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Lego Discovery Center to open in Springfield next summer

The LEGO discovery center is slated to open in the summer of 2023 in Springfield Town Center (courtesy LEGO Discovery Center)

A 32,000-square-foot Lego Discovery Center will open in Springfield Town Center in summer 2023, the company announced today.

News that Lego was bringing a facility to Springfield first came out in February. The discovery center will offer an interactive experience to play, explore and create with various activities and workshops for children and their families.

The latest center has a new look and design, along with more activities than previous designs, according to the news release. A team of “playmakers” and “master model builders” will offer creative workshops and continue indoor Lego play experiences.

For example, participants can take part in a “Space Mission,” where they build a space rocket out of Lego bricks that gets digitally scanned so they can launch and fly their creation in the Lego space solar system. Participants can also ride the “Imagination Express.”

A “Lego Duplo” area designed for younger audiences includes a dedicated indoor play area with a dinosaur-themed carousel and slides.

The company is also seeking Mini Model Builders — children who will be selected to test the discovery center and get early access to the center. Kids aged 4-12 can enter online by creating their own original Lego build.

“Our partnership with the Lego Group continues to deliver fantastic opportunities for families and we are thrilled to be celebrating the next step in bringing our next generation Lego Discovery Center to Washington, D.C.,” Merlin Entertainments Chief Strategy Officer Justin Platt wrote in a statement. “By working closely with the Lego Group’s team to design and build this next generation of the Lego Discovery Centers, we continue to strengthen the attraction offering for future guests, delivering the ultimate Lego indoor activity experience to even more families for them to enjoy together.”

Other features of the center will include a 4D movie theater, a build-your-own mini figure experience, and a Lego Mini World, where guests can experience a world created with more than 1.5 million Lego bricks.

The first Lego Discovery Center opened in July 2022 in Brussels. There are 27 discovery centers around the world, 14 of them in the U.S.