Dallas, Ft Worth, & Grapevine Attraction
On a recent trip to Dallas, the reaction I got after whispering a secret to my grandson was "Hooray!! Hooray!!" and he ran off looking for his sister yelling - "McKenna, McKenna, we're going to LEGOLAND!" He's two and I have no idea how he knew about LEGOLAND in Grapevine but two seconds later he was back with "let's go!"
Grapevine is one of our favorite Texas cities because it is very outdoorsy oriented and offers lots of fun things to see and do from attractions, to excellent golf courses, to camping on the lake, to fun and challenging bike trails plus good live music, resorts, restaurants, and lively nightlife. The newest Grapevine attraction is LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Grapevine Mills Mall and it's sister next door, Sea Life Aquarium - which we have already had to agree to visit on our next trip to Dallas.
LEGOLAND Discovery Center is a great place to take kids when it's raining, freezing cold, or really hot. Beware LEGOLAND is relatively small and tends to get crowed on the weekends and during prime time and it is best suited for 2 to 10 year olds - older and younger may be better off visiting Sea Life Aquarium. Some rides and play areas have height restrictions. Our 3 and 6 year old grandkids, as well as Grandma and Grandpa had a good time.
Here's a quick tour of some of what you'll get to enjoy at LEGOLAND Discovery Center:
- Lego Factory Tour - the first stop is just inside the entrance where you are greeted for a quick factory tour with Professor Brick-a-Brack and animated workers who take you through the process of turning raw plastic into a LEGO, one of which you get to keep at the end of the tour - which the grandson entrusted me to guard and protect the entire visit and he kept checking to make sure it was ok
- Kingdom Quest - straight from the factory we boarded our chariot for 4, grabbed our 4 laser pistols, and took a ride though the kingdom to try and shoot the skeletons, vanquish the trolls, and rescue the captured princess - I'm proud to say that my digital shooting score was the highest in our chariot, which made me want to take another ride though the kingdom to see if I could beat what was posted as the top score
- Play Zone & Construction Site -this was our gymnast granddaughter's favorite because she loved clambering over the colorful jungle gym, climbing up and whizzing down the slide, and scampering through the tunnels
- LEGO Studios - the 4D movie was my highlight thanks to a good movie plus it was good, quiet, and had comfortable seats - the specials effects were a real surprise to the grandkids
- Forest Ranger Pursuit - while the "too short to drive" grandson and I built and raced Lego cars, tried to get our LEGO stack to withstand the earthquake table, and stacked huge LEGO blocks as high as possible, the granddaughter drove an off-road LEGO vehicle through the forest pathways which like the Dallas freeways were frequented by traffic jams and small accidents by inexperienced drivers
- Merlin's Apprentice - this may have been my least favorite ride only because I rode with the grandson who couldn't reach the petals to help me petal which meant that the burden of keeping us airborne and as high as possible (all I kept hearing was "petal harder Duke!") was 100% on my old legs - I got off the ride and had to wobble to the nearest bench to rest - the grandson loved the ride!
- MINILAND - built from 1.5 million LEGO bricks, MINILAND represents famous landmarks in the area like Cowboys Stadium, The Ballpark in Arlington, Will Rogers Center, American Airlines Center, Gaylord Texan Hotel, Southfork Ranch - we all felt like a giant wondering through Dallas
I wasn't too shocked that after spending over 3 hours with over 3 million LEGOs that the grandkids wanted to take a few hundred more LEGOS and other LEGOLAND souvenirs home with them from the huge LEGOLAND Discovery Center Shop.