Legoland: Great Day of Bonding Over Lego's With the Kids
***Editor’s note, this was a review of a place we decided to visit with our children. We were not asked in advance to provide a review. All thoughts and opinions belong to the author alone.
We decided to take the trip just north of the city of Boston this past weekend to Assembly Square in Somerville to visit the much talked about Legoland. We were lucky enough to find parking on the first floor of the parking garage almost next door to the entrance. We were greeted prior to entry by the most beautiful constructed giraffe we had ever seen! Once inside you are guided through upstairs via elevator. Then you arrive into a introduction video followed by taking part in some factory activities as part of a small group. If you are a frequent visitor of Legoland, you can skip this and arrive right into the first ride (which can also be skipped). The first ride takes you through a windy course while you fire “blasters” at zombies and other “enemies”. They take your picture at one point and you are invited to purchase it post ride at the counter immediately outside the exit.
After exiting you arrive into a large room broken into several areas: toddler/Duplo area; Ninjango training camp; another ride; race car construction and racing; a 4-D movie theatre; a Lego climbing apparatus/play area; a learning workshop; a food court; and a room filled with a model city of Boston which is right next to the exit.
We thoroughly enjoyed all the areas and thought they were well set up in terms of optimizing creative play with organization and room for enough to share. The kids favorite sections were: the Lego apparatus, the workshop, the movie and the rides. My personal favorite was the experience of the 4-D movie (feeling old since movies I saw as a kid were only 2-D and definitely not “high def”). The kids also really loved the movie and thought it was neat how it "snowed" on them. I also really loved the workshop. The experience is really geared for a 6 year old or older but our patient 5 year olds were able to handle it with some supervision. I thought this was a great experience and allowed the kids to actually learn why pieces go where they do which contributes to their engineering process. I also really loved the model city of Boston that had been created, complete with rowers on the Charles river, Logan Airport and so much more! This was an amazing display and some parts were interactive! The kids loved seeing the city come to life!
Let’s talk about cost.
We bought our tickets in advance on their website selecting the day and time of entry in advance. By doing so we paid $21.95 compared to the $29.95. The website advertises advance online saver passes can be purchased for as low as $14.95 however the only way to get this price is to go on the weekday evenings (which may work if you don’t have school age children or children who suffer from meltdowns at any time after 5pm). Friday night seems to be the best bang for your buck if you purchase in advance. Children 2 and under are free (They should consider changing this or at least making a separate price for varying ages of kids as a 3 year old does not get the same out of the experience as a 5 year old or older).
When you purchase online it asks if you wish to purchase an activity pack for $4. I did so thinking it would help enhance our visit. In my honest opinion I do not feel it did. Only a few of the stamps correlated with activities inside Legoland and several stamp machines were broken or there were extra ones with nothing to match it to. You do get a badge with them and you are allowed to get one each time you come, so once you have a lanyard there is no need to get another. Personally I would not purchase these again as I do not believe they are worth the additional cost. Save the extra bucks for making your own lego in the gift shop
A couple of things I noticed that could use improvement with very little effort. We went early on when it first opened at 10am and the bathrooms were spotless. Within 2 hours the bathrooms were utterly destroyed. Now I know this is primarily due to the customer, however someone having to make a pass every half hour to ensure everything is okay, as they do in restaurants would really help. It is important that the bathrooms be kept clean because remember everything they are playing with within the facility requires hands on learning, so germs can be very easily spread. I would also suggest the company maybe put in hand sanitizers sporadically throughout the facility to promote good hygiene. I would suggest visiting early in the day especially during cold/flu season to avoid huge exposure to potential germs plus you get the added benefit of little to no lines for the rides. You also are not allowed in outside food or drinks (though I saw some sneaky families getting things inside) which probably makes it tough on families and children with food allergies. My son has a peanut allergy but we planned ahead eating prior to entry and enjoying lunch after at one of the many restaurants in Assembly Square.
Overall we really enjoyed the visit and would definitely go again. We recommend waiting until the little ones are at least 4 years old so they can appreciate the majority of the activities. We hope at some point they are able to expand and accommodate a larger audience within the facility. Lastly, this is something we would love to see brought down to Cape Cod. Perhaps if the Cape Cod Mall decides to make changes as Kingston has we may see more places like this which we are sure would garner a very large customer base on the lego loving peninsula.
One of our new mom bloggers will be going soon and she will be sharing her tips and tricks for Legoland which we also hope you will find useful!
Have you been to Legoland? What are your thoughts?
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