Thank you to Bridget Smith, author of ‘The Unauthorized Legoland Guidebook’ for this great guest post on Legoland in Carlsbad, CA.
Looking for a toddler and preschool friendly theme park? Do your little ones find giant Disney Characters a wee bit intimidating? Want something a little more interactive and low key? Keep driving south and visit the Legoland California theme park.
Legoland is fun for kids 2-12, but it is particularly inviting to the younger set. Colorful Lego models throughout the park delight visitors. Your little ones will be particularly happy to see old friends like Thomas the Tank Engine and Bob the Builder in all their Lego glory. The whole family from toddler to adult will enjoy Miniland. There you can find Lego models of locations throughout the United States. Once you get there, it will be almost impossible to tear the kids away as they run from one fascinating scene to another. Not brave enough to hop a plane to Washington DC with three kids? No worries. Legoland has most of the major monuments covered in amazing detail.
Little ones can jump and dance on a musical fountain, climb and slide in Playtown, and build with Duplo bricks to their heart’s content. The Pirate Shores water play area is divided into two different sections so the preschoolers have their own special spot. Spread out a beach towel and relax as your kids frolic in the water on a hot day. Be sure to pack a towel and bathing suit. Things get wet pretty quickly.
Another popular ride with the younger set are cars they drive themselves. Kids must be three to ride and the ride operator quizzes your child on their age, so don’t try to cheat! Some rides have Duplo play areas where the kids can play while the parents wait in line. Make sure you take advantage of this great feature.
Thursdays offer extra fun for preschoolers and their families. It is Model Moms day, and in the morning offers special activities for the younger set. Check out the Model Mom calendar on www.legoland.com to see what’s scheduled for the day of your visit.
Visiting with an infant? The Model Mom Baby Care center offers rockers for nursing, a changing area, high chairs, as well as a microwave for heating food and formula. It also has a nice family bathroom and is a great place to grab a drink of filtered water for your thirsty toddler.
The Smith family has enjoyed our Legoland adventures. We love this theme park so much we wrote a book about it! If you need additional information about kid approved ride recommendations for every age group or Legoland discounts and special events you can check out The Unauthorized Legoland Guidebook available on LULU.com.
About the Author: Bridget Smith is a former teacher, a free lance writer, and the mother of three young children. She lives in Carlsbad, California about a mile from The Legoland California Resort. Bridget enjoys adventures in San Diego and beyond with her family. You can follow the Smith family’s adventures at www.familyadventureguidebooks.com.
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