Posted : October 28, 2013
Our blog is chock full of great ideas for fun things to see and do in York Durham and Headwaters. We are always adding new content and updating old posts, but sometimes you might stumble upon something from our vault. If this article has inspired you to hit the road, be sure to double-check that the featured stops in this post are still welcoming visitors.
LEGOLAND Discovery Centre is a must-see for parents with young LEGO fans.
Canada’s first LEGOLAND Discovery Centre can be found inside Vaughan Mills Shopping Centre in Vaughan, Ontario.
This 34,000 square foot indoor amusement park provides hours of entertainment for families looking to escape the cold weather outside.
There are several hands-on play areas, an enclosed jungle gym area, LEGO building classes, 2 rides (Kingdom Quest and Merlin’s Apprentice), a 4D cinema/movie theatre and MINILAND – a miniature version of Toronto made out of LEGO bricks.
We were greeted by a staff member in a white lab coat who gave us a tour of the LEGO factory and we learned some interesting facts about ourselves.
While the kids weren’t too interested in MINILAND, my husband and I were amazed by the level of detail put into the building of famous Toronto landmarks.
Kingdom Quest was too loud and dark for our daughter’s liking but my husband and son had a blast shooting laser guns in the dark trying to save the Princess.
The kids enjoyed testing their vehicle designs on the LEGO Racers ramp and we spent quite a bit of time in the DUPLO Village area given the bricks were easier for our toddler to build and play with.
We also tested how our skyscraper fared under earthquake like conditions.
Unfortunately we were too busy having fun elsewhere that we were not able to make it to the last LEGO Master Builder Academy class of the day. We did catch a few minutes of the older kids working on a 3D model of a pumpkin from the window.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
There are no in and out privileges unless you have an annual pass ($60 per person or $230 for a family of 4 – each additional annual pass above that is $55 per person).
As such, if you are visiting during snack or meal time food and drinks can be purchased at the Café.
Admission is $22 for adults (13+), $18 for children (3 – 12) and free for kids 2 and under. Adult tickets are discounted if you purchase them in advance online.
Adults must be accompanied by a child between the ages of 0-12.
LEGOLAND does hold special themed nights for adult fans of LEGO without children. Check the schedule to for exact dates and times.
The centre is very busy and loud on weekends and if you are looking to avoid the crowds your best bet would be to visit during the week.
After 3PM Saver tickets are available for families looking to save on admission. Tickets are $15 plus tax per person from Monday to Thursday from 3 PM to 6 PM.
Be prepared to carry your coats, outerwear and shopping bags as coat and bag check is not available.
For more information visit LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Toronto website.
Cheryl is founder of Kids On A Plane – a blog dedicated to family travel in North America and the Caribbean. When she’s not on a plane, you can find her exploring York Region and the GTA with her two young children and husband.