Earlier this month, Dave and the kids went on an adventure without me! Here’s how they got on:
Ben has been a fan of LEGO since he was two. Starting with Duplo and then moving up to the proper stuff with great speed. He loves the it. Whenever he’s saving, either pocket money or money from birthday presents, you can bet he’s saving for LEGO. Ben’s passed on his love of LEGO to Chloe and Amy. Chloe has started to buy the LEGO Friends or princess themed boxes and Amy has been playing with the huge box of DUPLO we’ve got in the playroom. Ben’s got various sets, Star Wars, super hero, and recently he’s got a few Ninjago boxes.
So when LEGOLAND Discovery Centre contacted us and asked if we’d like to go to the visit their new Ninjago event, even though Colette was in London for the MADs and I would have to take all three of them on my own, I knew I couldn’t say no.
We turned up to Barton Square quite early on Sunday morning. Ben knew where we were going before we had parked the car. If you’ve never been to the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre before it’s in Barton Square, the complex adjoining The Trafford Centre. As we entered the kids were given Ninja goggles (free during the event). If you turn up wearing a Ninja outfit then you get a free poster too (while stocks last)!
For the uninitiated when you enter the Discovery Centre you are treated to a bit of an interactive play describing the process of making LEGO. There’s a professor who needs help from the kids in getting the machinery to work. All very interesting and gets the kids blood pumping with plenty of cheering and such. This time there was the added element of some Ninja skills displayed by the professor.
Once you’ve done that you go through into the actual play/display area. The first thing you can do, although it’s not compulsory, is a ride haunted house/laser quest, ride where you sit in a buggy on rails and get driven round a track while you shoot various creatures and things on the walls, ceiling and screens. Amy was very reluctant to get on the ride. I think she thought she was going to be scared. The other two were very keen though so I made her get on and after a minute she was fine. You get points for every thing you shoot while on the track. Ben and Chloe did far better than the last time they had been there. Of course I won. I didn’t tell them that though. I’m not a showoff!
After that you’re into the Miniland. Locations from all around the world are recreated in LEGO. It’s fantastic stuff. For the Ninjago event there are Ninjas hidden throughout Miniland. Test your own Ninja skills by trying to find them all! It was while looking for mini Ninjas that a huge one sneaked up on us! We turned around and there was Kai, the Fire Ninja! Ben was very excited to meet Kai. Amy was a little perturbed by this 6 foot red Ninja, and who can blame her!
There’s other Ninja based activities such as building your own Ninjago vehicles and in the Master Model building classes you can build Ninjago Eye masks. There’s large displays of Ninjago models and face painting on hand for those that want a Ninja mask. My favourite was the Ninja Laser Maze! A darkened labyrinth where you can live out your fantasies of being a cat burglar in the middle of a heist! I think the kids enjoyed it but to honest I was too busy tripping the laser beams! They’re not made for people of a larger height I’m afraid.
Aside from the Ninja themed stuff the rest of the centre is still available including the 4D cinema with two different shows playing. The large soft play area and climbing area as well as the Forest Pursuit (go kart track) if you’re over 4 years old. Amy was gutted she couldn’t go on these and had to watch her big brother and sister crashing into each other. I was a little sad I couldn’t join them to be honest! Amy was very taken with the Merlin’s Apprentice ride. You sit in a winged bike contraption that spins round a central pillar and rises into the air, if you pedal fast and keep pedalling! Kids under 1.2 meters have to be accompanied which meant that I went on twice in quick succession with Chloe and Amy. I was a little sweaty by the time I had got off.
After all the exercise it was time for a drink. The cafe bit has proper Costa coffee which I was most happy about and the kids enjoyed their Slush Puppies. As a treat we got them some chocolate cake which Amy proceeded to smear across every surface she could find. Bless!
The kids had a great time and as they had some money saved from birthdays and such on the way out I let them spend said money in the gift shop. Ben got a huge box of LEGO. Chloe and Amy got smaller sets but they were all happy with their lot (as were the The Brick Castle boys!)
If your child likes LEGO. The LEGOLAND Discovery Centre is well worth a visit. Whatever the time of year.
*We were invited to visit LEGOLAND Discovery Centre free of charge for the purposes of review however all thoughts and opinions remain our own*