Jan 282015
 

**My family was invited to experience the LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston at no charge in order to facilitate this post.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way**

If there is one thing that my boys can agree on, it’s their love of LEGOS®.  We have thousands of Legos in our house and LEGOs® are pretty much their go-to toy.  They both knew that the LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston opened last year and when I told them that we were finally going to go check it out, they were beyond excited.

But what exactly is the LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston?

It is a 44,000 square-foot indoor attraction that features more than 3 million LEGO® bricks and is geared toward children aged 3 to 10 (and their families).  Sounds pretty awesome, right?

We arrived shortly after the place opened for the day because we were excited to check it out. Because the LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston only sells a certain number of tickets per hour (because they want to make sure everyone enjoys their experience), it’s recommended that if you go, you buy your tickets online to make sure you don’t have to wait when you get there.  Plus, the tickets are cheaper if you purchase them online versus at the door.

Once we were inside, we took an elevator up to the second floor, which is where all the action is.

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Once you get upstairs, the first couple of parts of your LEGOLAND® Discovery Center experience are organized for you.  First up was the LEGO® Factory Tour:

“The first-of-its-kind virtual Factory Tour gives visitors an exclusive insider look at the LEGO® design studios and factory in Billund, Denmark. Guests see the process of how LEGO® bricks are made and have the opportunity to design their very own virtual LEGO® MINIFIGURE.”

There were about 20 people in our group and after we watched a virtual factory tour, everyone got their own station to design a MINIFIGURE.

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That only took a few minutes and once our group was done, we were all ushered over to the Kingdom Quest Laser Ride.

“In this indoor LEGO® ride, visitors jump into their chariot and use their laser to zap the trolls and skeletons and rescue the Princess who has been captured. The better the visitor’s aim, the higher their score.”

Don’t worry, it is a seated ride and only takes a few minutes once you’re on.  My little guy had a panic attack when he saw that we were going on a ride because he doesn’t like rides with drops.  This ride had no drops and just stayed flat on the track.  When you get on the ride, you sit in a car (up to 4 people per car) and you will be able to shoot laser guns at LEGO bricks, skeletons and trolls during a 3D experience trying to save a princess.

Once we were finished with the ride, we walked right into LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston’s MINILAND®:

“Discover iconic regional landmarks and attractions all made entirely out of LEGO® bricks. Using more than 3 million LEGO bricks, see Boston come to life with interactive displays, touch screens and sound effects, and watch the LEGO® population explore Boston.” 

For a life long Bostonian, I thought it was really cool to see all the famous Boston landmarks made out of LEGOS®.  Seriously, they didn’t miss a beat – there were things like the Cheers bar, Fenway Park, Union Oyster House, Faneuil Hall, The Citgo sign, the Zakim Bridge, the State House and so much more.

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Boston Landmarks

Last, but not least, we ended up in “The Neighborhood”, which is full of all sorts of fun, interactive rides and places for the kids to explore.  It’s all contained, so you will be able to go from activity to activity with the kids, or grab a table or bench and watch them from your seat.

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The first thing that my boys wanted to do was to check out the LEGO® City: Play Zone.

“Side by side with climbing walls, slides and a jungle gym, the LEGO Fire Academy and LEGO Construction Site play zones are perfect for firefighters and construction workers-in-training. The LEGO Construction Site is suitable for children up to 36” tall, and the LEGO Fire Academy is suitable for children up to 56” tall. Children must wear socks to enter the play area.”

They spent quite a bit of time climbing and playing with the other kids in that area.

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They also really loved the LEGO® Racers: Build & Test.

“In LEGO® Racers: Build & Test, visitors use their imagination to build a vehicle and take it to the test ramps, with times recorded to the hundredth of a second, challenging Nitro Predator, Star Striker, Bone Cruncher and Crazy Demon.”

When we were in LEGOLAND California last year, they have one of these there and the boys loved it, so they were excited to see it again here in Boston.

First, they built their LEGO® vehicle

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There were a couple of different tracks for the kids to race their creations and my boys tried them all.

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One of the highlights of my day at the LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston was getting a chance to meet and chat with Ian Coffey, who is a Master Model Builder.

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The main tasks for the Master Model Builder involve maintaining and updating the MINILAND models, building new models and running Master Model Builder Classes, which teach groups of children secrets for making fantastic LEGO creations.

