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Visiting LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston with Tweens

Legos have fascinated kids and adults alike for decades and my daughter is no exception. She once told me that for her, playing with Legos was like doing yoga, it relaxes her. When the Legoland Discovery Center first opened up in the Boston area, I looked into it but worried that it was just for little kids. But after visiting a LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Kansas City last fall, I decided we should give it a try. So to test out if LEGOLAND Discovery Center is good for tweens, I took my 11 year-old and her 12 year-old friend up to Legoland Boston to get their opinion.

Legoland Discovery Center Boston

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston: What you Need to Know

First of all, you should know that LEGOLAND Discovery Center is not located in downtown Boston, but just north of the city in Somerville. It is located in the new Assembly Row planned community with upscale shops, restaurants, and entertainment like LEGOLAND, AMC movie theaters and Muse Paintbar along the Mystic River. Assembly Row is located just off of Interstate 93, only seven minutes from Boston, so getting there is pretty easy if you avoid rush hour. There is also plenty of free parking in garages and surface lots.

Only a certain number of people are allowed in at a time so it makes sense to order tickets online for a guaranteed entry. You can either purchase tickets for a timed entry, or you can purchase a flexible ticket so you don’t have to pick a specific time.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston offers mini figure trading for your LEGO collectors. Kids just need to bring a mini figure to trade and say hello to staff members while checking out their name badges to see what mini figure is on their badge. When they find one they like, they just need to ask to make a trade.

Just keep in mind that LEGOLAND Discovery Center is geared for kids and adults must be accompanied by a child to attend, except for certain special “Adult Nights.” You should plan on spending at least two hours, more if you have younger kids.

Visiting LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston

The first stop is a “factory tour.” Don’t get too excited, it is a simulation of the factory where kids get to design their own mini figure. It doesn’t take too long and you are then quickly ushered into the main exhibits.

Legoland Discovery Center Boston factory tour

Legoland Discovery Center Factory Tour

There are two “rides” at LEGOLAND Discovery Center. The first is the Kingdom Quest Laser Ride. You sit in a small car that moves along a track, swinging back and forth as you use a laser gun to shoot at targets. The movement is really smooth and easy so it is appropriate for all ages, as long as kids aren’t afraid of the dark or some semi-scary creatures like spiders.

Legoland Boston Kingdom Quest Laser Ride

Legoland Boston Kingdom Quest Laser Ride

The next ride, Merlin’s Quest, you need to use your own pedal power to go up in the air as you circle around like a carousel.

The girls also made a stop into the playhouse-sized Olivia’s House from the Lego Friends playsets. Here you could build or try out some pop karaoke. As much as Hannah loves playing with her Lego Friends, she didn’t spend much time there.

Olivia's House Legoland Boston

Both girls enjoyed building their own Lego racers and testing out whose went faster on the test track.

Legoland Boston Discovery Center Racers

They were too old for the Play Zone Construction Zone, as this climbing area is only for kids under 56″ tall. However, we did all watch one of the 4D short films. They play a few different ones throughout the day so if you stay long enough, you can watch a couple. In addition to some fun 3D effects, you also get misted with water and bubbles throughout the movie so be prepared to get a little wet!

Their favorite part was definitely the Miniland section. Here Boston’s iconic landmarks are brought to life using Legos. The skyline cycles through day and night, allowing you to see the skyline lit up. Some of the displays are also interactive, allowing you to go for a homerun at Fenway Park or use other touch screens and sound effects.

Legoland Miniland Boston

We were only there for about an hour and a half, which made me wonder if the ticket price is worth it for tweens. They both enjoyed the visit but were also ready to leave and find a place to have lunch that offered more than the Cafe. Overall, I’d have to say that LEGOLAND Discovery Center is best for kids 10 and under. If you have tweens really into Legos, it may be worth a one-time visit. However, if you have young kids that love Legos and you live nearby, I think it would be well worth purchasing an annual pass, which even gives you discounts on birthday parties.

Legoland Discovery Center Boston is located at Assembly Row on Grand Union Boulevard in Somerville, MA. It is open from 10 am – 7 pm Sunday-Thursday and 10 am – 9 pm on Friday-Saturday. Online tickets start at $14.95 per person (kids under three are free.)

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Visiting Legoland Discovery Center in Boston -- get the inside scoop on what it is like to visit Legoland Discovery Center and whether or not it is good for tweens.

Note: Our visit was hosted by LEGOLAND Discovery Center, all opinions are my own.

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4 Comments on “Visiting LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston with Tweens

  1. Thanks so much for sharing! We have been to a few Lego Lands and they can run the gambit. With a 13 and 8 year old-the age disparity makes it hard to find a sweet spot with amusement parks. This really helps. Great for the little. Not so much for the big. Thanks again. You rock! I just saved my self an unnecessary ticket cost!

    it sounds very similar to the one in Westchester, which I was disappointed in. Whereas the theme parks cater to the whole family with quality food, the ability to have a beer and sit in a comfortable lounge at the hotel and so on, I thought the Discovery Center we went to really didn’t take parents into account at all. I supposed they are banking on you spending your time building with your kids. But the cafe is really junky food. And there is absolutely no where to sit while your kids spends a half hour (or more) in the Play Zone or run off with other kids to build on their own. I spent a lot of time standing around awkwardly with a lot of other parents doing the same. My daughter had a blast, but I wouldn’t go back.

      Now that you mention it, I did stand around a lot!

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