window of the Book Depositry from where Lee Harvey Oswald shot JFK. While we were in Miniland, it turned to night, the lights came on all the buildings, and then came the fireworks!
By now, it was dinner time, and we were starving. We exited through the gift shop where Nate and Mr E found toys they couldn't live without. My husband even found his very own look-a-like Lego Minifigure.
It was a lot of fun, and the kids really enjoyed themselves. Molly is already asking when we can go back. So, are you ready to visit, yet?
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