Legoland (& Mitsuwa)

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We had a rare Saturday in which Grace wasn’t working and we didn’t have anything planned for most of the day, so we took CJ to the Legoland Discovery Center in Yonkers. It was a quick 30 minute drive up the Hutchinson River Parkway and since it was raining on and off, we knew we made the right decision to do something indoors with CJ.

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We were treated to a quick five minute introduction about how legos are made.

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And then we were all given free exclusive lego pieces.

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We were then led to an interactive laser gun ride.

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It’s not as good as the Toy Story ride at Disney World, but this wasn’t Disney World.

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Of course, I had the high-score compared to my wife and son.

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After the ride we entered a room filled with lego architecture.

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And then we ended up in the main room with a playground and other attractions, but unfortunately the minimum height requirement for the playground was three feet and CJ was just below the line.

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I don’t know why this was there, but there was this earthquake-proof building exhibit where kids could build their own structures on moving platforms to test out their earthquake-proof designs. Sure.

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There was a nice toddler section with super big lego blocks and a tube slide.

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And then there was a 4D movie theater that rotated between four different movies every 15 minutes.

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This was CJ’s first theater experience, and it was in 3 and 4D!

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He actually got a little bit scared, but liked it for the most part.

There was this really cool race track in which kids build their own cars and race them against each other. CJ’s is the small vehicle all the way on the right.

But CJ made a comeback and took the medal on his second try as the only racer to successfully cross the finish line unscathed.

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And of course, we ended our adventure inside a lego store and bought CJ a convenience store, house, truck, gas station, and dog. Although it was a bit expensive for adults, $22 apiece, but free for kids two and under, and we only stayed for two hours in what amounted to basically an indoor playground, CJ had a ton of fun and he fell asleep during the ride home.

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Afterwards, we went back out and after visiting friends and their newborn baby, we had dinner at Mitsuwa in New Jersey which is a Japanese supermarket with a bunch of restaurants.

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The food wasn’t bad, but nothing you can’t get across my side of the river.

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