Disclosure: I was provided free tickets to Legoland Discovery Center in exchange for my review. All thoughts and opinions are mine and no other compensation was given.
Work of the Master Builder
Have you heard of theLegoland Discovery Center in Kansas City? It's across the street from the Crown Center Shopping Mall in downtown Kansas City, KS. We recently had the opportunity to go there and spend an afternoon. My quote from the day was, "Wow!" It was a fun and fantastic time in Legoland. You begin by taking an elevator ride to a Lego Factory informational room. You learn how Legos are made, you can watch a Master Builder at work and there are some fun interactive things to do. (Like see how many Lego bricks tall you are.)
From there, you take a ride to enter Legoland (there is a bypass for those who can't/won't ride). It reminds me of some rides from Disney. You shoot laser guns at objects and enemies to earn points. Everyone in your cart participates and you see who racks up the most points. We rode it once to get in, but went back for five more rides before we left. We got one amazing photo that has to be shared.
Here's my "normal" family.
There's another ride similar to the Dumbo ride. You pedal bikes to go up and stop to come down. You're helping Merlin the Wizard with a spell. We also enjoyed the Star Wars room and the model of Kansas City's downtown. You have to see it to believe it!
KC skyline daytime
KC skyline at night
There's lots for the kids to do. Build your own creation spots are everywhere. For the little ones, there's even a playplace (be sure to bring or wear socks--or you will purchase to play). Make a racecar and race it on the track. Even a kareoke section in the "My Friends" rooms. And a 4D movie theater showing four movies each hour. New show every 15 minutes.
Rebekah and Batman
A couple of important pieces of information. It took us about 5 hours before we were done. The kids might have stayed longer, but we had a long drive ahead of us. There is NO readmission to Legoland. When you leave, you are done for the day unless you purchase a new admission ticket.
They do have a snack bar area with food you can purchase, but be aware that you will pay theme park prices. We ate a large lunch and then went to Legoland. It worked well for our family. The themed sandwich box for kids ($15) has a sandwich, chips or fruit, juicebox and it comes in a Lego brick container that you get to keep as a souvenir. There were other choices--including hot food such as hamburgers and hot dogs. Muffins, cookies, other cold sandwiches, salads and more were available. We were glad we ate across the street at the Crown Center Shopping Mall before going to Legoland Discovery Center.
Finally - if you park at the Crown Center Shopping Mall (which almost everyone does), DO NOT get your parking validated in the mall. They can only give a max of 3 hours free parking. Legoland Discovery Center validates for 6 hours. That saves you a fortune in parking fees.
If you are thinking of going to Legoland Discovery Center, make sure you download this discount coupon for $3 off of each admission. It is good through 12/31/14 so you can still take advantage of the savings. Enjoy a fun fall trip with your family!