Thursday, April 26, 2012

A Special Preview of Legoland Discovery Center - Kansas City

Because Shane worked on the construction crew, we were able to attend the complimentary Contractor's Night sneak preview at Legoland Discovery Center last night.  The official opening is this Sunday.  Kansas City's Legoland is the newest of only four Legoland Discovery Centers in the US and eight around the world.

Kat is the real "legomaniac" in our family, but I have to say the entire attraction was better than I expected.  The center featured a "factory tour", a ride-through laser shooting gallery, a Duplo play area for the younger kids, a soft jungle-gym play area for the older kids, an amusement park type ride, kids' karaoke, a set of race tracks where kids (and adults) can build their own Lego cars to race, a Lego design workshop, a cinema with short films, a cafe and more. 

My favorite feature by far was the collection of replicas of Kansas City landmarks, all built with Legos, and depicted in alternating day and night scenes.  It was amazing. 

I ran out of batteries in my camera before I was able to get all the pictures I wanted, but here are several.  They will be most meaningful to readers familiar with Kansas City, but hopefully are of some interest to everyone.

Almost twins.

Factory tour.

Factory tour.

Factory tour.

She weighs the equivalent of 28,000 Legos!

Factory tour.

 A Lego tour of Kansas City:

Our new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

KC Power & Light Building, One Kansas City Place, Town Pavilion,
Sprint Center and in foreground, Union Station.

Liberty Memorial in foreground, with Union Station just behind it,
the Western Auto building to the right and the KC skyline in the background.

Crown Center fountains by night.

Crown Center fountains and Legoland!  Can you believe we're actually inside there?

Arrowhead Stadium (Chiefs) and Kauffman Stadium (Royals).  Some of the tiny fans
are waving banners, eating turkey legs, and drinking beer.

Country Club Plaza by night...
and again by day!

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, complete with shuttlecock on front lawn.

Starlight Theater by night...

and again by day!

Harry S. Truman home.

And, of course, a tribute to The Wizard of Oz:
Here comes the cyclone!
(complete with sound and wind effects)
and there goes the little house...
to fall on the Wicked Witch with the ruby red slippers.

Follow the yellow brick road!

until you finally reach the Emerald City!
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