This past weekend we attended Annual Pass Preview at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Philadelphia at the Plymouth Meeting Mall. It's about a 40-45 minute drive from Chester County.
When you arrive at the Plymouth Meeting Mall, you can park outside of the entrance to the center, though there are many reserved spaces for the health center and you may need to park further away on crowded days. (Tip: You can park over by Bertucci's and walk down to the first level). LDC is located on the first floor near the carousel.
While we waited in line to get our picture taken for our passes, we met Bertie the mascot. My two year old was a bit intimidated by a live LEGO® figure, but my oldest thought he was pretty awesome.
Once we made it through the line to get our passes and have our souvenir photo taken, we boarded the Imagination Express train ride. (Note: The wait was a bit long to get passes, it took us almost an hour.)
Each person has a wand to shoot at bubbles, stars and other fun screens along the ride (you can see a clip in our video below). The train car stops in front of each screen to give you some extra time to interact with the screen, which is nice for little ones who are just figuring out how to use their wand.
Upon leaving the train, you are free to explore the various indoor LEGO® themed play areas:
- LEGO® Ninjago Training Camp
- Build Challenge Circle
- LEGO® 4D Cinema
- LEGO® Creative Workshop
- Pirate Adventure Island
- LEGO® Friends
- LEGO® Racers: Build and test
- DUPLO® Park
- Earthquake Tables
- Imagination Express
We went straight to the LEGO® 4D Cinema to watch LEGO® NEXO KNIGHTS: The Book of Creativity. You'll feel the wind, rain, and snow during this fun short film. My girls loved it! Warning: hide your cell phone so it doesn't get wet!
We then visited MINILAND®, where the entire city of Philadelphia has been recreated with LEGO® bricks.
It was incredibly detailed, from construction workers and school buses that stop at traffic lights, to the guy running up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art like Rocky. My favorite part is when it turns to night time and the city is lit up with a blue glow.
My youngest spent a lot of time in DUPLO® park with a slide, soft LEGO® brick area, DUPLO tables, and even a bubble-maker. My two-year-old was in heaven!
My oldest played primarily at Pirate Adventure Island and LEGO® Friends.
There are so many things to do here that we didn't get to all of them, but they are eager to go back again!
The facilities here are very family-friendly, including a family restroom with baby changing facilities. They also have smaller height sinks for little ones to wash their hands.
Coffee Shop & Cafe
All that play will make your kiddos hungry and thirsty (especially when it's crowded and warm)! The cafe has a kids' meal deal for $12 which includes a small sandwich, small drink, a snack, and a LEGO® Lunchbox souvenir.
They also have pudding, baby carrots, goldfish crackers, chips, salads, water, milk, juice,and larger hoagies for purchase. The pre-made sandwiches and salads were all labeled for those with food allergies. Annual Pass Members save 20% in the cafe, which is not a bad deal.
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Philadelphia officially opens tomorrow, April 6th, 2017. We can't wait for our next visit!
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