A couple of weeks ago we kicked off a few days of birthday celebrations in Manchester with a trip to the Legoland Discovery Centre. Izzy, 4, is really starting to get into Lego and ever since I told her where we were going, she has been really looking forward to it.
When we got there, Izzy wasted no time and started posing with the Lego models before we had a family photo taken. Every visit starts with a trip through a mock-up factory where Professor Brick-a-Brack talks through how Lego is made, and each child is presented with a special brick.
It was then onto the first of three rides – the Kingdom Quest Laser Ride – where Izzy had fun shooting the baddies with a Lego gun and saving the Princess. Mini Land was next, where you can see models of popular northern landmarks including the Blackpool Tower. The centre then opens up into one large room, with a café, soft play, two more rides and lots of big tubs of Lego to play with. The Forest Pursuit driving ride was for children aged 4 and over – Izzy struggled to get the car to go at first but the second time she went on it she managed to almost complete a lap! She went on the Merlin Apprentice Ride 3 times although it was Mummy and Daddy doing the hard work as she couldn’t really reach the pedals to make the carriage go higher!
There is an area where you can build and race cars and a Lego Friends house complete with karaoke machine – Izzy commandeered the microphone to sing Let it Go, unsurprisingly! In the corner there is a small Duplo Farm, with a slide and some large soft bricks, which Clara loved playing with. At storytime the children heard about the animals that live on the farm and got to build them out of Duplo.
Izzy enjoyed the Master Builder Workshop, where she learnt how to build a parrot, and the 4D cinema, which showed two short films regularly throughout the day. Clara wasn’t really a fan of getting wet, but Izzy thought it was hilarious.
There was a separate area with Star Wars models and a Ninjago laser game, where you had to try and sneak around the lasers in record time to hone your ninja skills. Izzy loved this game as she is a huge Ninjago fan (although she mainly just ran through all the lasers!) Even I had a go.
Then it was out through the shop. For months now Izzy has had her heart set on some Ninjago lego. She only wants that particular set because it contains a Skylar minifigure, and Skylar is her favourite character. Then she saw the Frozen ice castle and stood with both boxes, side by side, comparing them. “Oh this is so hard” she said, but we were very proud when she took a little time and then made her decision, without getting upset that she couldn’t have both sets. She chose the Frozen ice castle, but I could tell she still really wanted the Ninjago set. She says she is saving up for that one next time we go to Legoland – as she has already decided she wants to go back again as she loved it so much! She has been telling everyone all about it. I did have to drag my Husband out of the shop as we are both a little bit obsessed with the Avengers Helicarrier set! It’s on the ‘things-to-buy-when-we-win-the–lottery’ list.
The centre isn’t huge – but we still managed to fill over 4 hours. We took our time to play and see all the attractions, but if you don’t have long you could fit everything into a couple of hours and spend the rest of the day taking advantage of all the other activities that the Trafford Centre has to offer. Right next door is the Sealife Centre (you can get a combi ticket which gives you entry to both attractions) and there is a cinema and mini golf, as well as lots of restaurants and of course shopping!
Everything was quite close together so you don’t have to worry about the kids wandering too far, and being inside makes it a perfect trip out for a rainy day.
This has definitely reinforced that we need to book a trip to Windsor to get the full on Legoland experience now we have had a taster!
The Legoland Discovery Centre in Manchester has several events on during the year – including lots of Ninjago activities throughout August (Izzy must never know we missed that!)Book online before you go to save up to 40%.
We were kindly given entry to this attraction in return for an honest review. All words and opinions are my own.
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