All the “bricks are in place” for the grand opening of LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston on May 23rd, 2014. Located at 598 Assembly Row, Somerville, MA. The LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston boasts over it’s 44,000 square-feet of indoor attractions.
You begin your visit at the LEGO Factory Tour, where you meet Professor Brick-a-Brack. Here in his workshop you will discover how Lego bricks are made and design your own virtual mini figure’s with Bertie and Bonnie.
Once you factory tour is complete, you are off to rescue a captured Princess at the Kingdom Quest Laser Ride. Where you will hop into your chariot and take aim with your laser to zap the trolls, bats spiders and skeletons to rescue the Princess and see who gets the highest score!
Your next stop is MINILAND (the largest in the US), take a stroll through this exhibit and discover iconic Boston landmarks made from over 2 million Lego bricks. Some of the notable landmarks you will see are Fenway Park, the Zakim Bridge, Cheers, the Hat Shell, Logan Airport and more. Several spots in MINILAND are interactive with sounds, lights and movement. While your are exploring this exhibit a full day is simulated; so you get to see the city from morning until evening to see the illuminated city. This was my favorite part of the LEGOLAND Discovery Center, the detail and time spent to create the landmarks is astounding. “It took about a year to build MINILAND with over 2 million bricks, and 6 weeks on Fenway Park alone” said Master Builder, Ian Coffey.
*You can read all about Master Model Builder Ian Coffey, in this great interview by my friends at Mom’s Lifesavers here.
After browsing through MINILAND you will exit into a large area with fun for all ages! Here you have several areas to play.
LEGO DUPLO Farm, this area is designed for children 5 and under. With thousands of DUPLO blocks to build with and a tree house complete with slide.
Merlin’s Apprentice Ride, Set in Merlin’s potion room, you petal as fast you can to see how high you can get. From here you get a great view of the rest of the attraction.
LEGO Racers: Build & Test, Test your imagination to build a vehicle and take it to the test ramps. Race other visitors car creations and find out what it takes to build a speedy car..
LEGO City: Play Zone, The LEGO Fire Academy and Construction Play Zone features climbing walls, slides, a padded jungle gym, and oversized LEGO bricks with a wrecking ball to knock over your creations. Children must wear socks in this area.
Earthquake Tables, test your building skills by building a skyscraper and placing it on the Earthquake Table Plates. Will it remain standing?…
LEGO 4D Cinema, In the LEGO 4D Cinema, you can ride alongside your favorite LEGO characters in an incredible movie experience. Wind, Rain, snow, lightening and scents will come to life in your 4D experience. Three 4D shows are available – Spell Breaker, Clutch Powers and LEGO Racers.
Included in this area you will also find the 2 circus themed birthday party rooms. You can choose from a standard or premium party package. Parties start July 7th and are currently available for pre-booking by calling 866-228-6439. Also the Model Builder Academy classroom, where LEGO builders can learn secrets and insider tips from Master Model Builder Ian Coffey. *there may be a small charge to take home models built in the academy.
You may need to take a break from building your LEGO creations and relax in the Café. The Café has several beverage options such as coffee, tea, cappuccino, water and juice boxes. Kids meal deals, locally sourced salads and fruit cups. Prices vary from $2.00-$15.00. Annual Pass holders receive a 20% discount. *not all menu items were posted during my tour.*Outside food is not permitted.
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Shop, the shop is open 7 days a week an does not require a ticket to enter. The shop features over 900 LEGO products and features monthly LEGO set offers and a 10% discount for Annual Pass holders.
Here are my a few tips and answers to questions I was asked about LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston:
*Admission for children two and under is FREE!
*Tickets must be purchased in advance online in order to guarantee admission for specific time slots.
*LEGOLAND Discovery Center does not permit entry to groups of adults, adult couples, or lone adults who are not accompanied by a child under the age of 16. The Center will hold regular evening events specifically for adults. These events can be found on the LEGOLAND website or Facebook Page.
*All bathrooms are handicapped accessible including the family restroom.
*Stroller parking, changing tables, water fountains, and locker storage are available.
* No reentry is allowed. So please be prepared to spend 2-3 hours inside the LEGOLAND Discovery Center.
*Bring sox for the Play Zone.
*Free parking is available.
*And most importantly, have fun!! I know I did.