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So Much Fun at LEGOLAND Hotel Malaysia!

Last month, we drove over the Causeway and checked ourselves into LEGOLAND Hotel. We didn’t tell the kids that we were headed there and once it came into view, they were beside themselves in excitement! We stayed here in December 2013 and since then, the kids have been asking to come back.

While we busied ourselves with checking in, the kids were playing to their hearts’ content in the pirate ship and castle play areas in the lobby. The LEGO play areas are such a good idea because the kids are happily occupied while the parents handle the boring task of getting the room keys.

LEGOLAND Hotel

LEGOLAND Hotel

Welcome to LEGOLAND!

Welcome to LEGOLAND!

waiting to check in

waiting to check in

lots to occupy the kids in the lobby

lots to occupy the kids in the lobby

busy with LEGO

busy with LEGO

a fire-breathing dragon

a fire-breathing dragon

cute little post box

cute little post box

During our last visit, we stayed at the Adventure themed room so we decided to try out the Kingdom themed room this time around. I just love all the themed LEGO features in the room and the kids cannot get enough of their bunk beds and TV and LEGO set to play with. If not for the fact that the theme park is an even bigger draw, we may never be able to get them out of the room!

Of course, we adults also appreciate having a huge bed that we don’t need to share with the kids and our own TV. For dinner, after a long day at both the water and theme parks, we ordered room service and chilled out in front of our respective TV sets before having a good night’s sleep.

checking out our Kingdom theme room

checking out our Kingdom theme room

children's section

children’s section

comfy bunk beds and their own TV

comfy bunk beds and their own TV

instructions to open the treasure box

instructions to open the treasure box

what is the frog guarding?

what is the frog guarding?

lots of treasure

lots of LEGO features around the room

where ye olde adults sleep

where ye olde adults sleep

LEGO crown in the bathroom

LEGO crown in the bathroom

LEGOLAND hotel toiletries

LEGOLAND hotel toiletries

a brave knight guarding our floor

a brave knight guarding our floor

Special mention goes to the LEGOLAND Hotel themed lifts. Whenever we take the lifts up or down, the kids start dancing up a storm when the disco lights and music come on. Even the adults can’t help grooving to the beat!

Breakfast in the LEGOLAND Hotel Bricks Family Restaurant is a decent affair and there is a good variety of food available from the typical continental breakfast sort of bread, eggs and sausages, to nasi lemak for those who prefer something local. It can get crowded and a queue may form during the busiest period in the morning but the kids will be kept entertained by the large foam bricks in the area just outside the restaurant.

dancing in the lift

dancing in the lift

BRICKS Restaurant

BRICKS Restaurant

beautiful vase of LEGO flowers

beautiful vase of LEGO flowers

a substantial spread

a substantial spread

large foam bricks to keep the kids entertained

large foam bricks to keep the kids entertained

just outside the LEGOLAND Hotel

just outside the LEGOLAND Hotel

It just makes perfect sense to stay at LEGOLAND Hotel when you are visiting the theme park and water park so that the kids can play all afternoon, check into the hotel and have a wee nap, continue playing their heart out, and then have a good night’s rest without anyone having to drive or take the bus all the way back to Singapore after a long tiring day. Can’t wait to come back again and the next time, we’ll probably book the Pirate themed room!

Halloween Brick-or Trick Party Nights at LEGOLAND Malaysia

We were in LEGOLAND Malaysia a couple of weekends ago and it was the start of their Halloween Brick-or-Treat Party Nights. Since we were also staying at LEGOLAND hotel, the best part was the extended opening time. Every Friday and Saturday from now to 31 October, the Park will be open until 8.30pm so the kids can play for an even longer time.

