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THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE Epic Staycation

This post is in partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures

In celebration of the upcoming film “THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE” coming out in theaters on September 22nd, I surprised my younger son by taking him to LEGOLAND California to be one of the first to see the film.

The morning of the event, I loaded up our Kia Sorento with our suitcases and then picked him up early from school. I didn’t tell him where we were going, and it wasn’t until I pulled into the valet at the LEGOLAND Hotel that he realized we were going to LEGOLAND California. He squealed with delight, got out of the car and ran into the resort to start playing in their giant pirate ship LEGO play area.

Little did he know that we were going to be staying the night, and getting see the “THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE.” After I checked into our room for the night, I walked him down the hall to surprise him with a fun LEGO-themed room where we would be staying the night. It was a dream come true for my son.

We had some lunch and then went to LEGOLAND California where we would learn how to build LEGO creations from a master LEGO builder. He showed us the new LEGO sets that are designed after “THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE, ” and he encouraged all of the children to make their own creative creation.

Then it was time for us to experience LEGO NINJAGO The Ride in the LEGO NINJAGO world at LEGOLAND California. The theme park was closed to the public, and only open to media who were there to learn more about “THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE” so my son was able to ride the attraction again and again.

After experiencing the thrilling attraction, we returned to the hotel for a short swim before getting ready to see “THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE.” When we arrived at the theater, my son was overwhelmed with excitement. I got us some popcorn and treats, and then entered the theater to see the fun family film.

Throughout the film, I was laughing hysterically. The filmmakers did a fantastic job of making the film entertaining for children and adults of all ages. There was action and it has a story that delivers a great message to children about the importance of family and friendship.

We returned to the LEGOLAND hotel where there was a festive celebration awaiting us. My son got to take pictures with the characters from the film, have his face drawn to look like a LEGO character, and we took pictures in an interactive photo booth. It was the perfect way to end the day, and my son drifted off to sleep talking about all his favorite parts of “THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE.”

The next morning, we woke-up and entered LEGOLAND California to hear more about the making of the movie from the cast. We took a group photo and then took a seat inside of the theater where the entire cast was waiting for us.

The director of the film, Charlie Bean, started off by saying, “Even though the film is made with a computer we made it similar to the way that you build bricks. We make each individual brick on the computer, and then we design the whole world brick by brick in the same way that you would build in real life.” Then the producer, Chris McKay, added, “We wanted the movie to feel like kids are playing with toys, we tried to make it as tactile and photo-real as possible. It replicates what it feels like when you are playing with your toys. It brings a real charm to the characters and that is what is fun about these movies.”

My favorite part of the film is the message it delivers to children about the importance of family. Chris McKay shared with saying, “The idea was that Lloyd was going through something and he was still a kid with a kid mind, and was very selfish at the beginning of the movie. He looks at his relationship with his father one way.” During the film, Lloyd goes on a journey of starting to understand his father from a different point of view. “We wanted Lloyd to look at things from a different point of view because that is his arch from going from being a child where you are not really sympathetic or empathetic (empathy is a big part of becoming an adult) to understanding other human beings and empathizing. The idea of empathizing about what his dad went through, and showing empathy was a big part of his change, so then he can help his friends, and become a better leader,” said McKay.

“They are looking at problems and trying to solve them in different ways. You have a much greater power inside of you, and just need to look at the problems you are facing differently.” Charlie Bean

“THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE” has heart and your children will fall in love with it this Friday, September 22nd. Treat your kids to an epic staycation by booking a night at the LEGOLAND Hotel, spend the day at LEGOLAND California to experience their LEGO NINJAGO days happening this weekend, and then go see the “THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE” at night. It will be a staycation that your LEGO-loving kids will never forget.

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  1. Love the staycation idea! It sounds like it was an awesome time =)

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