Kat Mateo, Smile’s deputy editor, brought her four-year-old son Ziv to Legoland for a fun day out. Here’s what Ziv adored
Upon entering the park, one of the first attractions we saw was Miniland. It was filled with Lego models of Asian landmarks, from the Petronas Twin Towers of Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok’s Wat Arun. Ziv’s favorite was the Singapore Merlion, which spits water at the push of a button. He also couldn’t get enough of the airplane sound effects at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport model.
Ziv, like most kids, love trains. So when he saw the Legoland Express, he naturally wanted to take a ride. The train circles Miniland and can carry up to 60 people at a time.
Junior Driving School
Ziv was apprehensive about trying this at first, but when he saw the other kids driving their Lego cars, he was all for it. All the kids had to do was step on a single pedal to make their cars move. The Junior Driving School is targeted at preschoolers (three to five years old); kids aged between six and 13 who can handle a car in a in a true-to-life traffic circuit can try their skills at the Driving School instead.
Star Wars Miniland
The Star Wars Miniland is one of the newest attractions in the park. I didn’t expect a four-year-old to be interested in Star Wars scenes but Ziv enjoyed it; he had fun pressing the buttons, and watching the action and lighting effects.
One of the things that makes Ziv happy is playing with water. So when we passed by Water Splash (near AQUAZONE Wave Racers and the Asian Deli) I asked him if he wanted to play. He said yes, of course, and proceeded to strip his clothes. An hour of water play was followed by a gratifying nap in his stroller.
If you’re heading to Legoland this Christmas season, you’d be glad to hear that the resort is holding its Holiday Extravaganza through January 3, 2016. There’ll be a golden opportunity for a selfie (or sleigh-fie) with Santa and his reindeer at their Lego sleigh; the nightly illumination of Asia’s tallest Lego Christmas tree, towering above the ground with its 400,000 bricks; and Lego City, which has been draped in fairy lights and snow (okay, snow substitute), transporting the romance of this special season directly to the tropics. You should also catch a glimpse of Lego Santa (the walking version), who’s celebrating his 20th birthday, as well as some of his human-size friends.
The resort’s Annual Pass Gift Pack lets you purchase four passes for the price of three, and personalize a Lego brick, which will make an excellent Christmas gift. Adult passes cost RM320 (PHP3,570) each, while child passes are RM245 (PHP2,735) each. Premium annual passes, offering unlimited access to the theme park and water park, are RM450 (PHP5,025) each. For the duration of the Holiday Extravaganza (until January 3), the theme park operates extended hours from 10am to 7pm daily.
Legoland Malaysia Resort, Nusajaya, Johor; +60 7597 8888; legoland.com.my
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This article originally appeared in the August 2015 issue of Smile magazine.