Halloween at LEGOLAND

Halloween at LEGOLAND

adorable LEGO pumpkins

adorable LEGO pumpkins

The Halloween Brick-or-Treat Party Nights take place at LEGO Kingdoms from 4pm to 8.30pm. You can start your Brick-or-Treat journey at Lord Vampyre’s Ballroom with a count-the-bats maze then explore the Brick-or-Treat trail and be rewarded with lots of fun and goodies along the way. At the end of the Brick-or-Treat trail, each participant will be rewarded with a special limited edition Halloween 2015 Commemorative DUPLO Brick.

love the spooky set-up

love the spooky set-up

castle all decked out

castle all decked out

the rides are more fun in the dark!

the rides are more fun in the dark!

Look out for the LEGO Giant Pumpkin and giant LEGO White Ghost at The Beginning (quite hard to miss!) and grab some scary pictures with the Halloween LEGO mascots, including the newest monster – Frankenstein! The kids were super excited to see the mascots and we managed to get pictures with Frankenstein, Green Witch and Lord Vampyre.

spot the kids!

spot the kids!

with Frankenstein

with Frankenstein

Lord Vampyre and the Green Witch

Lord Vampyre and the Green Witch

There are live shows at Castle stage at specific show times throughout the day as well as LEGO building activities. The kids loved the face-painting bit and there was a queue of eager children (and some adults) waiting for their turn to get their face or hand painted.

face-painting

face-painting

it's Batman!

it’s Batman!

showing off the pumpkin on her hand

showing off the pumpkin on her hand

Halloween at LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort is happening from 2 – 31 October and the park will open until 8:30 pm on Friday & Saturday, 7 pm on Sunday, and 6 pm from Monday to Thursday. Tickets for entry are priced at RM85 per person. Annual Pass holders can enjoy free entrance and bring a friend for just RM70. Time to head to LEGOLAND for a fun Halloween celebration if the exams are over!

Playeum Children’s Centre for Creativity

I’m getting pretty sick of the haze but since we can’t do much about it, here’s another indoor activity for the public holiday and weekend. We checked out The Art of Speed at the brand new Children’s Centre for Creativity by Playeum at Gillman Barracks and the kids had a blast! Details on location, opening hours and admission charges are right at the end of the post.

look for the pink elephant

look for the pink elephant

Near the entrance is Vroom!, a section suitable for toddlers. I tried to get David to hang around within that space so I could chill a little and he spent some time there but was eventually more interested in the rest of the activities. It’s a small but interesting area for the younger kids with blocks, wooden vehicles, cushioned ramps, and a peg board of objects of different shapes, sizes, and textures to explore.

toddler area

Vroom!

lots of different sounds and textures to explore

lots of different sounds and textures to see, touch and hear

Anya and Adam headed for The Dark Space for some Shadow Play. They experimented with how the shadows of the shapes shifted and changed as they pulled on a rope with a light source attached to it. They then put on headlamps and walked around the space to create their own moving shadows.

exploring shadows

exploring light and shadow

shadow play

shadow play at The Dark Space

The main attraction for all three kids was Create for Speed. Several race tracks were laid out in a row and the children manipulated the tracks around cardboard tubes and over ramps and wooden stools to create a race track with unique curves and loops before testing the track with little toy cars. But the kids really just wanted to build their own LEGO cars and fling them down the communal ramp to see which car would make it down the ramp and over the gap in one piece!

create for speed

Create for Speed

having a go

having a go

building LEGO cars

building LEGO cars

trying to get cars over the gap in the ramp

trying to get cars over the gap in the ramp

Finally, the Play Maker Space allows kids (and adults) to use their imagination to make their own vehicle out of an assortment of recycled materials. We’re not talking about the boring stuff we hoard at home in the form of toilet rolls and random plastic containers! There are also cardboard tubes of varying thickness and length, wooden sticks, plastic washers, different types of wires and tapes, etc.

