Can we go to Chima now: the 2nd Day of Legoland


We have now been back from vacation for three days. I suppose one would expect us to be fully unpacked and ready to go back to school tomorrow.

Alas, that isn’t exactly the case. We have made great strides in that direction; however, Daniel and J.D.’s suitcases remain stuffed. Plus, there is one great complicating factor. The neighborhood kids are STILL on Spring Break. They get TWO weeks. I can’t do that! Then the boys would be in school until June. I want to get this year over and finished with.  So I have to teach these boys this week without the neighborhood kids beckoning my home schooled children out of their books. *groan*

But that’s not what we’re here to discuss is it? Let’s talk about Legoland!

Day 2 of Legoland was even more successful than day one.

1. We didn’t lose any children.

2. We did rides, the water park, this giant playground thing, and Seascape (Legoland aquarium).

3. Water rides are the way to children’s hearts; I have decided. For men, you need good cooking. For children, you need water. 😉

Brief Recap of Day One:




Coastal Cruise


Dan entertained us with his monkey impersonation.


Two more pics from Day One. I found them on Alan’s camera, and thought they were perfect:




Lego shopping. They did even more of this on day 2.

Day Two

We headed straight for the back of the park. We were hoping to hit the rides that we’d missed on day one. The first thing we did was send Daniel to “driving school.” It’s just a ride where kids ages 3-5 drive Lego cars that are just their size.


We ran into our neighbors. Our actual neighbors! As in, they live across the street, two houses over! How weird is that!!??  We ran into them THREE times that day. I have been meaning to get to know them better, so this was a good first step.

Even more bizarre: they have a one year old boy, a three-year old boy, and a seven-year old boy. You can’t make this stuff up!

No, I failed as a blogger. I did not get a picture of us, with them. tututut


Day Two!!! Daniel is holding his driver’s license, which he earned at “driving school.”


Bigger kid driving school


my favorite picture of the year!!!


The big boys and Alan rode this fire truck thing while JD and I listened to the Lego Mariachi band over and over and over and over. JD loved it.




lego mariachi

Do you see the Lego mariachi band in the background? You just never know what the children will take a liking to.


my dancing boys. Yes, I do realize how super NOT cute my outfit was. I was going for comfort, ya’ll. *shake my head*

Lego policeman

“Is it strange that I find that Lego policeman attractive?”


heading into our Egyptian Lego adventure

After we showed the boys the sign to prove that the water park wasn’t open until 12pm, we took a little pyramid mystery adventure.



That’s Joshua. Or Caleb. Okay. This is a hard one.


Airplane ride!



This Medieval style playground was incredible. The boys played in it for 20 minutes, until we pulled them out for lunch.

My favorite thing about that playground was watching the boys play together so sweetly. They stuck together the whole time.

We grabbed lunch, and then it was……… WATER PARK TIME!

First, there is a free splash park area, so we did that.


Caleb seems oblivious to freezing cold water.


JD was not so easily convinced. He decided to stay dry.

This is very indicative of his personality. Ya’ll, this boy! He doesn’t like change. He doesn’t like to try new things. He is skeptical of new ideas. He’s very practical for a 21-month-old. “Splash park in 70 degree weather? No, thanks.”


He walked up close to the sprinklers, but he still managed to stay dry.


Happy, fun-loving Daniel: not a dry speck on him.


Can we go?


Before long, Joshua got out of the Splash castle and informed us that the water was way too cold. He was ready to move on too. We put them in the dryer.

Pretty cool dryer, huh? We didn’t want to lug around a bag full of towels, so this was our answer. Don’t worry. At the end of the day, Alan did purchase a gigantic Legoland beach towel to wipe the kids dry.


The Lego Land water park has multiple pools. We were very happy with it. This is kiddie pool #1. There are two very similar to this: this one in the front, and then the “Swamp” in the Chima portion of the park.


Daniel did the little water slide.


Daniel got a little nervous about this bigger water slide.

This was really sweet. The lifeguard went down the slide with Dan. Then he walked him through the deeper water back to Alan. Where are this kid’s parents anyway, geesh! 😉


Yep. I got in too.

The Lazy River was WONDERFUL. Of course, there was nothing lazy about the way we ran past everyone in our floats. Those floats were just decorations for us. Boys. They are who they are.

Joshua was so cute. He and Caleb did this by themselves first. Then Joshua came out of the first round, and he told me, “Mom! Go put on your swimsuit while we are going around it again. When you are done, you can go around it again WITH us! It’s great! The water is WARM!”




Meanwhile, at the kiddie pool…..

Daniel was so cold. Alan had him take off his swim shirt and lay down on the hot concrete to warm up. Poor little darling.


And JD just wanted to do this.


It took a WHOLE LOT of convincing, but I finally got JD to sit on the very edge of the Swamp.

Yes, my swimsuit has a skirt. Laugh all you want, but I get to walk around freely, not worried at all about jiggling bits, uncovered areas, or cellulite, and that makes me really happy. 🙂 Besides, I like to tell myself that it’s a “cool” LL Bean skirt, not like the ruffled kind. Yeah, I know. I’m reaching.


