Legoland Windsor with under 4’s

Legoland Windsor With Under 4's

One of our favourite UK family days out is Legoland Windsor. We’ve been a few times now starting when our eldest was just 18 months old. I thought I would share my tips for visiting Legoland Windsor with under 4’s. We’ve also taken a baby and a 4 year old when we were so grateful for the Legoland Parent swap policy so we were both able to go on the rides with our eldest and she got two turns in the process.

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Why visit Legoland Windsor with preschool children?

There is plenty to do for preschool and toddlers at Legoland so don’t be put off by the bigger rides that get advertised more. We’ve also found that at busy times most of the rides with the shortest ques are the ones for little ones. Even better, if you visit in term times the queues are a lot shorter. The last time we visited before our eldest started school we counted that she went on over 20 rides (some of these were the same ride multiple times) due to parent swap and short queues.

Another reason to visit with young children is that in term times you can get some fantastic deals on staying at the resort hotels. Find out how we stayed at Legoland Windsor resort hotel for less than £100. We book a splash and stay deal. The park was not open on the day we checked in but it was the following day. It was a lot more expensive to stay on the day the park was open. Now we are stuck to school holidays, a stay at the hotel is out of our budget. It’s an amazing hotel for young children and so magical for them. The swimming pool, restaurant and themed rooms are all so amazing for kids. You also get in the park 30 minutes earlier than the other guests and there are evening activities for kids too.

The minimum height for some rides is 0.9 meters so I’d say it’s worth waiting until your oldest child is that height to really enjoy the park. That said there are some rides that children under this height can go on which is worth noting if you are taking a younger sibling. There are even a few rides that babies can go on too.

Legoland parent swap

This is such a useful feature if you are visiting Legoland with a baby and an older child. Basically, ask the staff on the ride if they offer parent swap for that ride. Parent swap means that you only queue the once, your child gets to ride twice and both parents get to take it in turns to go on the ride whilst the other stays with the baby. It’s not available on all rides and there’s no list that I can find on their website. We used it on two different visits on Coastguard HQ and Knight’s quest. 

 

Duplo Valley

Duplo Valley is specifically designed for children under 5’s but there are rides in other areas they can ride on too (see below for more details). The Duplo area is fantastic for little ones though. There are a number of attractions and rides in this area. There is a large lego themed playground (Brickville), a shop selling Duplo and other Lego items for young children, toilets, Duplo valley theatre and changing rooms for the splash parks.

In terms of rides in this area, there is Fairy Tale brook (a gentle boat ride), Duplo train (a very small train ride), Duplo Valley airport (a small helicopter ride) and raft racers (a water slide). 

Safari splash and drench towers

Safari Splash is a water play area for under 5’s (this is next to a much bigger drench towers area for children over 0.9 m). What child doesn’t love water play? Safari splash is the perfect water play area for young children to explore. Duplo themed and full of sprinklers, buckets and other water features. 

Drench towers includes water slides and is only an option if your child is over 90 cm (1 m for some of the slides). We’ve not personally explored Drench towers and have stuck to Safari splash so far.

Legoland Windsor With Under 4's

Duplo valley theatre

This is the perfect show for young children. Classic fairy tales are brought to life with a storyteller and a selection of unique and loveable puppets. Shows are on regularly throughout the day and the Legoland app will update you with which show is on when.

 

Duplo valley theatre showing female story teller and puppets of the 3 little pigs
The three little pigs at Duplo valley theatre

Which rides can children under 90 cm ride on in Duplo valley?

Fairy tale brook, Duplo train, Brickville (the playground) and Safari splash. They must be accompanied by an adult. Duplo valley theatre is perfect for this age group too.

Which rides can children over 90 cm ride on in Duplo valley?

