According to an announcement by Merlin Entertainments, a brand new Lego Discovery Center is slated to open in the Washington, DC area in summer 2023. The 32,000 square foot family attraction will be located in downtown Springfield in Springfield, Virginia.
By Anthony Langdon
Among the offerings families can expect is a state-of-the-art Lego Space digital experience called Space Mission, where kids and families can build their own space rocket out of Lego bricks, digitally scan their build, and fly in space, dodging aliens, and on other planets land.
Guests can enjoy a unique train ride on the Imagination Express that takes families on an interactive adventure using magical devices to collect points. There will also be a preschooler-focused Lego Duplo area with special indoor play for younger kids, filled with a dinosaur carousel and slides.
Formerly known as Legoland Discovery Centers, the next generation Lego Discovery Centers have been redesigned with a brand new look and design to enable more family learning through play activities. At the new Lego Discovery Centers, a team of playmakers and model makers will work to inspire guests through fun, interactive Lego creative workshops while continuing to offer the highly interactive indoor Lego play experiences.
Earlier this year, Lego opened a Discovery Center in Brussels, Belgium and already has several in the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia.
Not only is the Lego Discovery Center coming to Springfield in 2023, but the search for mini model builders is also underway. Children run the Lego Discovery Center and these select mini model builders will be the very first to be chosen to test and advise the team on how to make a visit to the Lego Discovery Center an even more amazing experience. These mini model builders also get exclusive behind-the-scenes access and early access to the Lego Discovery Center, plus free access for a whole year. Children must be between the ages of 4 and 12 to enter and must create their own original Lego build.
The final team will consist of six mini model builders and will be led by Merlin Entertainments Global Master Model Builder Alec Posta. Eligible children and their parents can visit Legodiscoverycenter.com/washington-dc.