Last weekend we were lucky enough to be invited to visit Legoland Discovery Centre, Manchester. This wasn’t our first visit but the last time we went was back in July last year when Chloe had only just turned one and wasn’t even walking! We knew we would be in for a different experience this time!
As ever we hadn’t told Ben and Chloe where we were going, just that we were “going on an adventure” and that it was somewhere they had been before but not for a long time. We arrived at Barton Square and parked up with no problems whatsoever. It took Ben till we were almost walking through the door to realise where we were actually going! Cue much excitement!
There was no queue and we walked straight in to be greeted by an enormous Lego Buzz Lightyear where we were offered the opportunity to have our photograph taken with Buzz, we politely declined but I was surprised to hear that the price of purchasing those photographs started from around £9 – I don’t know about you but that seems an awful lot to me! I must add though that we were in no way pressured to take up that opportunity.
We were met by Professor Block in the Lego Factory where she explained the process of making Lego. Ben was excited to be chosen to help press the buttons! Each child was given their souvenir Lego block in a special bag.
Much as Dave and I were enthralled by the Miniland attraction it didn’t really hold Ben and Chloe’s attention for long – they were keen to push forward and see what they could discover next. I think they are both too young to appreciate the hard work or recognise the landmarks.
As Ben is bigger now he was able to have a go at driving his own Lego car around a track – he thought it was fantastic and I have to admit Dave and I were both impressed with how he handled his car (that isn’t to say there weren’t several crashes!)
Much like our last visit both children really enjoyed playing with the large foam Duplo bricks – Ben wanted to build a large tower. They would have played for much longer but Chloe was getting tired (as was Mummy to be fair) and we hadn’t planned to eat out on this occasion (I wish we had really as the cafe is very reasonably priced).
All in all our visit lasted for just over 2 hours but if we had chosen to eat on site we could easily have stayed for considerably longer as both children would have been happy to return to the soft play area or carry on building – of course the longer you stay the better value your entrance fee becomes!
Ben is keen to plan a return visit with his best friend so I guess that says it all really!