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Over Easter weekend 2000, the Kimbells and I traveled to the home of Lego in Billund Denmark and visited Legoland.

Legoland is an amusement park dedicated to Legos - the plastic bricks that can be put together to build virtually anything and at Legoland they have built anything and everything out of Legos.


The trip was mainly for the Kimbell girls, Madison and McKenna, but we all had fun.    I would guess the park is geared towards kids ranging from 3 to 12.  There are several sections with rides, none too wild.   It impressed me as being very clean and well landscaped.   While there is an airport nearby, Billund seemed to be a small town in a fairly rural area.  Easter was early in the season and even so there were a good number of people there.  Not too many though.

One of my favorite parts is called Miniland.  In Miniland they have constructed scale models of famous buildings and areas in Europe and throughout the world.   If you look at the pictures, you'll notice most of them are of Miniland.

There were some things for big kids like Pete and I.  We took a couple of Mindstorms classes.  Lego Mindstorms is a series of kits that let you build computer-controlled robots.  The heart of the robot is a control module that runs a computer program you create on the PC and download to the robot.  With these things, you are limited by your imagination.  In the classes we took, the objective was to finish assembling a robot and write a small program to make it do something.  In the first class we had to add an attachment to a robot that would help it to 'attack' a dragon (another Mindstorms robot) guarding the treasure.  The attachment was one of three things, a laser, a dart launcher, or a boxing glove.  With the attachment, you had to write a program that would get your robot close enough to the dragon robot so your attachment weapon could hit a target on the dragon robot, causing it to give up some treasure - which was a little nerf ball.  The other class was similar in that you had 3 attachments to choose from.  The objective in the 2nd class was to get the robot to push, drop, or throw little nerf balls into a basket which would record your score.

Another area for large and small kids alike was a room where you could build and race Lego cars on a track like the Pinewood Derby.  You would build your car or thing with wheels, take it over to the track and race whoever else was racing at that time.  We spent a couple of hours there.

The drive to Denmark from Frankfurt was a long one, 9 hours going up and 10 hours coming back - quite a way.  

We stayed in the Legoland Hotel - a nice but pricey hotel right next to - guess where.  It was also geared towards kids, with a play area well-stocked with Legos.  The restaurant had a children's buffet with all kinds of stuff kids like.

The landscape around Legoland and Billund was beautiful.  Maybe it was just the landscaping they had done around the hotel, but I doubt it.  The terrain is flat and everything is spread out.  Lots of single family homes - in contrast to Germany where you see mostly concentrated living quarters.  And of course I would notice walking and bike paths on BOTH sides of the road.

We were hoping to buy some cheap Legos there at the home of Lego.  I guess maybe they don't know about 'outlet' stores or we didn't find theirs.  The prices in the store at Legoland were the same or even higher than we pay in the US.  Nevertheless, money was spent.

While I was at it, I found some Lego links in case anyone is interested:

Official Sites

Other interesting sites



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