Exploring the Bay Area from the New Legoland Discovery Center
Legoland Discovery Center Bay Area is a fantastic addition this summer, providing us with a place away from the heat that is appealing to all ages of children and enjoyable for parents too. After visiting the Legoland Discovery Center in Atlanta a few years ago, we’ve been looking forward to this Legoland fun in our own backyard since before the pandemic. We had such a great time on opening day (June 8) that we upgraded our day tickets to annual passes prior to our departure and have already booked our reservation to return within the month.
The Legoland Discovery Center Bay Area offers a variety of experiences such as a charming interactive attraction in the dark, an entertaining 3D movie with surprising effects in the theater, many activity zones based on popular LEGO lines as well as an impressive LEGO recreation of the Bay Area landmarks. Tickets cost $ 23 for adults and $ 17 for children (3-12 years old).
Most people would spend about three hours here without repeating an activity, but you can easily lengthen the day. For example, the cinema offers three different films that run throughout the day. Our favorite was Lego, and the other titles focused on Lego City and Ninjago. Speaking of Ninjago, this area has a few timed activities – a laser maze and a reflex challenge – that you might want to try a few times in an effort to improve your score. And my son could easily spend an hour just building LEGO racers to take on other builders on the six lane track. On this visit, he had a great time collaborating with other racers and builders as they all looked for ways to improve the speed of their creation.
I have seen several families having to remove their child from this area to explore other areas. I already look forward to sipping a Starbucks at the location cafe while my son explores this area on his next trips. For more information visit LegolandDiscoveryCenter.com/BayArea
With the general layout in mind, here is a gallery of images from the Bay Area from Legoland Discovery Center.
Upon entering Legoland Discovery, you immediately come across the runner build and test area with a Ninjago workout in the distance and the checkered entrance to Miniland. Right behind us is the entrance to the interactive Imagination Express dark ride.
Taking an immediate right you will find the Pirate Adventure Island area with the Friends Heartlake City area and the Creative Workshop in the distance. The Challenge Circle in the foreground is designed for primary host activities.
At the back of Legoland Discovery Area Bay Area are a few birthday celebrations which can be one larger room or two smaller. Next to cafe, restrooms and 4D cinema.
With the general layout in mind, let’s explore the variety of experiences at Legoland Discovery Center Bay Area. The grand LEGO racing VR experience is not pictured, where you create your own coaster and then experience it through VR which was not available when opened. As well as Bertie the LEGO mascot of the location probably due to the COVID precautions in place during our visit.
Imagination Express is a dark, slow journey with a mix of screens and practical sets. Guests have a magic wand that you use to score points by aiming at suggested targets.
The vehicle looks like a locomotive and can hold five people.
One of the little things I enjoyed at Discovery Center was these hooks for placing bigger bags before riding.
LEGO 4D Cinema
Not only are there flat photo backgrounds in the lobby of the 4D theater, but they also have a few carved minifigs.
Fans of mist triggered by film screenings or thunderstorms delighted the children in the theater with us.
Palace of Fine Arts and Golden Gate Bridge
Pier 39 world famous seals. Press the button to hear their barks.
Port of San Francisco
Cable cars and other vehicles run through the streets of San Francisco.
Try to score a basket. Splash!
BART goes under Miniland
Make sure to look for the ghost that roams the halls of the Winchester Mystery House.
Google’s headquarters includes its famous founder sitting on a bench by the pond.
Baseball by McCovey Cove with offscreen soda bottle
Business people go to a football game.
Lego Racers: Build and test
Decorate a car with the bricks provided.
Tables of earthquakes
Will the Duplo tower you create stand up to the earthquake?
Six lane track to test your runners.
Workstation with axles, wheels and other LEGO parts to create your racing car.
Pirate Adventure Island
Multi-layered play area with slides, suspension bridges and other entertainment.
The LEGO macaw would scream and talk as you pass.
Build on the Pirate Adventure Island model. Continue the adventure already established.
Lego Ninjago Training Camp
Improve your reflexes and agility at Lego Ninjago training camp. We had fun with the laser maze.
Build on the Lego Ninjago Training Camp model.
Can you successfully navigate the Ninjago Marble Maze? Maybe build your own Ninjago creation to add to building nearby.
Lego Friends Heart Lake City
Workspace tables around Heart Lake City are shaped like hearts, stars, and musical notes.
The flipbooks suggest constructions to add to the Heart Lake City model.
LEGO City fountains like this inspire new creations around the home.
Pose with the life-size LEGO Olivia.
Seats adjacent to the cafe. Only spotted people dining in cafe during current covid restrictions.
Birthday party room
This room is double the size shown here with an identical layout in the adjacent area, but they can close the lime wall to allow for two smaller celebrations instead.
Simple slide for the youngest. Large green and white panels as well as the rainbow are available for securing Duplo blocks found in nearby pools.
Many courses scheduled. 8 the day we were there. Awesome LEGO models hanging from the ceiling inspire creation.
Build a circle of challenge