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5 Tips For Visiting LEGOLAND Discovery Centre in Melbourne

On our recent visit to Melbourne, we dropped by the new LEGOLAND Discovery Centre. My little LEGO-lover was thrilled to enter a world completely made of LEGO bricks.

On our recent visit to Melbourne, we dropped by the new LEGOLAND Discovery Centre. My little LEGO-lover was thrilled to enter a world completely made of LEGO bricks.

The LEGOLAND Discovery Centre calls itself the “ultimate LEGO indoor playground” which I think is a great description. Unlike the LEGOLAND theme parks, the focus is on building and play areas, and the centre is inside my favourite shopping centre of all time, Chadstone. LEGOLAND Discovery Centre features two rides, 10 LEGO build and play zones, a 4D cinema and cafe - plenty to occupy kids who love LEGO for a loooooong time. If you’re planning a visit, these handy tips will help make it a special day out for the family.

Legoland Discovery Centre

1. Buy tickets online

There’s no getting around it, entry is not cheap. However, if you plan well, you can get a good deal to not just LEGOLAND, but to other attractions too. For best value, I suggest the following:

Advanced online purchase: If you’re only planning to go to this and no other attraction in Melbourne. Cheapest prices are always on the website.

Combo ticket: Buy a combination ticket for LEGOLAND Discovery Centre and SEA LIFE Melbourne and save up to $29 off individual admission.

Annual pass: An annual pass for LEGOLAND Discovery Centre is great value.

Merlin Annual Pass: The best value is a Merlin Annual Pass which gets you get unlimited entry into LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Melbourne plus 10 other attractions around Australia including SEA LIFE Melbourne, Otway Fly Treetop Adventures, SEA LIFE Sydney, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, Madame Tussauds Sydney, Sydney Tower Eye, Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures, SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast, WILD LIFE Hamilton Island, Kelly Tarlton’s SEA LIFE.

Legoland Discovery Centre

2. Go early and set aside the whole day

The centre might not look that big, but there is plenty to do and if your kid is at the sweet spot age of around six to 10 and loves to build, then I think you’ll be guaranteed an entire day here. Also, you want to get your money’s worth and get in early!

3. Sign up for workshops

LEGO Creative Workshops run daily for free, but require signing up on a sheet that is placed outside the workshop area. In school holidays the spots fill up fast.

4. Check movie times

Short LEGO 3D films play multiple times a day in a cinema with special effects that make it feels like you’re in the rain, wind and snow. Check the show times so you don’t miss out.

Legoland Discovery Centre

5. Try the food

No outside food is allowed in LEGOLAND, to encourage people to dine at the LEGO Cage. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality and value of the food at the cafe, and thought the kids’ boxes were excellent. They include a LEGO lunch box that you can take home and re-use, a choice of sandwiches, juice or milk, piece of fruit, cookie or fruit crush, plus a LEGO keyring.

Christine Knight writes about navigating the world and parenthood on her site, Adventure, Baby!. You can find her sampling gelato and cake around the world with her preschooler, or building sandcastles at the beach in her home town of Sydney.

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