Pigeon droppings: Legoland, for kids of all ages

tsj column writers pigeon droppingsBy Bob Hamill

In 1947, a carpenter by the name of Ole Christiansen invented a toy that, to date, has sold over 400 billion bricks. These little bricks were unique in the industry in that they all interlocked using the peg and hole system. I remember when I was kid we all had some. A lot of the time we just made walls to run our cars through. They were tough little devils.

I have Dollywood in my back yard. I get in for free. Yet, I let little creatures dictate where we go for spring break. There’s one word that gets me and the wife excited, “grandkids!” Grayson is age nine and Roxy is five.

I had never heard of Legoland before and when I found out it was 700 miles away via I-75 through Georgia and into Florida I said awesome. The way down (and up) was a constant bumper to bumper traffic. The Georgia Highway patrol blamed it on spring breakers. Can anyone tell me what causes a traffic jam out of nowhere? No construction, no accidents, nothing! Just good old Atlanta.

My wife and I arrived at Legoland before the kids and grandkids. So, I did one of my favorite things … people watched. Under the sign “Welcome To Legoland,” kids and parents alike had an excitement that was contagious. You will not leave the park without calling everyone and everything awesome. The song, “Everything is Awesome,” played in my head all day.

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Roxy & Grayson Purvice with their masterpiece / photo by Bob Hamill

One thing that impressed me was that it is an amusement park, but it stimulates a child’s imagination. Watching the kids run into Miniland with eyes wide open and smiles on their face was priceless. I asked the kids what the liked and disliked. Roxy said she didn’t like the ride where she got wet. What was her favorite? “When we rode the zebra cars and I got wet.” Graysons’ favorite was Miniland, “They had really cool stuff. They had like the stuff that’s really important, from real life, Egypt, Las Vegas and New York. They had signs with the history of how many Legos and how many hours it took to make each station.”

It was fun to watch the kids try to win a Minion at the carny basketball toss. Roxy and Grayson both tried their skills. The hawker let Roxy in front of the divider. Well, she had no chance, but that didn’t mean the hawker couldn’t let her have more fun. He gave her more basketballs … Grayson had a couple that were so close. Scott, our son, missed the first shot and sunk the other two. He won two Minions which I had to sit anytime they went on a ride.

Naturally, there are rides, food and games packed into one day. I did notice at the end of their adventure the adults were walking quite a bit slower than when they came in. But one just has to stop at The Big Shop before leaving the park.

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