I hung out with him in his office for a little while and after we chatted for a bit about his background and what exactly he does at the LEGOLAND® Discovery Center.

Check out some of the cool things he’s built:

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He spends his days building, teaching kids and interacting with the people who come in to visit the LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston. His office is located right as you walk into The Neighborhood and there are two big glass windows on his office, so you can see him as he works.

And check out this supply of LEGO® bricks he has to work with.

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Ian has been building since he was a wee little lad and truly loves what he does.  I told him that he pretty much has the coolest job in the entire world, am I right?

There is so much more to do at the LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston. Here are some of the other features:

LEGO® 4D Cinema: Come and ride alongside your favorite LEGO® Characters in our 4D Cinema. 3D films get an added special dimension to bring the experience to life, including wind, rain, snow and lightning. Four 4D cinema experiences are available – Spell Breaker, Clutch Powers and LEGO® Racers and LEGO® Legends of Chima.

Merlin’s Apprentice Ride: This indoor LEGO® ride is set in Merlin’s potion room, a world of wizarding magic spells and sorcery. Visitors pedal as fast as they can to see how high they can get, and are able to look out over the rest of the attraction.

LEGO® Model Builder Academy:  Young LEGO® builders can learn secrets and insider tips from Master Model Builder Ian Coffey in the LEGO® Model Builder Academy. Various workshops will keep budding builders coming back to learn more building secrets and create new LEGO® models.

LEGO® DUPLO® Farm:  Designed for kids aged 5 and younger, DUPLO® Farm is full of LEGO® DUPLO® bricks and larger soft play bricks, exclusive to LEGOLAND® Discovery Centers. DUPLO bricks can be built together over 1,000 times and still have the same clutch power, which means endless possibility for imagination, creativity and discovery.

LEGO® Duplo Jams:  LEGO® Duplo Jams are catchy songs to feed children’s imagination and get kids aged 5 and younger excited about their trip to LEGOLAND® Discovery Center. Available on the website, LEGO® Duplo Jams include Barnyard Serenade, Brick Racer, Build With Letters, Going To School, Grow Caterpillar, Sort Out The Blues, Stick Together, Summer Heat, What Can I Be.

Earthquake Tables:  Visitors build the tallest LEGO® brick tower possible on the special Earthquake Table Plates. With a flip of a switch, the plates move and visitors can test whether their tower will remain standing. The Earthquake Table is also used during the School and Educational Visit Workshops, designed for children aged 3-10 years, to teach basic motor skills and more advanced design and

LEGO® Friends – Olivia’s House:  Visitors are invited to Olivia’s House to join the karaoke party. They’ll join Olivia, Andrea, Stephanie, Mia and Emma as they sing their favorite songs on the karaoke stage, build cupcakes in the LEGO® brick pits, or sit and chat to with friends on the sofa.

Café:  Take a break from building LEGO® creations and relax in the colorful Café area, which offers a selection of healthy food options. LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston Annual Pass holders receive a 20 percent discount on all Café purchases.

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Shop:  The shop is open 7 days a week and does not require a ticket to enter. The shop is open Monday through Saturday, 10am – 9pm and Sunday from 11am – 6pm. The shop features over 900 LEGO sets and products and monthly LEGO set offers. LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston Annual Pass holders receive 10 percent discount on all purchases in the shop.

The folks at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center recommend that visitors allow 2 – 3 hours to ensure they experience all that LEGOLAND Discovery Center offers. Of course, you can stay as long as you’d like, though.  We were there for a good 4 hours or so and my boys felt like they got to do everything they wanted to.

The LEGOLAND® Discovery Center  is located at 598 Assembly Row in Somerville.

Visit www.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/boston for more information
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My boys had a BLAST there and were barely out of the door when they started asking when we were going to go back. Have you been to a LEGOLAND® Discovery Center before?  What was your child’s favorite part?

  119 Responses to “If You Love LEGOS®, You Will Love the LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston!”

  1. Wow this is a Lego lover’s dream come true! Seriously my girls would love this and keep meaning to see if they have something similar here closer to us.

  2. We’ve been because we got a free ticket I. The Lego movie. We had fun, but we won’t be going back. It was too expensive for what it was. I was glad we were able to go once though, it is pretty neat.

