Disclosure: This is a sponsored post as we were invited to visit the LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester.
My step-mother planned a visit to come and see the kids (she lives in Oregon) this past summer and I was wracking my brain as to where to go with her and the kids. I desperately wanted to show her a good time but didn’t want to force her to travel much more than she already had. I needed to keep it close.
Then it dawned on me. LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester is perfect! Its super close (20 minutes tops?), has enough to do for lots of fun, and we can do it in a day. (Plus, (A) happens to be really into LEGOs, which means (E) is too). We hadn’t been in a year so the kids and I were really excited!!!
We know from past experience that it can get crowded fast especially on days off from school so we went super early and were the second family to enter for the day. It was nice to go and not need to bring the stroller this time (although we didn’t have any trouble with it when we did- Read our previous review). I was super happy to see that LEGOLAND Discovery Center grows with you. Some of the attractions that they didn’t really get into the previous trip were now really awesome for them.
Our pictures this year were awesome, really enjoyed it. (A) couldn’t wait for the first ride where he would get to shoot the bad guys and save LEGOLAND.
Once inside we walked around and checked out the unbelievable NY landmarks that the master builders put together. (A) and (E) appreciate this part much more now, and really enjoyed running around and pressing all of the buttons that made them come to life.
(E) really loved the ride where we pedaled to lift ourselves up into the air. She is finally big enough for such things and it really makes her happy.
Last year when we went neither child wanted to sit and see a movie. This year they were excited to go in. I knew that the movie was 3D but didn’t realize that it was 4D. How cool it was to watch them react when they got wet, or cold!!! (This may not be suitable for children with sensory issues). We watched two movies together and laughed through the whole thing (even little (E) who is 2).
(A) enjoyed much more this year building something to test on the motion plate (he didn’t have the patience last year), and (E) equally enjoyed knocking it down when he built something sturdy.
Neither was ready to build the racecar or attend the master builder seminar but that was ok too, they really didn’t need to. Perhaps next year we will add this part to the list.
The soft jungle gym in the middle was a huge hit (just like last year). The kids must have spent 3 hours in there over all. I love how secure it is (kids can’t come out unless a parent is standing near the exit). We saved it for last to tire them out good right before heading home.
The gift shop on the way out is entertaining as well, but they were so tired we didn’t do much shopping. We did stop for a nice bite at a nearby restaurant (there are several great options).
The LEGOLAND Discovery Center is so close you can take advantage of their many fabulous events (including grown up night, yep). They also hold birthday parties (very good to know, and the cost is pretty standard), and school outings. Highly recommended for a day of fun.