LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre
Tina Bailey says...
I attended LEGOLAND Discovery with a group of family members, and several children under 4 years of age. It is a good mix of activities to keep kids of all ages entertained. (And parents too – if you like Lego, 4D Cinema or theme park style rides).
Kids under 3 get in for free. When you arrive, you are shown into the LEGO Factory, where Professor Brick-a-Brack tells you how LEGO is made. There are some opportunities for the kids to join in, and press some buttons for him here. The 3 year olds loved this. At the end of the Factory Tour, everyone is given a certificate. (This part takes around 10 minutes).
Next, you move on to the Kingdom Quest ride. This is a slow moving “shoot em” ride, which allows 5 people per car. The adults found this ride particularly exciting as they could get a bit competitive!
When you leave this ride, you enter “Mini Land” – here, you’ll find many scale models of famous British attractions, made from Lego! There are buttons which bring some of the models to life, too! The kids loved pushing these.
Once you leave Mini Land, you are “free” to do what you want to in the main area. Here you’ll find the 4D cinema, which shows a different Lego film every hour. The film requires you to wear 3D glasses, and you will be blown on, rained on and snowed on, in sync with the film. The kids were amazed by this and loved it. My husband, however was left feeling very sick by the 3D screen. (If you need glasses for watching TV – make sure you take them)!
The Soft Play area was amazing too. The kids had an amazing time playing on the climbing equipment. slides, rubber lego bricks and foam. They spent a good 90 minutes in here, and loved every minute of it. Children are required to take off their shoes, so make sure they have matching socks on!!
Tina Bailey is The Mother Geek, a mum-of-one blogger from Manchester. You can read the full versions of her Trafford Centre reviews over on her brilliant blog – click here to pay her a visit!
Hayley Edginton says...
Legoland is my little boy's favourite place, it has lots to keep the children amused. The models are amazing to look at; from Blackpool tower to the Trafford Centre itself. The 4D cinema was a hit too, but be sure to sit on the front row for maximum enjoyment. There are large play areas and model making zones and even a cafe for the grown ups. The new girly 'Friends' area does have its downside though. When we visited, there was a young Beyonce wannabe who wouldn't give up the karaoke. Headphones or ear plugs are definitely the way forward for this attraction!
Gemma Valentine says...
One word, amazing! My little boys face was a picture from the moment we walked in. He was so excited to go on the first ride 'Kingdom Quest' and to shoot the Evil Skeletons and Giant Trolls to save the princess. He was running out of the ride and still trying to shoot the baddies, holding his finger's like a gun!
LEGO Miniland was fantastic, and I would never have thought that all these landmarks could have been built out of Lego; United Football Ground, Salford Quays Bridge and Alton Tower's Oblivion to name a few.
My little boy did not know were he wanted to go and what to look at next. He queued up to watch the 4D film, then noticed the Police cars that he could drive (like a go kart) and so shot off to join the queue. The only thing with the cars was he could not get used to steering and kept getting stuck on the side - he still enjoyed it though.
My little girl was asleep for the first part of Legoland but she made up for it when she woke up, straight into the Lego pit and loved it.
The fire academy and construction site soft play zone was great and my little boy spent plenty of time in there. He was disappointed as his sister could not play with him as she is only 17 months old and wasn't big enough, so he had to play on his own in there. I think it would have been good to have a small soft zone for younger children, like a Minnie/Mickey Mouse setting, as there isn't that much that the younger children can play on.
I think I was expecting it to be bigger inside Legoland Discovery Centre - but it still did not disappoint. My children really enjoyed it and my little boy could not wait to go to school to tell his friends where he had been.
Overall we had a great time here at LDC and we would come back again in the near future!
Victoria Wilkinson says...
We had a fantastic afternoon at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre; it is definitely every little boys (and dads) dream! First the children were taught how LEGO was made and were able to interact! There was a 3D cinema but my children were that bit too small.
In the big room there is plenty to do, a massive play area, LEGO pool, LEGO buggies for older children, a fairground ride, area for little girls so had pink LEGO to play with. Plus there was also a cafe on site to enjoy. For the adults there is built LEGO of different areas of the UK like the Lake District! Great for children 3+ depending on your child, you could spend a day there! Also after a fun afternoon we sat and ate a Cadwaladers ice-cream in Barton Square as the café is just next door!!