Last weekend, we finally visited the LegoLand Discovery Center Westchester.  It wasn’t a long
drive from Brooklyn – maybe about 30-minutes, which is tolerable when you have
a minivan full of kids.  Out of all of
the children (five total) that came with us, mini me was the most excited.  She kept saying “Lego, Lego, Lego!” And when
she realized we weren’t reaching the destination quickly enough she began to
ask my sister, non-stop, “Are we at Lego’s?” 
LegoLand Discovery Center Westchester was half of what I
expected it to be.  First of all, we
missed it since it’s located within a [beautiful] shopping center (Ridge Hill Shopping Center).  When I pictured in my
head what I thought Lego Land Discovery Center would look like, I imagined a
place that was larger.  LegoLand
Discovery Center Westchester
is SMALL, and for the cost of admission, and the
limited activities I didn’t think it was worth it; however, mini me LOVED it!
In fact, she couldn’t stop talking about it.  She’s still talking about it, and asking to go
back!Oh, and she asked to go to Disney World.  I need more money! .:LOL:.
LegoLand Discovery Center had a manageable crowd by the
time we arrived, which was around 2:45 p.m. 
Although Lego Land Discovery Center Westchester targets children ages
3-10, from what I observed, most of the children there were at least 5+.  Even though there are areas for smaller
children to play, you have children whose parents just let them run loose like
wild animals doing any and everything.  I
wasn’t down for that.  Mini me wanted to
go into the three tiered, enclosed Lego Fire Academy Play Station, but parents aren’t
allowed to go in with their younger children, so I didn’t allow her to.  The last thing I need is for some idiot big
kid to hurt my baby… and then… never mind.
The highlights of the
LegoLand Discovery Center Westchester were:
  • The Medieval-themed Kingdom Quest video game inspired laser
    tag ride.
  • The Merlin’s Apprentice carnival ride that spins in circles and
    goes up and down. I thought mini me would be scared, but she actually enjoyed
  • MiniLand features cool replicas of some famous New York City locations.  MiniLand is made from nearly 1.5 million LEGO® bricks,
    with moving airships and trains.
Parents, this is where they get us! 
Come prepared to purchase something from the gift shop.  The exit
leads you straight through the gift shop, and what kid is not going to want to
purchase Lego products after seeing all of the cool Lego creations? I ended up
purchasing the My First LEGO® DUPLO® Supermarket for $27.99 when it’s on-sale
on the Lego wesbite for  $9.98! I can’t believe it!
My First LEGO® DUPLO® Supermarket
Know Before you Go!
LegoLand isn’t an all day activity; we spent 2.5 hours there, which was more than enough time.  You can plan to spend a day shopping at the Ridge Hill Shopping Center and visit LegoLand.

Legoland DiscoveryWestchester: 39 Fitzgerald St., within the Ridge Hill shopping complex
at 1 Ridge Hill Blvd., Yonkers; 866-243-0770;
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
(last admission at 7:30 p.m.); Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (last admission at 5
Cost: Tickets must be purchased in advance in
order to guarantee entry. Otherwise, you can get there and have to turn right
back around or just spend the day [window] shopping at the Ridge Hill Mall.
$18 for kids 3-12, $22 for ages 13 and up, free for kids 2
and under.  Annual passes start at $58.52
for an individual or $227.59 for a family of four and include admission,
discounts for birthday parties, the shop and the cafe, and a subscription to
Lego magazine.
Parking: The North Otis or South Otis parking
garages offer the closest access to the attraction ($3.25 for up to six hours)

Have you visited the LegoLand Discovery Center Westchester? What did you think of it?