Legoland Discovery Center: Boston. The last big part of our trip and, quite possibly, the most exciting. It wasn’t Legoland Florida, which we visited last year, but it was still pretty awesome. To their enormous credit, they fit a lot of entertainment into a fairly small space. Two amusement rides, a build-and-race center, a decent-sized climbing structure/playspace, a cafe, a gift shop, a “factory” simulation, a classroom, a 4-D movie, and a significantly awesome MiniLand.
I’m pretty sure this will make it onto our itinerary most times we’re in the city. Easy parking, a fun several hours, and a JP Licks as soon as you walk out the door. Win-win-win!
Here’s where you start: Tessie, the life-sized Duplo giraffe.
The Who tried and tried to climb it — with very little success. We finally decided that the master builders probably didn’t make enough footholds on purpose.
They have timed entry and then only allow 30 people up to the first exhibit at a time. It was a good effort toward crowd control and they had the good sense to incorporate cute photo ops like this on the wall in the waiting room.
The “factory” part of the place is a 360º movie type thing that is semi-interactive and a little confusing.
I am very wooed by life-sized Lego pieces.
MiniLand was my favorite part — and I think The Who’s also. Boston made of Legos! He learned as we crossed it on the way to Legoland that the Zakim was part of the Big Dig, with which he is fascinated.
“Look!” The Who said excitedly. “That’s us! It’s our blue car on the bridge!” (I’m fairly sure he was suspending disbelief and so did I. It was fun.)
Every five or so minutes, the lights in the room dimmed and the structures’ lights came up, simulating nighttime in the city.
Growing up, we split season tickets to the Sox with a few others. Either my brother or I went to every home Friday night game with my dad. These were our seats: Section 23, row KK, seats 1 and 2.
Almost any kid who grew up in Boston will remember the milk bottle snack stand.
The Tea Party ship.
And, under the water, an actual tea party. Clever, Lego guys. Clever.
I was a little disappointed that there were no weeping willows in the Public Garden. I guess I can forgive them this one transgression.
Especially since they got down to so many details. For example, around the back of this part, if you knelt down and pushed a button, a light came on the Cheers bar underground. (It happened to be the TV show set version and not the actual Bull & Finch pub, but whatevs.)
The Hatch Shell, where you could push buttons to make each instrument play.
And Harvard Yard. Please note how there is no parking of any cars there, just like in the original.
Life-sized Olivia’s House — a small nod to Lego Friends.
Inside, there was a kitchen with a cucpake-making station and a karaoke set-up. Those two things along with the purple leather couches? Sold.
(The lyric he’s singing in this shot is “Here’s my number.”
“So call me maybe.”
And, finally, the Master Builder’s workshop. I’d love several hours alone in here.