Only the big boys were tall enough to play in the Chima wave pool.

Activities that only included part of the family just don’t last long for us. It’s not fun to have to split up the group. By this time, I had JD soundly asleep, under the LegoLand beach towel, in the stroller.


Caleb and his boat creation.

Outside the wave pool, they had this area where you could race Chima speeders and another area where you could race boats down this little pool. The boys played with that for about 20 minutes.


all smiles from a successful Chima water park day!


Our white, blue-eyed tribe has a little trouble with the sun.


We left the water park area. I found coffee, and they found another Lego store. I found myself a nice bench inside the store while they shopped. After a good, loooong while I noticed that I didn’t hear their voices or see them.

I hopped up and looked around. They were gone!!!!

*moment of realization!* Huuuuuh?? I am the lost one! They lost me??? That’s not…how is that possible??

No worries. I found them rather quickly. They were all standing around, in the middle of the road together, looking confused. “Where is Mom????”

All was forgiven, as I tried to explain to a group full of males that Lego stores are actually not interesting at all to me..

One last ride through Storybook Land before we leave….



Goofing around:




We headed over to Legoland’s Seascapes, which is their aquarium.




Caleb was excited to see the sharks.


See the shark made of Lego blocks?

There really wasn’t much to the aquarium. Onto dinner! We didn’t stay at Legoland Hotel, but we did eat supper there that night:


If every kid were as easy to please as Caleb….oh how great life would be!

As we headed out of our 2nd day in Lego land, Caleb ACTUALLY said, “Oh, look, a man made out of Legos!”

I guess some things never get old.


So we said good-bye to Legoland. On to the San Diego Zoo for Day 4 of our Spring Break adventure! Come back tomorrow to see one of the world’s most famous zoos!


Click and done! Thank you!


  • April, I LOVE reading your blogs. I am so glad that you and Alan are able to get out and enjoy some fun family time with the kids. They will have some great memories of this trip. It is too bad that more children do not get to experience times like that. You are doing a great job! Love you!

    • Thank you so much, Aunt Linda. We are so fortunate. I’m always trying to tell the kids how lucky they are, and they need to be thankful! The only experience I have to draw from my childhood for theme park stories (before high school) is that trip we took to Six Flags with alll Paw-Paw, Maw-Maw, and ya’ll! Do you remember that? I mostly remember us driving Paw-paw crazy in the car, singing at the top of our lungs. 🙂 hhahahaha! But I grew up growing to the fair all of the time. I want to take them to the fair so badly, but it’s a peanut festival of all things, so Joshua just can’t go. Isn’t that crazy?

  • Kim

    Oh that looks like a lot of fun!! We have great memories of our trips there with the kids. I remember bringing the boys there when they were barely able to ride anything because they were too small. My oldest just turned 11… and it is hitting me that though the days feel long, the years…my goodness, fly.

    • I know. It’s so true, and 11 feels big doesn’t it? Well, I figure it must because 9 feels so big. I look at the 11-year-olds at our church, and I wonder that Joshua will be their age in only 2 years. Heaen help us! 😉

  • Thanks for sharing your LEGOLAND adventures with us! Looks like your family had a great time. I am a wish granter volunteer with Make-A-Wish and am working with a little boy whose wish is to go to LEGOLAND. Reading your posts allows me to see what fun he will be having with his family. Can’t wait to read about your fun at the zoo!

  • McMom

    I laughed so hard during this post – ha!

    “For men, you need good cooking. For children, you need water.” Keen observation. I actually LOVE LOVE LOVE any and all water/boat rides myself. LOVE.

    Daniel’s monkey impression is so adorable. He is such a cutie pie.

    Lego mariachi band? They really thought of everything!

    Attractive Lego man? Yeah, I can see it…

    “After we showed the boys the sign to prove that the water park wasn’t open until 12pm, we…” Ha-ha!

    Blow dryer?! Brilliant.

    Bathing suit skirt – beyond brilliant. “Jiggly bits” – you are hilarious. And stylish 🙂

    The cherry on top was falling asleep in the store. You must have been exhausted!

    Looks like you guys had a great time. I am thoroughly enjoying your vacation posts.
    Good luck with school during Spring Break. Greg said, “Pray for rain!”

    • Oh, I’m so glad someone got my humor! I thought it was funny too. Can you imagine Lego store after Lego store?? Good grief. Good idea, Greg. I will pray for rain. Meanwhile, I’ve been thinking of making a sign for the front door. 🙂

  • queenmommyjen

    Cute swimsuit Mama! I have a pair of shorts for the same reason. We went to the water park in June and it was still cold! We are used to swimming in bath water temp pools and it was just too cold for us! Bizarre running into your neighbors, maybe it is a sign! These are going to be your new best friends?

    • OH, yeah! You’re in Tucson!! Did you know I used to live in Sierra Vista? I love the Tucson Mall. San Diego felt so nice and warm to us Northern Californians! Our ocean here—brrrr!

  • I didn’t even know there was a Legoland. I want to go . . . The kids can come if they want, but I want to go!

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