If your kids collect Legos like Grandpa collects stamps, treat them to the ultimate Lego experience on your next family day with a visit to the Legoland Discovery Centre. Located 32 kilometers (20 miles) north of Toronto at Vaughan Mills Mall, this indoor playground offers rides, exhibits, and three million or so interlocking bricks, so grab your cameras and get ready for an exciting day of imagination and creativity.
As you approach the big, yellow building, snap a picture of your kids’ beaming smiles as they stand in front of the giant Lego figurines of a red-capped boy and pink-shirted girl who welcome all visitors. Once you’re inside, you’ll want to take a moment to find your bearings in the massive space, which is laid out in a giant oval pattern and dotted with different attractions.
Judging by their abundant energy right now, it’s clear your little ones have a need for speed, so start off at Lego Racers: Build and Test, where they’ll create their own miniature vehicles to race on a speed track. That will get the adrenaline pumping for your next stop, the Kingdom Quest Laser Ride, where you can all battle baddies together from a moving chariot. There’s no time to shout “Ready, aim, fire!” as you laser zap targets along the track and prove your family’s skills when it comes to all things Lego.
All of your kids’ long hours poring over instructional manuals, experimenting with designs, and searching for that one, perfect piece come to a climax when they sign up to play Earthquake Tables. Watch from the sidelines as they use their best engineering skills to create the tallest, most stable Lego structure that can withstand the devastating power of a simulated earthquake.
Eventually, you’ll a need a rest, so take a load off by popping into the Lego 4-D Cinema and slipping on a pair of slick shades for an out-of-this-world film experience. Here, your kids’ favorite Lego characters zoom across the theater so vividly that you’ll glance above the rims of your glasses to double-check that they aren’t real.
Once you’re back to the action, take a look at what Lego has always done best: creating fascinating, colorful cityscapes. In this case, that means a Lego re-creation of the Toronto skyline, including the iconic CN Tower. Children and adults alike will be fascinated by the intricate details, imagining the countless hours that must have gone into creating a city in miniature. You could fill up the memory card of your camera with photos, but it might be even better to help your kids build at least part of it themselves.
Yes, that’s right, nobody can resist the Lego-filled gift shop you’ll encounter on your way out the door, so drop in and purchase a few Lego sets to work on at home, from iconic buildings to futuristic vehicles. Then keep the fun going into the evening as you watch your kids bring their dreams to life, brick by colorful brick.
Photo by Benjamin Esham