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New Lego Discovery Center opening in Washington, D.C. area

by Attractions Magazine Staff

A brand new Lego Discovery Center is set to open in the Washington, D.C. area in the summer of 2023, according to an announcement by Merlin Entertainments. The 32,000-square-foot family attraction will be inside Springfield Town Center in Springfield, Virginia. 

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Graphic courtesy of Lego

By Anthony Langdon

The offerings awaiting families include a state-of-the-art Lego Space digital experience, called “Space Mission,” where children and families can build their very own space rocket out of Lego bricks, digitally scan their build, and fly it in space, dodging aliens and landing on other planets.

Guests can enjoy a unique train ride on the Imagination Express, where families embark on an interactive adventure using magic devices to collect points. There will also be a preschool-focused Lego Duplo area with dedicated indoor play for younger children, filled with a dinosaur-themed carousel and slides.

Previously known as Legoland Discovery Centers, next-generation Lego Discovery Centers have been reimagined with a brand-new look and design, allowing more family learning through play activities. Throughout the new Lego Discovery Centers, a team of playmakers and Master Model Builders 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 across the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

Not only is Lego Discovery Center coming to Springfield in 2023, but the search is now on for Mini Model Builders. The children are in charge at the Lego Discovery Center, and these chosen Mini Model Builders will be selected to be the very first to test and advise the team on how to make a visit to the Lego Discovery Center an even more awesome experience. These Mini Model Builders will also get exclusive behind-the-scenes previews and early access to the Lego Discovery Center, plus free access for an entire year. Children must be between the ages of four-12 to enter and will need to 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. To enter, eligible children and their parents can visit Legodiscoverycenter.com/washington-dc

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