August 5-on-5: Adventures in LegoLand

Happy August! Can you believe summer is almost ending?! With only a month left to go I do not plan on squandering it. Before you run off to finish your summer, grab a cup of coffee and take a few minutes to read through this month's blog circle. 

This summer, my kids' interest in Legos has just EXPLODED. We were lucky enough to have Legoland Discovery Center open up near us last April in Plymouth Meeting, PA. Needless to say the commercials drove the kids nuts. At least once a week they had asked us to take them to Legoland. 

Imagine how thrilled they were when they found out that we had tickets to go!

He would have sat here all day building his "beach house" if we let him.

He would have sat here all day building his "beach house" if we let him.

I was insanely surprised at how patient they waited at home until it was time to leave. (Our entry time wasn't until after lunch.) Once there, I really thought the kids were going to explode from the excitement. They practically ran right into... the long line to get in. Every parents worst nightmare. Both my husband and I were amazed at how well our four and three year old boys waited in that line. No crying, no asking if it was time to go in yet, not even a single complaint.

Finally we get in, and the first activity is a little interactive lego train ride. It was the perfect start to our trip. I am pretty sure it was the highlight of their young lives- sitting in a life size train made of legos. The ride took us through a bunch of fun scenes with a magic wand to wave around trying to pop bubbles, light up stars and take out lights on an alien spaceship. 

Then we went off to see the 4D movie. My youngest was apprehensive (did not let go of Daddy's hand, even for a moment), but thought it was amazing. From my point of view... I loved watching their reactions to the effects more than the actual little movie.

I really hate leaving negative reviews of places like this. But if I am completely honest... as an adult, it was so not worth the money (around 25 a ticket- 3 and up). It was overly crowded, seemed slightly understaffed, and though there were many differently themed areas (ninjago, lego friends, etc) the activity in each area was still the same. Even down to the same set up- a few tables and stools and a place to build. I, unfortunately, do not think we will be going back any time soon. 

Lego Mini town modeled after Philadelphia. The boys were AMAZED at watching the lego vehicles move around and the lights change.

Lego Mini town modeled after Philadelphia. The boys were AMAZED at watching the lego vehicles move around and the lights change.

But on a good note, I think out of everything that day, the best part was watching my kids' imagination grow right in front of me. It was crazy to see how much of an impact a place like this had on them. 

They went from building towers (just stacking bricks one on top of the other) to building houses and windows and doors the next day. I guess the only thing that really matters is that they had fun and they learned something. Mom and Dad might have been miserable, but it was worth it. 

How can you deny that these boys had a good day?!

How can you deny that these boys had a good day?!

I'm sure this wont be the first time Hubby and I suffer through a day like this just to see the kids smile. I chalk our second month of summer up as a success and I can't wait to see how our summer ends. Hopefully you still have some coffee left, if not go grab some more and check out Stephanie Woodward's work {Salt Lake City Family Photographer} and see what story her images tell this month. 

Until next month,

Erin Berry, Photographer

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