The older ones worked on building a ramp for marbles on the peg board wall while David and I tested vehicles on a ramp made from a plastic sheet. We found one made from Yakult bottles and plastic washers that worked very well and he played happily with that for some time.

play maker space

play maker space

trying out a toy he found lying around

trying out a toy he found lying around

the older ones building a track for marbles

the older ones building a track for marbles

The Children’s Centre for Creativity encourages children to play and to create based on their imagination and provides them with some of the tools to do so. To be perfectly honest, it’s not an indoor playground where you can dump your kids while you hide in a corner and fiddle with your phone. Your kids will want you to play with them and to look at their clever creations or even build something big and amazing together and you’ll enjoy being engaged in their play. In fact, you may even get a bit competitive when it comes to building the best LEGO car that will make it down the ramp and across the gap without breaking apart.


Children’s Centre for Creativity
Blk 47, Malan Road
Gillman Barracks #01-23
Singapore 109444
6262 0750
share@playeum.com

Opening hours:
Tue to Sun, 10 am – 6 pm

Admission charges:
Child (aged 1–12): $20
Accompanying adult: Free
Additional accompanying adult: $10

LEGO SG50 Event at Raffles City

We attended the LEGO SG50 event last weekend and the kids contributed to the building of a Dragon playground and received certificates for their efforts. The little pieces of LEGO put together by the kids (and some adults) were used to build the Dragon playground structure, and it reminded me of how the nation of Singapore was built through the efforts of many!

We also managed to get our hands on the 4 LEGO limited edition Singapore Icons Mini Builds comprising the Cable Car, Ice-Cream Bike, HDB Flats and the Dragon Playground. The nostalgic builds by the winners of the Rebuild your Memories Competition were on display as well and my favourite was the one featuring Bukit Timah Railway Station.

making a fixed LEGO shape to be added to the dragon

making a fixed LEGO shape to be added to the dragon

certified Dragon builder!

certified Dragon builder!

the artist at work

the artist at work

with his completed structure

with his completed structure

hanging out with friends at the event

hanging out with friends at the event

constructive play

constructive play

created a little scene with 3 of the 4 Singapore Icons Mini Builds

created a little scene with 3 of the 4 Singapore Icons Mini Builds

Bukit Timah Railway Station

Bukit Timah Railway Station

celebrate SG50 with LEGO!

celebrate SG50 with LEGO!

LEGO has also launched LEGO SG50 Mega MiniFigures. There are only 50 pieces available! To stand a chance to win one, spend a minimum of $100 on LEGO in a single receipt between 5 and 31 August at participating outlets (all LEGO Certified Stores in Singapore, Toys’R’Us, LEGO Mono Brand Stores, departmental stores and select toy stores). The LEGO SG50 Mega MiniFigure is limited edition and the back of each figure comes with a unique serial number and birthday message to celebrate SG50.

I love that LEGO is celebrating SG50 and I can’t wait to get started on my LEGO SG50 Building My SG set from MOE!

Adam’s First Visit to Legoland Theme Park

We took Anya to Legoland theme park in January but didn’t bring her brother along because he was too tiny then. So while we were staying at Legoland Hotel, we bought the 2-day combo ticket and visited the theme park a few times. Since there are very few rides that Adam can go on (and even fewer for me!), we split up with Adrian accompanying Anya for the fun stuff while Adam and I went on the tamer rides. We started off with a ride on the Legoland Express before heading to Duplo Play Town to meet up with Anya who had gone for the rides at Lego Kingdoms.

Christmas train

Christmas train

happy boy on the train

happy boy on the train

view from the train

view from the train

Duplo Play Town

Duplo Play Town

bumped into Adrian's cousin's family

bumped into Adrian’s cousin’s family

riding the Duplo Express

riding the Duplo Express

with their cousins on the train

with their cousins on the train

Adam spent lots of time here

Adam spent lots of time here

sliding down backwards

sliding down backwards

Adam managed to get on the Lost Kingdom ride and enjoyed it very much. Then it was lunch at Market Restaurant before we headed to Lego City for Junior Driving School (for Anya), the Boating School (very long queue) and the Rescue Academy (we all got on but only Adrian did any work).

