Last Spring we decided to surprise the kids with a trip to LEGOLAND. I had never been to the park and neither had my husband, so this was everyone’s first time. The Castle Hotel was almost about to open, so we stayed at the LEGOLAND hotel. We also decided to road trip it, since we live in driving distance. It was a long drive, but it was worth it! I’m not getting paid or anything for this review, I just wanted to share a fun place to go with your family.

If you are going to LEGOLAND, I would highly suggest staying at one of their hotels! First off, the park and hotels are kind of set away from everything. Any other place you would stay is probably 10-15 minutes away. Second, the hotels are amazing! We decided to stay in an Adventure room (there’s also now Pirates, as well as Ninjago, Friends, and kindgdom). All the rooms are amazing and perfect for families, with spaces separated for kids and adults and kid sized toilet-seats! The kids area has a bunk bed and trundle, and a TV and the adult sleeping area is on the other side of the bathroom.

Each night you stay at the hotel, you get a day of a scavenger hunt and free Lego goodies. Not to mention, lots of fun little surprises throughout the hotel, like a disco elevator and other secret funny things. There’s also a play area and of course, lots of Lego (who else want to call it “Legos?”)! We also went to a dance party at night and there was someone creating balloon animals in the lobby. They even have other kids activities, too. Oh, and the walk from the hotel to the park is very short. Probably not even as far as the walk to Disneyland from the Disney ticket Kiosks, the hotels and park and right next to each other.

Our room had Lego hieroglyphs all over. There is a key in the park, I wonder if they say something?!

The only downside we experienced was the line for breakfast. The hall is a bit cramped, so you line up outside. We went in March, during off-season. The park was near empty, but the breakfast line was still quite long. One day we skipped it, the next day we stayed in line. The line moved pretty fast and we enjoyed their breakfast, but it was a little cramped. There’s also only one other restaurant in that hotel with a handful of tables, so meal-wise, there aren’t a TON of options, but we enjoyed the food we had.

The park in March is perfect. It’s not busy at all, we even stayed on a couple of rides and road again without standing in line. The weather was mild -a light sweater and a short sleeve shirt was perfect.

My son was 6 and my daughter was 3 and they both had a great time. My son could ride all but one or two rides, my daughter was too short for a few. BUT, the rides aren’t the majority of the fun! Scattered throughout the park are numerous areas to play and build, from a rockwall to a lego boat station, to a dinosaur dig area. My kids had a blast building and playing. In March, the waterpark isn’t open, but they still happily kept themselves occupied. It’s nice to be able to go into a cool place and sit down and build with legos before going back out and riding more rides.

My son even had a fun time identifying the various historical monuments that he learned about in kindergarten, and both my kids enjoyed the Starwars displays and Lego Characters.

Another area is the aquarium. Technically this is separate, but often entrance is included in your tickets. This kids had a good time exploring the aquarium and finding the Lego characters and watching the ocean creatures. There was also a part where you could touch sea stars and other tide pool critters.

Oh, and don’t forget to bring your extra Lego men to trade! Different shops, kiosks, and employees have Lego people to trade with you! Truth be told, I think I enjoyed it more than the kids!

Overall, we had a great time. My 6 year old actually said he preferred LEGOLAND to Disneyland! Ages 3-6 were perfect, even a little older would be fun, too. My kids are wondering when we will be back!


Salt Dough VS. Cornstarch Clay

As part of my holiday craft to-do list, I decided to try and make ornaments/gift tags this year. Not wanting to go to the store and get any special ingredients, I was able to make a batch of salt dough and a batch of corn starch clay. I will also cheat and use this as part of my December Photo Month (DePhoMo) entry; one photo, every day.

Corn Starch Clay Recipe:

(There are a lot of different variations of the same recipe, and for the life of me, I can not find the exact recipe I used)

  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  1. Combine ingredients in large sauce pan and stir until dough is thick and can no longer be stirred (takes 5-10 minutes)
  2. Dump onto parchment paper or flat surface to cool
  3. Knead until smooth once dough has cooled enough to do so
  4. Mold into shapes or roll out and cut shapes out with cookie cutters

Salt Dough Recipe

  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups flour
  1. Blend ingredients until flour and salt is well incorporated
  2. Take out of bowl and knead until smooth
  3. Mold into shapes or roll out and cut shapes out with cookie cutters

(Check out Katy Elliot for some pretty ideas!)

Now onto the comparisons:

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