Well that’s that, the summer holiday period is over (boooo!) but there’s lots to look forward to (hooray!) as we settle into a brand new routine. My eldest girl (nearly 6) enters Year 1 this September and my youngest (nearly 4) will be skipping into Pre-School. She can’t wait – but I admit I’m feeling a little tearful at the thought of my littlest sausage-loving pink princess leaving me.
I wanted to make this summer really special and as you’ll see from some of my posts, we’ve been keeping ourselves active and getting out as much as possible. Luckily for us, Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester and Sealife Manchester have very kindly provided us with a year of fun via an annual family pass! We’re feeling very lucky; my girls love both of these great attractions. We had such a good day viewing the Octopus Hideout at Sealife during the Easter holiday back in April – the girls could!n’t stop talking about it. They’re also accessible and easy to get to – located at Barton Square in the Trafford Centre. Great parking and ease of access, which is always a bonus if you have young ones and you’re lugging prams and bottomless ‘Mary Poppins’ changing bags around. Luckily, we left that stage behind, only to be replaced with “bottomless snack rucksack” (however, Legoland has a really good cafe…more on that later).
Last week, after much deliberation (Legoland or Sealife? Both in one day? Or savour one at once?) we settled on a trip to Legoland again. Recently, and after 6 hugely successful years the Legoland Discovery Centre has welcomed its 2 millionth visitor! I was excited to hear that Thomas and Rebecca Stevens alongside their father Andrew, and his partner Karen, were welcomed into the attraction in a fanfare of balloons and prizes on Friday 26th August and were also awarded with an annual family pass. Have fun guys – it’s an invaluable family bonus and you’ll find yourself using it lots.
Inside Legoland we were greeted by Dr Brick, a really friendly character the girls were immediately in awe of! He explained to the girls how the Lego bricks are made, with his colourful machinery. I thought this was really magical for the girls. They had a chance to engage with Dr Brick; he asked my 6-year-old to pull some levers, press buttons and jump up and down and out popped some special Legoland bricks! My girls like nothing better than jumping up and down.
We then entered Legoland through a set of huge colourful doors and made our way onto our first interactive ride – shooting the baddies with laser guns and saving the princess! They were so thrilled and would have had about 80 turns if we didn’t have so much else to see.
When you enter the main area you are immediately struck by how much there is to do here! There is over two million Lego bricks, with many impressive models for the children (and adults!) to view including a Manchester themes Miniland. The centre provides an opportunity for children to explore and learn through interactive play, with huge vats of differently coloured bricks and different modelling stations (including a car-building area). Alongside the Lego, the centre offers a 4D cinema with different films on rotation and rides including, the Kingdom Quest Laser Ride and Lego City: Forest Pursuit.
There’s a cafe, where we had lunch. I found the pricing here reasonable. We bought a kids lunch box (sandwich, drink, fruit and crisps), the obvious latte for me and a toastie and we shared the lot which came to £12.99. I can also report that there is nice coffee – not easily found in family attractions.
There’s a Lego kitchen area which was a BIG hit, particularly because it’s mainly pink and contains a karaoke machine. There are also great soft pay areas – one for very young children and one with a climbing frame and slide.
My two had a great time. I think it’s well worthwhile checking out their offers on their website, both for family tickets and annual passes if you’re looking for a regular attraction you can reply on for your children, in school holidays, rainy days or just when you’re stuck for something to do.
We’re planning to visit at half term – and possibly before (I still get half days with my youngest as she’s pre-school and not yet in full-time education – yay!!). As an ambassador for both Legoland and Sealife, I’ll be looking forward to telling about all the latest news and events.
Disclosure: I am a blogger ambassador for Sealife Manchester and the Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester. I have been provided with an annual family pass by Merlin Entertainment. All opinions are my own.