Saturday, January 5, 2013

Holiday Fun 2012 - Legoland Malaysia and The Art of the Brick @ Art Science Museum

Legoland! We finally made a trip to the much talk about theme park in Johor Bahru (JB) Malaysia together with our relatives from Penang.  We set off at 7am early in the morning driving from the East to Tuas checkpoint on Friday, 21st December 2012 hoping to escape from the weekend crazy crowd over the school holidays.  Traffic jam about an hour at Tuas checkpoint and a breeze, however, through JB custom instead.  Reached at approximately 9.30am, snake-like queues had already formed at the ticketing booth.  Our strategy - we splited into two groups.  Kids and myself queue infront of the entrance whilst Papa and 三 姑 went to buy tickets for three adults.  The kids entered free because of the cut-out coupon 三 姑 brought from Malaysia.  We were lucky we were right infront of the entrance with only a few people ahead of us.  Nearer to the opening hour i.e. 10 am, the entrance was jam-packed with crowds and people began to push and shove.  We sighted a family cut into the queue showing no qualms about it even though I looked and stared into their eyes.  Some squeezed in leaving their children behind screaming at the gate.  It was an unpleasant experience that we did not expect.  Nonetheless, the children and adults likewise has a blast and a ball of time there amidst raining at around 4pm in the afternoon.  Here are some highlights of my son's favourites and misses :-

Legoland Kingdom - The Dragon Roller Coaster
Papa cleverly planned that we should go right to the end of the park and explore first.  We were the first who took the Dragon roller coaster that morning.  And Mommy thought it was a kiddy ride and turned out to be heart-pumping and ultimate thrilling ride that she has not done for many years.  And our little man loves the adrenaline rush and requested for more.  We chicken out coaxing him to try others :P  Kudos to our sporting 三 姑 who is in her 60s still enjoyed the ride!

Legoland Kingdom - The Dragon is my son top favourite
Lego Technic - Aquazone Wave Racer
The last ride before we left and of course, his next favourite.  Spinning, swinging around and crashing into the waves - we had lots of fun! I was worried about getting drenched but we could control the steering wheel to avoid the splash!

Lego Technic - Aquazone Wave racer
Land of Adventure - The Lost Kingdom 
My son did not meet the minimum height requirement except his cousin, William who claimed it was his best ride.  Disappointed though but we would be back when my boy is taller.

Land of Adventure - Lost Kingdom Adventure
Lego Technic - Project X
Looking at the 18 meters plunge, we decided to give it a miss.  No guts to take the ride but my boy repeatedly said "I want to try.  I want to try this.  I am not scared".  Perhaps next time, I am not sure if I will be brave enough then. 

Lego Technic - Project X
The rain did not dampen our spirits. We patiently waited for it to stop and continue a few rides at the driving school, boating and wave racer till the night at around 7pm.  We were all famished and had our dinner at Medina mall before heading home.  It was indeed a fantastic place for families with young children. And my guests, all beaming with approval.  Papa is contemplating whether to buy the annual pass.

The happy trio
The Art of the Brick @ Art Science Museum
Wanted to get some real and artistic lego fix, we visited the The Art of the Brick showcase the infamous Nathan Sawayan, previously a lawyer.  I was in awe at his incredible sculptures. The little one might not appreciate it much.  Nevertheless, it was a good exposure.  A must-see exhibit!!

The Art of the Brick
My favourite - Yellow

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