Russ Joyner from Federal Realty and Bertie, the official mascot of Legoland Discovery Center, look on as 50,000 Lego blocks are dumped from a bulldozer to celebrate the groundbreaking of Legoland Discovery Center, which is due to open at Assembly Row in May 2014.
The Assembly Row development has been something of an annoyance to residents north of Boston. Periodically this summer and fall, the project has caused hiccups for MBTA riders who use the four northernmost Orange Line stations.
But there’s a light at the end of the tunnel: Legoland is coming to our area. Last week the developer broke ground, and christened the project by dropping 50,000 Lego bricks at Assembly Row, which is located in Somerville by the Medford border.
This will no doubt be a big hit with all of the region’s Lego fans, commonly called Blockheads. (Just kidding, they’re not really called that …yet.)
It’s set to open in May 2014. This will be the first Legoland in all of New England — the nearest one till now was in New York state — so a little explanation may be helpful.
Legoland Discovery Center is a 44,000-square-foot attraction geared toward children aged 3 to 10 and their families. It will offer a fun/educational “Lego experiences” including Lego rides, a 4-D cinema, a “Miniland” with replicas of Boston landmarks made out of Legos, an interactive factory tour, building workshops led by the center’s “master model builder” and more. All told, it will contain millions of Legos.
The next time your T ride is ended early and you’re forced to take a shuttle bus, take solace: Next year, public transit could be taking you to Legoland instead!