Legoland Toronto Discovery Centre
Ever since we visited California two years ago my seven year old son Alex has been obsessed with all things brick building – from the toys to the movies to the beloved theme park and hotel. So as I was searching for an activity to fill a free day on a recent trip to Toronto for a family function, I didn’t have to look too far to find our next Lego themed adventure. Located in Vaughan, the Legoland Toronto Discovery Centre is an indoor activity park complete with rides, tons of interactive games and obstacles and even a 4D theatre.
Approximately 30 minutes away from downtown Toronto, Legoland is located in one of the province’s best outlet malls so if you’re able to make a day out of it save some time for shopping! We decided to arrive early, just after opening, to avoid the lines. By the time we left at about 1pm, the centre was buzzing and there were more significant wait times for the rides and shows.
Legoland Toronto features two rides: Kingdom Quest and Merlin’s Apprentice. The first is a Knights themed journey where riders need to save the princess by defeating certain opponents digitally. The second is a Dumbo-like flying adventure that is sure to thrill riders of all ages (over 90cm tall).
Upon entering Legoland Toronto, guests are greeted by a pint size city complete with a model of Pearson airport, the CN Tower and the infamous red streetcars. As you walk through the city, there are a number of interactive areas where you can control elements within the scene.
With four movies premiering throughout the day, kids all of ages have the opportunity to see short Lego films with 3D glasses. The fourth dimension comes into play with added elements like wind, water and even snow. On our recent trip we enjoyed a Clutch Powers feature.
This was Leo’s favourite part of Legoland Toronto with bigger bricks, a slide and plenty of spots for building and exploring. He was also a big fan of the Lego Racers: Build & Test track where guests create their own vehicles and then test them out on a tall track.
While Legoland Toronto is compact compared to its outdoor counterparts, there are special features in every corner. From Lego Friends Karaoke to EarthQuake Tables to the Ninjago City Adventure, there are so many ways to get their energy out, while having fun. Hannah’s favourite part of the morning was probably the in-centre scavenger hunt. Upon entering we purchased an Activity Pack on a lanyard that she took from one station to another in search of stamps. Once completed she brought it back to check-in to receive a Lego pin. And like any branded, theme park, no kid can resist the gift shop. This one just happened to be a full-on Lego store.
Snacks and lunch are available on-site at the Coffee Shop. Prices are quite reasonable and options are entirely kid-friendly with Starbucks coffee for the grown ups. The mall does have a significant food court and many restaurants but it’s important to know that once you leave the Discovery Centre there is no re-entry.