Last Saturday, we made the 1 1/2 hour drive to Manchester from Leeds for the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre’s Christmas Bricktacular at the Trafford Centre.
It was the first time we’ve visited the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre, I’ve shopped at the mall many times before without kids- it’s incredibly busy so best to shop solo- but I’d recommend visiting with children and making your way straight to the LEGOLAND Centre!
The whole of Trafford is awash with Christmas lights and tinsel and there’s even an outdoor Christmas market and fair directly in front of the LEGOLAND centre! You can’t help but feel festive, even in November!
Just look how sparkly it is?!
Annoyingly, Peter’s camera died on our arrival (my smaller one was at home) which led to the much lusted-after purchase of a Canon 5D (it was my birthday the following day after all) but being John Lewis’ last 5D and a display camera, it was without battery for some reason so we had to make do with my camera phone this time!
I think the pictures have come out well considering!
Right at the entrance, a fabulous LEGO racing car captured our attention, enticing the boys in for a faux-ride.
Oliver in particular was so impressed he said there was no need to go inside inside now we’d find this! Bless!
Venture in, we did though and with press passes in hand, we said hello to this guy…
Oliver was proud to be asked to press buttons and turn wheels in the factory to help in creating LEGO and all the kids were given a piece of their own LEGOLAND Discovery Centre LEGO on leaving too!
Once out of the factory doors, we made our way down an interactive path (LEGO stands encouraging play, were everywhere) and entered the jaw-droppingly impressive minature LEGO world that quite frankly, blew us all away!
With lights on rotation, the views turned from day to night too. Magical.
Hello there little LEGO London!
We all got stuck in building, playing, laughing-I made a garage (go me-garages are so underrated) and it was actually my most favourite part of the day!
There was much more than just play pits too, LEGO masterclasses were being held for little ones in adjacent rooms, dedicated stands to encourage kids to build then run cars down tracks were in another corner, a cafe/ restaurant was close for hungry tums and even a flying helicopter whirled around our heads above Christmas trees in the centre much to everyone’s amazement!
Oh and a huge soft play area with climbing frames got our seal of approval too. I found it hard to leave to be honest and appeared to be the biggest ‘kid’ in there!
Tired but happy, we finished the day by taking a mini tour of a LEGO make shift gold mine- the kids oohed and aahed at the Christmas decorations and lights the whole way.
Such a fun and educational festive day out!
Please note we arrived just as the Christmas Bricktacular opened so even more festive fun is scheduled soon.
What to expect this season from the 15th November 2014 – 2nd January 2015.
Special event activities include:
- Giant Advent Calender giveaway with festive LEGO prizes to be won daily*
- Join our Snowman and Reindeer hunt
- Build a LEGO Gingerbread house
- Fancy dress competition
- Visit the Festive Factory Tour and drive through our winter wonderland on the Forest Pursuit ride.
Have you been before?