Legoland Discovery Center, Grapevine
Since he first visited the Legoland Discovery Center when he was 4, my now 7-year-old has claimed that it is his favorite place on Earth! It’s where we go for his special occasions, and I’ve picked up some great Mommy Tips over the last 3 years!
1. Know Before You Go
LDC is recommended for children ages 2-10.
Tickets for a specific day or time may sell out. Purchase online, which also comes with a significant savings.
Parking is FREE.
Legoland has a snack bar, but they do not allow outside food or drinks, except for a baby or food allergies.
Although you can stay as long as you like, Legoland does not allow you to return on the same day once you leave.
There are family restrooms with changing stations.
2. Arrive Early to Shop
I am not a fan of gift shops, but kids sure do love them. The Legoland gift shop is located outside of the center, and once you go to the gift shop, you can’t return to the center. I’ve found that by arriving earlier than our ticket time and visiting the gift shop first, he isn’t as anxious to leave and shop. .
3. First Encounter
The experience starts with a small introduction with a Mad Lego Scientist. This is the only “guided” portion of LDC. Participants are chosen from the crowd to turn the dials and start the giant Lego machine! My little guy was so excited to get picked, which prevented him from just walking up and turning them anyway!
4. Kingdom Quest
We then headed into Kingdom Quest, one of the two rides at Legoland Discovery Center. A motorized car takes you through a castle, as you use attached guns to shoot lasers at the bad guys! They offer a photo for purchase at the end of the ride.
5. Ninjago Training Camp
The newest addition to LDC is the Ninjago Training Camp which opened March 2015! We were invited out for the Media Preview, and my kids had a great time! There is a Laser Maze, Reaction Training, Buzz Mountain and of course, Ninjago Legos to build!
6. Pirate Beach
The fun splash pad opened late Summer 2014, before closing for the season in the fall. We are anxiously awaiting it to open for the 2015 season!
Have kids wear swim suit under clothes for a quick change, and bring towels and water shoes, the ground gets HOT!
7. Lego Racers
Definitely my son’s favorite activity is the Racer’s Build & Test Center! Guest can build cars and race them down one of three tracks. Honestly, my son spent hours here!
8. Princess Palace
My sons won’t step a foot inside the Princess Palace, however my 13 year old daughter still enjoys the karaoke!
9. Forest Ranger Pursuit
A fun track that runs inside and out for children 4 years and older.
Adults cannot ride with children.
10. Duplo Village
A special area just for younger children, Duplo Village has all the favorite Duplo figures, a small slide and lots of big, soft Lego blocks for building! Although my children are too old to play in the Duplo Village, these big, soft Legos are still my favorite! You can also purchase them in the Gift Shop!
11. Lego Cafe
The cafe sells hot dogs, nachos and pizza, as well as a few other concession type foods.
No outside food or drinks are allowed, except for those with a dietary restriction.
12. The Play Zone and Fire Academy
A series of inclines and slides, and lots of big Lego bricks for building, too! I appreciated that children’s coming and going is supervised by an employee, who will only release a child to their parent/guardian.
Sock are required, but can be purchased at LDC for $1 if you forget.
Replicas of some of the Metroplex’s most notable buildings! The lights inside dim and brighten to simulate day and night! I’m pretty sure the force of the Kragle is strong here!
Other activities include three 4-D movies, and another ride, Merlin’s Apprentice! I suggest wearing close-toed shoes, because it’s impossible to pedal on this ride in flip flops, says experience!
Play the Nexo Knights on your phone or Ipad. Hints are hidden around the center, and you can scan them and get extra powers! Hint: Download the app before you arrive at the center, because it takes a while and even using their free wifi, I had trouble.
Pirate Beach is a fun outdoor splash area! We came on a weekday evening, and had the place almost completely to ourselves! There are tables, and even a concession stand!
Bring swimsuits and towels, there are plenty of dressing areas, too!
Things To Do in Grapevine
Sea Life Aquarium also makes it’s home in Grapevine Mills Mall, and you can purchase combo tickets for Sea Life and Legoland. Click HERE to read the HFitTS review.
Rainforest Cafe and an AMC theatre are also in Grapevine Mills Mall.
Oak Grove Park in Grapevine offers playgrounds, bike rides, dog park and playing in Lake Grapevine! For more information, click HERE.
Bass Pro Shop’s Outdoor World offers fun activites for kids all year long, including kid fishing, summer activities and visits from St. Nick during November and December. For more information, click HERE.
Historic Downtown Grapevine is known as the Christmas Capital of Texas! Click HERE to read my review.
Legoland Discovery Center
Grapevine Mills Mall
3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy, Grapevine
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