** A Geek Daddy received free admission to the featured attraction**
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Michigan celebrated its one year anniversary at Great Lakes Crossing mall in the Detroit suburb of Auburn Hills this weekend by adding a brand new addition to the fun activities this great entertainment attraction has to offer. My kids have been on a Ninjago kick lately playing with this LEGO toy line, watching the animated series on Netflix, and pretending to be these characters when they've been playing at school for recess. So they were really excited to find out that our local LEGOLAND Discovery Center was opening a NINJAGO TRAINING CAMP that we were going to get a sneak peek at before its official grand opening to the public.
A giant sculpture made from LEGO bricks of one of the Ninjago characters was guarding the entrance to LEGOLAND Discovery Center Michigan when we arrived. Berti, the LEGOLAND Discovery Center mascot, was there too greeting guests and welcoming them in. Kids were being encouraged to sign a card as they entered to congratulate Berti on his first year anniversary of living at Great Lakes Crossing. My son and daughter were more than eager to put their names on the card and all the kids around them seemed eagerly enthusiastic to wish Berti a happy birthday.
Then it was off to challenge ourselves in the Ninjago Training Camp. This new play zone has activities that will put kids reflexes and flexibility to the test. For people who have visited LEGOLAND Discovery Center Michigan before don't worry they didn't replace anything to add this area but rather expanded into what had previously been storage space. It really is a nice enhancement to the place with lots of fun things to do. The play area brings to life the ninja characters and their elemental dragons from the LEGO Ninjago collection through great interactive experiences.
There is a precision training drill where you can compete against someone else in a game that is similar to a giant-sized wall mounted version of Simon. Whoever is the quickest at repeating the random sequences of lit up panels on the wall by pressing them the quickest before time runs out wins this round of their Ninjago training.
The highlight of the Ninjago Training Camp is the maze! Do you have the flexibility to make it through without touching a laser beam obstacle?!
There is also a LEGO brick building area that lets kids construct a Ninjago fortress.
After we had a chance to play in the Ninjago Training Camp there was a ceremony for the official opening of the play area. Instead of a ribbon cutting though they had local karate students kick down a LEGO brick wall. A very nice way to kick things off for this entertaining new space.
My kids always enjoy visiting LEGOLAND Discovery Center Michigan and this new addition makes the place even better. For more information or to purchase tickets for a visit, please visit michigan.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/
If your kids are into Ninjago as much as mine here's a heads up that there is an animated feature film coming to theaters this fall. The LEGO Ninjago Movie is being released September 22, 2017.