  3. I never expected there to be so much to do there! I’m pretty blown away by it all. Love the tracks for testing!

  4. The kids would love this! Mine have been asking about Legoland in Fl.

  5. We have been thinking about going here…Bo et Obi are a big faaan of lego :)..Thanks for sharing it…

  6. We went to the one in NYC and my daughter loved it. It was definitely fun for the adults too.

  7. Those lego builds are so crazy impressive to me. I wonder how the heck they even do it – because seriously, there probably isn’t an instruction manuel on building big ass life-sized lego people/characters. Blows my mind. I love it.

  8. My kids love Legos. I’m sure this place has got to be fun!!

  9. Wow! This place looks amazing!!!! I wish we had one of these closer to home…my kids would love this!

  10. My daughter lived in Atlanta and there is a Legoland there. I would love to take the kids to visit there the next time we are in town.

  11. I heart LEGOLAND. We have one here in San Diego as well. Thanks so much for sharing!

  12. I want to bring Addie when she’s a bit older. I love that they don’t oversell tickets- I hate when places are so crowded no one actualy gets to enjoy anything!

  13. I have always wanted to visit legoland. Even moreso now that I’m a mom.

  14. Wow! We’ll drop by here when we visit Boston. The kids are gonna love it!

  15. This looks like a whole lot of fun! I think it would be really cool to visit this place. How neat that you got to meet Ian too. I bet kids who loved watching The Lego Movie would also love to go there too.

  16. Looks like so much fun! We actually got invitee to the legoland near us and your photos got me really excited! My kids can’t wait now neither can I! We haven’t been yet!

  17. I have always thought Legos were pretty cool! I bet the kids love visiting this center!

  18. Spectacular! We have been and the free building was my son’s favorite part. We missed the Master Builder session… it was full by the time we went to sign up. Next time! Glad you got to go!

  19. Nice! I’m in Boston often and I will definitely look at stopping by this place. I LOVE Lego!!! 🙂

  20. Oh that looks like so much fun! I’ve only ever visited the Lego Store and my family had a blast there – a discovery center would be awesome. 🙂

  21. Oh man, My daughter would love this! We are Lego obsessed here!

  22. This sure does look like fun! I’ve heard that some parents can take their kids to Lego land like every weekend! And now I see why!

  23. Wow it all looks so interactive! I bet my son would enjoy going there!

  24. Looks like Lego Heaven to me! My oldest son James was crazy for Legos, but we never did make it to the discovery center in Boston. Yes, he said he would still go there – even at 13!

  25. wow.it looks amazing place to go with kids.i think am gonna visit it when am around boston.thanx for sharing the experience

  26. What an amazing experience! My middle son would’ve loved this place when he was younger.. thanks for sharing!

  27. My boys would love something like this! There is one that opened up last year about an hour away. We should check it out sometime!

  28. I really love Legoland!! We’ve been there last year and my kids really missed the legoland.

  29. We also grew up playing with lego bricks. My dad was an architect so it was awesome to see him build great stuff out of the lego materials. This place looked enormous and really amazing especially for kids and adults who are fans of lego!

  30. That looks like so much fun! We saw a mini-Legoland when we were at the Mall of America in 2013. This would be so cool to go to!

  31. We visited the one in Grapevine Texas complete with rides. My youngest son loved it!

  32. Wow right in Somerville? that’s right next to my hometown.

    That looks like super fun for everyone. I would like to see the Massachusetts landmarks & that guy does have the coolest job. 🙂

  33. We did get a chance to go to one in Kansas City. My boys of course loved it. I wish when we went to Chicago that they would have had Legoland as part of their pass, but it’s not a museum that’s city ran. Cost is the only thing preventing us to go there then. I wouldn’t of minded paying the price if we didn’t pay an arm and a leg for the city pass already.

    *Goodrich is a well known local ice cream shop. Even our grocery stores sell their malts. They’ve become connect to Subways, so I imagine alone they weren’t doing as well as they used to. When I was a kid my mom bought milk in a glass container from there, and would get it refilled.

  34. We are contemplating taking a trip to our Legoland here in NY, but I haven’t researched it much. Thank you for sharing about your Legoland experience, I know they’re not the same exactly but it helps as a reference to make the decision 🙂

  35. That looks like it would be as much fun for the adults as for the kids! 🙂

  36. My friend, Ben, would be all over this. He’s a huge Lego fiend. He even downloaded their Digital Design software, so he could build on his computer.

  37. I’d love to go there – with or without the kids. I love Legos. I don’t know why, but I just find those little plastic bricks to be so magical.

