It was very exciting to hear that Lego had opened up a Legoland in Toronto! It was disappointing to hear that it wasn't actually in Toronto, but out in Vaughan instead. It was even more disappointing to hear that adults weren't allowed in without a child. Like many people my age, I didn't know any children that I could take to get me into Legoland. My niece is just about to turn three and she's the only child I know. Luckily we discovered that once a month Legoland holds adult nights. We made plans to go with my mother which was a good idea since she had a car.
There is a giant Bass Pro up at Vaughan Mills that I believe everyone should venture up to at least once in their life. It is really an absurd place. They have an indoor fishing demo area, fake ducks, cooking equipment, giant fish pillows (I got one for my sister a few years ago), guns, hunting bows, and everything else I don't need. It was great fun taking Cam there because I'm sure he'll never see anything like it again. Legoland was at the opposite side of the mall, but we made sure to go through Bass Pro.
There's a game when you first enter Legoland where you shot lasers at things on the walls. It reminded me a lot of the Toy Story ride at Disney World, but the line to get on was MUCH shorter. They had recreated Toronto with Lego and it took up a large room. Some parts of the city were interactive so you could play miniature hockey and baseball. A lot of detail in the tiny city!
|City Hall, right next to the airport!|
There wasn't much to do once we got into the main area. We built cars out of Lego and raced them down the track. After few re-matches to prove that my car was faster than Cam's, we saw a one of the short films they were showing. It was one of those movies where they have things on the screen felt by the audience. Fans were used to create wind and water was sprayed for an splashes (I was wondering why the seats were a bit wet when we walked into the theatre.)
There were giant pits of Lego that you could sit around and build anything you wanted. They did have a competition to see who could build the most interesting piece of food. Some of them turned out really well. They had more patience than I did! I couldn't even think of what to make.
They had another game that tied into their ninja series where you had to get to the other side of the room while avoiding the lasers. I made the mistake the first time by taking my time and being distracted by Cam peering through one of the windows along the side. There wasn't a line so kept on trying since it was actually a lot of fun.
I didn't participate, but I did have a good time watching people, including my mother, try to catch pieces of lego while hula-hooping.
The hallway beside that room was devoted to a game where people were rolling a ball of Lego down toward a square marked on the floor with masking tape. If you got it in the square, your name was entered into a draw. When the ball inventively broke later that night, they switch to a Lego car that never rolled straight.
Someone was teaching people how to make certain things out of lego, but we never took interest in it. We did go on the ride at the back of the room. It was just a simple ride that went around and you could peddle to move your seat up. It was clearly designed for shorter legs since I kept on bumping into the bar in front of me.
At the end of the night they gave away prizes for ninja time, best lego food creation, best hula-hooper lego catcher, and rolling the ball down the hallway. My name was pulled for the ball rolling and I received a Lego palm tree on a Lego beach.
We stopped in the store on the way out so Cam could pick up a Ghostbusters lego set. Even though I was half asleep, I helped him put it together as soon as we got home. Wombie likes to play with it even though he doesn't play with it correctly. He likes to hold it like a gun and make 'pew pew' sounds. Clearly he plays by his own set of rules.
Legoland was definitely designed for kids and it seemed like adult night was an after thought. There was a play place with giant foam lego bricks and a wrecking ball, but it was not open to adults. I would have loved to have able to play in there, but alas. It was nice to be able to go there not have any kids around. I don't think it could have the same relaxed feeling with kids around. Even if my niece was old enough, I don't think I would return during the day.