Guest blogger Dani reviews Legoland.
"I love LEGOLAND!" my 5-year-old yelled into my cell phone to his dad. He was soaking wet and standing 10 feet from a huge, perilously full bucket of water about to fall over onto 20 or so elated children below it.
He was having the time of his life. And I couldn't complain either, having just gotten off the "Splash Battle" pirate ride where I got to squirt water at some teenagers passing by me in another boat. I now understand the phrase "children of all ages." I hadn't felt that silly since before my sweet 16.
My first trip to Legoland with my two children was a joy. But it could have been less so if I hadn't decided to go with another adult who was taller than 40". Many of the more exciting rides have a rule that each child under 40" has to be accompanied by an adult. So keep in mind, if you go there with your two kids alone and one of them is under 40," the taller one is going to be frustrated.
But I certainly wasn't. Legoland has a mom area where I nursed my baby on a rocking chair, there are healthy snacks and drinks every hundred yards, strollers and double strollers to rent and American history lessons recited as you pass by Lego-made replicas of U.S. landmarks. It's no wonder Legoland California has been named "Best Children's Park" five years in a row.
The admission price for one day is $69.95 for adults, $59.95 for children under 13 and seniors over 60. For $10 more for adults and $6 more for kids and seniors you can get a two-day pass. With two moderately priced hotels nearby, it's not a bad idea to spring for the hotel room and get the two-day pass so you can fully investigate the park.
Plus, the admission price includes the Sea Life Aquarium. Sea Life features a 10-foot long Lego fish at its entrance, an aquarium filled with cold-water marine animals native to the California coastline, and freshwater fish found in California lakes and streams.
"That's me next to R2D2, Dad!" Gabriel said to my husband at dinner, pointing to one of the many pictures I snapped in between sips of a surprisingly good iced latte. "It's made entirely of Legos, Dad, it's so cool!"
With its attention to detail and highly compelling marriage of art and commerce, I have to agree with my son.
Legoland is very cool.