LEGOLAND CHICAGO…

Posted on June 25, 2011

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alternate post title = PHOTO 365 – DAY 109:  LEGOLAND…

DAY ONE HUNDRED and NINE:  we took a road trip…

… through central ohio, to indiana, through indiana, into chicago, to a little place called schaumburg, illinois.  

ok.  so let me back up a bit. 

earlyEARLYearly, we hopped into the jeep and headed west.  10 minutes later, we stopped at mcdonald’s for breakfast.  we made our way back to the road and continued to head west.  40 minutes later, we stopped to pee.  10 minutes later, we stopped so monkey could poop.  and 15 minutes after i announced “no more stops!”, we stopped for lunch in west lafayette, indiana.  after that, it was pretty smooth sailing until we hit ridiculous chicago traffic.  and an hour later, we arrived here…

and why?  well, it’s simple, really…

silly monkey loves legos.  though that is a ginormous understatement.  he adores legos.  is infatuated with legos.  obsessed, perhaps?!  he is also a star wars fan, which if you read any previous post pertaining to silly monkey, would know.  you would probably also roll your eyes, snicker and snort “thank you, captain obvious”.  but, i digress…

this was a HUGE surprise for him.  i didn’t tell him where we were going, only that it was a HUGE surprise after a very LONG drive.  needless to say, he was majorly stoked, albeit a little worried about the pot-bellied pilot luke skywalker lounging around outside the door.  he also had no interest in taking a picture with boba fett, darth vader, storm troopers or anything walking in a costume.  in fact, he stated “i know they’re just pretend, but i still don’t like them“. 

the place is one giant lego box.  you first enter into a room that is, essentially, lego city.  the lights go off and on, to display the times of day, which i thought was pretty darn cool.  and, b/c this was special star wars weekend, storm troopers and droids and a bunch of bad guys were wreaking havoc.  knocking over buildings, hijacking buses and blowing holes in the street…

here, we did a scavenger hunt.  we found annakin, boba fett, general grievous, some blue chick with bunny ears, some guy with a green squid head, r2d2, c3po and a bunch of others that i’d have to google to name, or even describe.  monkey found them all, so he was entered to win a big lego set.  (note to self:  check on that.)

we then walked thru the jungle and saw monkeys, hippos, a giant glowing spider with a crystal, crocs and…

 indiana jones.  yup.  INDIANA JONES!!!!  there was also batman, yoda and super-super hero president barack obama, who i practically humped, for a photo.  which will not be posted.  ever.   plus 10.

and then, there were the 4d movies…

the first was some weird mumbly one about a prince and crap.  it rained on us.  snowed on us.  but, in all, it just gave me a headache.  and the spider and rhino scared monkey.  the second one was about clutch powers, who monkey thinks is super cool (we have his first movie).  we were splashed with coffee, squirted with orange juice, spit on by a rock monster and sprayed with a fire hose. 

and then we rode a dragon ride, where, according to monkey, “a big fat guy spilled a drink on us“, before we took a much-needed break.  in lego café.  the rest of the day was filled with games & prizes.  monkey beat me and another kid to win a lego set and obi won magnet.  then he built a yoda and won a black arf trooper (which is apparently worth about $25).  after we built a tiny lego jedi star ship and a quick purchase-less stop in the gift shop, we decided to head home. 

HIGHLIGHTS…

* the windmill farm is fantastic.  strange.  yet fantastic.  except when we had to view it in the dark, in the rain.  at which point, each one featured a flashing red light.  for miles.  and miles.  and miles.  visibility was already crappy, due to the lack of street lights and road reflectors.  the red blinking light distraction was unnecessary.  felt sort of… alien.  ish. 

* during the ride up and drive back, i ate 27 jolly ranchers and chewed 12 pieces of gum.  beats grinding my teeth, yes?

* i was told NOT to stop in gary, indiana.  apparently it is a “crime capital” of sorts.  i made sure to get gas before then, near indianapolis, and drive quickly, but carefully through it.  on the way back, i got gas right outside chicago and drove for a long while after seeing the sign for “gary, indiana” before finding dinner.  we spotted a denny’s and silly monkey wanted pancakes, so we stopped.  when i asked our server what city we were in, she replied, “gary”.  my heart sank.  i got all nervous.  and then two police officers walked in wearing bullet proof vests.  i felt a false sense of security.  why would anyone need a bullet proof vest in a denny’s?  we ate quickly and ran out.  perhaps i should purchase a gps.

* someone maybe might have perhaps almost had to pee in a cup, in the car.  and when we finallyFINALLYfinally found somewhere with a bathroom, that someone maybe might have perhaps forgotten to pull up their undies before launching themselves out of the car.  and that someone maybe might have perhaps not been a child.  maybe.  perhaps. 

* i spent more time driving than doing anything else, but the trip was worth it, even if only for how excited monkey was.  he had a wonderful time.  and i love it when he is THAT happy.  oh, AND worth it, of course, for the fact that i learned something VERY important…

darth vader has an impressive package.

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