Lost Kingdom Adventure

Lost Kingdom Adventure

with the pharoah

with the pharoah

waiting in line

waiting in line

lunch at the Market Restaurant

lunch at the Market Restaurant

Anya zooming around at Junior Driving School

Anya zooming around at Junior Driving School

boating school

boating school

the other two trying to overtake us

the other two trying to overtake us

at the Rescue Academy

at the Rescue Academy

Adrian doing all the work

Adrian doing all the work

putting out the fire

putting out the fire

Adam pretending to help

Adam pretending to help

After visiting The Big Shop and going for one more ride on the Aquazone Wave Racers (something Anya was too short for the last time), we went back to the hotel to check in. Adam had his nap while the other two went back out for more rides before we all met up together again for the carolling and Christmas tree light-up. I think it’s so great that the park is open until 8pm during the holidays! It’s a lot cooler in the evening and most of the queues are shorter as well.

with the mascot

with the mascot

doing the princess thing

doing the princess thing

managed to get on Aquazone Wave Racer!

managed to get on Aquazone Wave Racer!

carollers

carollers

Christmas tree light-up

Christmas tree light-up

We visited the park again on the second day after the Water Park and managed to sit on a few more rides. There wasn’t much of a queue at the City Airport so they went on the ride a few times in a row! The Forestmen’s Hideout playground over at Lego Kingdoms is usually to hot to play on during the day but it was a nice and cool evening so the kids had fun running around there. Then it was a ride on The Dragon’s Apprentice roller-coaster for the taller ones before we left Legoland.

Lego mascot

Lego mascot

at the City Airport

at the City Airport

Anya on her own

Anya on her own

Adam with Adrian

Adam with Adrian

Anya on the Beetle Bounce

Anya on the Beetle Bounce

hanging out at one of the playgrounds

hanging out at one of the playgrounds

walking along the bridge

walking along the bridge

with some help from Daddy

with some help from Daddy

a final ride on The Dragon's Apprentice for Anya

a final ride on The Dragon’s Apprentice for Anya

until the next time!

until the next time!

Legoland Water Park

We spent our second day at the Legoland Water Park and it was a good thing because it was slightly rainy that day. Unlike over at the theme park, we had to pay RM10 for Adam (toddlers 0-2 years old) to enter and were given two pieces of swim diapers. We left our stuff in one of the all-day rental lockers so I didn’t really take that many pictures of the place.

The Red Rush ride was closed that day and they also closed the Joker Soaker ride later in the day even though it was open when we first got there. Considering that there aren’t that many attractions in the water park, it was quite disappointing that 2 areas were closed!

raring to go

raring to go

funny Lego man

funny Lego man

Joker Soaker

Joker Soaker

can you spot Anya?

can you spot Anya?

scrambling around

scrambling around

Red Rush

Red Rush

There are life jackets freely available but you need to pay RM20 to rent towels. Shoe racks are found everywhere so if you don’t want to walk around barefooted, you can leave your shoes at the shoe racks.

There were very few attractions that Adam could do so he spent a lot of time at the Duplo Splash Safari and went around the Build-A-Raft river a few times. Anya couldn’t go on the ones with a 107cm minimum height limit but she still had quite a few options and managed to have fun there.

We were there for about 3-4 hours before it started raining quite heavily. After grabbing some lunch, we went back to the hotel and Adam had his nap while Anya and Adrian rested for a bit before heading back out to the theme park.

Splash Out

Splash Out

Anya's turn

Anya’s turn

Adam in his life jacket

Adam in his life jacket

Duplo Splash Safari

Duplo Splash Safari

Anya thinks Lego girl needs a life jacket

Anya thinks Lego girl needs a life jacket

floating down the Build-A-Raft river

floating down the Build-A-Raft river

paddling with bricks

paddling with bricks

Lego Slides Rider

Lego Slides Rider

having a blast

having a blast

Twin Chasers

Twin Chasers

hand in hand

hand in hand

in the wave pool

in the wave pool

lunch while it's raining

lunch while it’s raining

The Legoland Water Park is fun but I wouldn’t travel specially to Malaysia for it because it seems to me to be quite a repetitive series of slides. It’s worth checking out if you’re staying at the Legoland hotel so you can do the theme park on one day and the water park the next.

