Legoland Discovery Centre Card & Review
What happens when you take 6 kids aged from 2-14, and 4 slightly pensive adults to Legoland Discovery Centre in Trafford? Chaos? a modicum of fun or a completely fantastic time?
I have to admit, I was expecting more of the former & not so much of the latter.
Grab a few Lego bricks to play with, and read on!
We visited the attraction all thanks to the kind people at Moneysupermarket.The deal was simple; I got a family sized bunch of free tickets & in return I write a review. A good deal? Absolutely!
We’ve 5 kids aged 4 -15 but alas, even the lure of Krispy Kreme (fantastically within walking distance of Legoland) wasn’t enough to persuade the eldest to come. Undeterred, I invited friends and their little boys too.
We felt a little like royalty initially, ‘excuse me please, we’re on the guest list’! We collected tickets with no queueing, were given a Christmas themed treasure hunt to complete & went into Legoland. I was fully in review mode, hoping for an exciting adventure.
There were spells, smells and smiles.
The spells came from the 4D cinema. This was really superb. The ‘4’ in 4D consisted of ‘wind, smoke, water and snow’. Brilliant, spellbinding & totally enthralled the adults ..ahem..I mean the kids! It’s the story of a battle of good vs evil. It’s worth noting it was a ‘PG’ particularly if your kids are easily scared (the sign stating ‘PG’ was small and we missed it the first time). We viewed another film; this time, the kids made a beeline for the front row to get the maximum soaking from the water spray! We were less enthusiastic having damp trousers but hey, it’s for the kids!
‘Kingdom Quest’ was a moving ‘shoot the bad guys’ with laser type guns ride. Our kids loved it. Surprisingly it brought out my competitve side. Is it wrong to say I loved beating their scores too?!
The main area boasts a soft play part, a workshop, Lego friends area (including karaoke!!), a create cars section, Lego village, cafe area and 2 other rides.
I checked out the ‘facilities’- spacious, very clean & I loved the fact that the sinks were at child height. I chatted to some of the staff. They weren’t your common garden variety theme park employees. They were a variety of ages and looked like they actually enjoyed their jobs (& liked children too!!!). Next we enjoyed ‘Merlin’s Apprentice’; a ‘hanging’ merry go round ride. The ‘cars’ went higher the more you pedalled.
Exercise & fun rolled into one?!!
Having Will (4) with me, who’s not the greatest pedaller meant it was all down to me.
A word to the wise. Leave your hips and your 2 inch heeled boots at home!
I’m not a large momma but this seat was snug, and trust me, frantically pedalling with high heels is a ridiculous combination! Their attention to safety was comforting– really checking that seat belts were correctly fitted. Falling out was not an option.
The ‘smells’ came courtesy of the plasticky aroma from the amassed bricks. It wore off quick- I sorta liked it!
‘Smiles’ were evident everywhere. Even my reluctant teenager (shoe-horned in there partly by the promise of visiting next doors Trafford Centre) smiled on several occasions. It was great seeing so many genuinely having fun.
Once a few hours were past, hungry tummies needed satisfying & we all sat down to our packed lunch. We weren’t escorted to a dark and dingy room nor were we made to feel second class. They are happy for you to bring your own food which is a massive plus point for Legoland. I clocked the food which seemed good quality. Factor in that if I’d bought 4 lunch boxes plus a panini and coffee for me and Steve- the bill would have totalled £28.60. You can therefore understand why we brought food from home. Granted, not everyone has such a large family but any fiscal help is really welcome.
The highlight for my two boys was driving ‘just like Daddy’ in ‘Forest Pursuit- although they spent most of their time stuck, or waving so hard they then forgot to steer and ended up bashing into something. There were several episodes of ‘look no hands’. I think I need to be scared once they hit 17! This ride was the favourite- they went on it over and over again.
Things to consider. 1. Do dress your kids in something distinguishable– there are a lot of littlies running around. Legoland staff members will give you wrist bands so you can write your mobile number on; well worth it if you’ve a crowd to keep track of.
2. Save up- It was fab having free tickets; our larger than average family brings many blessings, but financial savings aren’t one of them! Entrance for 6 of us would have been £72- with online saver prices (under 2’s are free). If money is less tight- a yearly pass might be worth purchasing.
You leave the Discovery centre via the shop- I challenge you to leave without buying anything! I indulged in a Star Wars keyring (being an original Star Wars fan!)
In short, a brick–tastic morning out particularly for my two Lego mad boys! If you want a good few hours when the weather is inclement (or sunny!) then Legoland is ideal. If you’ve under 10’s you may well stay longer.
Would I go again? Definitely– once I’ve saved up some pennies!