So after talking about it for over a year, we finally got to go to LEGOLAND Discovery Centre – Manchester
The idea was that it was a sort of joint birthday treat for Ben and Oliver who will both be turning 3 in the coming weeks. The Dowson’s paid for their tickets using their Tesco Clubcard points, we bought one ticket that way and then prepaid for one online. As the boys were still under 3 (just!) it meant we only had to purchase two adult tickets and so it only cost us £13 of real actual money!
As we had mostly Clubcard vouchers to pay for our entry we decided to get there early doors – whilst prepaid tickets can book a time slot for gauranteed entry, Clubcard vouchers are used on a first come, first served basis – and let’s face it – who wants to risk a big queue with four small children in two? Anyway we arrived just after 10am and walked straight in – winner. Almost as soon as you walk through the door you are asked to pose with an incredibly lego Buzz Lightyear – their first attempt to rinse money from you – we were wise to this though and just avoided the opportunity to view the picture later on! We walked straight into a “factory” where this rather crazy character called Dr Block (or something similar) showed the children how to make Lego and were then given a small souvenir block each (even Chloe!)
After the brief “factory tour” we walked through to the next stage which was a ride – as we had got there early doors there was no queuing to face which was a bonus. Obviously it was no good for Chloe so we just stood to one side and took a few photos!
But the most time was spent playing with the enormous foam Duplo – even the dads got quite involved with that one!
We didn’t eat in the cafe but I did notice it was surprisingly reasonably priced for somewhere like that. All in all for the sake of £13 & a few Clubcard vouchers it was pretty good value but I would hate to think we’d paid the best part of £40 which would have been the case had we waited till Ben was three and not pre-booked!