LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago Star Wars Exhibit

We had never been to LEGOLAND Discovery Center but had always wanted to. Once we finally decided to make our way to the “building with the giraffe outside” we were psyched to learn that LEGOLAND was unveiling a new exhibit – Star Wars Miniland. We had a fantastic time and will be back for sure!

Nitty Gritty:

Website: http://www.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/chicago/
Ticket prices: Admission is $20 for everyone; children 2 and under are free. Go online and purchase the tickets for $15.75.
Location: 601 N. Martingale Road, Schaumburg, IL (Streets of Woodfield)
Parking: Plenty of parking at the lot
Stroller-friendly? Glad we left the stroller at home; the new exhibit is congested and hard to navigate through with a stroller. There is a stroller parking area before going upstairs.
Food: There is a cafe located on the second floor
Crowded: Not extremely crowded, but we were here on a Wednesday evening after hours for a special event. The Stars Wars exhibit was of course crowded and move through.
What to expect: Two floors, the City of Chicago and a jungle all made with Legos,  the newest Star Wars exhibit, a Kingdom quest ride, a play area for toddlers, a ride, building stations, 4D movie, workshops, plenty of photo ops

Highlights:

  • I could have pored over the intricate details at the Chicago LEGO-scape. It was cool to see how they added Star Wars peeps to the Chicago-scape. One million bricks were needed to make this!
  •  Check out Jabba the Hut.
  •  I may not be a huge Star Wars fan, but I was amazed at how much attention to detail there was. Well, they did spend over 1,500 man-hours to complete along with 500,000 LEGO brick, and 2,000 Star Wars figures. Amazing!
  • An area that was just right for my one-year-old. He was so fascinated with these huge rubber blocks.
  •  My son could have played in the play area for hours
  •  Lego stations located throughout the second floor which was great for spur of the moment building opportunities

 

We Wish:

  • …the Star Wars exhibit was bigger. We followed the path past the Chicago Lego city, the jungle, glow in the dark tunnel, and all of a sudden we were in Star Wars exhibit. It may have felt crowded because everyone and their mommas (literally!) were here. Kids were waiting in line to play with the interactive aspects of the exhibit. If you have patience and children that don’t mind waiting, then it shouldn’t be a problem.
  • …we checked out the factory tour and 4D movie. We didn’t know if the kids could sit through 11 minutes, but we’ll be sure to see it next time. 4D movies are a blast!

Tips to enjoy LEGOLAND Discovery Center:

  • After 3 p.m. there are discounted tickets for $12.60
  • Last guest admission is two hours before closing

While you’re here…

  • The Streets of Woodfield has plenty of dining options. For yummy yogurt go to Red Mango, delicious burgers go to Meat Heads, Starbucks and Jamba Juice are a few steps away.
  • If you want to go shopping, the huge Woodfileld Mall is across the street. If the kids still have pent up energy, look no further than the indoor play place Yu Kids Island. Rain Forest Cafe is also there.

Did you know?

  • If you have ever put any LEGO related toy together, then you’ll know how much time and effort is needed to put together these creations.Check out how many bricks were needed.

Number of Bricks for Models at LEGOLAND Discovery Center
o   DUPLO® Giraffe Outside – 113,400
o   Einstein’s Head at entrance

o   Giant Spider

o   Batman – 52,360
o   Harry Potter – 16,660
o   Hagrid – 95,200
o   Darth Vadar – 38,080
o   Fat Guard with Axe – 45,220
o   Clown DUPLO® – 3,780
o   Elephant DUPLO®- 6,250

Bottom Line:

Star Wars and LEGO lovers will be in heaven. What a great way to spend a few hours!Check out the website for family fun events. Star Wars Days will be coming again June 20 – 23. Don’t miss it!

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Disclosure: Our family was invited to the LEGOLAND Discovery Center Media Preview. I was not required to express a particular point of view and all opinions are my own.