In addition to the ones listed above, children over 90 cm can ride Duplo airport, Raft racers and some of the water slides in Drench towers (for some of the slides they need to be over 1 m). All children under 16 must be supervised by an adult in Safari splash and Drench towers. If they are under 1.3 m they will need to accompanied by an adult on Duplo airport, Raft racers and Fairy train brook but they can ride alone on Duplo train. 

Rides for toddlers and preschool children at Legoland Windsor

 Other rides that F enjoyed both at aged 2 and 4 were Coast Guard HQ, Balloon school and a classic merry go round.

Legoland Windsor With Under 4's
Legoland Windsor With Under 4's
Legoland Windsor With Under 4's

Since she was over 0.9 meters this time she was able to go on more rides, accompanied by one of us. Her favourites were squid squirters and the learner driver school. She went on the dragon’s apprentice, a children’s roller coaster but she didn’t enjoy it.  

Legoland Windsor With Under 4's

Rides for babies at Legoland Windsor

We took our 11-month-old on Atlantis Submarine Voyage, Heartlake City Express and Fairy Tale Brook.  On the day we visited this year, the hill train was not working but it is good for getting up the hill to the entrance to Legoland. As you can see from the list there are more rides we could have taken her on but she slept quite a bit in her pram. When we first visited and F was 2, these were the only rides we used. It was a slightly busier day in September so we did queue a bit more than last week and she had a nap in her pram. Even so, we managed to fill the day and all had fun.

Legoland Windsor With Under 4's

 Atlantis Submarine Voyage is an indoor boat ride which is meant to seem like you are going underwater in a submarine. The submarines do not go underwater but the only windows are low down under the water so it feels like it. Underwater are lots of Lego models and also a variety of fish and small sharks. We all enjoyed this ride, even our 11-month-old as it’s quite sensory. I have no photos of the ride as it is dark and flash photography is not permitted.  

Legoland Windsor With Under 4's
Legoland Windsor With Under 4's

  Heartlake City Express is a train that goes around some of the park and Fairy Tale Brook is a slow moving boat ride with lots of large Lego sculptures of different fairy tale characters around it (and music and narrative playing). For both rides, babies cannot sit on your lap and need to sit unaided on the seat next to an adult. At 11 months E could do this (obviously, one of us was holding on to her, more to stop her moving off than to support her).  

Legoland Windsor With Under 4's
Legoland Windsor With Under 4's

Miniland

Legoland Windsor With Under 4's

We love lego and lego sculptures so the first time we visited we spent a lot of time looking around all the miniature lego sculptures of all over the world. I found my children like the ones with moving parts like boats, trains etc best. 

Legoland Windsor With Under 4's

Shows

We enjoyed the pirates of skeleton bay stunt show on all our visits. This features gymnastics, explosions, slapstick fights, water sprays and jet skies. It is on several times a day at the Heartlake marina. Arrive early as even on the quiet days we visited it got quite busy. This area is in full sun so make sure you have sun cream and hats for little ones if required. There are signs around the edge showing which areas are splash zones and which are drench zones so it worth picking where you sit carefully. We’ve sat in a splash zone at the top of the steps and never felt more than a little spray of water.  

Legoland Windsor With Under 4's
Legoland Windsor With Under 4's
Legoland Windsor With Under 4's
Legoland Windsor With Under 4's

There is also a Lego friends show some days. We caught a bit of it last time (lots of singing and dancing) but it was not on the day we visited most recently. The following photo was taken in September 2015. The burger kitchen in the background is now a Fish and chip cafe.  

Legoland Windsor With Under 4's

 There is also a 4D cinema showing short films but we’ve never been to this.  

Food and drink

Food prices were high and the quality is as you would expect for a theme park. There are lots of outlets for both around the park. Note that when we have visited in low season, not all outlets are open. However, there is still plenty of choices. If you can take a picnic, there are plenty of places to enjoy it. Our favourite place to eat is on the marina steps, watching the pirates of skeleton bay show.  

