Legoland California: 5 Family Favorites

Today’s guest is Bridget Smith, the author of The Unauthorized Legoland Guidebook.  She also blogs about family travel at

As long time Legoland pass holders, my three kids ages 10, 5, and 4 love almost everything about this great theme park. I appreciate all the opportunities to create, climb, cooperate, and explore. This is not a passive theme park experience! Here are five of our favorite things to see, do, and most importantly eat at Legoland California.

1. Miniland

This area contains many important cities and regions of the United States in miniature. The models are amazing! My kids love to look for goofy details like the port-a-potties at the Obama Inauguration or the bank robbers stealing gold bars from below the streets of New York City. After visiting Legoland for over four years, we are still discovering new models.

2. Special Events

Legoland special events have been a favorite part of our Legoland adventures. On Lego Star Wars Day the park is filled with Storm Troopers ready to pose for pictures with your young Paduan. Kids and grownups alike can participate in scavenger hunts and costume contests.

During the Brick or Treat celebration visitors enjoy a spooky Castle Hill at night. There are roving garbage can drummers, balloon animal makers, pirate singers, and even a Brick or Treat path with healthy and not so healthy treats.

3. The Legoland Driving School and Junior Driving School

These rides are way better than the cars at Disneyland. The kids drive without any adult assistance, and yes they are expected to follow the traffic rules. Be sure to be truthful about your child’s age however. They ask each kid for their age at the entrance to the Junior Driving School. I got caught trying to sneak on my almost three year old on since he really wanted to do what big sister was doing. Very embarrassing!

4. Build and Test

The concept is simple, build race cars out of Legos and race them down a track. Your kids will want to spend hours on this activity. If you are bringing the younger siblings of your Lego builder be sure to check out one of the preschool Duplo building kits at the entrance to Build and Test. They have little guy favorites like Dora and Diego and Thomas the Tank Engine. Good luck tearing your kids away from this area. You might as well sit back and make friends with the other moms. You will be here a while.

5. Granny Apple Fries

These are a delicious and affordable Legoland treat. For less than five dollars you get yummy fried apples that you can dip in thick whipped cream. My family loves to split one or two of these delicious treats. You can find Granny Apple Fries on Castle Hill.

If you hope to have any left over for the grownups, head next door to the Hideways play structure. This giant climbing and slide structure will keep the kids busy while you can eat your apple fries in peace.



  1. Dawn says

    Every January they have the Legoland Kids Marathon in conjunction with the Carlsbad Marathon. The run is through the park before Legoland opens. Before and after the run there are family and kid activites. Then when Legoland opens, we spend the day there. And after a long day, we always finish with Granny Apple Fries–Yummy!

  2. says

    Hey Bridget! Great to see you over here. I swear I will get my kids to Legoland soon. Maybe for their birthday. It does look like the perfect spot for the toddler set.

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