You can admit it – you love LEGOs too. The truth is, you don’t have to be a kid to play with them. These building blocks from Denmark remain among the most popular toys for kids and adults even after generations of imaginative play. In the Chicago area, LEGOLAND Discovery Center is the place to be for families who love LEGOs.
Located in the Streets of Woodfield retail center in Schaumburg, right near Woodfield Mall, LEGOLAND offers indoor entertainment on two floors that include LEGO sculptures, rides, 4-D movies, and three million building bricks. Twelve attractions can keep your kids occupied for many hours, starting with Chicago MINILAND, a LEGO version of Chicago that includes iconic buildings, Buckingham Fountain, and much more. MINILAND also gets invaded quite frequently during theme weekends – by pirates, Star Wars characters, ninjas, and more.
There’s also a Jungle Expedition area, in which you can walk through LEGO greenery and see life-sized LEGO creatures, and the Kingdom Quest Laser Ride on the bottom floor. The ride lets you shoot virtual trolls and skeletons as you try to rescue the princess. There’s a giant LEGO dragon involved, and you can compete against the others in your car. Visit the Master Model Builder Workshop, where you can talk to a Master Builder and see what’s being built.
Starting this month, you can also check out LEGO Star Wars Episode IV MINILAND! Your favorite “Star Wars” characters, locations, and ships will be on display to look at and interact with. View Mos Eisley, help destroy the Death Star, watch the Millennium Falcon escape Tatooine, and relive the battle between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader. This is a great time for fans of this space epic, and LEGO has long been a partner with Lucasfilm in helping people of all ages get immersed in the worlds of “Star Wars.”
Another new area opens upstairs in March; LEGO Friends Heartlake City will appeal to those who enjoy the LEGO Friends LEGO line. Up here, you’ll also find the LEGO 4D Cinema, which is currently showing a number of short 4D films. The newest is ‘The LEGO Movie 4D: A New Adventure,” which features favorite characters from “The Lego Movie.” In the LEGO Master Builder Academy, you can enjoy special workshops that will let you build and take home (for a small fee) LEGO sculptures.
The main part of the top floor is devoted to a free play area that includes the Duplo Village for smaller builders, the LEGO Racer: Build & Test area, and the Merlin’s Apprentice ride, for kids who want to soar into the sky. You can engage in water play here, relax and look out giant windows, or have something to eat in the café.
LEGO sculptures dot the building so you can take pictures. Birthday parties are held here regularly, too. Naturally, you can buy LEGOs here as well. Please note that LEGOLAND Discovery Center is independent from The LEGO Store locations so availability, prices, and discounts may vary, although you can get points for the LEGO VIP Loyalty Program as long as you bring your physical card with you.
Online tickets cost $15.20 and up; admission at entrance is $19. Annual passes are available. LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago is located at 601 N. Martingale Rd., Suite 130, in Schaumburg. It’s near the AMC Loews Movie Theatre at Streets of Woodfield), corner of Higgins Rd. and Martingale Rd. Parking is free. Streets of Woodfield also features GameWorks, several Lettuce Entertain You restaurants such as Shaw’s Crab House and Maggiano’s, additional retailers, and eateries. For more information, visit chicago.legolanddiscoverycenter.com.