Our Chicago Vacation: A Day At LEGOLAND in Schaumburg

Thursday, April 10, 2014 0 Comments A+ a-

Thanks to LEGOLAND Discovery Centers for providing my family with free admission to the Chicago/ Schaumburg LEGOLAND.

The first day of our Chicago vacation was packed with something my whole family loves... LEGO! When we walked in, we were immediately greeted by Albert Einstein. As you can see in the photo, the detail that went into creating this piece was amazing. And, I'm sure it's no coincidence that his nose was at the perfect height for the kids to dig their hands in!

As we waited in line for our tickets, Phoenix checked out the map of LEGOLAND. 

Upon entering LEGOLAND, we were greeted by Miniland Chicago which features famous Chicago landmarks built from almost 2 million LEGO bricks! Highlights include Willis Tower, Navy Pier, Buckingham Fountain and the Wrigley Building. 

Next, we trekked through the Jungle Expedition. This stunningly-beautiful LEGO jungle brought us face to face with some incredible life-size LEGO jungle animals! From tigers, to hippos and monkeys, we followed the quiz trail to learn fun facts about our LEGO jungle friends.

The LEGO® STAR WARS™ MINILAND Model Display Episode IV was next on our visit. At this beautiful display, we were able to experience the epic duel between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader and watch in awe as the Millennium Falcon rises from the deserts of Tatooine. We explored the bustling city of Mos Eisley and took in the busy cantina where the band plays its familiar tune and dangerous characters lurk in dark corners. And,we saw the fortress-like depths of the mighty Death Star as it rises ominously above the dusty planet, and even tested our skills in the interactive model display to destroy the Imperial base or bring down the attacking X-Wings. 

Next, it was off to the Kingdom Quest Laser Ride. Our family hopped in a dragon car, armed with laser zappers, and rode through the forest to help destroy some evil villains! We got points for each skeleton and troll that you zap, and a few bonus targets that really helped boost our score! Our individual points tally was recorded on the dragon car, so we could see who got the highest score. You can ride Kingdom Quest as many times as you like, and the ride is included in the standard admission price.

As we headed upstairs, our first stop was the LEGO® 4D Cinema, which I thought was absolutely amazing!
This movie theater take the fun of 3D and add special effects, like wind, rain and snow, so that you really feel like a part of the story! We saw LEGO Clutch Powers, but there is LEGO Legends of Chima too. Both movies are family friendly and run for approximately 15 minutes. The movies run on rotation throughout the day.

The LEGO® Factory Tour was our next stop. The LEGO fun factory is where kids learn all about how LEGO bricks are made. Professor Brick-a-Brack will took us through each step of the brick creation process, starting with the plastic granulate, all the way through to printing and distribution. The kids also get a special souvenir LEGO brick to take home with them. 

After such a busy day, it was definitely time for some free play for the kids. Luckily, the LEGO® City Construction Site was our next stop. The LEGO City jungle gym is the perfect place for kids to burn off some excess energy! As well as climbing slopes and slides, the jungle gym also features soft LEGO bricks which are perfect for building big walls and houses. The jungle gym is located next to the cafĂ©, so adults are able to keep a close eye on their children while they play.

Our last stop at LEGOLAND in Chicago was the Technicycle Ride. The Technicycle is a fun pedal bike ride – as you go round in circles, pedal as fast as you can to fly up in the air. As soon as you stop pedalling, you’ll fly straight back down! This is a family friendly ride, and is especially popular with younger children. Ariana was not tall enough to ride, but Phoenix was, as long as he was accompanied by an adult. Like with everything at LEGOLAND, you can go on the ride as many times as you like, and the ride is included in the admission price. :)

And that, my friends,sums up our trip to LEGOLAND in Schaumburg - Chicago. If you have the opportunity to go, I highly recommend it! The memories we made there will certainly last a lifetime. :)

Have you ever been to LEGOLAND? What was your favorite part? Leave a comment below :)

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