I love my job.
Not only do I have my own personal forum to discuss my life’s good, bad, and ugly, but my family and I get to do really fun stuff.
Recently, we were guests at Chicago’s LEGOLAND Discovery Center.
Not only did we get to experience the on-going exhibits, but we also got to attend a sneak peek of their newest attraction: the Kingdom Quest Laser Ride.
LEGOs For Everyone
Only recently, with LEGO’s added line specifically geared toward girls, have my little ladies (and I’m using that term loosely, of course) really “gotten into” LEGOs. As cool as I’ve always thought those LEGO Star Wars and Harry Potter sets were, I didn’t feel like we were missing too much.
Further, what with Polly Pockets and Barbies, we certainly had our share of tiny pieces to get sucked up by the vacuum [on the rare occasion that I use it], and I honestly don’t think accidentally stepping on a stray LEGO piece could be worse than your instep unexpectedly hitting a pointy Barbie shoe, or having your cat cough up Polly Pocket “clothing.”
I was wrong.
The educational benefits of LEGOs have been known for years. Heck, when we were kids, my brother and I played LEGOs daily in the winter months. Until very recently, I overlooked the fact that LEGOs spark a creativity and spatial awareness that’s hard to come by in other, traditional “girl” toys and crafts.
And what I wouldn’t have given back then, ~30+ years ago, for pink and purple LEGOs – let alone all the specialized shapes and pieces to make things like flower gardens, pet shops, and beauty parlors.
Kingdom Quest Laser Ride
The Kingdom Quest Laser Ride is the newest attraction at LEGOLAND Chicago. Frankly, my expectations weren’t very high – and boy, was I surprised! You ride around on a little tram-like thing, “armed” with a laser gun, and you “fight” to save the princess by “shooting” various targets. Your score displays right in front of you (dashboard-style), and I was soooo proud to rack up 13,000 points… until I heard that other people have scored ten times that!
I didn’t expect to like it – but I LOVED it. Not surprisingly, my kids AND Hubby loved it; they couldn’t ride it enough times. If the expressions on other’s faces were any indication, everyone enjoyed it – male or female, old or young. Not too many things that can entertain that many people! It’s definitely worth a ride.
Other LEGOLAND Discovery Center Activities
If you haven’t visited Chicago’s LEGOLAND Discovery Center, here are some of the other cool activities and features available at this location:
- LEGO 4D Cinema: a very cool movie theatre with multiple effects to make you feel like you’re part of the action.
- LEGO Racers: Build & Test, where you can create your own LEGO vehicles and see how long it takes them to make it down the course. (There is an actual timer!)
- Technicycle Ride: Imagine a pedal powered “helicopter” type ride, where the faster you pedal, the higher you go.
- LEGO City Construction Site: all the major landmarks of the amazing city of Chicago created in LEGOs!
- Master Model Builder Workshop: we got to build our very own Sears Tower (now known offically as the Willis Tower)!
- LEGO Friends area: my girls are totally into the LEGO Friends sets – think pink and purple EVERYWHERE!
- Earthquake Tables: where you can build a LEGO structure and see how it will fare in an earthquake.
- Café: yummy food!
- Birthday Rooms: spacious, separate rooms where you can hold your child’s next birthday party or special event.
…and much, MUCH more!
Go See It!
I’m not a gushy kinda girl. Really, I’m not – page through my archives and you’ll find that, barring the occasional sappy piece about one of my girls, I’m more apt to crab and complain and exercise my God-given Sarcasm Talent. It’s what I do best.
But I can honestly say: the LEGOLAND Discovery Center experience was simply fantastic, and I sincerely think it’s an excellent family experience.
If you decide to go, I’d love to hear your thoughts. As always, you can email me at admin [at] abrokencompass [dot] com.
Disclosure: I received free entrance and promotional items from LEGOLAND Discovery Center, which in no way influenced my review, above. I was not required to provide any kind of promotion; the opinions expressed herein are solely – and sincerely – my own.