  38. My son is a big LEGO fan. He’d love it there for sure. I would love to see the place too! Wonder when we’ll be able to visit Boston. Hubby want to see Fenway Park so bad. 🙂

  39. We visit family in the Boston area frequently; both of my kids would absolutely love that place!

  40. We went in Florida and Toronto and we absolutely love it. I loved MiniLand the best!

  41. My boys would adore it here! We were just on holiday in a place where they had a LEGO wall and they never wanted to leave!

  42. we don’t have any legos yet, buy i’m sure the baby boy i have now will change all that. my girls like the big mega bloks. i thing we would all love a trip to legoland!

  43. Wow! I had no clue that they set a limit on tickets like that. It is great when they have the experience in mind. My kids would love to go. Thanks for the tips!

  44. My boys would flip out – they love Lego! I wish we had a Discovery Center near us in Florida.

  45. The “Neighborhood” looks like a blast! My girls are so desperate to go…we are going to try to visit during February vacation…when I’m sure it will be packed!

  46. Oh that looks like such an awesome place! Boston is on my list of places to visit 😉

  47. I have a bunch of friends with kids that love LEGOs. I’ll have to tell them to check this out (and look for the TMNT ones. SO cute!).

  48. We have a Legoland near us, close to Toronto. It’s just about the coolest place ever! Although I have to say that it would probably be best for about age 11 and younger.

  49. Legoland is awesome! My family and I visited the one in Kansas City. Would love to go to the Boston one, too!

  50. Looks like great fun,the kids would really enjoy this as they love lego.

  51. oh wow this is awesome I would love love to visit legoland one day with or without kids

  52. Very cool! My son is a legomaniac.. he would go there and never leave.. and its not too far from us in NY!

  53. I’d love to take my son to Legoland! He would flip out of his gourde.

  54. if you love discovery land, just wait until you take the boys to LEGOLAND.. LOVE

  55. My kids LOVE our local Legoland! That is definitely one of their favorite places to visit and I get asked a few times a month about when we will visit again!

  56. How fun! We have a Legoland near us, but haven’t been yet. Need to go!

  57. That looks like so much fun. My kids love Legos. Even my daughter now that they made the line for girls.

  58. We have one in the suburbs of Toronto up in Vaughan. My son goes ape shit when we go. He loves Lego! I love Lego too. Good old school play.

  59. My kids would be thrilled to go to Lego Land. We have tons of Legos at home and they are always playing with them

  60. It is absolutely amazing what they can build with Legos! My girls would die if I took them to Legoland!

  61. Okay, wow. Just wow. This place is awesome!

  62. Aw man! How exciting!!! Boston is where I was born and raised, moved to Florida 5 years ago. And NOW they open this lol. Love it!

  63. I haven’t been back to Boston in such a long time, if I get back there soon I will be sure to check this place out! Looks like your family had a great time!

    Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

  64. We want to go to a Lego Discovery Center so bad. The closest one is in Chicago which is about 5 – 6 hours from me. Maybe one day we’ll take a family trip and take the train down for some extra fun.

  65. We have a Lego Land here in Toronto as well. Even my teen loves Lego still.

  66. Oh, this would have been my son’s favorite place when he was younger! So cool!

  67. I loved legos when I was a kid. I played with them all the time. When my grandson is older I will be bringing him here.

  68. Wow this looks amazing! I wish one would open up here in Singapore!

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

  69. This is super cool. We’re going to Legoland California in a week and a half. It should be a lot of fun! My kids are totally into Lego, especially my 8 yr old boy.

  70. what an awesome place. Son would be in paradise here. we have a Lego store in Orlando that son adores. This place totally rocks. Oh please send me Yoda.

  71. Wow .. I’ve heard of this place before .. Its like the Disney World for Legos

  72. I just love Boston in general. I need to make another trip up north (just when the snow melts).

  73. This looks extreme fun!! There is a LegoLand here in ATL lowkey jealous this wasnt around when I was a child.

  74. My son is Lego OBSESSED! We plan to go to Legoland in Florida this summer.

  75. From over the years, I have had a growing appreciation for LEGOS. They are pretty fun to play with! I’d love to visit a place like this with my nephew.

