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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Fun awaits at LEGOLAND and Toronto attractions



   One-Tank Trip for April 16/16

   (c) By Jim Fox

   Here’s a chance to get as much as you want of a good thing with season passes to popular attractions in Toronto and area
   One of the fun places is LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Toronto that urges visitors to “get adventurous with your family,” said Lara Hannaford, marketing manager.
   The centre is suggesting five of the “best locations that offer family season passes at an affordable price.”
   These “must-have” family passes are for LEGOLAND, the Ontario Science Centre, Bowmanville Zoo, Black Creek Pioneer Village and Centreville Amusement Park.
Kids can have fun creating with bricks at the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre.
   Get creative
   LEGOLAND Discovery Centre is a “world of entertainment, colour and creativity.”
   It’s located at Vaughan Mills, off Highway 400 north of Toronto, and this indoor playground is full of interactive activities for children of all ages.
   Visitors are surrounded by LEGO bricks, a 4-D cinema, master building classes, rides and a Toronto Miniland.


   Among the highlighted attractions is the LEGO Star Wars Miniland model display, part of a new intergalactic exhibit.
   Visitors can help the Rebel Alliance destroy the Galactic Empire’s powerful Death Star, experience the epic duel between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader, watch as the Millennium Falcon rises from the deserts of Tatooine, discover the bustling city of Mos Eisley and take in the busy cantina where the band plays its familiar tune and dangerous characters lurk in dark corners.
Zap the enemy on the Kingdom Quest Laser Ride at the LEGOLAND centre.
   The Kingdom Quest Laser Ride lets guests rescue the princess with mounted laser guns that zap the dangers that suddenly appear, with a score given at the end of the ride.
   The LEGO Master Builder is responsible for all the buildings, animals and creative models throughout the centre.
   The builder academy provides the opportunity to learn about new builds and discover LEGO tricks with hands-on instruction.
   Now playing at the 4-D cinema is the LEGO short film A New Adventure when Emmet, Wyldstyle, Unikitty, MetalBeard and Benny reunite at the invitation of a shady new character, Risky Business.
   They plan to open a curious theme park bearing a suspicious resemblance to LEGOLAND.
   Toronto’s city hall is recreated in bricks at LEGOLAND’s Miniland.
    A family pass for four costs $260. Free parking. Adults must be accompanied by children to enter. legolanddiscoverycentre.ca/Toronto; 1-855-356-2150

   More fun for everyone
   - Ontario Science Centre: This is the place for a day “engaging with an interactive learning environment.”
   There are more than 600 activities in 10 exhibit halls that’s a learning experience for visitors of all ages.
   It offers a Silver Membership that provides admission, IMAX films, half-price parking and more for two adults and up to four children for $130.
   It’s at 770 Don Mills Rd., at the corner of Eglinton Avenue East. ontariosciencecentre.ca; 1-888-696- 1110

   - Bowmanville Zoo: Located east of Toronto, here’s the chance to “stray off the beaten path” to get a closer look at a variety of animals.
   This venerable zoo has 17 hectares (42 acres) of natural parkland, more than 300 critters and 100 years of history.
   It’s Canada’s oldest privately owned zoo and is dedicated to the protection and conservation of endangered species.
   Families can learn about the amazing animals in an interactive setting.
   The pass for two adults and up to three children is $99. Opening day is May 1; 340 King St. E., Bowmanville. bowmanvillezoo.com; (905)623-5655
Black Creek Pioneer Village is a living history museum where visitors can travel back in time. (Ontario Tourism)
    - Black Creek Pioneer Village: This is a living history museum on a pristine country landscape.
   It’s more than just a collection of buildings and artifacts, but “more of a creation of a time capsule.
   Visitors can travel back in time and be immersed in the lifestyles, customs and surroundings of the early residents who built the foundations of modern day Toronto.
   The pass for four family members is $95. 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, Toronto. blackcreek.ca; (416) 736-1733
As well as being a scenic getaway, Centreville Amusement Park has more than 30 rides and attractions. (Ontario Tourism)
   - Centreville Amusement Park: Venture over to this Centre Island park with more than 30 rides and attractions surrounded by 242 hectares (600 acres) of parkland.
   Attractions include tea cup rides, bumper boats, a log flume and antique carousel.
   The pass for four family members is $260 or $105.50 for a single day. Opening April 30.

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Jim Fox can be reached at onetanktrips@hotmail.com
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