STEM Product Review: Legoland
Hi STEM Sparkers! I apologize that last week I didn't post again. I was focused on getting ahead on work tasks because this week the Olsens are going to Legoland California! With two thirds of us vaccinated, school ending, and temperatures rising in Phoenix, Bobby and I thought it was a good time to visit one of our favorite theme parks. This visit to Legoland will be our fourth, which shouldn't be too much of a surprise given that we love Lego. And I thought why not give Legoland a review for the blog along with a Lego set giveaway? Read below for more details.
Will your kids like it and/or will you hate it?
So if you or your kids hate theme parks or Lego or specifically theme parks based on Lego, then yes, you will hate Legoland. :) But if you don't, then you and your children will enjoy the park. There's lots of fun Lego inspired rides, special interactive Lego build and play areas (Jack's favorite was build a space rover), and two playground areas.
It's never been too busy the times we've been, both winter and summer, and that's a plus when you have young children who don't yet understand waiting in line. Also, the first time we went Jack was 3, and he was able to ride everything but one rollercoaster. It is an ideal theme park to visit with young children. Older children may enjoy it too, but I don't know anyone who has taken their kids there past age 10.
I also want to note that we've been fortunate to stay at the Legoland Hotel that is right next door to the park, and if you're from out of town, I highly recommend staying there. It's nice to be able to walk back to your room when you want. I also recommend a stroller for kids under 8, but I feel like that is a theme park given.
How long will it keep them entertained?
All day or until they're just over it.
Are they a good value?
Because Legoland California is relatively not far from Phoenix, we invested in annual passes. We've definitely gotten our money's worth out of the annual pass, because in addition to Legoland California, we can use the pass at Legoland Discovery Center here in Phoenix. Also, Legoland tends to have kids get in free with adult tickets coupons, which do make the tickets cheaper than other California theme parks.
Ninja-like STEM Skills
It's kind of weird to be like do theme parks have STEM skills, but in the case of Legoland, there are multiple build with Lego areas, which reinforce STEM skills like spatial reasoning, problem solving, counting, adding and subtracting. I also think theme parks there are other theme parks, like Sea World, that also reinforce STEM learning. I love when playing and learning intertwine, don't you?
I will foreworn you (if you have not been to Legoland), there is a good size Lego store inside the park. Any Lego lover will get the case of the "I Wants", including adults. Be prepared to go home with at least one Lego set. :)
Okay STEM Sparkers, let me know if I forgot any important tips for Legoland in the comments below. Also please leave a comment about any other awesome theme parks that incorporate STEM learning. And since we're headed to Legoland, I thought it'd be fun to raffle off one of the Legoland Lego sets-- the Legoland Fire Academy set. Just follow the Rafflecopter below (or click here). And happy STEM-ing everyone!