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Fish and Bricks

July 26, 2011

This past weekend we decided to escape the heat with some fun indoor activities.

Our youngest man-child is a little goofy for Legos. He buys the sets. He watches videos on the Lego website. He plays the video games. But mostly, he sits in his bedroom floor and plays withLego bricks for hours at a time. Thanks to his subscription to the Lego magazine, he found out about the new Legoland Discovery Center inside the Grapevine Mills mall in Grapevine, Texas. Of course, he just HAD to go. So we started planning our trip.

Grapevine is only about two hours from home, so I thought it would be a nice little day trip. Check out the Legos. Maybe do a little shopping in the mall. Head home. Wrong.

Our middle son really enjoys zoos and aquariums. Whenever we travel, he looks for somewhere to check out the animals. As it turns out, also new in Grapevine Mills is SeaLife Aquarium. If we are taking one son to an attraction, we HAD to take the other to an attraction.

Fortunately the oldest child has been away most of the summer. Our day trip was already bursting at the seams!

Allow me to share a few thoughts about the trip:

  • Legoland Discovery Center and SeaLife Aquarium are owned and operated by the same company. They sell a ticket that gets you into both attractions. It is a better value that we did not know about until we had bought the Legoland tickets.

  • Buy your tickets online in advance. You can get them at the door, but there are better deals online. Also, when you pre-purchase your admission, you choose the date and time you want to visit. At the door, they fit in walk-up purchases around the pre-purchased ones.

  • Prepare yourself for long lines and busy attractions. These attractions are still new and very popular. This summer there are a lot of day care/day camp field trips and vacationing families. I suspect this fall there will be a lot of school field trips. It is a popular place.

  • Legoland Discovery Center is a little juvenile. My youngest (9 years old) had a great time. The middle child (11 years old) enjoyed it and we got our money’s worth, but there were some things he was just too big for.

  • SeaLife did a good job making the aquarium interesting and interactive. We all really enjoyed it.

  • Like most tourist attractions, be prepared to exit through the gift shop.

  • If you are planning to experience both attractions and do any shopping in the mall, I suggest you plan on reserving a hotel room. There are plenty of places nearby for most budgets. We stayed over a Friday night at a Hyatt Place for just under a hundred bucks, including tax.

Overall, it was a fun trip. I am glad we took the time to go. Would we go back? Hard to say. We often do not visit the same attractions again and again. Would I recommend them? Take the kids and have a great time!

I am sure there are things I could have mentioned and left out. Leave a comment; ask a question. I would love to answer!

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