Thursday, May 24, 2012
I learned today on twitter from my friend Emma that a LEGOLAND Discovery Centre will be opening in the Toronto-area next spring. When we lived in Germany, we had a season's pass to the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre in Berlin (it was our regular rainy day activity) and we also visited the LEGOLAND theme park in Bavaria.
The Discovery Centres are indoor Lego play centres, which are different from the large outdoor theme parks that exist. In any case, for those who are curious what this is all about, here are some pictures from the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre in Berlin.
After passing the fun outdoor structures (e.g. large giraffe, clowns, etc.), you can enter the Discovery Centre. It starts with a walk through mini-Berlin (I assume there will be a mini-Toronto at the Canadian one).
Next, there was a play area with Lego pirate ships that you can steer and structures that you can go inside (like this shark). That is followed by a slow-moving roller coaster that takes you down to the next level (my kids were scared of it, so we usually took the elevator). Once you get to the bottom floor, there are a variety of different options.
- Indoor play structure and ball pit
- Movie theatre that shows 4-D Lego movies
- A walk-through Lego jungle with life-sized jungle animals
- Various different play stations, including the Lego Girls (ugh...why couldn't they just call it Pink Lego Castles), the car racing, large Lego blocks, small Lego blocks
- Special activities (e.g. they had soccer-related activities during World Cup)
- Lego workshops, where you learn to make a specific item out of Lego
Of course, there is also a Lego store that you have to walk through in order to exit. Cue the begging...
We always had a great time and it made for an excellent rainy day activity. Having a season's pass was great because we could drop in for an hour or two without feeling like we had to do everything in order to make it worthwhile.
Who is excited about this opening in Toronto?
P.S. This is not a sponsored post...we're just big Lego fans and happy to share our enthusiasm for this announcement.