We love visiting Legoland as it’s great for small kids and it’s easy to spend 4 or more hours there! The centre has the capacity for approximately 800 people.
Entrances are timed so try and space out the traffic but once you’re inside you can stay for as long as you like, so of course it is busiest from lunchtime onwards. So try to enter at the earliest time slot possible and allow at least 2-3 hours for your visit.
When you first enter the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre you’re taken to the ‘factory’ where you can learn about the process of making LEGO. At the end of the little interactive screening where you can design and decorate your own minifig remember to claim your free LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Duplo block.
Next up is the first of two rides, a shooting game from inside a moving carriage. It’s quite dark inside so may not suit little kids….
Then enter Miniland Melbourne, with over 300 minifigs traipsing all over Melbourne’s iconic landmarks and locations all made out of LEGO.
How many can you name?
Some of the displays are interactive, including the one of Flemington where you can race horses with your friends!
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The last section contains the main play areas, cafes and cinema. We spend the majority of our time there.
There are numerous LEGO play zones. One is dedicated to LEGO Friends…
…a Duplo Farm Adventure play area with soft flooring, toys and a soft climbing area suitable for 2-5 years…
….an earthquake building area using Duplo blocks…
….Build and Test Zone where you can make and race your Lego vehicle creations along three test tracks…
….the second ride at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre which features Merlin’s magical flying machines (that you pedal to raise high in the air)…
….AND a second indoor soft play area inspired by LEGO City.
In addition, every hour the Creative Workshop room opens where kids can build a small structure from instructions with the on-site Master Builders.
Kids can watch the overhead camera as the Master Builders talk through each of the steps. Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes and it suits approximately 5-7 years though there’s no age restriction.
Every 30 minutes or so there’s a screening at the 4D cinema. There are three films on rotation – we watch Nexo Knights and get blasted with air and water droplets as part of the 4D experience.
There are two party rooms which come with party packages. I want MY birthday party there!
If you’re feeling peckish LEGOLAND Discovery Centre has an on-site cafe. The offerings are fairly standard – sandwiches, sausage rolls, sweet treats etc.
Note technically outside food or beverages are not permitted, unless it’s baby food or for food allergies. However, I notice lots of families eating their own food so not sure how strictly that’s policed.
The cafe tables can be noisy and crowded so I suggest you eat in the quiet ‘chill out’ area beside the Duplo Farm Adventure play area.
Also note there are no water taps around – the cafe sells bottled water or better still BYO a filled bottle. I refill mine in the toilets.
Finally, of course you must exit through the gift shop!
It contains Melbourne’s largest Lego selection, including a magnificent wall of pick-a-brick LEGO.
If you’re looking for a Lego gift that’s exclusive to LEGOLAND Discovery Centre then check out their exclusive stock of the LEGOLAND Exclusives range, which includes LEGOLAND Park, LEGOLAND Fire Academy and LEGOLAND Driving School. These sets were created specifically for LEGOLAND theme parks and LEGOLAND Discovery Centres to give visitors the opportunity to continue the magical experience at home.
The gift shop is open to the public without having to enter LEGOLAND Discovery Centre first. The LEGOLAND online store offers delivery Australia-wide as well as a click and collect service for locals.
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- Adults must be accompanied by a child to enter. However the ratio is not 1 adult: 1 child ie you can have 1 adult: many children;
- Exclusive adult nights for adults without children are held once a month;
- Prebook your entry tickets in advance to avoid delay and disappointment;
- RACV members get 10% off individual tickets and $10 off Annual Passes online;
- The ‘Melbourne Big Ticket’ offers entry to both Sea Life Melbourne and LEGOLAND Discovery Centre for $57 per adult and $42 per child;
- Book a time slot as early as possible to avoid peak hour. You can still enter up to 2 hours after your booked time but there may be a wait for entry;
- Peak hour is around 12-2pm;
- Once you enter you can stay for as long as you like;
- No pass-outs;
- If your child can walk I don’t recommend bringing a pram. Prams are parked outside the entrance (unsecured);
- Allow 2-3 hours for your visit;
- Make use of the free wifi while you’re waiting in line (or just waiting for the kids to finish playing!);
- Family-friendly cafe on site. Technically no outside food or drink is permitted;
- BYO filled water bottle if you don’t want to pay for bottled water;
- Eat in the ‘chill out’ zone next to the Duplo Farm Adventure as the cafe tables can be noisy and crowded;
- Change facilities available;
- You need to be 90-150cm tall to enter the LEGO City soft play area and have socks. Socks available to purchase at the cafe;
- You need to be at least 90cm tall to ride Merlin’s Apprentice ride. Children between 90-120cms must ride with an adult;
- Every hour the Creative Workshop opens, join the queue to ensure a spot. Most suited to kids 5-7 years but no age restriction;
- At the gift shop the exclusive items include the BrickHeadz and the gold LEGO block keyrings;
- Gift shop is open to the public and closes a few hours after the centre closes generally;
- If you’re driving to Chadstone take the Chadstone/Warrigal Rd exit off the M1 Monash Freeway and use the far right hand lane to turn right into Middle Rd. Follow the arrows for LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Melbourne and turn right at the lights. Park at the Target carpark near Hoyts; it’s NOT the first carpark you see, it’s the second carpark with a huge HOYTS sign on it. Park on any level, P4 is rooftop and not undercover. P2 and P3 both have signage pointing to LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Melbourne and you can access via lift or stairs; and
- Parking is free though the centre is busy so park early.