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Pure fun for the elementary age builder

Jack Lowrie sits in the Kingdom Quest ride, ready to go. It’s a gentle one, but has a height requirement nonetheless.

Canoe Kids
By Melissa Lowrie

Photos by Melissa Lowrie
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Melissa Lowrie
Melissa Lowrie

“LEGO awesomeness,” my 8-year-old son said after attending the ribbon cutting of the LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Atlanta on March 16. If you have a LEGO-enthusiast in your house, you better go online to get tickets now. This attraction is fun times ten, won’t break the bank and won’t swallow a whole day.

The hands-down coolest thing there (one of my son’s top picks, too) was MINILAND. All the Atlanta landmarks are there - made of nearly one million LEGO bricks: Turner Field, Bank of America Tower, Fox Theater, Georgia Aquarium, High Museum of Art, the Varsity, and on and on. What Atlanta skyline would be complete without a Delta jet flying over? There was one of those, too.

After MINILAND was LEGO Racers. Here there were thousands of bricks in the Build & Test zone—everything needed to build a race car. When complete, test your speed on one of three tracks against a new friend, or just time your race.

The next stop was LEGO City Fire Academy—a three-level climbing, sliding, run-wild spot to blow off some energy. Leave your shoes and parents at the gate.

The ribbon is cut at LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Atlanta on March 16.

We ventured into the LEGO Studios 4D Cinema for one of three short films available for viewing. What’s 4D? Add a little wind on your face, raindrops and snow flurries in your hair and you’ll come away with a whole new movie experience.

We took a class at the LEGO Master Builder Academy, and while waiting for other students to arrive, had the pleasure of meeting Master Model Builder, Joshua Bohn. The vibrant 24-year-old won a LEGO building competition to get the job, and now pulls a salary building elaborate LEGO models. He’s been on the job since February 1, and, in that time, has rebuilt Atlanta in LEGO bricks. And not just the Atlanta landmarks, all the other LEGO characters seen around the center. He said Merlin, outside Kingdom Quest, took a “couple hundred hours.”

There was a lot to see and do for both girls and boys—even non-builders can have a good time. LEGOLAND is a new attraction in the heart of Buckhead, so you can bet it will be crowded for a long time to come. We were advised to tell readers to buy tickets online or you may find yourself out of luck due to a capacity crowd.

 Dining close by is limited to a Moe’s on the third floor of the mall and a cafe selling hot dogs, snacks and drinks. The staff was helpful and friendly. Tickets are $19 for adults and $15 for children ages 3–12. Children 2 and under are free.

Just 55 miles from Big Canoe, it’s an hour or so from the gate, even with traffic. Make sure to check for tickets and hours of operation.

This was a two-thumbs-up winner and a great idea for a warm or rainy morning. If you can’t make it to LEGOLAND, take your Canoe Kids on a different adventure. Wherever you end up, have a great time.




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