Legoland Discovery Center

Take a break from the mid-west heat (or cold if it's winter) and visit Chicago's newest family attraction, Legoland Discovery Center. The newest addition to the Legoland family is simply fabulous. If you're a kid (or a kid at heart) who loves those little building blocks... you're going to love this place. I took my 6 year old daughter to Legoland and I had the hardest time leaving. She wanted to stay all day!

Legoland Discover Center is located in Woodfield right next to the Woodfield mall. If you're coming from downtown Chicago, as we did, here are the public transportation directions:

Take the Blue Line train to Rosemont Station. Transfer to the Route 606 Pace Bus to Woodfield Mall. There is a Free Schaumburg Woodfield Trolley to the Streets of Woodfield stop.

Legoland Discovery Center opens at 10am (we thought it opened at 9 so we had some time to kill). If you're going, make sure that you give yourself at least three hours. Trust me, your kids will appreciate it! BUY YOUR TICKETS AHEAD!!! If you buy them through trustedtours.com, they have a special going on that allows one child to go in free with a paid adult (as of August 28, 2008). Here is the direct link to buy your tickets: http://www.trustedtours.com/store/Legoland-Discovery-Center---Chicago-C702.aspx. Go early but if you do go later in the day, the last ticket is sold at 6pm and you have to be out by 8pm. Again, make sure you give yourself plenty of time!

The Chicago Legoland is huge and has a lot of different "exhibits". I'll try and relate them by memory.

The first exhibit is called the "Factory Tour". It's an animated version of how the Lego is made, from raw materials to the shiny little blocks.

The next Chicago Discovery Center thing that we saw was the 4D theater. A fun movie of Legoland characters - wizards, princesses and the sort. You might want to chose this exhibit later in the day to give yourself a "sit down" break.

The Legoland Dragon ride is a kiddie type ride. It's a not-very-long ride through a medieval scene witch monks, dragons, and the sort.

Miniland was my favorite part of the Legoland Discovery Centre. It's Chicago in mini... in Lego. I thought it was pretty cool. My daughter wasn't over the top thrilled but interested none the less.

Hall of Heroes- really neat exhibit of famous characters. Think wax museum but in Lego. Harry Potter was absolutely amazing!

The Legoland Build and Text area was where we spent about an hour. This area is a place that you can basically, well, play with Legos! OK, I admitt... I built somethings too.

There are a few other areas including a Legoland snack bar (Real, edible food here... not made out of Legos) and, of course, the Lego store. Loved the store. They had some wonderful lego projects that will make some great birthday presents!

Overall, we had a great time at the Legoland Discovery Center. We give it two thumbs up!

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