We were very excited to be invited to attend the opening of the Duplo Farm Play Area at the LegoLand Discovery Centre in Manchester. We have never been to LegoLand before and we were looking forward to going. The girls do really enjoy Lego figures, especially Rosie. The LDC is based in the Trafford Centre in Manchester, which is not too far for us. The girls couldn't wait to get in, and the Lego Buzz Lightyear at the front of the Centre had Rosie totally off on one from the start - she loves Buzz!
The Centre itself is brilliant. One of the first things we did was go on the Kingdom Quest Laser Ride. It was brilliant - we all had such a laugh. You get in a little cart with laser guns and shoot the baddies as you ride around the track. I think Alice actually scored the most by shooting the most baddies! We were all laughing like little kids as we went around it was a lot of fun. We also listened to one of the "Professors" telling us how each Lego piece is produced. Rosie and Alice spent most of this time messing around with the cogs and Rosie kept running up to the Lego men shouting "Hello leeeetle man."
Next we walked through the centre to see all of the Lego scenes. It really is brilliant. We stopped to look at the Liverpool scene. The Liver buildings, the docks - it's all there. It really is fascinating to watch, especially when the lights come on. They even had a little model of The Cavern with The Beatles playing underground.
There is a massive soft play area in the Centre, so needless to say our kids spent A LOT of time in there. I am the world's biggest misery when it comes to soft play - so Warren tends to get involved while I spectate. The kids had an absolute ball and were shattered by the time they came out.
The Duplo Farm play area is aimed at younger kids and is very sweet. Rosie spent a lot of time. Next to the farm is a sort-of earthquake tester. The kids spent a lot of time making a tower out of Lego and them putting it on the vibrating plate to see if it would withstand the earthquake. They had a lot of fun.
The girls also spend time in a sort of Princess area that had a karaoke machine in. We struggled to tear them away from this section!
Needless to say, we spent a long time at the Centre. It is big, with lots of things for the kids to do. There are lots of separate sections encouraging the children to be creative, to draw, to build, to play. We also loved the Star Wars collection - the detail that goes into the building of these is amazing.
All in all we had a fantastic day. All of the kids loved it - they really do cater for all ages - there is so much to do. If you do go I would look on the website first and plan your visit, especially if you have younger children. We didn't have a clear plan and so our children were running from one thing to the next so excitable. There is nothing wrong with this approach of course, but a bit of structure is always welcomed!
Tickets start from £9.95 and children under 2 are free. There are a lot of special offers on their web page so if you do go make sure you check there first as there are plenty of savings to be had!
Disclosure: We were invited to LegoLand Discovery Centre and were not charged to enter. All words and views are our own.