Legoland San Diego with a 7 year old – our road trip begins

Exploramum and Explorason – San Diego – Legoland – entrance

Legoland San Diego

Attraction Name: Legoland, San Diego
Location:  1 Legoland Dr, Carlsbad, CA
Telephone:  (760) 918-LEGO (760-918-5346)
Child friendly: yes
We have just had the most delightful few days Couch-surfing in Los Angeles. For those of you who do not know Couch-surfing and are thinking of travelling,  I would recommend it.
The family we stayed with has 2 Mums and 2 kids.  It is a chance for us to share our lives as they share their home. For my son, it is a great time with the kids. For me, it is also a great way to make new friends, and to get first-hand advice on what to see in the area. Our host also helped me hire a car as well as planning the next leg of our trip.
We got a chance to enjoy Halloween, collect candy and dress up.  I loved their son and his friend’s costumes!  Especially in light of the US election this week.
Exploramum and Explorason – Halloween
I am extremely thankful for the time we shared with them. Life mixes you with all sorts of people, in all walks of life, and I love that aspect of Couch-surfing.
Exploramum and Explorason – Carving pumpkins
I have hired a car and driven to Legoland.  Now driving the I5 is a nightmare for me.
You need to be aggressive. The Tom Tom keeps telling me to change lanes.  I am driving on the other side of the road. I keep using the side mirror instead of the centre mirror to change lanes,  so the perspective is out and I chop a few cars off. But hey, we got here!
There are tricks to save money.  It costs you to park.  Then you have to pay $140 for 1 adult and 1 child. The whole park can be done in less than a day.  Plus you pay for your food and drinks when you get in.
Now a tip for all travellers is this: Go online to eBay or a coupon site first.  We hadn’t planned this leg of our trip but could have saved $65 if we did.They sell kids’ pass for about $2.   I used my Australian Roadside Assist card = AAA in the USA  and I get 10% off.  This also works for hotels.
Exploramum and Explorason – San Diego – Legoland – Lion
Explorason loves the Lego cars.  Funny as he causes a crash driving on the left.  So I yell for him to “drive American” and all the parents laugh!
Exploramum and Explorason – San Diego – Legoland – getting a licence
 There are many moving, musical Lego displays.  We love this Mexican one.
Exploramum and Explorason – San Diego – Legoland – Mexican musicians
 We each drive a Lego boat around the lake.
Exploramum and Explorason – San Diego – Legoland – boating
 If you go to Legoland you MUST try the Apple fries with cream. They are not like fries. They are like apple pie – so yummy!
Exploramum and Explorason – San Diego – Legoland – Apple fries

We are still slowly going on rides thanks to the fear factor after Disneyland.  So he won’t go on any roller-coasters or things on tracks.  But I get him on this tame horse.

Exploramum and Explorason – San Diego – Legoland – all sorts of rides
 He enjoys this ride as it spins around with the other boys.
Exploramum and Explorason – San Diego – Legoland – spin ride
 We love the boat ride through the Lego of the World.  The New York display is amazing.
Exploramum and Explorason – San Diego – Legoland – mini land
 I finally get him on a track ride. It is a cycling one.  We both go on together.
Exploramum and Explorason – San Diego – Legoland – cycling ride
 Then he goes alone and is chasing me. So now I have him on a track ride having fun – victory!
Exploramum and Explorason – San Diego – Legoland – more cycling
 Now he is losing his fears. He rides the helicopter that goes up and down – another fear. We do it together first.
Exploramum and Explorason – San Diego – Legoland – helicopter ride
 Then he does it alone.
Exploramum and Explorason – San Diego – Legoland – solo pilot
We finish the day with the Lego displays.  This park really is for kids under 10.  There are a lot of kids under 5.  But the park has roller-coasters and some rides for bigger kids if you have them in your family.  It also has a great restaurant that sells healthy snacks and lunches.  This is rare in most theme parks.  So you can get yoghurt or salad etc.
Exploramum and Explorason – San Diego – Legoland – the Lego traveller duo
 The park shuts at 5 pm. We have nowhere to stay. We often find it quite awkward and useless asking people at parks. But after asking 5 people, we find a helpful assistant near the Lego cars. She googles a couple of addresses for me. We want to stay by the beach. We find a nice hotel in Carlsbad with a microwave and fridge and a pool at our doorstep.
Exploramum and Explorason – San Diego -Carlsbad
 We take a quick walk to watch the sunset.  Today has been a great day; although the driving was horrible for me, I did it!  And we found a nice place to stay.
Haggle on room prices. We checked out 3 hotels and came back to this one. He dropped the price by $20 a night as we stayed 2 nights.
Exploramum and Explorason – San Diego – Carlsbad beach


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