By LeeAnn Rhoden
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta is every child’s Lego® dream come true. There are Legos® everywhere and interactive activities to keep little hands busy. It is located on the third floor of the Phipps Plaza Mall in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta.
You begin your journey through Legoland® in the Lego Lab® where you learn how Legos® are made. From gathering the plastic pellets, measuring them out to heating them and watching the mold form the Legos®, it’s a interesting start. Even better when your child has the opportunity to make his very own Lego®.
There are Lego® builds the children can participate in. For older children, there is the Lego® Race Car where children can build Lego® cars and race down the tracks against each other or their parents. The tracks even have electronic timing devices to time the cars. Then you can go back to the drawing board and keep tinkering with the car and watch it get faster. Another building activity is trying to build a tall, but sturdy tower which will hold up against an “earthquake.” Younger children have activities with the larger Duplo Legos® which are easier for small hands to manipulate.
You can enjoy two rides. The first one is Merlin’s Apprentice ride. You and your child have to peddle to get the magic cart to rise. The faster you peddle, the higher you go! And the carts are designed to look like they are made from Legos®. The second ride is the Kingdom Quest. You ride through a Lego® movie, use the attached laser guns to eliminate skeletons and ghouls and ultimately save the Princess.
There is also a Lego Pirate Adventure® complete with a huge Lego® pirate ship and obstacle courses of rigging ladders. You can walk the plank, shoot a cannon and there is even a place to build and float your own Lego® ship. And after all that, you can take a rest in the 4-D movie based on the coming Lego® Movie, Lego® Ninjago. Caution – you will get wet!
The most amazing thing about LEGOLAND® are the fantastic Lego® builds. There are characters, statues and animals constructions and there is a whole room dedicated to the miniature Lego® city of Atlanta that is fantastic in its replication and accuracy.
Throughout your visit, there is an encompassing interactive activity in which your child can participates in. With each activity your child completes, he or she will stamps the activity card and turn it in at the end of the day to receive a small LEGOLAND® gift.
If you get hungry, there is a café inside for snacks and drinks. Since you are in the mall, there are a host of outside food vendors as well. And, of course, you are exited to the gift shop where you will see a number of Lego® kits for sale.
Location: 3500 Peachtree Rd NE G-1, Atlanta, GA 30326 – Phipps Plaza Mall.
Budget: Whatever you do, buy your tickets online. You’ll save lots of money that way. If you know when – date and time – you’ll be going, then you’ll save even more. Tickets range in price from $12.50 to $27.95 depending on your package.
What To Do: Build, learn and explore. It’s a lot of fun for the kids. They will love it and will have a great time.
If You Go: Wear comfortable clothes and shoes – there’s lots of walking and standing. Bring hand sanitizer because bins containing thousands of Legos have been touched by thousands of little hands. Be aware that you exit into the gift shop.
This article appears in the October 2018 issue of Augusta Family Magazine.
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