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Creating Family Memories at Legoland and Sea Life Aquarium

We attended as a guest of Legoland

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If you have a kid or better yet husband that loves Legos then you’ve got to go to LEGOLAND!  I have a husband and children who love Legos, who am I kidding I love Legos too so it was a no brainer to visit the park.  The nice thing about Legoland is that it is 3 parks in one, a waterpark, theme park and aquarium.

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We were there for only a day so we thought it was best to hit just two of the three parks.  Now me being the crazy planning parent, got to the park 30 minutes before the park opened.  Why would we do that?  Well to check out the cool Lego figures, take pictures and oh yeah they open up a couple of rides before the entire park opens!

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That’s right the park has a couple of designated rides that you can go on before the park opens so we got in two rides and took pictures with a mini figure as well as some “Friends” before 10am!

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Then it hit 10 and this mama was all business.  I had a plan, we were going to hit as many rides as we could until the park got busy then we were going to the aquarium and let me tell you it was a success.  So we started off with the two rides before the park opened (Coast Cruise and Coastersaurus).

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We then decided our beginning point would be Explorer Island and then go all the way around till we hit the aquarium.  We hit two more rides in explorer land (Safari Trek and Fairy Tale Brook) before Fun Town.  Fun Town holds true to its name and our family felt that as this point of the park we worked and played hard as a family.

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Between the Sky Cruiser, Kid Power Tower and Fun Town Police and Fire Academy, our family logged in over 1,000 steps on my fit bit.  Not only were those rides fun but they had us moving!

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My kids also learned how to drive on the mean streets of Fun Town and we learned that my son’s future as a Captain on the Love Boat was a bust when he failed big time at Skipper school (let’s just say he knows how to do unintentional wheelies on boats).

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Slowly our stomachs began to grumble but we had to hit just one more ride and so to Pirate Shores we went to Captain Cranky’s Challenge, think Viking swing ship on crank!

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After swinging back and forth and all around we decided to skip eating and hit Miniland USA to marvel at the phenomenal structures, yes seriously how did they do that????

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No really someone has to tell me how cause I can barely make a house let alone scenes from Star Wars.

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On our way to eat we stumbled upon these robot hands that throw you around like little rag dolls so of course I said we gotta go.  Turns out that the Knights Tournament had different levels of throwing about from just a slow movement (white) to full on rag doll throwing (red); my husband and daughter chose white whereas my son and I went for green (two away from red).  The outcome was my daughter saying wee and I want to try to blue to my son begging me to never go on that ride again.  Next time I want to try red!

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After traumatizing my son and him losing his desire to eat, we decided to go low key and sat in the front row on The Dragon!  My kid is weird he loves crazy rollercoasters, screams and has his hand up in the air waving them like a madman, but when it comes to being tossed around a couple of time by a robot hand he freaks, I don’t get it especially when he begged to try the robot hand ride again after The Dragon – someone please explain this to me!

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Finally we were at the breaking point for food and found ourselves at the Garden Restaurant.  I’m not usually a fan of theme park restaurants, but the sandwiches at the Garden Restaurant were excellent and they came with chips!  If you buy a collectors cup you can get drink refills for $.99 so make sure you get one and use the cup all day long!  After lunch we noticed that the park was filling up and headed to the Sea Life Aquarium.

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 More than a standard Aquarium, Sea Life Aquarium provides an educational and interactive dynamic unlike any other.  Featuring play zones, fun facts and quiz trails, it is designed to be a child’s guide to the life of the sea.  To avoid overcrowding, entrance into the aquarium is lumped into groups of about 30-40 people.

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Once the doors open, you walk through a dark tunnel with glass windows all around for you to see all the sea life. It is very peaceful and you can go at your own pace. My favorite sea animals are the jelly fish and this aquarium has an abundance of them.

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Walk through tunnels and tanks filled with sharks, eels, starfish and Legos (yup Lego are in the tank too) was calming after all the rushing about.  The aquarium has something for every age group.  There’s even a tide pool for the kids to enjoy and touch various sea animals.

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I love Legoland, you can go so much in one day and we will be returning very soon to visit the New Lego Friends Heartlake City!  For more information about Legoland or Sea Life Aquarium please visit their website at www.california.legoland.com  and www.visitsealife.com

I’m an OC mom of two and photographer. I love living in Southern California and want to expose my children to all that it offers. I love taking my kids on adventures and capturing their every moment so much so that my kids find it odd if I don’t take their pictures. You can see my work on facebook.com/photosbynaz.
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