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Legoland?

Has anyone been to Legoland with a preschooler? How many days would you need there? Is April a good time to go? Where to stay? How to get there - fly or drive? And how is travel in California since we have never been. Is there anything else near Legoland to do? Thanks!

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Do yo ever watch Jon & Kate Plus Eight? If so, did you ever see the one where they took their kiddos to Legoland? If not, you should download that episode! It was pretty funny and interesting to see how toddlers react to Legoland. The places looks really cool...and I would love to visit there one day myself. Good luck and have a blast!!

Seriously pack wind breaker jackets. I went to CA in June and we had to wear lightweight jackets in the mornings and evenings.

-L.

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We went a couple of years ago in May with a two year old. We stayed at the Carlsbad Inn and Beach Resort, which was great for us & about 30 minutes from San Diego. We got a great deal, it had a pool and was right on the beach. It had great ammenities and a couple of restaurants on property. Also, we could walk very easily to multiple other restaurants & shops around there. It was right off the highway and about 10 minutes from Legoland. We did: San Diego Zoo, Sea World and the San Diego wild animal park. You can hand feed giraffes there and see animals in there natural habitat. It was amazing and my daughter loved roaring at the lions while touching their paws through the plexi-glass. We missed Legoland but would definitely go there next time. We probably would have skipped Sea World because we can go there in San Antonio. I would stay in Carlsbad, stay a week and try to hit DisneyLand too. I would fly into San Diego. You will have a GREAT time! Feel free to contact me if you have more questions.

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Did you know there is a Lego Education Center in Southlake? Check this out: http://www.legoeducationcenter.us/

Also, my son had a lego club subscription and it included a free ticket to Legoland. Check the website to sign up for the brickmaster club. http://club.lego.com/en-us/brickmaster/Default.aspx

My past exeperience in there area is that it's cooler than I expected in the spring, but still doable. Just don't plan on swimming in the ocean then. And the San Deigo Zoo is a must-see.

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I am from San Diego and I have never been to legoland. I heard it is for the younger kids. If you are tight on money, I would highly advise skipping Legoland and going to Disneyland. It is 45 minutes north of Legoland on the 5 freeway. We took my son when he was 4 to Disney and we all had the best time of our lives! We got there when it opened and my son lasted until after 6pm. It was a long day but he loved it. Plus we stayed on Coronado Island and made the drive from there. As long as you are near the 5 you can get about anywhere! I highly recommend staying at the Marriott on the Marina near Seaport Village. The pool is great for kids and there is a lot of things to walk to in the area, including family friendly dining.

I also suggest going to the San Diego Zoo. This is unlike any zoo and it can not be missed. We can watch the Polar Bears for hours! Take the bus ride then decide what you want to see on foot. Have to see the Polar bears, children's zoo, pandas and the elephants! The skyride gives you a nice view of Balboa Park. Make sure you see the beach. They have Sea World but when we want to do Sea World we just do it here in Texas instead of wasting our time there.

I would give each attraction a day. Unless you can devote 2 to Disneyland. Flying is better than driving. The drive is about 24 hours of boredom! You can fly into San Diego or sometimes it is cheaper to fly to Orange County-John Wayne airport and drive down. If you do the second you could spend the night up there and do Disneyland from there. April will be cooler- always foggy until late morning. But the weather is never really that bad in San Diego.

Just remember there is a ton to do just don't drive too far south!!! Have fun!

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I grew up in that area and have been to Legoland a handful of times. I suggest you skip Legoland and do Disneyland, the Wild Animal Park in San Diego or San Diego Zoo. Legoland was a big letdown. You can easily get it done in half a day or so. My son was 3.5 when we went and there were very few rides he could go on by himself or even at all. If you are going all the way to CA just go to Disneyland instead.

OMG!! We LOVED Legoland -- it was perfect for kids under 12! My kids were 6, 8 and 9 when we went and it was a BLAST!! We only did one day as we were on a California road trip but it was a lot of fun! ALl the rides are built for kids under 12 so there is nothing too scary. There are lego cars that they can drive - they get a driver's license and everything and ofc ourse they can build with legos too. Everything was built out of legos tehre -- there was a big set up of places all over the world! Definitely fun --w e are going back to CA this summer - but my oldest is 13 so I am not sure if they will want to go or not! It was pricey so look in lego magazines etc for coupons!

Have fun!

Legoland is a fabulous place to visit with young kids -- I went last year with my 4 and 6 year olds and it was the perfect vacation. It was manageable (not so much to do that we felt hurried to do it all) and the rides are very kid friendly. It was not crowded when we went in June and very clean. My 6 year old was able to ride everything, and my 4 year old was only unable to ride 3 rides. So, the park was a great place to spend the day. They have a new aquarium there attached to legoland that just opened. I would think you could easily spend one or 2 days at legoland and 1 day at the aquarium. Have fun!

As others have said, Legoland is alright, but way overpriced. If you're going to drive or fly all the way out there, Disneyland is a much better destination! Sea World is great too, but since there's one of those in San Antonio, we've never bothered to go to the one in San Diego. I agree that June or July is a better time of year to go than April. It's much colder in than you would expect in "Sunny California" for much of the year. When we go to CA, we spend several days in LA - there's Rodeo Drive, the Farmers Market, La Brea Tar Pits, great museums, Sunset and Hollywood Blvds, the Santa Monica Pier ...honestly, I could spend two weeks in LA and not run out of stuff to do (and that's not including things to do without kids, like studio tours and nicer restaurants). After we do LA, we drive down to the Anaheim area and spend 3-4 days at Disneyland, and we'll spend a day or two in the San Diego area. The drive between San Diego and LA isn't too congested if you go in the middle of the day. Have fun, whatever you decide!

Seriously pack wind breaker jackets. I went to CA in June and we had to wear lightweight jackets in the mornings and evenings.

-L.

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