We were lucky last Sunday to be invited to join 14 other blogging families for a Blogs Up North trip to the Legoland Discovery Centre in the Trafford Centre, Manchester. We were given free entry into the centre which I have visited before when we won a trip.
This time it was a lot less crowded and the only longish queue was for the first ride:
After shooting trolls with lasers we went into the Miniland to see the famous landmarks:
There were also some Lakes landmarks which we recognised too:
Next stop was the 4D cinema. We were able to sit on the front row for the original lego movie and got a little bit wet. Then we queued up for the new Chimera movie and got even wetter! Amazing 3D effects though the noise of the fan was louder than some parts of the soundtrack.
We then had a bite to eat in the cafe. I was rather disappointed with the range of food for children. There were loads of chicken mayo and few cheese sandwiches but no ham. My son ended up with cake and crisps for lunch! My grown up panini was pretty tasty though.
My son had a play in the soft play whilst I chatted to the other bloggers. Then my daughter went to watch the 4D with some other families whilst my son had a go driving a police car to catch the robbers:
I wanted to go on the Merlin's Apprentice ride. Whilst waiting my son had a chance to get up close to some of his favourite movie characters:
Then it was time to check out the next ride:
Finally the part my son had been waiting for Star Wars Miniland which is on until June:
There were 3 scenes created all of which had some form of interactivity though the clone wars missiles weren't shooting properly.
We had one last fun photo opportunity before we left. These are my 2 with their new blog buddies:
I think at 9.5 my daughter is about at the limit for the discovery centre as the rides are more aimed at younger children. We did all have a lovely few hours in there and we will probably return again.
The last treat of the day was a trip to Cadwaladers ice cream cafe next door. They had kindly allowed us to sample their ice creams and coffees. It was hard to choose from all their flavours:
My children chose chocolate and mint Choc chip:
The meanies wouldn't let me taste it but it must have been delicious judging by the way they were demolished:
The coffee was a pretty good one too. I would definitely go back there as a paying customer.