We love spending time together as a family and are always wondering what to do locally especially during the School Term Holidays. Hence, we were happy to be invited to visit Legoland Discovery Centre at Barton Square in Manchester to review their newest feature – The Space Mission HQ, the new Lego Ninjago City Adventure and to watch the release of the latest 4D Ninjago film titled Master of the 4th Dimension. We have been to Legoland a few times before as our kids have always enjoyed heading there, but we could not wait to see what these new features were all about.
Here’s a quick HD video of what we did at Legoland as we share photos and videos of our kids doing various creative and imaginitive play such as lego building, forest range pursuit, racers, build and test, miniland and Kingdom Quest amongst others.
Although Legoland Discovery Centre has lots of play areas which is designed for kids aged 3 to 10, most of their rides are based on minimum and maximum height, so remember to measure your kids. Depending on the day / time you head there, there might also be waiting times for the rides but don’t worry if you do have to wait in que as there are lots of lego play areas for kids to play about as they wait. We headed there during peak time…which was school holiday term break time hence the place was crowded with lots of kids so we were given a time limit until 2pm to be in Legoland (even with the time limit, we still had plenty of time as we arrived at 10am and covered everything). Our recommendations would be to head there as early as you possibly can so you have plenty of time to do everything you want.
Our kids love Legoland because there is so much Lego there and it has been design with kids in mind. The store is brighly coloured and while we wait to register or wait for the Factory Tour to begin, there is always something to look at or play with. Even the lifts and toilets are all painted with little lego men / woman and kids to make it more fun for the kids. Kids are never bored as well, as there is plenty of lego building stations at each area, to allow them to building anything they want while they wait…. oh and there is a stamp station too to say that you have done each activity (so remember to look out for that). Our factory tour guide was fabulous and kept the kids entertained with her facts and the kids had the opportunity to leave with a souvenir as well.
Our kids love Lego Ninjago, so one of our highlights of the trip was to watch the 4D movie. The latest Ninjago movie was titled Master of the 4th Dimension and and this did not dissapoint! Kids were so excited that they queued for round 10 minutes as they were so eager and wanted to be the first to go into the cinema and to get their special glasses . The effects and movie was great, we only wished it was longer. We all came out really happy with the results and big smiles on our faces.
Next, our destination was to head to Space Mission HQ (do click the video above to see how the space station and recording of the lego rocket counting down into space). The space station shall we say was….out of this world! It was really cool and most importantly….very interractive hence, our kids totally loved it. They had the opportunity to build space themed lego creations and rockets, create an animation video using four simple steps, which is – set the lego figurine at a place, snap a photo using the tablet provided, move the figurine and snap another picture then just press play! This was so easy to do that even our 5 year old enjoyed creating the animation by himself.
Here’s another photo taken at the “Top Secret Space Mission HQ” and as you can see the rocket was so realistic
Our favourite spot at the HQ had to be the space station screens, kids were totally mesmerised and bewildered at all the little buttons and the TV screens showing the different process of space landing / flight.
We would have to say that getting both of our kids out of the Lego Ninjago City Adventure was the hardest part. They loved spending every moment they had exploring, climbing, playing and running around pretending to be a ninja at the 3 storey high Ninjago Training Camp play area.
Here’s a photo of the rotating climbing wall which was a favourite amongst the kids.
They also enjoyed the Forest Ranger Pursuit, our son was very happy to get on the ride this time as he was too small (height wise) last year when we were there.
As you can see, we had such a fabulous day. Watch the video above and do head to our facebook page to see more photos of the day. We will leave you with our last family shot photographed with the life size lego version of Darth Vader. Our kids had such a fun and fully packed day with play-led learning activities at Legoland Discovery Centre. So the next time you are wondering what to do as a family…head over to Barton Square at Trafford Centre in Manchester to visit Legoland.
What to do while you are at Legoland?
- Lego Factory Tour
- Watch the 4D Cinema
- Kingdom Quest Laser Ride
- Merlin’s Apprentice Ride
- LEGO City: Forest Pursuit Driving School
- Creative Workshops (Time slots for this has to be pre-booked if they are busy)
- Space Mission HQ
- Merlin’s Appreentice Ride
- Lego Racers: Build & Test
- Lego Duplo Farm
Things to note:
- There is full baby changing facilities
- There are plenty of toilets located so little kids won’t be caught short
- Wheelchair and pram accessible
- Buggy park is available at owners risk
- There is a Coffeeshop there for you to order things like fresh coffee, cold drinks, sandwiches and snacks but we also saw a lot of families bringing their own picnic and eating at the designated areas, this is a good idea if you have very little kids and want to bring their favourite food / snacks along
Where is Legoland Manchester?
Legoland Discovery Centre
The Trafford Centre
What is the Opening Hours for Legoland?
Monday to Sunday – 10am until 6pm
How much is the entrance fee for Legoland?
The entrance fee for Legoland may seem expensive but if you get family tickets or combi tickets to SEALIFE Manchester then it will seem be cheaper. Also do look out for BUY one FREE one discount tickets usually found on serial boxes or their website. For full rates, head to their website here.
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* We were provided with free entry passes to visit Legoland Discovery Centre in return for a review. All opinions are our own.