Shopping at Legoland Windsor

There are lots of shops selling Lego throughout the park. We have bought Duplo and lego sets before and they are generally the same price as the high street but there is so much more choice than you can imagine. I love this pick a brick wall, just look at all the colours.  

 

Legoland Windsor with under 4's

Where to stay when visiting Legoland Windsor

Legoland Windsor with under 4's

If you need somewhere to stay over then consider Legoland hotel or a travelodge, premier inn or similar. If you are visiting Legoland Windsor with under 4’s make the most of visiting in term time and see if you can find a good deal at Legoland hotel. We paid £90 for one night at the Legoland hotel as part of a splash and stay deal. We’ve also stayed in a premier inn, a short 30 minute drive away.

We’ve also stayed in a travelodge in the centre of Windsor. Not only did we find Travelodge to be a very affordable overnight stay but we also enjoyed exploring Windsor with a toddler. There is a wide range of places to eat and there is a small waitrose directly below where we purchased a picnic for our day at Legoland. Family rooms at travel lodge or premier inns are very affordable and perfect for our needs on short stopovers.

The Legoland website allows you to search for short breaks at their hotel and nearby cheaper options. They also offer an exclusive 2nd day in the park for free (for both bookings made for the resort hotel and local more budget friendly options).  

 

Legoland Windsor with under 4's
Legoland Windsor with under 4's

Top tips for visiting Legoland Windsor with under 4’s

  • Visit during the week in term time if you can. The park will be a lot quieter so you’ll have to queue a lot less.
  • You can usually find a 2 for 1 ticket deal on Kellogs cereal packets. These 2 for 1 tickets need to be purchased through their special website. 
  • Take swimwear and towels if you plan to go in Safari Splash or Drench Towers. All children under 6 years require a supervising adult (also in swimwear).
  • Download the Legoland app for show times, ride queue times and much more.
  • Ride queue times are shown around the park on digital display boards (as well as on the app) so you can plan where to head next.
  • If like us you take along a baby who is not able to go on the majority of the rides ask about parent swap. We didn’t need to use it on this visit as there were hardly any queues but at busy times it means that both parents get a go on the ride without you having to queue twice and the child gets to go on twice. 
  • If you do stay nearby, you might find my post on visiting Windsor with a toddler helpful.
  • Visit Legoland holidays to see different accommodation options for different budgets.

Have you visited Legoland Windsor with under 4’s? Have you got any tips to add? I’d love to hear in the comments.

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43 thoughts on “Legoland Windsor with under 4’s

  1. Claire says:

    Thanks Hayley. Your boys would love it. There are some rides that you need to be over 5 and also some that require taller still (1.3 m I think) so you probably have even more ride options with your eldest.

  2. Jade @ Captured By Jade says:

    So many great tips included in this post, Claire. I’ve been interested in taking my little one to LEGOLAND, however it is pretty pricey getting there from where we live + the fact that we don’t drive, but if we do ever get to visit this theme park then I know this post would come in handy. Thanks for sharing, and I’m glad you’ve had such enjoyable experiences there as a family.

    • Claire says:

      Thank you. Im sure there are other attractions you can get to more easily from where you live. Legoland is great though if you get the chance.

  3. Musings of a tired mummy...zzz... says:

    Really helpful as we are planning to visit for the first time soon and have been wondering how we’ll cope with Zach (13 months) #bloggerclubuk

    • Claire says:

      I’m glad you’ve found it helpful. If you have older children parent swap will help you. As I mentioned there are some rides Zach will enjoy too.

