Jono and I are big kids at heart (who isn't right?) One of the most exciting things about having kids is being able to take them to Theme Parks to experience them through the eyes of babes! So, although some might say they won't remember it, we couldn't wait any longer and at 3.5 years, and 19 months, we took them to Legoland, California.
We chose to stay at the Legoland Hotel. This hotel has it all! It is fun, a little bit crazy, and is, what kids dreams are made of! From giant Lego pieces floating in the pool, to themed hotel rooms, to treasure hunts and daily activities.
Upon arriving we were in awe of the lobby, with it's giant Lego-pit for free play, and the castle play area, where adults can sit back at the cafe or bar, and easily watch the kids. We took the 'little bit crazy' elevator, which looked normal enough, but when the doors closed turned into a disco with YMCA cranking and flashing lights! We chose a Pirate-themed hotel room, and were pleasantly surprised by how spacious it was. The king sized bed for the adults was strategically separated from the kids area by the bathroom being placed in between, providing for less sound and a sense of your own private area, so you could watch TV at night, without having to worry about waking the kids. The kids area was great, with bunk beds, and a pull out trundler bed. Now we only had two children at this stage, but were always sizing up hotel rooms to see if we could add a third, so the Legoland Hotel did not disappoint!
We noticed a kids safe, which we realized we had to do a treasure hunt to crack the code. After exploring the hotel to find the clues, we opened the safe to find little Lego packs for each of the kids. We thought this would be a once off, but the next day, Lola discovered that the safe had been replenished with more surprise Lego packs. This happened daily to the children's delight, and to our delight, there was no unexpected surprise bill upon checking out!
Each morning we ate a buffet breakfast at the restaurant, which had characters, jesters and princesses visiting our table. We also ate dinner here, which was cost-effective and convenient after a long day at the park. The food was great, and a nice touch was the mini children's size buffet counters that the kids could easily help themselves to.
In the evenings there were activities or pyjama party discos on at the Castle play area. Jono took Bodie to these, while I settled Lola off to bed. He did say it was like the craziest, busiest day care center, but the most fun, and exciting for kids!
The Legoland Resort Park itself, is excellent. It is great for the younger kids and very toddler friendly. It is such a great idea for a theme park, as every kid knows and plays with Lego! One of the bonuses of staying at the hotel is that you are 'on-site' and can literally walk right outside of the restaurant after breakfast and enter the park, with your early admission and get ahead in the lines!