Over the weekend, we took a day trip up north to visit Legoland. As the husband was recounting to a friend, theoretically, this would be our fourth visit since the theme park opened. The first trip was with a tour operator, pre-children, which was a COMPLETE DISASTER. The lines to go into the park were so long that we could not even get near to the entrance. We gave up, complained to the tour guide, who told us that our tickets allowed us to go back again.
The second time, we went when Aidan turned one, utilising our tickets from the previous visit. Again, STUPID. The park did not have anything to offer a one-year-old kid who was not yet walking so we strolled around, sweated under the March sun, and then left.
We got wiser and waited before embarking on our third trip. This time, we decided to celebrate Aidan’s third birthday by taking him to the park and true enough, it was a HUGE HIT. Kiddo LOVED it.
This time, we thought we’d do a quick day trip up to revisit some of his favourite rides, with his cousin in tow (along with my sister, brother-in-law and mum). And it was brilliant! Never mind that it poured cats and dogs in the afternoon, we had heaps of fun during the rest of the hours.
The first stop of the day was to catch the Ninjago live show, The Realm of Shadows, since the nephew is a huge fan. I had no idea what to expect and was surprised by how clever it was. Imagine almost life-sized Lego Ninjago puppets being controlled dextrously by puppeteers dressed in ninja outfits. I won’t spoil the rest of the show for you but I was pretty impressed.
When the show ended, Aidan asked to have a go at the Driving School in Lego City. He had loved it during our last visit and wanted to try it again. He was so cute – he took his driving very seriously and had his game face on throughout.
We then went to the Market Restaurant to grab a bite. I was not expecting food at a theme park to be anything more than barely decent but I have to say that my nasi briyani was pretty good (RM28, comes with drink and dessert). It was quite legit and the husband’s rendang was not bad too.
The next stop of the day was to the Shipyard playground opposite the restaurant but unfortunately, it started raining! Initially, I held out hopes that it was a passing drizzle but nope, it turned into a full fledged crazy monsoon downpour and the rides were stopped for safety reasons. We dashed back into the restaurant to wait it out and it took almost two hours! Kudos to the management though. They rallied all the frazzled guests in and barely 10 minutes after we had settled down, they launched a Christmas live show in the restaurant.
Thank goodness we were travelling with the sister – the boys kept one another entertained by running around and under the table while the adults could sit and have a chat. Zac even managed to grab a quick nap in papa’s Tula (he finally crashed after refusing to sleep the entire morning!). So it wasn’t too bad after all.
Once the rain grew lighter, I discovered that, serendipitously, I had stashed the boys’ raincoats in the stroller AND the husband had thoughtfully packed an umbrella along. The boys donned the raincoats happily and had fun dashing about in the rain while we strolled around Miniland.
Then off we went to Lego Kingdoms for a bit of jousting. Well. I tell you, motherhood has done a number on my brain. Pre-kids, I thought the jousting ride was sort of silly. As a mother, I thought my kid was so adorable bouncing along on a plastic horse as it traversed round some greenery. We waited 15 minutes for a ride that lasted all of 30 seconds. And we were gushing at how cute our kids were. MOTHERHOOD.
After that, it was MUMMY’s TURN. The sister and I trooped up to The Dragon’s Apprentice rollercoaster hoping to get some thrills. Haha. We kind of forgot that this is a theme park for the kids. After we had screamed our lungs out, we were all pumped up and going YEAH MORE but the announcer was like, Thank you and goodbye. WHUUT.
While the boys geeked out in the Build and Test, we took our mama and bubba up the Observation Tower. I do wish the ride was a wee bit longer, the view was such a beautiful one. Once it was over, I decided to bring the littlest to Duplo Playtown since the poor thing could not go on any of the rides. He was happy toddling here and there, collecting Duplo pieces and passing them to my mum. I was thankful that he had a space to play and work those legs.
When we finally joined the older boys in Build and Test, he was not left out either.
Suffice to say, by the time we left Build and Test, it was almost dinner time. Yikes! By then, the boys were exhausted and cranky and we decided to head out for dinner before going home.
BUT. They wanted one last ride and so the papas queued with their boys to have a turn at the boating school.
The last time I tried the ride with A, he said, “I want to drive the boat, mummy.” It ended up with me steering and navigating while he smiled and waved at papa. Bah. This time, I was pretty pleased to see that he was behind the wheel. What a difference nine months make!
Before we said our farewells to the park, we had one last stop. While the boys went into the The Big Shop, I sat with my mum and the littlest outside where they had a fab Santa display, complete with a sleigh and reindeer.
Now, if you are thinking of heading up to Legoland during the holidays, here are some tips for you.
Stay overnight: We had combo tickets but because of the lack of time, we didn’t manage to go to the water park. Back in March, when we stayed overnight, we had such a leisurely time checking out both the theme and water parks. Highly recommended, especially if you have littles.
Pack raincoats and brollies: We were lucky that I had stashed some raincoats earlier, they really do came in useful. You could purchase the Legoland ponchos as well.
Bring along a stroller: Ours was such a godsend. The bigger boys could sit in it when they were tired, and it was holding all our things, including bottles of water for everyone. You’d need to park the stroller when going on rides but it’s pretty safe, as long as you remove your valuables.
Wear sensible clothing and shoes: There’s a lot of walking to be done and it can get really hot and humid.
Factor in traffic jams at the customs: We didn’t think the traffic would be bad on a Friday morning and were stuck in the line for a while. It was worse when we headed home at night – we left for the Tuas Second Link at 8pm and only reached home at 1030pm. My brother-in-law drove to the Woodlands checkpoint by mistake and was stuck in the traffic for almost four hours! By then, my boys were snoozing fitfully in their car seats.
Legoland Christmas Extravaganza
For the month of December, the kids can write their wish list of LEGO products at The Big Shop every Friday to Sunday. 15 lucky kids then get their wishes fulfilled.
Also, in this season of giving, Legoland Malaysia is offering an Annual Pass Gift Pack where you can purchase four passes for the price of three and be given the opportunity to personalize a 2×6 LEGO brick for free. Adult passes are RM320, Child passes are RM245, and the premium passes are RM450 each.
We had so much fun, we are planning our next trip, and the sister and I are contemplating getting annual passes. There are still so many rides that we (or rather, I) had not tried, like the Technic ones. I really want to go on that roller coaster. Plus the boys didn’t get to sit on the Legoland Express. We’ll hopefully get to stay overnight this time – I hear that there is going to be musical fireworks on New Year’s Eve. Very, very tempting!
Disclaimer: I was given a set of complimentary tickets to the park. No monetary compensation was received and all opinions are mine.