I’ll be honest: I never heard of LEGOLAND until my younger two kids started asking me to bring them there. I’m not sure if there was a commercial on Disney Jr. or what, but they knew all about it and were convinced we needed to take a family trip to Kansas City LEGOLAND.
And hey, it didn’t take much convincing on my end. Who doesn’t love LEGO stuff?!
That’s why I was super excited when the marketing manager for LEGOLAND and Sea Life Aquarium in Kansas City, Missouri, agreed to hook up my family with complimentary tickets to both attractions in exchange for some feedback on my blog and social media sites. As you can see below, my kids had a blast at LEGOLAND Kansas City and the Sea Life Aquarium next door. From crowd-free fun to LEGO-inspired lunches, here are 10 reasons why my kids loved LEGOLAND in Kansas City.
Navigating a crowded venue is stressful, especially if you’ve got kids. I have a kiddo on the spectrum who gets overwhelmed in loud, crowded areas, so I keep that in mind whenever I plan a family outing. Online reviews about LEGOLAND Kansas City indicated that crowds generally weren’t a problem, but I was still nervous since we were going during spring break. I figured lots of other kids would be off school too.
Luckily, I had nothing to worry about. There were a few times when my kids had to wait in line for activities or rides, but these were short waits. Waits the equivalent of “I’m behind someone at the grocery store who bought 15 items,” not waits the equivalent of standing in line for popular rides at Six Flags or visits to see the Bass Pro Santa.
Have you ever taken your kid to a carnival? Unless you’re more lenient than me, you probably spend every 2 minutes saying, “Nope, you’re not old enough. Nope, not tall enough. Nope, too dangerous.”
Well, I only had to say that once at LEGOLAND in Kansas City – and technically, my son could have still gone on that ride (it was a ride that spins slowly in a circle). The problem was that he needed an adult since he wasn’t 4 feet tall yet, and I was unable to go on it with him. I have some lingering issues from a bad brain injury I got a few years ago, so I can’t go on many rides.
However, I was able to ride the train with my boys, and that was a blast. You each get a laser gun so you can shoot targets along the way, and there are tons of targets to shoot. There’s also a photo, so don’t panic when you see the bright flash toward the end (we did, and that’s why we have an interesting photo key chain now).
See the pic above? My kids were obsessed with pushing their cars down this. You got to build your own LEGO vehicle at one station and then watch it zoom down during one of several ramps. My boys did this over and over again because they thought it was so cool.
They also liked topping LEGO pizzas, building LEGO tools, pushing a LEGO train around a mini track, and building with soft DUPLO blocks. It was nice to be able to let my boys play instead of worrying they’d break something or touch something off limits.
You’ll see a lot of familiar faces in the LEGO exhibits. There are LEGO characters, of course (anybody else raising hardcore NINJAGO fans?), plus LEGO replicas of Minions, Star Wars, The Wizard of Oz, and much more. I was extremely impressed by these replicas and loved how some figures had signs detailing how many LEGOs were involved. I wonder how long it took someone to build this stuff.
Indoor playgrounds are always a hit with my kids, and the one at LEGOLAND Kansas City was no exception. My 7 year old thought it was awesome that he could walk in something similar to a hamster wheel and spin it around slowly. My only issue here was that preteens and teens kept trying to hang out in this wheel, which made it hard for younger kids to play. This wasn’t an all-day issue, so I’m not sure if it happens all the time.
The indoor playground also has slides and tunnels. There are benches for the parents, so I took a much-needed break and relaxed while my boys played for a bit. Then we headed to the cafe for lunch (more on that below).
For around $10, you can get your kiddo lunch in a LEGO-themed box. I can’t remember the exact price, but I paid around $20 for both boys to have their own LEGO lunchboxes. The boxes came with a sandwich, dessert, and drink. Possibly a snack, too, like chips or an apple, but I can’t remember. You get to choose the color of your lunchbox – a very important option when you’ve got young kids.
The cafe also carries Mom-friendly drinks like coffee and bottled water. I didn’t get any food, but I would have gotten fresh fruit if I did decide to order something. There weren’t many other gluten-free options at the LEGOLAND cafe.
Customizable LEGO Minifigures
My 15 year old never got into the LEGO minifigures craze, but my 5 and 7 year old love mini LEGO guys. I’m constantly finding tiny plastic heads and arms all over my house, but my kids know I’m lying when I swear I’m never buying another minifigure.
If you can relate, then make sure you stop by the gift shop before you leave LEGOLAND. There’s a station where you can build your own LEGO minifigures. You get to choose your own head, body, hair, and accessories. It’s pretty neat, and my 7 year old almost liked this as much as he liked LEGOLAND itself.
4D LEGO NINJAGO Movie
Warning: 4D is not the same as 3D! You might already know this, but I didn’t. I might have skipped the movie if I had known.
I enjoyed the movie, and so did my 7 year old. My 5 year old was kind of freaked out by it, though. At one point, he took off his glasses and hid under my hoodie.
I don’t want to spoil the movie for you, but let’s just say you’ll experience some bad weather in the theater. Sit away from the sprinklers if you don’t want the movie to be too realistic.
Perfect for a One-Day Visit
We finished LEGOLAND in a couple hours, and that includes the time we spent eating at the cafe. I saw a handful of reviews for LEGOLAND Kansas City where people complained that the venue was too small, but I was happy with the size. I give you props if you’re one of those parents that can spend all day somewhere with your kids, because I am not that parent. My kids get restless and cranky after a few hours anywhere, and if we’re being honest here, so do I.
Close Proximity to Sea Life Aquarium (It’s the Same Building!)
Got another hour or two before your kids get crabby? Head to Sea Life Aquarium as soon as you finish LEGOLAND. They’re in the same building, so you basically walk out the exit for LEGOLAND and into the entrance for Sea Life Aquarium.
Like LEGOLAND, Sea Life Aquarium is small. My teen was in Tennessee with her friend’s family, but I think she would have enjoyed Sea Life as much as we did. My favorite part was when we got to touch the starfish:
I didn’t get many photos while we were at Sea Life because you aren’t allowed to use flash. It can scare the fish.
What else should I know about LEGOLAND Kansas City and Sea Life Aquarium?
Click here for the link to LEGOLAND Kansas City’s official website. You can buy tickets for LEGOLAND and Sea Life there, plus find other helpful info about hours and exhibits.
Parking is NOT free in the parking garage near LEGOLAND. This caught me off guard since we don’t have parking garages where I live, so make sure you bring some cash. I think the garage might also take credit and debit cards, but I’m not sure. I didn’t see any free parking near LEGOLAND, but it’s possible I missed it.
We had a wonderful time at LEGOLAND Kansas City and Sea Life Aquarium. My 7 year old is already asking when we can go back lol.