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LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Melbourne is Now Open

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LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Melbourne at Chadstone Shopping Centre

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, the wait is over. LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Melbourne has finally opened its doors to a very eager public.

Melbourne’s multi-million dollar attraction at Chadstone Shopping Centre caused quite the hype in the lead up to the opening, and rightly so. This is, after all, the first LEGO centre of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

Home to 2 million LEGO® bricks

LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Melbourne is home to more than 2 million LEGO® bricks, and boasts 13 family friendly attractions. As far as indoor playgrounds go, this has to be the ultimate for lucky LEGO fans.

The LEGO Factory Tour

LEGO Factory Tour

On first entry, after a mini photo shoot session, children are invited to explore the LEGO Factory Tour. A Factory Tour sounds like a ‘behind-the-scenes’ tactile insight into how LEGO is made, but it isn’t. Instead, the Factory Tour is an interactive room filled with control panels and large screens where kids design their own minifigure after watching a video. It’s a fun activity, where kids get to swap around heads, torsos and legs from collectible minifigures by pressing buttons and playing around with joysticks. This activity is great for children aged 5 years plus, but little kids may need help.

Kingdom Quest Ride

Kingdom Quest Ride

Next up, is the first and biggest ride of the centre, the Kingdom Quest. The fun LEGO themed train-like ride seats 4 passengers, both kids and adults. Each passenger gets to use a pistol to shoot at targets with lasers. Each medieval style animated scene depicts things like spiders, skeletons and trolls to shoot at and collect points. The Kingdom Quest is definitely a favourite for the kids so don’t be surprised if your own children ask for repeated rides.

MINILAND Melbourne

When the ride is complete, it’s over to the much-loved MINILAND Melbourne. The entire room is the city of Melbourne in LEGO version, complete with moving trams, the Melbourne Star, Flinders Street Station, the MCG, Flemington Racecourse, to the beach boxes of Brighton.

Melbourne Star in LEGO

MINILAND Melbourne impresses the grown-ups more than the kids, although children do get to push buttons to interact with the models, and seek out some fun minifigure scenes. MINILAND Melbourne moves from day to night on a rotation timer. At ‘night time’ within MINILAND, Melbourne’s LEGO buildings light up, and there’s a mini fireworks display to watch.

Flinders Street Station in LEGO

There’s a lot of fun to be had in the MINILAND Melbourne room, pointing out famous landmarks that are synonymous to Melbourne, but it’s the hands-on stuff that kids really get a kick out of, and that’s why the next open plan room after MINILAND Melbourne ticks all the right boxes.

LEGO Friends Heartlake City

LEGO Friends Heartlake City

Walking into the largest space for hands-on activities, centred by a seated cafeteria, and to the right is the LEGO Friends Heartlake City. Quite obviously aimed at young female LEGO fans, he Heartlake City has construction areas set up around a built up mini city.

Duplo Farm

Just behind the LEGO Friends Heartlake City is the Duplo Farm, which is a themed playground aimed at little children aged 2 – 5. Small fingers get to build with large soft blocks and climb into a Duplo cubby house complete with a tube slide.

Merlin's Apprentice Ride

Merlin's Apprentice Ride

In the next half of the activity room is LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Melbourne’s second ride called Merlin’s Apprentice. Seating two passengers at one time, each carriage spins around, but also up and down when the passengers use their foot pedals. The Merlin’s Apprentice is a simple ride, yet kids ask to ride it again, many times over.

LEGO City Soft Play Area

LEGO City Soft Play Area

Next to the Merlin’s Apprentice ride is the gated LEGO City Soft Play Area, with blocks to play with, a foam floor and plenty of cubby spaces to climb and explore. Be aware, no adults are allowed into the LEGO City Soft Play Area, it is strictly children only!

Earthquake Tables

Earthquake Tables

Back into the open space, and there’s the Earthquake Table, whereby little hands get to build a tower, and then push a button to wobble the base-plate of their construction, to encourage a collapse. Fun!

LEGO Racer Build & Test Zone

Just behind the Earthquake Table is the LEGO Racer Build & Test zone, with troughs filled with LEGO bricks and wheels so that kids get to build their own racer to fly down one of three tracks.

Creative Workshop

Meet the Master Model Builder in the Creative Workshop

To add a little educational brick building fun to the centre, there’s the Creative Workshop, which fosters creativity and assists children with constructing their own bricktastic creations. Children pick up a box housing a de-constructed set inside, and together as a group, with the centre’s Master Model Builders taking the lead, kids build a little set together.

4D Cinema

4D Cinema

Finally, LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Melbourne houses a 4D cinema, screening LEGO-themed movies, lasting around 20 minutes or so. You may wonder what 4D movie is? It is basically the same as a 3D movie, only with additional physical effects such as wind blowing at you and sprays of water splashing your face, in synchronisation with the film.

Indoor Play, Cafe and WiFi!

Overall, the LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Melbourne is a lot of fun for children of all ages, although the age bracket of 3 – 8 years would probably get the most out of the centre.

Most of the fun happens in the last play area of the LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Melbourne, in which your children could quite possibly while away half a day or more.

The set out of this play space allows grown-ups to enjoy a coffee, and potentially take advantage of the centre’s free WiFi while the kids explore, build and play.

Party Rooms

There are party rooms all ready to go too, for children to invite their peers and enjoy an unforgettable brick-tastic birthday treat.

Single Entry vs Annual Pass

Entry into LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Melbourne is $32.50 per person for an individual admission, otherwise $81 individual or $77 per person (family) for an annual pass.

The annual pass entitles you to unlimited entry into LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Melbourne, plus 20% off food and drinks in the café, 10% discount on birthday parties, and a 10% discount in the impressive LEGO® shop.

If you think you will visit the LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Melbourne more than once in a year, the annual pass is by far the better option.

Where: 1341 Dandenong Rd, Chadstone VIC
Phone: 1800 803 297
Open: From 9:30am
Website: Go to melbourne.legolanddiscoverycentre.com.au to book online.
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