LEGOLAND is here
Trip Start Nov 29, 2007
43Trip End Jan 30, 2008
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And even better, the rain has cleared. Its a brilliant sunny, southern California day with a high expected in the late teens. It does not get any better.
We make it to Legoland just on opening. Cass has organised memberships for Zac and I, making it by far the most economical way for us to visit. Zac thinks is pretty special to get his own "credit card" (well it looks like one) with his photo on it for Legoland - partcularly when it means he can come again as often as he likes for free (during the next twelve months) - that will be handy.
He races in to the park and already knows what he wants to do first - drive the lego cars and get his licence. Yes, there are cars the kids can drive and no, they are not on the dodgy tracks that you see in some parks - they really get to make these cars go where they want. Its boy heaven. Spurred on by his recent driving lesson, Zac is into it straight away, taking it very seriously, driving around, stopping at stop signs and red lights. And with no one in the park, he gets to have another turn straight away - its Friday and there are no queues for anything.
The park is designed for kids up to about eight, we reckon. There are rides for older kids, but not too many. Zac is in his element - its Lego, its rides, its all about him. To him, everything is "awesome" today. A lot of it is watching for parents, but to see him having so much fun is a huge reward in itself.
He tries a boat ride, where he can steer the boat himself (with Mummy as a passenger) and a jungle safari, where the cars are on tracks. He jousts on a pretend horse and we play firefighters, putting out a fire. And everywhere you go, there are Lego creations - in the gardens, on rides, on the path, just everywhere - including a Lego Darth Vader which little people can pretend to be duelling with. The grin on Zac's face says it all.
There are also plenty of building stations, where little creative minds can just play Lego. Through out these stations, can be heard the ever present parental cry "but you can play Lego at home, lets go on some rides", which somehow seems to only rarely meet any with any success. But this is one of the reasons we decided to come for an extra day - to give Zac some more "kid" time. He was sad when he learned that there would be no more national parks for a while, but that was only fleeting - he is happy playing kid things right now.
And he plays hard until closing. Then, it seems the entire park descends on what they call the "big shop" to clean it out of Lego. It is just bedlam. Zac makes a few small (but well thought through) choices and we escape. Signs everywhere say limit of two per customer per day. That night, I have a look on Ebay and learn why - some of the Lego in the Big Store ends up on Ebay for about twice its in store price.
An early night and more Lego adventure tomorrow.