My children and I all share a love of LEGOS! So of course we all love that we can experience a day of everything LEGO so close to home to visit LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston!
Outings can be tough for my two kiddos with special needs so I was super excited when I heard they were hosting a sensory friendly event — LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston opened two hours earlier on Sunday exclusively for children with sensory sensitives and their families!
This daytrip is located in Somerville, Massachusetts and super easy to get to. Parking was free in the parking garage which was just a short walk to the fun! A giant giraffe made entirely of LEGOS will let you know you are in the right spot!
Once inside we were ready to get started. We remembered from our first trip that the first activity is the LEGO factory tour! For this virtual tour, you enter a room where you are surrounded by projection screens. You will learn how LEGOS are made and have an opportunity to create your very own virtual LEGO MINIFIGURE during a quick interactive movie.
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston has 2 rides: 1) in Kingdom Quest you have to rescue the princess by zapping the trolls with your laser. For the sensory friendly event, the lights were left on for this attraction; 2) Merlin’s Apprentice ride is a spinning attraction that raises you into the air by pedaling. My 9 year old daughter passed on her opportunity to ride this ride during our first trip, but because of the sensory friendly atmosphere this time around my daughter couldn’t wait to get on it and she ended up LOVING it!
During our visit we had an awesome time exploring MINILAND, training to become ninjas and even visiting Olivia’s house from LEGO Friends! Our absolute favorite part of was the LEGO 4D Cinema. The movie is about 15 minutes long and they play every 15 minutes. During the sensory friendly event, we didn’t have to wait at all to view the movie! My children had huge smiles on their faces as they experienced rain, wind and snow and felt completely immersed in the movie.
All in all, we had an awesome time! I loved how quiet it was which made everything so much more manageable. My children definitely have trouble navigating when so many people and different things are going on around them. However, since the sensory friendly event offered such an open space with less distraction, it definitely kept them from getting over stimulated. It was pretty neat to see differences such as my daughter willing to ride Merlin’s Apprentice ride and witnessing first hand how environment really does play a huge factor in kids with sensory issues, so I appreciate these sensory friendly events immensely!
About LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston is an indoor attraction featuring millions of LEGO bricks. Its range of educational and interactive elements appeal to a wide range of ages, with a focus on children ages 3-10. The attraction features classes led by Model Builders to engage the minds of its young visitors, two LEGO rides, a new 4D LEGO Movie, special birthday party rooms and MINILAND
- 12 family attractions & activities
4D cinema, Kingdom Quest laser ride, Merlin’s Apprentice, LEGO City Play Zone… and more!
- Discover the city in miniature
See Boston’s top attractions made from LEGO in our MINILAND®
- Birthday parties & group deals
LEGO themed birthday parties here in Boston!
- Get LEGO® building tips
Learn building tips from our Master Model Builder Workshops.
- School trips
One-of-a-kind school trips to support the National Curriculum.
About the LEGO Group
The LEGO Group is a privately held, family-owned company with headquarters in Billund, Denmark, and main offices in Enfield, USA, London, UK, Shanghai, China, and Singapore. Founded in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen, and based on the iconic LEGO® brick, it is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of play materials. Guided by the company spirit: “Only the best is good enough”, the company is committed to the development of children and aims to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow through creative play and learning. LEGO products are sold worldwide and can be virtually explored at www.LEGO.com. For more news from the LEGO Group, information about our financial performance and responsibility engagement, please visit http://www.LEGO.com/aboutus.
About Merlin Entertainments plc
Merlin Entertainments plc is a global leader in location based, family entertainment. As Europe’s Number 1 and the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates over 100 attractions, 13 hotels and 5 holiday villages in 24 countries and across 4 continents. The company aims to deliver memorable experiences to more than 63 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its approximately 27,000 employees (peak season). Visit www.merlinentertainments.biz for more information.