(1.) Getting thereTravelling to Legoland in Schaumburg is expensive! You’ll end up spending an arm and a leg on tolls! At least, that’s what it felt like to us. We were coming from the west, so we passed two toll booths where the attendant gave us change back – thankfully. However, once you start taking exits into Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, you’ll need to have exact change – no dollar bills! So be ready! In total, during our three days in the windy city, we paid about $20 in tolls! Next time we go, I’ll probably take $10 in bills and $10 in quarters, nickels, and dimes. 😉
(2.) Lockers are availableFor a quarter, you can rent a storage locker to keep your things in. I was happy to have a place to store my purse and diaper bag so all I needed to carry around with me was my phone. There are some machines that make change for you, but the day we went, they were ALL out of order. Of course! So bring some loose change (if you haven’t spent it all on tolls). *wink*
(3.) The ridesThere are two rides at the Legoland Discovery Center: Kingdom Quest (a gun-shooting, point-acquiring carriage ride) and Merlin’s Apprentice (a more grown-up version of a merry- go-round). My boys, aged seven and four, loved both of these – especially Kingdom Quest. Babies are not allowed on either ride, unless they are old enough to walk freely on their own – unassisted. Thankfully, our one-year-old can walk, so we were able to do the rides as a family.
(4.) The theaterAnother attraction we enjoyed included watching a movie in Legoland’s 4-D theater. We had to wear 3-D glasses the whole time, but it was lots of fun. It wasn’t a long film – perfect for young kids. It was probably about 15 to 20 minutes long. I don’t want to give anything away because I was surprised by the experience. It was definitely one of my more favorite things about Legoland!
(5.) Attend a classKids are invited to join a class in Lego Master Builder Academy for free! You have to line up outside the door, and then the instructor let’s the students (and their parents) in when it’s time. Kids will get to follow along as the instructor explains how to build a small set. You don’t get to take the sets home, but they ARE available for $5 in the Cafe. Be sure to arrive at least 10 minutes early on a busy day. Parents are welcome to come in, sit, and watch, but be prepared to stand or put your child on your lap if there are a ton of kids. We were fortunate to have a pretty small class so even the adults could sit!
(6.) Strollers are welcomeI was happy to have our stroller but really wished I didn’t need it. There is a special stroller parking area near the lockers, and we were able to leave it there while riding Kingdom Quest. After the ride was over, we put our one-year-old back in it and were off to more adventures. In all honestly though, having a stroller was kind of a hassle. I mean, it was nice to keep our baby girl strapped in and unable to wander around the center aimlessly, but trying to push it through throngs of people was a bit annoying. We wanted to go to Legoland as a family, so there was no question about whether the baby would go with us or stay home with family.
(7.) ActivitiesAt this location, kids will have lots of opportunities to build with Legos. When you first enter Legoland, after you’ve purchased your tickets, Miniland will welcome you. It’s an awesome display of the Chicago skyline and locations created solely from Legos. In Miniland, they have set up a table so kids can build whatever they like while the parents or other family members check out the displays. Throughout Legoland, there are stations set-up so kids can build. There’s a room full of tables just for building with Lego Friends, and it seemed that was pretty popular. While we were in line at the theater, kids or adults could add Legos to a giant mini-figure silhouette on the wall. Then, in the cafe area, there are two building stations. One is for building a racecar and testing it by sending it down a track. The other, which we didn’t have time to do, was where you could build a boat and try to float it on water. The last activity that my two youngest enjoyed was Pirate Adventure Island. Kids can climb through a tunnel, build structures with large, soft Lego blocks, and play on the pirate ship. My youngest was not happy to move on from here.
(8.) The foodHere is how Legoland explains the Cafe:
The Café is located in the middle of the LEGO® Build and Test area, so is a great place to sit while you watch the kids play. The Café offers cold snack options such as salads, sandwiches, chips, candy, granola bars and bottled drinks.You are not allowed to bring your own food or drink unless you have a severe food allergy, and we chose not to spend out money in the cafe. However, they sold these really cute lunch boxes, so we could one for each of the kids. I’m not planning on using them for food in the future. Instead, we’ll probably have the kids store their own Lego creations!