specifically designed for my family. I’m not sure how
the designers knew my child’s every wish, or how they
knew my every concern, but somehow they
channeled all this knowledge and built: LEGOLAND BILLUND!
We chose to stay at the nearby Legoland Village. Located an easy walk from the park; the rooms were clean, comfortable, and the on-site playgrounds provided plenty to do before and after the main park was open for the day. Nearby Lalandia provided an easy spot for inexpensive dinners.
I recommend future travelers check out the local ‘holiday homes’ as well. These seemed very popular with the Danes.
Most Danes packed a picnic lunch for their families. We learned from this and followed suit when we were in Copenhagen. Inside Legoland we ate hamburgers and were pleasantly surprised to find that even the junk food was somewhat healthy: burgers are served on whole-wheat buns.
We indulged in some Danish ‘Soft Ice.’ This yummy stuff tastes like frozen whipped cream and is served covered with the ‘sprinkles’ of your choice. I, of course, was too busy eating to be taking pictures. A big thanks to Rachel J Photography for sharing this photo!
‘They’ say June is the best time to visit Denmark. I would add ‘mid’ to those words of advice, as the local kiddos were in school until the 24th and this meant lines were short for us at the park. Of course had there been lines, Legoland has a plan for that: each waiting area included a huge table of Legos. Kids would enter the play area and build to their hearts’ content, while parents stood in line. Once near the front, Mom and Dad would call for the kiddos to join them. Our average wait was 2 to 5 minutes. On our second day at the park, our last ride included a 10 minute wait, but with those handy-dandy Lego tables nearby it wasn’t a problem at all.
My husband and I agree that the best part of the park is the action. These rides are not the sit-back-and-entertain-me variety. The Danes actually expect you to move your body!!! Most of the park rides involved the active participation of steering, or pumping, or pulling. Ranked as our very favorite was the Falck Fire Brigade. Mommas, Daddies, Grandparents and kiddies all have to pump to get the job done. Exhausting fun - we must have done it a dozen times.
Here's the YouTube version....
I’ll address this again in a later post, but I must say that I’ve never in my life seen such a nation of well cared for children. On these first days in Denmark, I thought it was the mesmerizing powers of Legoland that enticed fathers to gently rock baby strollers, mothers to magically deliver jackets to keep the evening breezes at bay, or the complete and utter lack of harsh words said to any child within ear shot. However, when we progressed on to Copenhagen it continued. Family time is cherished. Kids, doing the hard work of being kids, are honored. These scenes (again and again) throughout our trip were like music to my ears; food for my soul; medicine for my heart. It’s as if Denmark has been calling me for years–
I’m so glad I answered.