This year our Mighty Knightly turned 4 YEARS OLD!
Having been long-time Disney passholders, we debated on celebratingit with the traditional Disneyland birthday visit and family party. But it has been one of the craziest years of our lives so we decide, “Let’s break tradition.”
…Although we still got to take him to our favorite family restaurant at Disneyland the weekend of his birthday.
But on the ACTUAL DAY OF TURNING 4, we decided to take him to LEGOLAND!
And, man, what a perfect age to take him.
The minute we got out of the car, he was excited and jumping around. He just knew this place was going to be awesome
EVERYTHING IS AWESOME
It helps that the song was playing when you walk in when it opens.
Are you thinking of taking your little one to Legoland? If so, we’ve got some great tips for you!
14 Must Do Tips for Visiting Legoland with Kids
1. Arrive earlier than the official Opening Time
When we arrived, it said it would open at 10AM. But looking into the fine print, they actually open the turnstiles and some of the rides at 9:30AM.
2. Start with the most popular ride then go back to front
Ninjago was the most popular when we arrived 30 minutes before opening and it was already a 20 minute wait. Head there first. Then, head straight to the back and go towards the front during the day. You’ll save a lot of wait time.
3. Keep an eye out for FREE tickets
Right when we walked in, there was a booth at the front. Check out and see if they’re still giving away free tickets to come back later in the year. That was an awesome surprise, one I wish Disney would do (but I know never will *tears*).
4. Get a birthday/celebration button if your kids love those kinds of things
Go to any nearby store or at Guest Services to pick one up.
5. Bring extra clothes and a towel because your kiddo will get SOAKED
There are tons of water activities even if you don’t pay for admission to the Water Park at Legoland. Knightly spent a good 2-3 hours just playing in Pirate Shores.
6. Kids eat free after 5PM at certain restaurants
Scope and check out which ones you want to enjoy for dinner early on!
7. Know that it’s not as big as Disney (YAY for happier feet)
It was a lot smaller and was about a half mile if you walk the full circle. We were pretty much done with all the rides by afternoon and enjoyed the rest of the day just visiting Knightly’s favorite spots (and sticking him in the water park for several hours before he conked out).
8. Lines have activities for kids!
The longer lines have play stations for kids to just go and play while you trudge along. This is a lifesaver with a little one, toddler and up.
9. Get Ready for Lots of Interactive Fun
For those of us Disney passholder fans, know now that it’s not going to be the same quality. It’s just not. That’s not to say it doesn’t have its strengths though. The BIG PLUS for those of us with younger kids that run around A LOT is that it’s crazily interactive. Activity stations here and there. Everything’s about getting to touch, build, throw, run around, shoot. There’s a lot of energy that you can have your kids burn so they can fall fast asleep at the end (always the goal).
10. CHECK OUT the Miniature Golf
We were surprised to see a full on 18-holes legit miniature golf area at the park. We at first sneered at the idea of that being a part of it but WOW that was surprisingly fun. Even Knightly loved it.
11. Enjoy Granny’s Apple Fries!
You are totally able to bring in snacks, food and drinks of your own. But if you had to spend money, I’d for sure recommend trying Granny’s Apple Fries! It’s a little something they’re known for originating themselves and it’s pretty yummy.
12. Take advantage of Family Restrooms + Baby Center
For those of you in diaper to potty training stage, the family restrooms are everywhere and are easy to point out. Plus, they’ve got a Baby Center, just like Disney, so take advantage and let yourself enjoy the spaciousness and resources available!
13. Win a Giant Carnival PRIZE
Okay so we’ve never won a carnival prize before. And we really wouldn’t have tried the game AT ALL except a guest right before us walked by and told us, “Hey, this game’s easy.” And it was.
Check out the carnival game in Pirate Shores where you have to throw two balls in a row into a basket (the prizes of the day were Pokemon and since Squirtle is Knightly’s pokemon doppelganger we had to try). Here’s the secret:
Aim the ball to hit the inner side rim of the basket. NOT the middle, NOT the top, NOT the bottom. You need it to hit the inner side rim for it to slow down the momentum enough to fall and stay inside the basket.
We didn’t get it the first time but they do have an option where you can pay at a discounted rate $10 for 4 rounds so we did that right away to warm up. But hey $10 for this not-fake-looking-legit Pokemon toy? Yes, please.
And that’s how Knightly caught his first Pokemon.
14. Naptime Stroll or Sitting Areas
Great place to walk around during naptime is Miniland especially for the kiddos who don’t care to see it but the adults can understand and nerd out about how much work that must’ve taken.
Especially great for you Star Wars nerds.
There are a lot of shady bench areas where you can just sit and have the kid conk out for a little while.
Share your tips!
GO and let us know any tips you’d recommend. Have a blessed time with your families my dears <3
With our love,
The DPARK Family