Legoland Discovery Zone in Toronto

The boy turned 10 on July 6th. The Chef and I wanted to do something special for him that he would remember for always so we decided to road trip to Legoland in Toronto. He was dying to go to Legoland and when I was surfing the web (gnarly doode) I saw that Toronto had their very own LL. I google mapped the drive and found the trip to be a little over 4 hours. His birthday was decided. We would be headed to Canada. 

We got up early on our first day in Canada and mapped the car to Legoland. Imagine our surprise when the directions had us turning into a mall. My stomach dropped. Did I not read something right? Was Legoland not in Toronto? Turns out I did NOT in fact read something right. Legoland Discovery Center is in Toronto and Legoland Discovery Center SUCKS.

We walked into the mall all looking confused. How could there possible be rides and legos and all of the amazing things Legoland offers, inside a strip mall? The answer came to us very quickly after we bought our tickets and waited in line to start the 'tour.' We realized that we had been hosed. Legoland Discovery Zone was a glorified Chuck E. Cheese. There were two baby rides (as the boy called them), three lego short films (one was silent? ummm wtf?), and a car building race area. Other than that there was a play area that kids had to wear socks in and if they didn't have them they could buy them for $5 (guess who bought socks? raises hand) and a few lego models as seen above. Twenty minutes in and the boy came up to the Chef and I "Is this it? I mean it's cool and all but it's kinda lame" he said obviously trying not to hurt our feelings. The Chef and I totally agreed and remembered that as we pulled in to the mall for Legoland we saw signs for Wonderland, Toronto's amusement park. The kids went back to playing in the janky beta mall legoland and the Chef & I furiously googled admission prices for Wonderland. Wonderland would save the birthday!

Legoland Discovery Zone was a total disappointment. The only people who should go to Legoland Discovery Zone are kids who are 4 and under. Any kid older than that is going to see that it's a total sham. 

Rating: 🔪 out of 🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪


Cedar Point

Cedar Point, or America's Roller Coast as its known to coaster enthusiasts everywhere is right in our backyard. We don't get up there as often as we used too but we did manage to meet up with Team Classy Chaos at the beginning of the summer. 

When we arrived at the park, we headed directly to the new family rides, Pipe Scream and Lake Erie Eagles. The minis are not yet ride enthusiasts so we thought this ride would be a perfect introduction since we could all ride together. We picked Pipe Scream as our first ride and moments later we were off on a massive up and down barf machine. The boy and the Chef LOVED it. The girl and I did not. Next up was Lake Erie Eagles which ended up being more our speed. Flying thru the air, we got to control our very own Lake Erie Eagle. The minis enjoyed this one and the big kids did too. 

The rest of the day we spent walking through the park with friends hopping on and off rides, taking selfies with Snoopy, and enjoying the company and the park's effervesce atmosphere.

Cedar Point is such a great part of Ohio and all of the midwest. If you are still looking for a summer weekend, Cedar Point has something for everyone. 

Things to Do in Carmel By The Sea with Kids

Last week #teamsawyer was fortunate enough to spend a few days in Northern California. The Chef had to work the entire time so the minis and I headed out for an adventure. Two kids, one mom, one convertible. FTW. 

Here is what we did:

  1. Point Lobos State Park is an amazing state park that is considered the "crown jewel" of state parks. The minis and I ended up spending about five hours watching scuba divers, hikers, and seals enjoy the California coast. We found a secluded beach that we buried each other in the sand and chased birds at Bird Island. The trails are ever changing, beautiful, and easy to hike with kids. 
  2. Earthbound Farm Stand was a total surprise stop for the minis and I. The Chef went to the farm in the morning for a press breakfast. The minis and I skipped it but the name popped in my head after our big hike at Point Lobos. I googled it, dropped the top, and drove to the stand. The Earthbound name is well known in our house as we are a primarily organic family. The farm stand is simply adorable. There is a great children's garden and the food is simple and good. There is a salad bar made up of all Earthbound Farm's organic lettuces and veggies, a daily panini option, and grilled cheese for the minis. We took our lunch in the children's garden and had lovely afternoon.
  3. Souvenir…A French Apartment Shoppe We spent an afternoon walking and shopping the streets of Carmel by the Sea. The girl and I skipped ahead while the boys were in a knife shop and found ourselves in this adorable Parisean inspired shop. The store owner took one look at Lou and had to give her something sparkly. Lou walked out with a sparkly letter "L" and I ended up purchasing a super long French locket. 
  4. Carmel Beach is stunning. I think Carmel Beach will probably end up being the reason #teamsawyer relocates to Northern California. It's filled with dogs, people, clean sand, and a crystal blue shoreline. It's a great walk with kids because the beach is home to more seaweeds than you will ever see in your life. The Chef had a blast discovering and sharing seaweed stories with the minis. 

We had a blast in Carmel and it was easy to spend the day enjoying it's beauty. Kids had a wonderful time and really enjoyed every aspect of our time in Carmel.