It’s official, LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester is now open! It’s the fifth Discovery Center to open in the country and the first one on the NorthEast. So, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut parents, get your families ready for a building adventure at the new LEGOLAND Discovery Center. It’s located in the city of Yonkers, New York at the Ridgehill Shopping Center, which is absolutely gorgeous.
I had the opportunity to attend the grand opening this past Wednesday and I have to admit I was excited. I love LEGOS. As an Early Childhood teacher, I use Duplo LEGOS almost daily, so I had the best time exploring this new attraction and finding out what students, families and parents have to look forward to. The grand opening ceremony of the family friendly attraction started with brief speeches by Yonkers Mayor Spano, County Executive Rob Astorino, Merlin Entertainments Divisional Director of Midway Developments, James Burleigh and Bruce Ratner, who leads FCRC the developer of the Ridge Hill complex. The crowd got really excited when a life-sized Lego character smashed through a 7’X10′ LEGO brick wall. Exciting! That officially marked the opening of the attraction. Children from the Junior Construction panel were there to join in the excitement and hop on an inaugural ride on “Merlin’s Apprentice”— a flying wizard ride where guests pedal faster to make their seats rise into the air. You may remember when I wrote about the Junior Construction Panel Competition for the new LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester.
Inside the over 32,000 square foot indoor attraction are hands-on play areas, a 4D cinema, master classes led by Master Model Builders, two LEGO amusement rides and MINILAND, which is a re-creation of landmark locations and buildings throughout Westchester County and New York City. For more information on the new LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester please visit, www.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/westchester/.
Has your family enjoyed a day at LEGOLAND Discovery Center in another city? Are your children big LEGO fans? How does your family spend quality family time?
Welcome to LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester!
Here are some great images from Miniland inside LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester. Do you recognize any of those new York Landmarks?
Here are some of the highlights of the day, interview the Mayor of Yonkers, meeting the life-sized LEGO character and watching the children from the Junior Construction Panel have a blast.
Check out some children working hard in one of the master building classes. These pictures are courtesy of LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester.