The other day my husband and I took our son to Toys R Us to look around. Every now and then we take him in for a little “treat”. I already know what you’re thinking and yes, we spoil him…a little bit. Anyhow, I was astonished to see the multitude of LEGO products available. There were 6 aisles dedicated to the little building blocks and a giant display right at the front of the store. Huge…excessive…and I couldn’t believe it! I had no idea that LEGOs were such a big deal!
Well, since my youngest has discovered his affection for all things LEGO, we recently visited the LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Schaumburg to see if it was worth the hype. I have always passed by the giant LEGO giraffe that greets you at the door and wondered what it was like inside…
You wanna know what it was really like inside??? CROWDED!
We visited on a Saturday morning and I almost wanted to turn around and head home after seeing this line. The long line was bad enough, and I could’ve dealt with that, but as you can see above there are 2 different admission lines – one for walk up tickets and the other for pre-paid (which you don’t see immediately when you get in the back of the long line) and both lines were moving at a snail’s pace. Seriously. Had it been closer to my son’s naptime he would’ve been super-cranky and ready to go. Luckily for us, though, he stood still the whole time and we were able to wait (almost 30 minutes if you can believe it!). There has got to be a more efficient way to get folks in the door. At least my son had the chance to get acquainted with Sponge Bob while we waited.
Ok, so the wait time stunk, but I figured that once we got inside it would get better. Right?
I definitely loved the MINILAND Chicago that features many of the most famous Chicago landmarks – all made with millions of LEGOS! Recognize a few below?
The Jungle Expedition attraction was up next and there were tons of jungle animals like tigers, monkeys and hippos made with LEGOS – and even a few insects too!
We also rode the Kingdom Quest ride, a slow ride where you have the opportunity to shoot at spiders to try and get the highest score. I was surprised that my son wasn’t scared at all, even though it was a pretty dark ride. We also watched a 3D movie and took a “tour” of a mini LEGO factory (an attraction that was a little too advanced for my little guy).
One of the highlights, though, was the small LEGO Duplo table area. My son loves LEGO Duplo and we spent quite a bit of time there while he constructed his tower. I was a little disappointed that the area wasn’t bigger, though. One table with LEGO Duplo blocks isn’t enough to be named an attraction area on its own.
There were also a few rides and a playground area near the Duplo table and Café, although it was very crowded on a Saturday and we didn’t want to have to wait in yet another line.
It was pretty cool, though, to meet LEGOMAN!
Unfortunately for me, LEGOLAND could probably pass as a museum. There are tons of really cool displays made entirely of LEGOS, but just not a whole lot for my toddler to do. I would definitely take older kids to LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Schaumburg, but wish I would’ve waited a few years before taking my toddler.
If you decide to make the trip to LEGOLAND Discovery center, you should know that admission is a little pricey ($20/pp), but my readers can get a FREE Child Admission with Full Paid $20 Adult Admission! That’s a pretty significant savings!
Have you ever been to LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Schaumburg, IL? If so, what did you think?