Legoland Discovery Centre Ninjago event

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.

LEGO factory

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!

Lego mini land

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!

Ninja Kai

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.

Lego cinema

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!)

LEGO purchases

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*

*Read more reviews here*



  1. September 28, 2016 / 9:46 pm

    Tigger loves LEGO, especially the Ninjago series. We’re heading to Manchester at half term so will be sure to visit the Legoland Discovery Centre.

  2. September 30, 2016 / 12:45 am

    Hahaha I ca’nt believe you managed to get them all (nearly) looking at camera! In my photo they’re all looking at the LEGO 😀
    He was great company – as were the kids 🙂 x

    • October 2, 2016 / 7:15 pm

      He hasn’t done a bad job at all! x x

  3. Kaye
    October 4, 2016 / 8:10 am

    My little boy is just getting to the age where he plays with lego and he loves it. Looks like such a fantastic adventure.

    • October 4, 2016 / 10:08 am

      It’s such fantastic stuff – Ben has been playing with it for three years now and his love of it shows no sign of waning!

  4. October 4, 2016 / 8:15 am

    What a great place to visit and you can see from the big smiles that theyloved it thre. #TriedTested

  5. October 4, 2016 / 8:21 am

    It looks like you had a really fun day out. I’ve never heard of The Lego Discovery Centre, with a huge Lego fan in the house I will definitely check it out 🙂


  6. October 4, 2016 / 8:34 am

    Looks like a really fun place for little ones to visit (and us bigger ones who love Lego too)


  7. October 4, 2016 / 9:30 am

    My girls love Lego…
    I’ve never heard of the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre it sounds like a really fun day out….

  8. October 4, 2016 / 9:51 am

    This looks amazing, Finlay would love this – will be putting it on the bucket list. Thank you!!

    • October 4, 2016 / 10:05 am

      It’s lots of fun – worth checking online for offers and pre booking as it saves a fortune x

  9. October 4, 2016 / 10:49 am

    This looks like so much fun! I remember going to LEGOLAND when I was younger and loved it! #TriedTested

  10. October 4, 2016 / 10:52 am

    I have never even heard of the Discovery Centre, it looks amazing!! Mia is obsessed with going to LEGOLAND but it would be an overnight stay for us so we haven’t been yet. She would absolutely love it here! 🙂


  11. October 4, 2016 / 11:02 am

    This looks fab and something my two monkeys would love! Meant to visit Legoland Discovery Centre when we visited Manchester earlier in the year but ran out of time!

  12. October 4, 2016 / 11:09 am

    If we are ever in Manchester then we will have to take the boys. Middle man is Lego mad! #triedtested

  13. October 4, 2016 / 1:00 pm

    My son still adores Lego and he’s 19! In fact he wanted to go to Legoland when we were in the US last. The Lego discovery centre looks brilliant I must say

  14. Jodie Melling
    October 4, 2016 / 1:25 pm

    This looks like so much fun!! Do you think my 2.5 year old is too young yet?
    I remember going to the Sea Life centre at Barton Square and it took me ages to find it from the Trafford Centre lol.
    I definitely want to go here though.

    Jodie x

  15. October 4, 2016 / 3:45 pm

    My son would have loved this! Well done braving it on your own! #Triedtested

  16. October 4, 2016 / 4:20 pm

    I haven’t actually introduced Lego properly to my year old yet. He is not too good with the small pieces yet. I’d love to get him into it though. He doesn’t have much patience.

    • October 5, 2016 / 8:52 am

      Ben got his first set for his 4th birthday – it was a really basic set and we built it together. It was probably another year before he was really into it and able to build from the instructions himself.

  17. October 4, 2016 / 4:46 pm

    Alice got a friends Lego set for her birthday and I think this is the start of Lego being in our life. She loves it. This looks like a fab day out X

    • October 5, 2016 / 8:45 am

      It’s great stuff – we have quite a collection now!

  18. October 4, 2016 / 9:43 pm

    Oh wow this looks amazing; my husband would love it (he too is slightly obsessed with Lego – we visit LegoLand regularly for him, not the kids). I am just beginning to introduce Lego to my eldest, so may add this to the list of places to visit next time we are up north visiting family! #TriedTested

    • October 5, 2016 / 8:31 am

      We haven’t made it down to Windsor yet as it’s a bit of a trek so we’d need to stay overnight making it a fairly expensive trip!

  19. October 5, 2016 / 11:02 am

    My girls love Legoland but we’ve never been to the Legoland Discovery Centre and after reading this I am definitely adding it to the list of places we’d like to visit at some point. The Miniland looks fab – I like the Blackpool scene and the Ninja Laser Maze sounds like a lot of fun. Sounds like you all had a fab time at the Ninjago event 🙂 #TriedTested

  20. October 5, 2016 / 2:45 pm

    I’ve always fancied taking the kids to the Discovery centre – we’ll have to make a trip one day! It looks fab x #TriedTested

  21. October 6, 2016 / 6:28 am

    Sounds like you guys are massive Lego fans! I’ve yet to ‘discover’ it, still very young and just about interested in Duplo. The Ninja theme at the centre sounds cool! #TriedTested xx

  22. October 6, 2016 / 11:27 am

    My son is just starting to get into Lego but my Godson is OBSESSED. He would love this xx #triedtested

  23. October 6, 2016 / 8:52 pm

    I imagine my girls will love this when they are older. #TriedTested

  24. October 6, 2016 / 9:09 pm

    Harry would love this, actually the others would too , but Lego is something Harry is obsessed with. sounds like lots of fun. #triedtested x

  25. Chantal Milk&Nappies
    October 6, 2016 / 9:56 pm

    Oh wow it looks amazing and something my (much) younger sister would absolutely love as she is a huge lego fan! We have one set of duplo for Zach, but I know that it won’t be long before he is obsessed xx

  26. October 8, 2016 / 7:39 pm

    ooo looks great – I have been meaning to take the kids to Legoland discovery for ages as I think they would love it! Nice to see some further deets about it, most useful. Is it the Manchester one ? x

    • October 9, 2016 / 11:05 pm

      Yes sorry, the Discovery Centre at the Trafford Centre, Manchester x

  27. October 10, 2016 / 11:04 pm

    I had no idea that there was a Lego discovery centre. Monkey at 4 is just getting into the junior sets from diplomats so would love something like this. Will have to look into it. Thanks for hosting #triedtested

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