You’d be hard pressed to find someone who hasn’t spent hours of their lives in front of a pile of Legos- constructing, tearing apart, and re-constructing whatever their minds could imagine.
I remember my siblings and I had a tub of Legos from my parents’ day. They were slightly discolored from wear and years of play.
We stacked the bricks together to make homes for our Lego people. We fixed tiny rubber tires to tiny axles, creating cars to race in the driveway. Small, flat, grey squares bore faded numbers written with permanent marker- once used to create my very first cell phone.
When my younger brother was born we got a set of the bigger Legos. The ones that were easier for small hands to grasp and less of a choking hazard. I would build tower after tower, allowing my brother to knock it down again and again, exploding into a fit of giggles as the Legos were scattered across the living room.
No doubt, Legoland Michigan is a place for kids to let their imaginations run free. But for us grown-ups, this place is about memories.
I got to experience Legoland Discovery Center with my nephew, The Goob. During my time, I found myself reflecting on the memories of my childhood that were centered around legos. I spent my morning at Legoland being pulled back and forth between a cloud of nostalgia and the energetic, enthusiastic commentary by The Goob. The best part of experiencing Legoland is being able to reflect on old memories while making new ones.
As adults, here are some ways that Legoland Discovery Center allows us to re-live our childhood memories:
Build Your Own Cars & Race Them
The Legoland Discovery Center has the perfect workshop set up for assembling cars. Several buckets are filled with everything you could need for car-building. They’ve got just about every size tire you could want, and legos in several different sizes, shapes, and colors to really customize your car.
But really, the best part is letting your competitive side show. Legoland Discovery Center has some epic ramps set up for racing your masterpieces. I’m talking some serious slopes, and even an automated gate that will let the cars go all at the same time. Legoland takes your lego car-racing memories and revs them up x1000!
Test Your Tower-Building Skills
One of the best things about playing with legos is stacking them up to build gigantic towers. So many elements go into building a great lego skyscraper: a tower height, a solid foundation, even distribution of colors. Legoland Discovery Center allows you to channel your inner engineer with creation tables made specifically for tower-building.
The greatest part of the creation table is that once you have completed your tower, you can press a button which causes the table to shake. This is how you can prove to all of your friends that you are, indeed, a master tower architect!
Let Your Imagination Run Free
Sometimes, the most satisfying part of playing with legos as a kid was just putting pieces together to see what they would become. I remember creating rocket ships, telephones, and houses for my lego people. At Legoland Discovery Center, they have several places where you can just sit and put pieces together. As an adult, you’ll be surprised how relaxing it can be!
Legoland Discovery Center also gives you plenty of opportunities to make new memories. With plenty of activities, mesmerizing lego statues, and even some rides, there is enough to keep you enthused for hours.
Here are some of the great ways to make new memories at Legoland:
Rescue The Princess
On the Kingdom Quest ride (or as The Goob calls it – The Pew Pew Game), you use your laser gun to shoot at different targets, gaining points and ultimately freeing the Princess from the Trolls and Skeletons that captured her. At the end of the game, as you’re shooting to protect yourself from the dragon, they even take your photo which you can purchase once you exit the ride. We loved this game so much that we went three times, improving our scores each time.
Tour the City of Detroit
…sort of. One of the rooms you’ll enter during your Legoland experience is set up to resemble some of the highlights of Detroit. Using over 1.5 million lego pieces, they have recreated the Fox Theater, Comerica Park, the Airport, and several more iconic buildings.
Around the room are various buttons you can push which will cause something exciting to happen within the Lego landscape. My favorite was the road construction section, where you could make the lego guy on the jack hammer buzz around!
Every ten minutes or so, the room will grow dark and the lights within the buildings turn on to create the scene of Detroit at night. Fireworks are projected onto the walls, and the sight is just as lovely as the real deal.
Play a Part in Creating Another Child’s Memories
Without a doubt one of my favorite things about visiting Legoland Discovery Center was that I got to experience it with The Goob. I was pulled from one thing to the next and found myself caught up in the enthusiasm of a four-year-old. I got to make my own new memories while playing a part in shaping the memories of my favorite little dude.
I got to experience his excitement when his lego car destroyed mine in a race. I got to relish in his laughter as his lego tower crumbled to the floor. What more could a grown-up want than to see their favorite littles having the time of their lives?
So whether you’re looking to relive your childhood memories or make new ones, Legoland is a great way to spend a morning in Michigan. My final impression of Legoland? Everything is awesome.
NOTE: LegoLand Discovery Center requires you to pre-book your tickets online. You must choose a time and date and may not be admitted until that time. All adults must be accompanied by a child to gain entry to the attraction. I visited the LegoLand Discovery Center located inside the Great Lakes Crossing Outlet Mall in Auburn Hills, Michigan. For more Legoland Locations, Click Here.
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Would you visit the LegoLand Discovery Center? What are some of your lego-inspired memories?