Summer Adventures: LegoLand Discovery Center

OK. So, I took a little bit of a blogging break. We have been adjusting to our summer schedule which is actually all over the place. Too many invitations to spend time with people, and those are hard to say no to.

Anyway, our Memorial Day weekend weather wasn’t ideal. Like really and truly. So, we ended up spending a lot of time at home. However, we were able to take one day and go to the Legoland Discovery Center in Yonkers, NY. We also had a buy one get one coupon which made it more affordable. 

When you first enter, you get your photo taken against a green screen. We actually didn’t go see what the real picture looked like…totally forgot.


The first room was basically an interactive display on how Legos are made. The kids had fun with it….I don’t think they really got the gist of it….but it was fun.


Mia was so proud of her little Lego lanyard. Emi was amazed by all of the Lego creations.


Next we hopped in the very short line for the Kingdom Quest ride. I was excited for a shooting game. I have way too much fun with them. We were lucky the line wasn’t that long since we picked the first time slot of the day to enter the center. 

We had no idea that they take a pic inside. hahaha. I told Ten to take a pic of the pic when the workers walked away. He thought I was nuts….but hey…no way we are buying these things. The three girls were serious. Ten was too, but clearly really tired. He has been eating such a tiny amount of carbs…so its taking a toll.

My pictures are a bit out of order, but we then went on to Mini Land….which was a replica of NY. I loved this. However, first I have pictures from the Ninjago City Adventure. This was what we came for, and it did not disappoint.  

We first went over to the giant obstacle course. It was shaped like a temple with different ninja traps to navigate. You weren’t able to see what it looked like from the outside, but Mia assures us that it was awesome.

Ninja poses.


Excited to see Sensei Wu….which is like a Japanese word combined with a Chinese (?) name…? Just realized that.


Nya and Mia.


Emi loved this rotating hamster wheel thing. Here she was doing a “ninja move.”

There was also a dojo training center. This was really fun too.  

Choose a color and then see who can hit the most of their chosen color. Emi dominates this game.


They also had a cool climbing wall course. Mia was so good at this.

The girls played forever in this area, but by noon…it was getting way too crowded. So, we had to call it a day.

Here are a few more pics of some of the other areas they had.

New York


Earthquake simulator.


Duplo area for 5 and under.


A car building area with race tracks and test tracks.


A Star Wars area…and all of these sections were interactive.

On the way out, there were a few things you could sit on and take a picture. The girls had the best time….and are asking when they can go back.
We didn’t get to do a whole lot over the holiday weekend, but this was a complete homerun.


Muscoot Farm

 We are so happy that Mia is home from summer camp, and Emi’s classes have wrapped up as well. We can finally get some family time in before school starts.

We had gorgeous 80 degree weather today, so the girls and I decided to drive to Katonah, NY to spend the morning at a late 1800s/early 1900s farm. We decided to take the scenic route (an extra 10 minutes), and also drove through Bedford, NY which was the cutest little town.

We got to the farm, and started to explore. Emi was so excited to see all of the animals (and collect rocks), and Mia wanted to explore all of the buildings. We were able to see an ice house, a dairy barn, horse stables, and so much more

Not all of these pictures need captions, but here is a look into our morning.


We milk fake cows any chance we get. 🙂


Emi has a hatful of rocks here.


The most exciting part of the day was the tractor.


Such a beautiful place. We can’t wait to come back with Ten…and my travel buddies have also told me that we need to bring a picnic next time! The girls were so hungry by the time that we left, and we had a good 45 minute drive ahead of us….so I agreed to a pit stop on the way home.

Happy Meals for two happy girls.

Emi is 2!

Little Emi has turned 2. When I told her that she was a big girl now, she immediately broke down in angry tears and insisted that she is a baby. Yes, she is most definitely not our easy child that is for sure.

Emi is our spirited one. She only does what she wants to, when she wants to. There is just no negotiating with her.  

Emi loves whatever Mia loves. If Mia does it, Emi wants to do it and do it better. Example: Mia was sitting at the table spelling out words, and Emi yells stop Mia. I’m going to teach you how to spell! This infuriated Mia and an argument breaks out about who can spell the best. Emi eventually screams….”well  I can draw SQUIGGLES MIA!” Whatever that meant, it ended the argument…haha.

Emi adores Frozen, singing, wearing ballet outfits, eating chocolate, going to music and gymnastics, and animals (even though she is allergic to most it seems).

Dislikes include food…all of it…except fat free milk (which she is sensitive too) and chocolate, being without mom for more than 2 minutes, and not getting her way (major meltdowns).

Anyway, for Emi’s birthday we just kept it simple. We decorated the dining room with Frozen things, ate homemade cake for breakfast, and opened presents.

Homemade Frozen cake this year. Emi was so surprised to see her cake, and even though it wasn’t perfect, she didnt care a bit.


Blow out those candles! She needed a little help from dad.


Mmmm…well at least the first few bites…and then it ended up in the trash.


Wearing her Minnie Mouse towel that Nana sent.


She also loved getting her very own stroller.


After celebrating at home in the morning, we loaded into the car and drove to the Westchester County Center to watch Disney Live. I can’t remember the full title but essentially it was like a musical magic show. Emi is so in love with Minnie Mouse, so it was the perfect birthday present.


Beautiful stage. All of the scenery was gorgeous, especially for the princesses.


Hanging out before the show. We had a lot of time to kill since we arrived one hour early which was perfect. The venue is often short on parking. so we avoided this problem.


A picture of the ending. Ten forgot the no picture rule. Oops!

This show was a solid 9 out of 10 stars. I LOVED the Snow White and Fantasia scenes. I think Ten and the girls really liked the Toy Story and Tangled scenes. A really well made show.

I was also so proud of our girls. They are just so well behaved and easy going. Mia asked if they could get souvenirs and after she looked around, she decided that their wasn’t really anything that she just had to have. Same goes for Emi. Very mature.

Anyway , after the show we drove home and had a nice family BBQ. Awesome way to celebrate Emi 🙂