“Hello! My name is Jenn and my sons are video game-aholics”
Do you ever wish there was an actual support group for this?? From the moment they get home from school to the moment they go to bed my boys are wishing, thinking about or playing video games. We have a rule in our house that they are only allowed to play for an hour a day and then they need to find something else to do. I worry about the danger that video games inflict on my children; Inactivity, vision problems and social distractions from friends and family members. Its not that I’m totally against video games. Everyone needs an outlet. For me it reading, a chance to escape into a fantasy world and dream. For my boys, it’s video games. I know they are learning valuable skills such as how to use electronics and whatnot, but in my opinion, there needs to be a healthy balance.
One of our go to activities when video time is up, is LEGO. Lego has many fans. From toddlers to older children, even adults are more then eager to turn a pile of lego into a masterpiece. Lego helps to develop fine motor skills, it encourages creativity and teaches children reasoning skills.
When we heard that LEGOLAND Discovery Center Toronto opened in Vaughn, Ontario last year, I knew it was a place that the boys would truly enjoy!
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Toronto– a new Toronto attraction for kids!
- An indoor, family experience with over 3 million bricks under one roof.
- Rides, 4D cinema, Master Model Builder workshops and more!
- See Toronto’s iconic attractions made out of LEGO in MINILAND®
- Birthday parties for kids
- School field trip workshops to support the Toronto curriculum
- Café, Shop and more!
LEGOLAND was every little boys dream. From piles of Lego just waiting to be built to beautifully sculpted designs, it was was very magical. Our adventure, began in the Legoland Lego Factory. We were treated to a guided tour and ‘help’ create Lego pieces from the initial granular pieces to the finish block form. Crushing, heating and molding the blocks gave the boys a new appreciation of their favourite toy.
After the ride, we made our way through LEGO MINILAND. This exhibit was truly astonishing! Complete with famous Toronto landmarks, working lights and moving pieces, this model was an exact replica of beautiful Toronto and other Canadian landmarks. Each sculpture was carefully constructed with the same bricks that your children play with on a daily basis to create a miniature, detailed replica. I think adults appreciated this area more then kids! My sons loved the moving parts and had a blast with the pinball inspired Rogers Center.
The heart of Legoland included a rides, a 4D cinema, a climbing play structure and of course areas to unleash your creative side with unlimited LEGO. My DS6 had a blast at the Master Model Builder workshops and he spent most of his time there. He loves the endless supply of Lego and enjoyed creating cars and testing them for speed and durability on the ramps.
Overall, the kids had a blast at Legoland. For them it was completely magical. They were engaged, putting their creative mind to work and best of all, NOT PLAYING VIDEO GAMES. I, on the other hand, was a little discouraged by the size of the play area, the price of tickets (discounts can be found online!) and the cleanliness of the place. However, this is a place for kids! If they are happy, then it was an adventure worth taking.