One thing I loved about Legoland Malaysia is how the place was designed in such a way that is convenient to parents with babies and toddlers. For starters, they have an entire building called ‘Baby Care’.
Inside Baby Care, they provide a pantry (not shown in photo) where parents can heat up bottles or baby food and wash baby bottles, if needed. They also have small tables and chairs for your little ones to sit on while waiting for you as you attend to your baby. The white tables with yellow legs cum seats are meant for playing with Lego pieces (there’s a hole in the centre) but at that time, there weren’t any yet.
They have a small nook for mothers to nurse their babies and changing tables, as well. I suggested to the friendly staff for them to have waste bins right next to the changing tables and they apologetically explained that those should be available by the time the park officially opens.
For my Muslim readers, you would be pleased to note that there is a surau/musollah (with toilet and wudhu facilities inside) right next to the Baby Care building. (To post pic later.)
Should the weather get too hot to stay outdoors with a screaming baby, you can always step inside the air-conditioned comfort of places such as the Lego Academy and Mindstorms. In Mindstorms, bigger kids can try their hand at building and programming Lego robots and for this activity, you must allocate some 45 minutes. In Lego Academy, you can borrow Lego sets for kids, say, 6-11 years old, to work on. You can’t miss this place — just look out for Albert Einstein’s ginormous face!
Play areas are also available in the park, such as this one, right in front of Baby Care. There were slides to conquer and little houses to climb up and explore and mini-rides to enjoy.
For indoor family fun, do drop by the Build + Test building.
When the weather is cooler, take your kids to Miniland to marvel at the replicas of famous places and buildings from all over the world, such as this model of the Taj Mahal.
Finally, to end the day with an activity that your pre-schoolers and tweens will talk about for months to come, take them to the Driving Academy where they get to drive their very own cars all by themselves. Prior to the actual driving, the kids have to sit through a short orientation about red light, green light, and basic road rules. Then off to the F1 track…erm…I meant, the Driving Academy track they go, where parents anxiously wait at the sidelines, DSLRs, phone cameras and tablet cameras at ready ;)
When the light turns green, off they go, navigating the fairly complicated route (complete with roundabout, crossroads and traffic lights!). The twins later on explained to me that the car only moves when they press on the green pedal and stops when they don’t press on it. The cars are also very sturdy and can withstand bumps and minor collisions, especially by the roundabout. Driving Academy staff are on hand to assist kids who get stuck or get themselves into trouble.
Kids below 6 years old have their own track at the Junior Driving Academy, which is a much simpler oval-shaped route.
At the end of the drive, parents can opt to fork out an extra RM20 to get a Legoland Junior Driver’s Licence for their child.
(To be continued…)
Legoland Malaysia (Part 1)