What is more exciting to kids than Legos? Here’s our trip report of a toddler’s first visit to Legoland Discovery Center in New York.
We were recently the guests of Legoland Discovery Center (http://www.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/westchester/) in Yonkers, New York at Ridge Hill, located in a great new lifestyle mall.
My son could not wait to go and we invited some friends join us for the trip. Our friends purchased their tickets online prior to going, which is highly recommended to guarantee entry, and to take advantage of discounted online prices. The ticket costs vary by weekend or weekday visits. We went on a weekend so our friends paid $19.50 for adults and their son was no charge as 0-2 years are free. For children over 2 years old the admission is $16.50 on weekends. They validate your tickets for discounted parking, so let them know if you parked in the parking garage. They also offer annual passes which are $230 for a family of four that includes unlimited entry, discounts at the café, gift shop and birthday parties. All of the details are listed on their website.
We arrived 15 minutes prior to opening and stood in line outside and then once they opened at 10am, we stood in line again. The entry process was not well organized and proved frustrating for parents and toddlers alike. The Lego experience begins with the Lego Factory Tour which explains how Lego’s are built. Next we moved on to the Kingdom Quest Laser Ride where kids can zap the trolls and skeletons. My son really enjoyed this ride.
Miniland was the next area we entered. We were able to see many famous buildings and locations in NYC and you are able to push buttons to make them interactive. My son and his friend had a great time pressing the buttons to see what would change. Next we entered the room for interactive Lego activities. There are Lego Racers: Build and Test, Merlin’s Apprentice Ride, Lego Contstruction Site, Duplo Village, Lego Friends and the 4-D cinema. There were lots of bins that had Lego’s all around so kids could just go and build. We did the Duplo Village, the Merlin’s Apprentice and the Lego Racers: build and test. My son really enjoyed the areas that he played in.
He wanted to go into the Lego Construction site, but he was too little for that. It would have been great if they had a smaller version for toddlers or times that smaller children could go it. He was very disappointed. There are multiple birthday party rooms and there were a lot of parties going on when we visited which made it very crowded at times.
They have a café as well, but we were ready to sit down in a quieter setting. We chose to eat at the Yard House in the mall. The food was great and our server Daniel was very in tune with us having two toddlers. He really was extremely helpful and on the ball.
We would go back to Ridge Hill to enjoy the shopping and restaurants, but will probably wait until our son is a bit older to return to Legoland.