Legoland Water Park is open daily from 10am to 6pm. The map is available here.

Legoland Hotel Malaysia

The Legoland Hotel in Malaysia opened on 29 November so we just had to make a trip there to experience it for ourselves. We drove over on Adrian’s birthday and stayed for two nights. The kids loved it! We got there at about 10am and couldn’t check in until 4pm so we left our luggage there (in a very secure holding area) and went to the theme park.

The process of checking in wasn’t the smoothest. We booked a Kingdom-themed room but the room that was meant for us had some maintenance issues so we were asked to wait about half an hour, then upgraded to a premium Adventure-themed room in the end. The good thing is there’s so much for the kids to do in the lobby that they didn’t mind the wait.

Legoland Hotel

Legoland Hotel

kids headed straight for this pit

kids headed straight for this pit

view from Legoland Park

view from Legoland Park

huge Lego figures

huge Lego figures

in miniature

in miniature

castle in the hotel lobby

castle in the hotel lobby

pirate ship in the hotel lobby

pirate ship in the hotel lobby

wall of Lego figures

wall of Lego figures

Lego flowers

Lego flowers

I thought the Adventure room was really fun but Anya had some issues with the Egyptian mummies, spiders, scorpions, etc there. I think she would have preferred the Kingdom room. The room is very decent but strangely doesn’t come with any toothbrushes and toothpaste so we had to buy some from Medini Mall. There are several bottles of mineral water provided though and those were very useful for our trips to the theme park and water park!

There was a treasure map with clues that need to be solved in order to open a treasure box in the room. However, after solving the clues, we opened the box to find… the same treasure map. It was quite anti-climatic to say the least. The ‘treasure’ was supposed to be a box of Lego for the kids to play with. Our box of Lego was already sitting on the shelf and was therefore not in the treasure box. It’s a fun idea in theory, but the hotel staff need to carry it out consistently to ensure that kids have fun finding the treasure.

outside our room

outside our room

Adam getting comfy

Adam getting comfy

the kids' bunk bed

the kids’ bunk bed

they had their own TV!

they had their own TV!

some treasures

some treasures

scorpion in the toilet

scorpion in the toilet

solving clues to open our treasure box

solving clues to open our treasure box

I'm looking really tubby but this is the only photo of all of us

I’m looking really tubby but this is the only photo of all of us

off on an adventure

off on an adventure

We had the buffet dinner in the Bricks restaurant on the first evening because we were very tired and didn’t want to head out to the mall. I wouldn’t recommend the buffet dinner. It’s RM68++ for adults (above 11 years old) and RM39++ for children (3-11 years old). For that price, you don’t even get free-flow drinks from a soda dispenser. Other than coffee, tea and water, you need to pay extra for drinks. The food wasn’t spectacular either and some items were not replenished after they ran out.

cute ice-cream sculpture

cute ice-cream sculpture

Bricks Restaurant

Bricks Restaurant

food for kids

food for kids

cold cuts

cold cuts

meat

meat

dim sum and noodles

dim sum and noodles

some spicy stuff

some spicy stuff

catch of the day

catch of the day

the kids went gaga over this decadent display of sweets

the kids went gaga over this decadent display of sweets

cakes

cakes

chocolate fountain and ice-cream counter

chocolate fountain and ice-cream counter

The Legoland Hotel is so much fun for the kids and we really liked being able to head back for a nap in the afternoon and staying at the park until closing time without worrying about driving in the dark. I think the kids had more fun because they were able to come back and rest in between when the sun was at its hottest (or when it was raining) without rushing or being dragged around the entire day.

We would definitely stay there again the next time we want to visit Legoland theme park and the water park. I hope they improve the buffet meals at the restaurant or at least introduce an a la carte menu though!