The Legoland Discovery Center Chicago is a 30,000 sq. ft, 2 story space packed with Lego activities and rides. They fit way more into this mall space than you would guess! A heart-shape bespectacled giraffe will greet you ❤️
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Legoland Discovery Center Chicago was the very 1st of its kind in the US. We went just 2 years after opening when even Lego stores were an uncommon thing. It’s in the greater Chicago-land area, not downtown. The Legoland Discovery Center Chicago is just a 1/2 hour Northwest of the city, 17 minutes from O’Hare airport, depending on traffic. It’s seated in the suburb of Schaumburg, Illinois. An area with much to offer, all its own. The Legoland Discovery Center is completely indoors, unlike the larger Legoland theme parks. It’s part of a shopping center, but is laid out well and bigger than you expect. It contains 12 main attractions- 2 rides, workshops, multiple build & play zones, Lego exhibits, and a 4D cinema. If you’ve never been to a Legoland theme park, you’re in for a treat! If you have been, this is a nice 1/2 day visit that kids will love without being overwhelmed. It’s a good bite-sized chunk that won’t have you running around a hot theme park that you can’t squeeze into a day. This is fun and fast enough to keep kids busy, plenty of fun stations & cool exhibits to thrill them, and timed to finish before they get cranky and too worn out. And it won’t ‘break the bank’. It was fun for our whole family!
Nighttime on a little corner of Chicago Miniland. The Water Tower is center and John Hancock Center is in the back. St Ita Catholic Church with its beautiful stained glass windows is partially seen on right. Historic Chicago Fire Department Engine 98 house on left.
Indoor Lego Playground- A nice playland area with climbing, blocks- of course, and slides. Good at wearing out that energy!
Lego Friends Heartlake City– Lego girl power here! Help Heartlake City characters Olivia, Emma, Stephanie, Mia and Andrea build their city. An interactive play area and photo ops with the Heartlake City girls.
A little corner in the Lego rainforest in the Jungle Expedition. If you look closely, you can see one of the Lego red eyed tree frog sitting in front of the lower monkey and 2 green dragonflies flying in the background, to the right.
There are 13 Legoland Discovery Centers (& quickly growing!) conveniently located throughout the US alone. There’s also 1 in Canada, and numerous locations in Europe, Asia & Australia. Compared to the full Legoland theme park,s this is a good, fast mini-dose that may be closer to home for many, far cheaper, and much smaller, so as not to overwhelm parents and little ones. We visited the Discovery Center before visiting the Legoland in Florida and we were impressed and happy with both! There are only 2 full Legolands in the US and 6 overseas, so the Legoland Discovery Centers are much more convenient to most people. It’s a good time, Heaven for all those kids who love Legos! It was well worth the trip and far better than an arcade or entertainment restaurant. The rides and several exhibits are borrowed from the full theme parks. For a day at the shopping mall, it’s a good bang for your buck and a memorable trip that will wow your kids! I would suggest doing these before, rather than after, going to the full Legoland theme park, however. Going from the huge, full-scale version that you can’t fit into a day to a 1/2 day version may disappoint in comparison. If you have Lego lovers in your house, it’s a day full of family fun! A thumbs up from the Wheats. A great day and good location!
Legoland Discovery Center Kingdom Quest ride at the gates of a Lego medieval castle. Super cute and fun! We got to see a big, red Lego dragon, inside, guarding the king’s crowns and jewels!
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We had a great day in Lego City! Fun way to spend a 1/2 day! Your Lego lovers will love it (though our twins were a little unsure of this photographer)!
I mentioned the Lego movies (which we love!)
Our boys loved the Lego Video Games, too (just to name a few of the many):
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