Looking for a family friendly attraction near Phoenix, Arizona? While most people are familiar with the LEGOLAND theme parks in California and Florida, many people don’t realize that there are also LEGOLAND Discovery Centers located in major cities. Multidimensional TravelingMom Kristi Mehes and her family frequently visit the location in Tempe, Arizona. Here are 7 reasons to visit the LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Arizona.
There are a limited number of LEGOLAND Discovery Centers in the United States, so I was extremely happy when a LEGOLAND Discovery Center opened in Arizona. It is perfect for a wide range of ages – from toddlers, to preschoolers, to tweens. My son, who is 4 years old, loves all the different exhibits and interactive stations at the LEGOLAND Discovery Center.
*TravelingMom Tip: I recommend visiting earlier in the day. As the day progresses, the Discovery Center becomes more crowded.
Reasons to Visit the LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Arizona
Reason #1: The Rides
The LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Arizona has two rides: the Kingdom Quest Laser Ride and Merlin’s Apprentice Ride. My son likes Merlin’s Apprentice Ride more, mostly because as you pedal, the ride goes higher and higher. I personally like the Laser Ride more because it is more interactive.
Reason #2: The LEGO 4D Cinema
We also really enjoy the movie theater, which plays different LEGO movies in 4D. We always make sure to watch at least one movie when we visit. Some of the movies include Legends of Chima, NEXO Knight, and the LEGO Movie: A New Adventure. We enjoy the movies because they have fun special effects, like wind blowing and water spraying the audience members as well as raindrops during certain scenes.
Reason #3: MINILAND
MINILAND is a separate area in the LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Arizona and it is modeled after Phoenix and the state of Arizona as a whole. Some of the LEGO sets include Sky Harbor Airport, Downtown Phoenix, the Grand Canyon, Tempe, and the University of Phoenix stadium. The sets are not only very detailed since they are made with LEGOS, but they are also educational for kids. My favorite part of MINILAND is the area that is western themed, from cowboys, to horses, to cactus.
Reason #4: The LEGO DUPLO Farm
Another area in the Discovery Center is the LEGO DUPLO Farm. This is an area that especially the toddlers and preschool aged children will enjoy. The LEGOS are larger in this area, making it easier for younger children to build. There is also a slide and a cow (that is not real) that kids can sit on. For the longest time, my son’s favorite song was Old Mac Donald Had a Farm so he definitely enjoys this particular area.
Reason #5: The LEGO Racers
There is also a separate area where children, with the help of their parents, can build race cars out of LEGOS. They then can race other cars down the ramps. This is another favorite – for both my husband and our son.
Reason #6: The LEGO City: Play Zone
Another area that my son really likes at the LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Arizona is the LEGO City: Play Zone. The play zone is basically a big jungle gym. My son could easily spend his whole time in the play zone.
Reason #7: The Factory Tour
The factory tour is the first attraction guests will experience at the LEGOLAND Discovery Center. There, children can take a virtual tour of a LEGO factory as well as create their own LEGO figure. Once the tour is over, children are handed a brick as a souvenir.
While the Discovery Center is fun to tour year round, it’s especially nice to visit in the summer when temperatures reach triple digits!