  4. Westcountry Mum says:

    Thanks for sharing. We took TJ during the Easter Holidays. He has just turned 5 and I would say that they are just about the right age to really enjoy it. He’s after another visit in the summer so will follow some of your top tips! #countrykids

  5. Victoria - Lylia Rose says:

    This looks amazing! Mine are almost 5 and 2 so adding to our days out wishlist! (Hubby will prob be most excited!) 🙂

  6. Cathy (Mummytravels) says:

    This is really useful – my daughter has been asking to go (after getting into Lego in a big way over the past six months). Although she’s nearly five, she’s not that tall for her age and not a fan of being scared on rides so this looks like there’s plenty to suit her too. #countrykids

  7. Coombe Mill says:

    Legoland looks like a fab place to explore with the littlies, it’s great that there’s so much to see and do for under 5’s. I bet the kids loved trying all the different rides out, I bet seeing all the fairytale princes and princesses made of Lego was great for them. I bet you can’t wait to go back again when they’re both a little older and see what new adventures you can have!

    Thanks for linking up with me on #CountryKids.

  8. Louise Fairweather says:

    I practically lived at Legoland before the boys started school. Makes me sad they have grown out of some of these rides. Much better to go when it is quiet for little ones as the queues do get really long #countykids

  9. Kiri says:

    We went to Legoland in April and it was fab. Unfortunately the Duplo splash towers was closed so we couldn’t go in there, but it looks fun!

  10. The Princess and The Pickle says:

    My son really wants to go to Legoland – we’ll definitely look into going on an inset day in the hope it won’t be too busy. I can see us spending a small fortune with that pick a brick wall though!

    • Claire says:

      Yes, I could that see being a problem. My eldest didn’t want to go in the shops but I know many children would be different.

  11. Mary @ Over 40 and a Mum to One says:

    Lots of great tips, my 7 year old still likes most of the things you’ve mentioned although I’ve never managed to persuade him to try the driving school #CountryKids

  12. Sherry says:

    We went last year for my birthday with J and had a brilliant time. We’re actually going back again in a few weeks and I am so looking forward to it. Looks like you all had a fab time there #CountryKids

  13. Lauren The Helpful Hiker says:

    I love reading about Legoland as I would love to take my son one day. He’s only 2 so it’s really helpful to know what he can do there. Looks like you and the whole family had a great time. #countrykids

  14. Cat Culmer says:

    We’ve been holding off going thinking that there wouldnt be much for younger ones but it looks fab! Thanks for the helpful tips

    Cat
    #CountryKids

  15. Sarah Christie says:

    It looks fab, sadly our boys are too old for Lego Land and we never got there when they were little but the detail in the builds amazes me, its so clever. Thanks so much for linking up #MondayEscapes

  16. Kerri-Ann says:

    Aww this is a great tips post, we are visiting in June for G’s birthday – I’ll remember to have his name on the board! Thanks so much for sharing with #MyFamilyAdventures

  17. The Breastest News says:

    Fab post with some really useful tips. The family and I did LEGOLAND at the beginning of last year when the toddler had just turned 1. It’s such a big park with lots to do. Will need to go back soon 🙂
    #MyFamilyAdventures

  18. MrsS says:

    Legoland looks so fun, I didn’t realise how much is actually there, and looks great for little ones. My girls would love those cars!! We really need to visit here at some point. Thanks for sharing #MyFamilyAdventures

  19. Jenny says:

    Such a helpful post. We are massive Lego fans in this house – so this is definitely on our list. My little girl would adore that Lego splash area!

  20. Vicki Hurrell says:

    I am a massive Lego fan and so are my kids it’s my dream to go I bet it was amazing!! Great tips too!

  21. Sophie says:

    Great tips! Unfortunately being a teacher means I can’t go in Term time but I have taken my two when they were younger and it was a great place. I love that this review is specifically for the under 4’s. #bloggerpinparty

  22. Nicole - Tales from Mamaville says:

    Lovely informative piece. We’ve been to Legoland Windsor twice too (were there over the Easter break) and we love it!
    #bloggerpinparty

  23. Annabel says:

    Just stumbled across this via twitter. We’re going to Legoland next week as a treat for my son’s birthday. I’m not a fan of theme parks, queues etc so it’s very useful to read your advice!

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