7 reasons to visit the Legoland Discovery Centre

Brick-a-holics, get your Lego fix here

Photo: Jackie Park
The Legoland Discovery Centre, not to be confused with the Legoland theme parks, is an indoor amusement centre featuring Lego-inspired rides, activities, a miniature city built with Lego, and of course, lots of Lego bricks to build with. Beijing's very own centre opened its doors on April 15, the first in the city and the third on the Mainland.

While its activities are best for kids 3 to 12 years old, we're happy to report that some are pretty adult-friendly as well. Ever hunted down a Lego Orc? Now's your chance. For the more energetic kids, there are play areas with slides and other challenges (nothing related to Lego however, other than the posters on them) to keep them busy.

Purchase tickets ahead of time for a 20RMB discount, otherwise same-day tickets cost 200RMB per person. Each session is for only three hours, so make the most of your trip by checking off these seven highlights:
Factory Tour

Factory Tour

Watch how Lego bricks are made, where they're made and what's involved in manufacturing them in this virtual factory tour. The tour is short and sweet, and the kids will also get to put together their own virtual Legos by playing mix-and-match with Lego people parts.

Kingdom Quest

Kingdom Quest

It's trigger time as this mini-train takes you around this little Lego Kingdom. Your job is to battle Lego orcs, shooting them with your toy gun, and eventually saving the damsel in distress. During the ride, you also get to enjoy the other Lego displays within this little Lego King Arthur-esque kingdom.

See Beijing in Lego

See Beijing in Lego

Featuring a comprehensive display of some of the city's top tourist destinations and modern landmarks made from 510,000 lego bricks which took 7,250 hours to complete, this miniature Lego Beijing is nothing short of impressive. And it's not just a display – children also get to interact with the exhibits. Kids can crawl through a tiny tunnel to stand in the middle of the mini-Beijing, or compete with friends to see who has the fastest Lego swimmer or dragon boat. Yet to see a dragon dance in Beijing? Catch a performance here, and you get to help make it move. These activities slowly come to a pause as the lights gradually dim, signaling nightfall, with only the city's iconic destinations lighting up the room. Then watch as the light slowly returns, Beijing waking up from slumber, and the different activities coming back to life.

Ride Merlin's Apprentice

Ride Merlin's Apprentice

Enter Merlin's 'magical potions chamber' and ride one of the enchanted carts. Kids under 1.3m have to be accompanied by an adult, and adults and older kids can cast a 'flying' spell by putting the pedal to the metal to make the cart go as high as it possibly can.  


4D Lego Movie

4D Lego Movie

Both adults and kids get to enjoy this 4D immersive adventure that includes a short feature Lego film and some special effects that mimic the story's different weather conditions.

Build and race your own Lego vehicles

Build and race your own Lego vehicles

Ever wanted to make a car with wings? How about a car with ten wheels? How fast do you think a one-wheeled car can go? Test all these theories out and watch as your creations slide down the runway, hopefully in one piece. You can also have the kids up their Lego-making skills (for free!) at the Creativity Workshop's Lego lessons. However, space is limited so check out the starting time and make sure to get in line in advance to get the kids a spot.

Test if your buildings are earthquake-proof

Test if your buildings are earthquake-proof

Let the kids try out their engineering skills building an earthquake-proof Lego building. Turn up the dial to its maximum and watch if their creations are able to withstand the tremors. From our experience, kids actually find the building falling more amusing than it staying intact.

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