Lifestyle blogger and BritMums Family Days Out Editor Kara Guppy of Chelseamamma.co.uk took her family to Legoland to report for BritMums about the family friendliness of the UK?s favourite theme parks.
If you are looking for a family friendly fun day out with under 12?s then this is for you.
Best for: Pre-School and Primary School age Children
My children are 3, 5 and 8 and I would say they are the perfect age to enjoy the park although there are a couple of more thrilling rides for older siblings to enjoy too.
What can my 3 year old do there?
Duplo Valley is the perfect place to entertain pre-school children, with gentle rides like Fairy Tale Brook, the Duplo Train and Duplo Valley Airport to Brickville where you can fight fires at the Brickville Fire Station, stay safe in the DUPLO Valley Police Station, bake cakes at Clown?s Cake Shop and be the fairest of them all in your very own Princess Castle. The real piece de resistance is Splash Safari where toddlers can safely splash around amongst a menagerie of DUPLO themed animal friends ? from lions and giraffes, to zebras and elephants ? and a range of interactive water features. Just don?t forget their swimsuits and a towel.
What can my 9 year old do there?
If you have a toddler enjoying Splash Safari then their older siblings can enjoy Drench Towers, the largest water play structure in the UK especially designed for maximum soaking. Older kids will love dodging the oversized tipping brick and whizzing down the splashtastic water slides.
This is where Legoland really excels as there is so much to do with different Lands offering a variety of rides from learning to drive to log flumes, rollercoasters to rapids, the 4D cinema to a submarine adventure. Their new Heartlake City was a real hit with Eliza as you can visit Olivia?s house, pose with the friends and even race along on Mia?s Riding Adventure.
My ?Not to be missed? tip are the shows -LEGO® Friends to the Rescue! where you can sing and dance along with Mia, Andrea, Emma, Olivia and Stephanie as they embark on an amazing action packed show full of surprises and / or the traditional Pirates of Skelton Bay Stunt Show ? a pirate-themed live action show featuring acrobatics and swashbuckling swordplay.
What can my teenager do there?
This is the one theme park aimed at Primary age children that my 15-year-old enjoys coming to. There are no big rides to speak of but he enjoys making models in the Imagination Centre, the XBox Gaming Zone and the LEGO® Star Wars? Miniland Model Display & Gallery.
Where is the best place to eat?
There are restaurants and cafe?s dotted all around the park. We ate at City Walk Pizza & Pasta in Heartlake City as it meant we could watch the shows as we had lunch.
Where to stay nearby?
You cannot go to Legoland without staying in their fabulous Lego Hotel. With an amazing themed room to suit every LEGO-lover, you can spark your little ones? imaginations and enter a world of swashbucklin? pirates, royal kings and queens, or join the adventurous Johnny Thunder. In even better news, Legoland are building a new mediaeval castle Hotel next door which will be finished in 2017. There are plenty of budget hotels close-by too.
Which was the family?s favourite ride?
The Atlantis Submarine Voyage is always the ride we head to first as you board a LEGO® submarine and immerse yourself in a magical underwater adventure with real sea life creatures to see.
Which was the best for thrills?
Viking?s River Splash is a firm favourite as you set sail through uncharted waters as you surge downstream in a fantasy Viking world created by millions of LEGO® bricks. Beware you get SOAKED!
What are the baby change facilities like?
There are plenty of baby changing facilities all around the park. The best ones can be found in Heartlake City where you find the Baby Care Centre which offers a private place for mothers to breast or bottle feed their babies and change nappies.
Where to eat? We ate at City Walk Pizza & Pasta in Heartlake City as it mean?t we could watch the shows as we had lunch. It cost £28 for five of us which is very reasonable
Price of ticket: You can save by booking in advance on the website. Tickets from £37 but keep an eye on cereal boxes and in magazines for BOGOF offers.
Park opening times: 10.00-1900 at peak times but reduced hours at other times. Check the website before you visit for up to date information.
Baby change: The Baby Care Centre has facilities for feeding and changing babies and a separate room for mothers to breastfeed. Baby changing facilities are also provided in Ladies and Gents toilets throughout the Park
My top tip: It gets very busy, especially in high-season. Buying a Q-Bot drastically reduces your queue time.
Blogger vote: I give this park 10/10.
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About Kara Guppy
Kara is a busy mother of 6 children aged between 2 and 22 and lives in Dorset. The family love to be outside and live by the motto “Collect Moments, Not Things”. We can often be found leaping in muddy puddles, climbing trees, collecting seashells or hurling ourselves off cliffs down ziplines, and all for fun of course. Kara loves to blog about her and the family’s adventures and can be found at Chelseamamma.co.uk, arewenearlythereyet.eu and sharing videos of her days out on her YouTube channel. She can also be found on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, G+, Vine and Pinterest.