It’s the toy that generations of childhoods have been built from – here’s how to make a day at Legoland Windsor Resort just as much fun for big kids as little ones!
Before you go
There’s something for all the family at Legoland Windsor Resort, including very little people. But, if you’re taking older children, or granny and grandpa, too, look out for the many buy-one-get-one free offers on cereal packets and in newspapers during the summer months, where big savings can be made. Or book online five days-plus in advance and save up to 38% per person, and enjoy faster entry with print-at-home tickets.
All children under three can enter Legoland Windsor Resort for free. If you live nearby, it’s well worth buying an accompanying adult Saver Annual Pass, which buys a year’s entry Monday to Friday during term time (subject to opening times), for £59.
To plan your visit in advance, download the free Resort App from legoland.co.uk. It’s worth measuring your child’s height at home beforehand, so you can identify which rides you can enjoy in advance and check any restrictions.
Turnstiles open at around 9.30am – arrive early to ensure you’re ready to enjoy the rides at 10am!
If you’d rather not trek your own with you, double and single pushchairs are available from The Big Shop at The Beginning from £10, on a first-come, first-served basis.
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Once you’re there
Upon arrival, ask for a Lost Parent wristband when you buy or collect your tickets – it fits securely around your child’s wrist and there’s space to write your phone number, in case you get separated. Just knowing it’s there will make it so much easier to relax!
Make Duplo Valley your first stop of the day, to avoid the afternoon crowds. There you’ll find a host of rides perfect for tiny tots – don’t miss Fairy Tale Brook, Duplo Valley Airport and Duplo Train. Take in a puppet show at Duplo Valley Theatre while you’re there, and let them burn off some energy in the brilliant Brickville play area. If the forecast looks good, don’t forget to pack their swimming costume and a towel, and enjoy the toddler water-play area Splash Safari, where you’ll find a super-sized Duplo whale! Take some change along and you can store your wet cozzies in a locker one you’re done, to collect later.
Elsewhere in the park, you’ll still find plenty for little ones. They’ll love a family ride on the Hill Train in The Beginning, Laser Raiders in Kingdom of the Pharaohs, and Coastguard HQ in Lego City. Go sky high in Balloon School, and ocean deep in Atlantis Submarine Voyage, where they’ll spot real sharks swimming past the windows, as well as some under-water Lego treasures!
Wander back towards Heartlake City and bag a spot to watch a live show in the Harbour Arena. It’s a great opportunity to eat a packed lunch, although you’ll find plenty of picnic spots elsewhere in the park. Or you can buy baby food from the Heartlake Café and Hill Top Café. All the cafés and restaurants throughout the resort will happily give you a jug of hot water to warm your own baby food. You’ll also find a Baby Care Centre in Heartlake City, offering a private place for parents to breast or bottle feed their babies and change nappies. However, there are baby-changing facilities, extra-large cubicles and child-size toilet seats in the many toilet blocks throughout the park.
If a nap is on the cards after lunch, or just a bit of quiet time, take down the pace with a wander round Miniland, which will delight children and adults alike. Spot landmarks from around the world, each intricately made from hundreds and thousands of Lego bricks. With everything at toddler height, they’ll enjoy seeing boats, trains and cars tootling about. Challenge your tot to find the Lochness Monster – bubbles in the water give away his secret location! Can he spot The Queen, too?
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There are plenty of gift shops around the resort to pick up a momento of your day. Consider going to one early on, and using the Buy Now, Collect Later service, rather than joining the crowds in The Big Shop when you leave. If you have a long drive ahead, stay a little later to avoid the traffic and eat dinner in one of the resorts restaurants. If you’re planning to stop en route for tea, instead, pack a bag with your tot’s PJs and change him into his bedclothes while you’re there. With any luck, he’ll sleep the rest of the journey and you’ll be able to lift your sleeping tot straight into bed once you’re home, still dreaming of his magical day of building-brick fun!
Tickets from £29pp when booked online 1+ days in advance at www.legoland.co.uk
Words by Karen Warren
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