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Friday, 6 January 2017

A visit to the Legoland Discovery Centre, Manchester


Legoland Discovery Centre, Lego Friends

Our Christmas break ended with a return visit to the Legoland Discovery Centre in Manchester (we first visited in February half term 2016). The Centre involves a range of attractions which at the beginning are in sequence so one leads to the next, initially this includes a fun 'Lego Factory' presentation involving the kids and a 'Kingdom Quest' ride through medieval models and animated scenes complete with a laser gun for scoring points.The kids enjoyed this although our guns didn't all work.  Some of the rides had a bit of a wait (around 20 minutes although they were a little longer on our last visit). For Kingdom Quest there were Lego building stations on the way round which kept them entertained whilst we waited. Another nice touch is that the kids were given little bits and pieces during the visit, last time it was a couple of Pop badges, this time a special Lego Factory brick and a sticker. 

Legoland Discovery Centre, Lego

We moved onto 'Miniland', mini scenes from the North of England (and Birmingham!). The scenes move from day to night and during our visit still included fun Christmas extras such as Christmas trees, Santas and the Christmas market in Manchester. I loved the little interactive touches in here such as the Old Trafford table football, horse racing and choosing songs for the Beatles to play down in the Cavern Club!




Legoland Discovery Centre, Lego, Miniland, Manchester

There is so much hands on stuff at the Legoland Discovery Centre and my kids seem to never get tired of this. They spent ages building cars in the 'Lego Build and Test' area and then sending them down the various ramps. 


Legoland Discovery Centre, Lego, Lego Build and Test

We all enjoyed the new 4d Cinema film we saw based on the Lego Movie, the kids used to hate 4d cinema so I was relieved that they enjoyed it. They cope better now with the surprises and where we were sitting mainly just involved getting a bit windswept every now and again. The kids then went for a turn driving the cars in the 'Lego City Forest Pursuit'. Thankfully there are also staff to help the kids as invariably my 5 year old drives himself into a wall! Optional driving license photos are available but these are an added price like the other photos on the way round. These are similar in price to photos at other Merlin attractions. 

Legoland Discovery Centre, Lego, Lego City Forest Pursuit, Cars

The area in the middle of the centre includes a cafe, a soft play, another ride, Merlins Apprentice, and plenty more building opportunities including large brick pools. As we left we checked out the 'Lego Friends' building area and had a quick turn on the' Lego Ninjago Laser Training Camp'. 

Legoland Discovery Centre, Lego,

We spent over three hours at the Legoland Discovery Centre but could have spent at least another hour there. I think this is the sort of attraction that, whilst might not be worth travelling the length of the country to get to, is great for people in the North West and those who are travelling near Manchester and are able to stop for a few hours to check it out. There is also the added attraction of the Trafford Centre itself with its large variety of shops and with places to eat, a Cinema and another Merlin attraction, the Sealife Centre, all of this could make for a very full day out.  My two, at 5 and 8 years old are Lego mad and the Legoland Discovery Centre is the perfect visit for them with the rides and attractions seeming most suited to primary aged children.



14 comments:

  1. Wow, my partner and son would love this! x

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    1. Thanks Emma Louise, it was great fun. x

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  2. Looks like a great day out. I blooming love lego!

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  3. My boys would absolutely adore this. Looks completely amazing

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    1. Thanks Mumofsix It was a great end to the holidays

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  4. This looks like a great day - my husband would be all over it!

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    1. Thanks Kim! My husband loved it too :-) x

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  5. Wow this looks amazing!!! I had no idea the discovery centres had actual rides in too.

    Emily xxx

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    1. Thanks Emily, yes just a few but nice for younger children. x

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  6. We've been twice, our boys are 2 and 4 and they love it. It is a great way to spend a day and with lots of activities and rides to keep little ones entertained. Great review

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    1. Thanks Ryan :-) It is definitely an easy way to keep Lego loving kids entertained!

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  7. You're so right Clare, we live an hour away from Manchester so regularly visit the Trafford Centre across the road and have been to LEGOLand Discovery Centre a few times and the kids love it (as do I too) The price is pretty reasonable as well and likewise if Mrs F and D want to go shopping, H and I can always nip across for a LEGO fest play!

    Thank you for linking up with #TheLEGOLinky

    Jim

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    1. Thanks Jim, It was great to be able to join in with the Lego Linky! Thanks so much for hosting it, I loved checking out the posts.

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