LEGO fans everywhere are hip-hip-hurraying the release of the newest LEGO movie – The LEGO® MOVIE 2: The Second Part. And so is the GTA’s own LEGO headquarters. Until March 30, 2019, LEGOLAND Discovery Centre is celebrating the sequel with special movie-themed activities during LEGO MOVIE DAYS.
We headed up to Vaughan on the weekend to check out the newest offerings.
In addition to the permanent LEGO build & play zones, the rides and 4D movie theatre, visitors on weekends can help build a LEGO Mosaic, create their own movie-themed escape vehicle, make their own stop-motion scene, build a get-away structure for a LEGO zip line, and have some special photo opps and Character Meet-and-Greets. The characters stop by on weekends at 12 p.m. 2 p.m and 4 p.m.
My guys really loved the stop-motion movie making. It’s geared for school-aged and older kids but the space in the ‘classroom’ area on the side has some space for LEGO building and is a nice break from the main area.
What made the visit extra special, however, was meeting Canada’s only Master Model Builder Noel Straatsma. He is one of 10 in the world. Yah, pretty much celebrity status in our house. He was on-site helping build the Mystery LEGO Mosaic, chatting with visitors and sometimes challenging them in a race to fill up one of the squares. I bet you can guess who won.
We ended our visit with one of the 4D mini-movies – always a bit hit and we really enjoyed Clutch Powers. Now it’s off to see the new LEGO movie.(Have you been? Should you bring your kids? Check out how it rates and what parents are saying about here.)
Getting there: It’s in the southeast end of Vaughan Mills shopping centre. Tons of free mall parking. It’s part of the York Region Transit Terminal. Check out Vaughan Mills Mall for directions from Toronto on TTC. Stroller-friendly. It may get pretty tight on a busy Saturday or doing peak days.
Low-down: Admission for walk-up is $27.95 for adults and children; you save $5 when you purchase online. There is a small ‘coat check’ near the back by the Merlin’s Adventure ride. This is not a supervised area. There is paid ($3) lockers in the mall. We just left our coats in the car.
In the hood: In the driving vicinity, Kortright Conservation Centre. Reptilia. Canada’s Wonderland. And the Richmond Hill Wave Pool.