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Have Fun Round the Block at LEGOLand

by Matt B on August 9th, 2008

As a kid, I enjoyed playing with construction toys and putting things together. Steel Tec, K'nex, Lincoln Logs: I loved them all. (Trivia Tangent: Did you know Lincoln Logs were invented by John Lloyd Wright, son of architect Frank Lloyd Wright?) But perhaps the most globally popular construction toys of all are LEGO bricks. And now, there is a place in Chicagoland completely dedicated to all things LEGO: LEGOLand!

legoThe LEGOLand Discovery Center opened its doors last Thursday and is the only one of its kind in the United States. This 30,000-square-foot (2800-square-meter) indoor attraction combines LEGO models and construction areas with a theme park atmosphere. Kids can learn how a LEGO brick is made, watch a '4-D' film, and go on a dragon ride through a medieval castle full of jesters and wizards… and one giant red dragon made of more than 200,000 LEGO bricks. Trek through the LEGO jungle, and check out LEGO Chicago which is comprised of over one million bricks.

Feeling destructive? Upstairs is an earthquake table, where kids can build to their heart's content and then push a button that shakes the table, bringing everything down with a dramatic crash. You'll also find a ramp on which to race LEGO cars. And once you've thoroughly worn yourself out, there's a caf' where you can sit and relax.

lego peopleRegular admission is $15 for children, $19 for adults, and $17 for seniors. (Kids 2 years old and under are free.) If you like the place enough to come back regularly, Annual Passes are available and offer a year's worth of unlimited visits Monday through Friday. Premium Passes are similar but are good every day of the week, including weekends.The LEGOLand Discovery Center is also one of over 25 attractions whose admission is included with the Go Chicago Card.

Make some time this weekend to visit Schaumburg, the new kid on the LEGO block.

Photo credit: (c/o Flickr) EJP Photo, gadgetgirl

LEGOLand Discovery Center: 601 N Martingale Rd (Schaumburg); 866-929-8111
Daily: 10:00 a.m. ' 7:00 p.m.
Free parking
Public trans: Pace Bus # 208, 554, 600, 606, 696, 699, 757, 905

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3 opinions for Have Fun Round the Block at LEGOLand

  • Carole
    Aug 11, 2008 at 1:11 am

    Looks like fun. If you like this, you’ll want to come to LEGOLAND California sometime (http://www.legoland.com/california.htm). It’s amazing what they can do with Legos!

  • Christina
    Aug 11, 2008 at 9:08 am

    Omigod, when I was in Germany, I wanted to go to Legoland but a hail storm came in and I got the flu and all was lost. Chicago is a lot closer–I may have to visit sooner than I thought. Thanks for the info, Matt.

  • Sandra
    Aug 16, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    Just visited the Legoland Discovery Center at the beginning of August. Carole is right — if you like any part of this, you will LOVE the Legoland in California. The Chicago Discovery Center is a great place to spend some time building. The racing is very popular too! You can also learn from the resident master builder(s). The Chicago skyline is incredible with so much detail.
    ‘Course it’s also a great place to hold your next kid party.

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