  76. Oh my gosh, we have family moving to Boston. This is definitely on our to-do list when we visit them.

  77. This looks so awesome! I would love to visit.

  78. Looks like your boys had a really fun time! I’ve heard really great things about Legoland.

  79. A lego lovers dream place! It’s like our Legoland in Florida!

  80. This looks like a great place! My nephew would love to take a trip there. Wish Boston wasn’t so far away.

  81. wow, that would be so fun! The adults would love to play there too!

  82. Wow, 44,000 square-feet and more than 3 million LEGO® bricks is mind blowing. I can see why kids would have such a great time. I didn’t realize they have they all over the country. Too much fun!

  83. I grew up playing Legos and it really helps in the creativity department. I should visit Legoland since I’m such a big fan of Lego growing up.

  84. looks like such a fun time! I am sure your kids loved it! I had no idea it was so big!

  85. Oh my! Our Lego Discovery Center looks nothing like this! I take my son to our Discovery Center where the theme is also Lego and it’s not quite as lovely as this one! In fact, he gets bored after about 10 minutes!

  86. We really need to check this out. My son would be in heaven!

  87. I went to lego land as a child and I loved it! I can’t wait to take my son when he’s a little older!

  88. Great Pictures. Legoland looks like a wonderful place to visit. I am sure you had lot of fun there with family & your boys could have enjoyed it thoroughly. Would love to take my daughters sometime.

  89. OMG My kids would love that. They are huge Lego fans

  90. Lego’s are a huge it in our home. Love Yoda and the TMT. My kids would love to go there!

  91. This looks like something my girls would love, I’m thinking about surprising my daughter with a trip when we go to Florida!

  92. We are huge fans of Lego, so this looks like so much fun. We will definitely have to go when we have kids.

  93. Looks like it would be alot of fun for kids. Wish there was one close to here.

  94. This looks like a wonderful place to visit! My kids would go nuts! Love the Boston watertank too!

  95. I am so glad to see this review today. Friends and I were just talking about Lego Land over dinner! I can’t wait to take Malone here, I know he’ll have a blast!

  96. This sounds like a wonderful place. I have never met a child who did not like Lego toys.

  97. We LOVE Legoland! I especially like how they’re all so different. We’ll have to visit that one!

  98. My grandsons would go bonkers over this place for sure. I went to Chi tag and they had a Santa build out of legs it was totally cool!!!

  99. It looks like your boys had a blast! My son is a bit older but he still loves Legos! I bet he would like going here.

  100. Legoland Discovery Center looks like a fantastic place to spend the day. My kids are huge Lego fans.

  101. Love this! I hope we get to visit some day!!

  102. Thanks for the tour of legoland. We might go next time near it.

  103. We have a Lego land here in KC and we love it! The one in Boston looks great too!

  104. Oh boy. Forget my kids, I’d never leave this place!! Ugh – why can’t Canada get stuff like this?! I think there is only one in Toronto. It would be so cool to talk with the Master Builder… my son is setting his eyes on bigger and bigger sets now. over 2000 pieces! And the Mindstorm robotic ones. very cool.

  105. How fun- we’re going to Boston soon, and I am adding this to our list!

  106. This would be a really great way to spend a day. I would like to take the family to see this.

  107. Lego’s are a big deal in the Foodie house, so I know that the kids would LOVE a visit to LEGOLAND! We’ve got to make it happen! It looks like so much fun.

  108. We love Legos! My girls would love to go here and so would I. So many neat builds!

  109. We went to the Lego Discovery in Dallas last year and had a blast!!! My daughter had a smile on her face the entire time! They even had a Lego cowboys stadium that both my hubby & dad tell everyone about to this day! I need to go to a Lego Discovery again hehe 😉

  110. Ohh you’re so lucky! I’m sure you guys had a lot of fun! I love Lego, hopefully I could check it out together with my family soon!

  111. Legoland is one of our dream destinations! Great photos you have here and looks like your kids really had fun.

  112. My son LOVES Lego and would be in 7th heaven to visit the Legoland Discovery center and Legoland! I need to make it a top priority to get him there before he gets too old. 🙂

  113. So cool!! Maybe on one of my business trips the boys can come with me and check it out while I’m working!

  114. So, I don’t even have kids and I want to go here. This place looks amazing!

  115. My kids love this place we go to the on in Anaheim, Ca and we have to tear them out of there!

  116. Legoland is second magical to Disney! We all lvoe Lego or any building blocks (may it be Mega Bloks or Kreo or even cheap brands)