If your home is anything like ours these days, LEGO Ninjago is taking over. Legos, Netflix, and Party Themes are everywhere. Thankfully, we live in close proximity to LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester and will be attending the grand opening of LEGO® Ninjago City Adventure. This new $750,000, 2,300-square-foot interactive play area (larger than four average-sized NYC apartments!) couldn’t have come at a better time. It just so happens that my kids will be out of school and in a staycation situation this week as well. We may not be taking a jet to the FAR EAST, but we will most definitely feel as if we were there with this exceptional exhibit launching this weekend.
Here’s Kai with a karate group at Manchester, England launch:
This is a huge deal, literally and figuratively and we can’t wait to be there along with students from a local martial arts studio and LEGO Ninjago character Kai in a “brick chopping” (ribbon cutting) ceremony. My kids are so thrilled that they will be cleaning-up without hesitation for months. If you want the chance to see win tickets to see LEGO Ninjago City head on over to primetimeparent on Instagram. Look for my latest post and enter this Flash Giveaway!
How did this incredible exhibit come to be? Modeled after the Temple of Airjitzu, the two-story play structure puts guests’ physical skills to the test — balance, agility, strength and endurance — on their quest to become a Spinjitzu Master, all while experiencing more than 20 interactive features. It took a production team in the Czech Republic nearly 20,000 LEGO® bricks (19,980, to be exact) and 172 hours to build Jay — one of the Ninjago showcase models.
Modeled after the Temple of Airjitzu, the two-story play structure puts guests’ physical skills to the test as they fight to save Ninjago City. Together, adults and children will test their balance, agility, strength and endurance to become a Spinjitzu Master, all while experiencing more than 20 interactive features.
Guests can join Sensei Wu and practice ninja moves in the Dojo training room by tackling a horizontal climbing wall and testing hand-eye coordination on the color crush reflex reaction game. Moving on to the temple, ninjas-in-training engage in a number of obstacle course challenges inspired by their favorite Ninjago characters Kai, Jay, Cole, Lloyd, Zane and Nya. There are tons of interactive activities including navigating a vortex spinning barrel, mastering the art of Spinjitzu on the spiral slide of lights, harnessing the power of the water on wave decks, crawling through hover rings and lightning buzzer bars, taking on a crisscross maze and vertical rope climb, testing LEGO® building skills and more.
Some Ninjago City Stats:
It’s taken approximately 7,000 hours to build Ninjago City Adventure
More than 110,000 LEGO® bricks were used to create the three showcase models: Sensei Wu, Jay and Nya
The three Ninjago models were built in Kladno, in the Czech Republic, by LEGO Production s.r.o. Built by LEGO® model builders
There are over 20 interactives for kids, including a Ninjago model build table, climbing wall, reaction game, endless pit, spinning barrel, Pogo power and more
There is a special Toddler Area that features a Spin Cup (spin like a Spinjitzu Master), Toddler Climber (develop your perceptions and quick Ninja reflexes) and Drum Panel (play with elemental sounds and power)
Ninjago City Adventure was constructed by Soft Play from North Carolina, one of the largest manufacturers in the world
“We’re excited to provide our guests with an amazing, new interactive play area, LEGO® Ninjago City Adventure, which immerses guests into the world of the popular LEGO® Ninjago building sets,” said Chris Mines, General Manager, LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester. “This incredibly fun, tremendous play area is going to provide our guests with an entirely new world in which to create, explore and play for hours in a safe and structured environment.”
To celebrate the opening of Ninjago City Adventure, LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester will take $5 off a regular-priced admission ticket for any child who wears his or her martial arts uniform in the month of April.
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center is the ultimate indoor LEGO playground featuring more than 3 million LEGO® bricks, geared towards families with children aged 3-10. Its range of educational and interactive attractions include hands-on play areas, a 4D cinema, the Master Builder Academy, two LEGO® amusement rides, special party rooms and MINILAND — the venue’s signature re-creation of landmark locations and buildings throughout New York, made entirely out of more than 1 million LEGO® bricks. Advance tickets and annual passes to LEGOLAND® Discovery Center are available online.
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester is located at Ridge Hill, 39 Fitzgerald Street in Yonkers. They can be reached at 866-243-0770 or by visiting www.LEGOLANDDiscoveryCenter.com/Westchester. For the latest news and updates, follow @LDCWestchester on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Disclosure: I received tickets to this event to cover the Grand Opening. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.