The summer holidays are here, and like all parents, I want to get out and about with the girls without it costing me a fortune. During the holidays I have a day where it is just me and Lyla, so I wanted to do some things just for her to give her some one-on-one time. Like her mama, she loves trains, so we hopped on the train to Birmingham to give the new Legoland Discovery Centre a try.
Situated on the edge of the Birmingham Arena (more on that later) and sold as ‘the ultimate indoor lego playground’, there are 2 rides, a miniland of Birmingham and the surrounding areas, a 4D cinema, soft play area, build and play zones, and of course a big Lego shop!
We went in with no idea what to expect and were pleasantly surprised. The tickets are sold in time slots so there were no queues for anything, it seems they have been very sensible with how many people are in the centre at any one time. It is essential to pre-book as the days sell out in advance, people were being turned away if they hadn’t pre-booked tickets.
It starts very structured, you ride the Kingdom Quest ride first, a laser quest ride, and then you walk through to explore the miniland. We loved how interactive this was, with the children being able to control parts of the land at various points. You then go through to a big area filled with build and play stations, the cinema, soft play, Merlin’s Apprentice Ride and of course a coffee shop. I’m on a money saving mission so we didn’t eat here, but I did notice they had the essential for any parents in a kids play zone – Costa Coffee!!
We spent a total of about 2 hours at the Discovery Centre, Lyla had such a good time! I came away slightly disappointed but I think that was purely down to the fact I then had a lot more time to kill in Birmingham than I had expected, before our train home! It is a perfect place to take the kids if they love Lego, with lots of different activities to keep them occupied, but isn’t a full day out.
A downside? It is so difficult to find if you don’t know where you are going! There is no signage ANYWHERE in Birmingham, even the taxi driver didn’t even have a clue it was there! It was only because I had watched a vlog on YouTube that I knew it was on the edge of the arena. So to those of you planning to visit, it is directly opposite the Sea Life Centre, just over the bridge!
There are also lots of vouchers around, I got £10 tickets with o2 priority (if you are an O2 customer), but there are also 2 for 1 vouchers around on cereals and in the newspapers, so make sure you don’t pay full price!
Lyla’s Verdict: “Please may I go again, with daddy?”….Oh.