Legoland Discovery Center Opens in Westchester
My children love everything Lego. They can spend hours upon hours creating and playing with these little blocks. We stop into the Lego store in Rockefeller Center as often as we can, but a trip to Orlando or Los Angeles for the full Legoland experience just hasn’t been a possibility for us yet. Thus, you can imagine the excitement when we received the invitation to check out a smaller, but still fun-packed Legoland Discovery Center in Westchester.
The center officially opens to the public this Wednesday, March 27, 2013. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this indoor play area and or even if the smaller space (in comparison to the bigger amusement park destinations) would deliver as much fun. I was pleasantly surprised to see the bright, happy Lego colors great us upon entry and even more impressed with how immediate the activities were – almost as soon as you step in.
Before exploring the center, kids participate in a Factory Tour where through a series of button pressing and lever pulling they learn how raw plastic is turned into finished Lego bricks.
The Kingdom Quest laser ride is one of two rides that children and their adults can enjoy. Join Good King’s army to rescue the princess from Skeleton Tower!
Other areas of fun include the Build & Test Zone, the 4D Cinema, Fire Academy, and the Construction Site, just to name a few.
My favorite was Miniland, where New York City and Westchester come to life and iconic landmarks have been reconstructed from nearly one million Lego bricks. Guests can also enjoy watching nightfall in Miniland when the lights come up and the Lego cities come alive.
The center also has a small cafe, party rooms for rent, and of course, you can’t do without the Lego shop to stock up on your favorite pieces.
Though there is no public transportation nearby, there is a parking garage located right next door, and the center is an easy drive off I-87.
Guests can purchase tickets online for additional savings, as well as annual passes. It takes about 2 to 3 hours to fully enjoy all the venue has to offer, and because the center is located in Westchester’s Ridge Hill shopping center, there are also plenty of places to dine and do additional shopping afterwards.
For more information, please visit http://www.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/westchester/.