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Last weekend, we experienced the kind of rain my husband would be proud of (he was out of town so he missed it). He often jokes about how Southern California never gets much more than a sprinkling of rain. Not only did we get an incredible downpour, our temperatures dropped so low, I almost thought it could hail…or snow! Southern California proper (excluding our glorious mountains, of course) doesn’t get snow, but trying to explain that to a 6 and a 3 year old isn’t always easy. They want the snow they see in movies during Christmas. So, we did what most parents would do…we brought them to the snow!
Right now, LEGOLAND California is hosting their annual Holiday Snow Days and Winter Nights, a festive winter celebration complete with 50 tons of real snow. For the second year in a row, we spent the holidays at the LEGO-themed park, which offers families a unique brick-inspired celebration interspersed with tradition. Live holiday entertainment, festive decor and displays, and unique seasonal treats are just the highlights of this snow-themed celebration. Here is what you can expect at LEGOLAND California’s Holiday Snow Days and Winter Nights:
A Winter Wonderland: Finally! A place where the throwing of snowballs (perfect ones at that) is encouraged! The park’s snow play area, located in Fun Town, offers families the opportunity to build LEGO snowmen or practice their snowball-throwing technique against targets. This year, the park added a 7-foot tall snow-covered tube run, perfect for kids to experience their first snow-tubing experience. My daughter absolutely loved this experience and giggled all the way down the run! Tip: Bring a warm coat, gloves, boots, and a change of clothes since my kids always end up wet after playing in the snow.
Lively Holiday Entertainment: Each year, LEGOLAND brings in a variety of shows and live experiences to celebrate the holiday season. The Jingle Jammers (aka LEGOLAND’s Glee Club) add their own unique twist to traditional holiday carols and perform several times throughout the day on the Holiday Stage in Fun Town. Kids can meet their favorite LEGO Holiday Characters after the Holiday Character Dance Party, located on the same stage throughout the day. Lastly, families can see the Big Test Holiday Show and LEGO Friends Live which feature special stories and songs for the season.
Festive, Traditional Treats: During the holidays, the park rolls out the Fun Town Holiday Food Truck where guests can warm up with spiced apple cider and a selection of treats. For a heartier meal, try their Bavarian Bratwursts paired with buttery mash potatoes or sweet potato fries.
The Largest LEGO Christmas Tree: Standing at 30 feet tall, this gorgeous and unique tree features 245,000 forest green DUPLO bricks and decorated with more than 400 LEGO ornaments. It truly is a site to see, especially at night when it is all lit up! During the resort’s nightly tree lighting, one child selected through the resort’s Facebook page will light the tree nightly through December 24th. During the day, you’ll want to spend some time in the area surrounding the tree for character meet and greets and the periodic dusting of snow!
If you visit the resort after December 26th, be sure to stay for the nightly fireworks display, best viewed in Fun Town. Then on New Year’s Eve, rock out with the biggest New Year’s Eve party in San Diego. The resort will host special musical performances from Grammy nominated artist, a LEGO brick dropping, and a fireworks display all in time for your kids to still make their bedtime!
Kids’ Holiday Build: The very first time we visited LEGOLAND, my son would have been completely content to simply play with all of the LEGOS throughout the park. A visit to the resort, especially during the holidays, wouldn’t be complete without the opportunity to build. Through the season, kids can build their very own models in the LEGO Clubhouse. Each week features a holiday theme and the models built are added to the holiday display in the Clubhouse. Don’t forget to walk through Miniland U.S.A. to see special LEGO holiday scenes like Santa on top of the White House!
The four of us had a LEGO-fun filled day at the park and I can’t imagine a more festive way to celebrate the season. All of the activities (minus the food) are included in your park admission ticket. And right now, you can save with their online Holiday Snow Days and Winter Nights SEA LIFE Hopper. Adults and children are just $65 which is a fantastic price. Don’t forget to present your paid admission ticket to the Guest Information Desk inside the park to receive a second day return ticket to LEGOLAND and SEA LIFE Aquarium for free before December 31st, 2013.
Since we’re just far enough to make a visit to LEGOLAND a staycation, we decided to book a night at the LEGOLAND Hotel as part of our Holiday Snow Days experience. You might remember that we previewed the hotel before it opened and I shared my 5 best reasons for booking a stay at the LEGOLAND hotel. Along with its convenient proximity to the park, hotel guests get exclusive early entry to LEGOLAND, kids stay and play for free, breakfast is included with all stays, and the hotel hosts free nightly entertainment. The first day we stayed, my kids were completely content to play in their rooms and build in the interactive play area. The resort is all dressed up for the holidays and the nightly entertainment includes a LEGO-building competition, winter activities, and character meet and greets (including LEGO Santa). To book a stay visit their online website.
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