Today I took my two boys to Legoland. My husband has gone to Swansea to watch the football, leaving me holding the babies (they’re 5 and 8!). We had no other commitments, which sounds relaxing, but mums of boys of this age might empathise with the dread I feel when we have no plans at the weekend. My boys are like lion cubs: leave them alone for 10 minutes and they start play-fighting, but that soon turns to something more vicious. So I have to keep them amused or exercise them (and yes, that does sound like I’m talking about animals).
So off we drove to Legoland at the crack of dawn to avoid the queues. We were there before the rides opened, as were a couple of hundred other people. But we had a really good run of the park for a couple of hours before the queues really started to build up.
Legoland is brilliant for kids of any age and my 5 year old has finally got to a height where he’s allowed to go on pretty much all of the rides, as long as he’s accompanied by an adult. Both of the boys are fearless – I’m the one who doesn’t like heights, or going round and round and round in circles. And there are a few of those here.
I was impressed with the play areas. There were two really big playgrounds, one in the Pirate Shores zone and the other in Duplo Valley. The Pirate Shores playground was full of concerned looking parents, wondering if they’d ever see their kids again – I was one of them. But the boys had loads of fun on some quite challenging play equipment.
The boys’ favourite ride was the indoor ‘Laser Raiders’ – a combination of ghost train, laser quest and fun house. They competed against each other to shoot as many Lego characters as possible. This ride also had the longest queue. We arrived at this one at around lunchtime and queued for about an hour. There were loads of Lego ‘sculptures’ to look at while we waited and the kids didn’t seem to mind.
The most impressive attraction in the park is Miniland: a stunning collection of the world’s most recognisable buildings, waterways, cultural icons and transportation, comprising around 40 million Lego bricks. Unsurprisingly we spent most of our time gawping at the miniature London. The kids were amazed, as was I.
Legoland is an expensive day out. It cost the three of us £104 including £4 for parking which I think is pretty cheeky, and that cost included one free children’s pass, as we’d collected a freebie from a snack box a few months ago. They charged us a bit more because of the fireworks display that night, which we didn’t stay for.
Having said that, it is a great day out. The queues are always going to be long in the middle of the day and in the middle of the park, so my advice is to get there early and head for the back of the park, working your way back to the beginning over the course of the day.