Splash and Play at DUPLO Valley in LEGOLAND Windsor
If you are in need of a fantastic, totally kid-focused, fun packed family adventure, an overnight stay at LEGOLAND Windsor is definitely the place to go!
My husband and I trotted off on the two hour journey to Windsor with our three year old and one year old in tow, fully expecting that what the park had to offer would be nice, but limited for our very young kids. How wrong could we be?!?! Both of them had the time of their lives and I have never seen our baby son look more enthused and animated!
We started off at DUPLO® Valley - a splash area, with water slides aimed at toddlers (and older children!), filled with life size animals and water shoots galore. The kids did enjoy the splashing around and watching the huge red brick soak everybody, but the weather was not the warmest, and wet suits were required for the kids to fully immerse themselves in the water fun. There were, nonetheless, haystack dryers at the ready to warm them up, although be prepared to part with £2 per go!
We then headed off to Bricks Restaurant, where the whole family could eat as much as they wanted. Although it wasn’t the cheapest (£18.95 per adult and £6.95 per child) the food far exceeded my expectations, as the range and quality was excellent. The children’s selection included a good mix of nutritious items, as well as the usual junk options that they love! The best part of the evening, however, had to be the kids’ entertainment show. If you are hoping for a quiet meal
As this show is conveniently put on prior to the kids’ bedtime at about 6.30, we wrestled the kids up to our room for bed, only to find even more exciting surprises in store (Bang goes calm bedtime!). The room was brilliantly themed as a Pirate Ship, with a pirate bunk bed and treasure hunt, culminating in the code to a pirate chest with a Lego surprise inside! The rooms were comfortable, with the kids area separated from the parents’ area (and room for a baby’s cot in with us). There were also separate TVs in each zone, with a decently priced offer of snacks, two drinks and a movie for £10. Well worthwhile when you have to retire to the hotel room by 7:00 pm! Surprisingly, we didn’t hear any noise from the tens of other families with kids in the hotel, which either meant that the walls were soundproofed, or we were the annoying ones making all the noise!?
All in all, we had a fantastic weekend break with the kids. Although quite expensive, considering how much you can do in an overnight stay in LEGOLAND Windsor and how much the children get out of it, I would definitely recommend it to anyone in need of an intensive child focused break!
Kim Morgan and family
The LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort is a family theme park for children aged 2-12. It has over 55 interactive rides, attractions, live shows, building workshops and driving schools, and a staggering 80 million LEGO® bricks, all set in 150 acres of parkland. The LEGOLAND Windsor Resort opens from 16 March – 4 November 2013. It is closed on selected midweek days in May, September, October and November. For further details please check www.LEGOLAND.co.uk. LEGOLAND Windsor Resort is free for under threes!
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