Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Visiting the Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester

For a long time visiting Manchester’s Legoland Discovery Centre has been on my son’s wish list of places to visit, and over a recent school holiday he eventually got to chalk it off.

As guests of Merlin we were invited to check out the Discovery Centre in Manchester, and as our Legoland Windsor visits had been so enjoyable in the past, this was something we didn’t hesitate in saying yes to, and were instantly looking forward to.

My mood changed a little apprehensive when I realised we’d have to go during a school holiday, when lots of families would also be looking for indoor entertainment.  I feared big queues, frustrated child and stressed self.

But actually, despite it clearly being a big draw family venue the Legoland Discovery Centre is designed in such a way to help it cope with crowds.

Despite dealing with lots of people, it is organised in such a way that you never really feel crammed, rather ridiculously how you may feel at some lesser ordered outdoor venues.

I was surprised how relaxed our experience was, and how it remained so throughout our visit.

There is loads to see and do, and due to its clever layout, you do seemingly do things in order and are never waiting too long to engage in the next activity.

It’s even fun in the queue to get in.  Max wanted to borrow my camera to take snaps of all the things grabbing his attention before we even got in there.

Soon we were talking with the professor who took us through the process of how a Lego brick is made, he presented all the kids (yes I did ask for one) with a special Discovery Centre Lego brick.

Next we were shooting all sorts of things on the Kingdoms Quest, before off to have a mooch around their bang-up-to-date mini villages.

Max again took to taking photographs, and pressing all the function buttons he could.

There was so much more to see and do, none of which either of us were disappointed with.

Max rode a car around the forest.

We built racers in the build and test arena.

Max took part in a Lego building master class.  Check out his 'serious' face.

And we got a little moist in the 4D Cinema.

It really is a fantastic day out, for children of all sorts of ages.

Toddlers would, and were, really enjoying it, and I’m sure my eight-year-old boy will be asking me to take him back there again.

Is the Legoland Discovery Centre somewhere you’ve been or would like to go?

For a chance of taking your family there for free, and as many times as you like in a year in fact, we have a Merlin Annual Pass to giveaway

The pass will get you, and your family of up to five, in to ALL of the Merlin attractions for a whole year.

To be in with a chance of winning all you have to do is visit the competition blog post, and leave a comment saying which of the Merlin attractions you’d head to first if you won.

Good luck.