Last week we packed up the kids and headed to the Dallas–Fort Worth area of Texas; DFW for all you locals. We were determined to take the boys on some fun outings while there.
Back in October while in Fort Worth for the Graco Snugride Car Seat event, I was talking with a fellow blogger about fun things to do in the DFW area. She mentioned what a great time her kids had at Legoland Discovery Center.
Legoland? Since when did they have a Legoland in Dallas? I lived in the DFW area (Arlington, to be exact) for a few years, and I visit there often, but apparently I’ve not been keeping up with the amazing growth in the area.
Well, it is true. There is a Legoland in Dallas! And it is awesome!
Parked right inside Grapevine Mills Mall across from the equally fun looking Sea Life Aquarium, Legoland Discovery Center is a compact, fun-filled Lego wonderland for kids.
We met up with my sister-in-law and her two little lego fanatics for a fun filled afternoon. We arrived at Legoland Discovery Center shortly after it opened at 10 am. Although it was a weekday school was out for the Thanksgiving holidays. We’re glad that we arrived as early as we did because, post 12 pm, it seemed like every family in Plano, Grapevine, and the surrounding areas decided to go to Legoland that very same day.
When you enter Legoland Discovery Center you are taken on a little “tour” of a “Lego making factory”. It isn’t a real tour of a real factory, of course, but my kids, who were in total awe, didn’t suspect a thing.
I was amazed by how much Lego fun the designers managed to fit in such a small space!
There were a few rides…
Various places to try your hand at building Lego structures, race cars, and more. They even had a little area for babies and toddlers…
By the way, those large Lego bricks in the top right photo were awesome. When my husband got home he hopped online to see if he could find a place to buy some.
There was a huge play structure right in the middle of all the fun. I didn’t manage to snap a picture, but my oldest loved it! *Word to the wise: bring socks! If you forget, like I did, no worries, you can purchase socks for just $1 per pair.
My favorite part of Legoland Discovery Center was the recreation of some of the most famous places in Dallas and Fort Worth. The Lego Stockyards were so cool. I’m amazed by how Reunion Tower was recreated with such exactness–using LEGOS!! Amazing!
We wrapped up our day at the 4-D Lego movie that even my scaredy-cat 2 year old (yes, he was terrified when we took him to Finding Nemo 3-D a couple months ago) LOVED.
When all was said and done, we spent 4 fun-filled hours at Legoland Discovery Center. That was enough for the kids to do just about everything they wanted to do and to see what they wanted to see.
As we walked to our car, Big Brother (age 5), kept repeating, “Mom, that was awesome!”, and “Next time we come to Texas can we come to Legoland again?”. All of the kids had a fabulous time!
If you’re planning a visit to the Dallas–Fort Worth area with kids, I’d highly recommend a stop at Legoland Discovery Center at Grapevine Mills Mall!
Tickets begin at just $11.25+ tax when purchased online. If you’re looking to fill your entire day with fun you can purchase a Legoland Discovery Center/Sea Life Aquarium combo pass for just $23 for a child’s ticket and $29 for an adult.
One last Legoland Discovery Center tip: If you’ll be at Legoland through lunchtime visit this link (click “meals”) to purchase your meals online before you go! A family of 4 will save well over $10 on food alone by purchasing a meal deal online.
Disclosure: I received complimentary passes to facilitate this post. All opinions are honest and are my own.