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Celebrate LEGOLAND’s First Birthday With a New ‘Arctic Adventure’

The new feature is a re-boot of a popular LEGO City play set and will be open throughout 2018.

The popular LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia is turning one, and the Plymouth Meeting attraction is throwing itself a celebration featuring an all-new experience: “LEGO City: Arctic Adventure.”


Based on the “LEGO City: Arctic Base Camp” set, the setup is a new one for LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia. The centerpiece of the ice-themed room is a digital interactive build table. Amid the lights and sounds of an Arctic exploration base, visitors can choose a model, then use the screens to guide them through the building process.


The area encourages kids to look for hidden animals and other surprises, and each find unlocks a new facet of the feature, including changes in the terrain and even avalanches!


Kids can also admire a life-sized polar bear made of LEGO bricks, and work a conveyor belt that carries bricks to sort out the glowing “gems.” “Arctic Adventure” will be open at the center through 2018 and into 2019.


It’s a great reason to head over to LEGOLAND Discovery Center, during spring break or later. The center opened in March 2017 and instantly became a huge draw for LEGO lovers of all ages. With an awe-inspiring MINILAND (now updated to include the Philadelphia Eagles’ Super Bowl championship and parade and soon to include the new Comcast Technology Center), a laser maze, a 4D movie, and themed areas including favorites like the Ninjago Training Camp area, it’s always a fun time for kids (and plenty of adults, too).


The center lets kids be creative while they’re having fun, whether it’s building cars to test race or building their own building and testing it against an earthquake for sustainability. The digital build table is a great way for kids to move from tinkering with LEGO bricks to working with the sets that let them create everything from a Ninjago motorcycle to a Death Star.


“That’s what we’re all about — playful learning,” General Manager Mike Taylor said. “The advantage with the digital build table is that it’s really giving them a tutorial. It’s a great bridge to a whole new set of skills.”


The center is also a hot spot for birthday parties, which feature three hours in the center, a special activity for your group with a LEGOLAND activity host, time in a private party room, as well as cake, drinks, and food.


If you haven’t been to the center in a while, there’s a lot that’s new, and more is coming in 2018, Taylor said. A  new 4D Ninjago-themed movie opens in April, and the center features Star Wars and Ninjago days to let kids ramp up the fun. Later in the year, LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia will feature its Brick-or-Treat and Bricktacular Holiday special events, too.


“We try to create a marquee experience for every time a guest comes back,” Taylor said.


Photographs by Gwyneth K. Shaw. 

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia is a 33,000-square-foot attraction offering the ultimate indoor LEGO play experience. Visitors can enjoy 10 themed play areas, a 4D movie experience, and a ride. We offer great birthday parties, too! Learn more at philadelphia.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/.


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