Thanks to Legoland California for inviting us to visit One World Trade Center in #MinilandNYC The new Freedom Tower at Legoland California is amazing!
Recently I took Kayla to Legoland California for the ribbon cutting of One World Trade Center in Miniland. The week before I attempted to explain 9/11 to Kayla in a way that seemed appropriate for a seven year old. Which wasn’t exactly easy. With so many terrible things happening in our world lately I want her to understand and be educated but also not live in fear.
No seven year old should have the burden of knowing what we as parents know. I saw it as an opportunity to have an honest and important conversation with my child in an approachable way. To show her just how monumental the freedom tower is in stature and in feeling even in Lego form.
What I didn’t expect was to see so many local first responders there to celebrate. To salute our flag, to remember, to rebuild and to never forget. I loved that. And then of course, Legoland did a great job of making things festive and fun for the kids as well.
Uncle Sam on stilts was there. Seriously, he made me laugh with his poses.
And of course our Lady of Liberty was there too! Also on stilts and looking way more put together than I was. Both the kids and adults were wowed by this all American duo.
There was plenty of fun to be had and Legoland was
nice foolish enough to grant Kayla a driver’s license. Seriously I can list about 32 moving violations (most notably consistently driving on the left side of the road) during her 5 minutes in there but man was the smile on her face awesome.
And then she surprised me. If you’ve been following along for a while then you might remember that I shared about Kayla being afraid to get on the water slides while we were at Great Wolf Lodge and it was one of those stupidly stressful moments in parenting where you want your child to be adventurous in fairly controlled, safe situations but also not push them too hard.
She did eventually get over her fear and have a blast. It’s been a few months so I figured we’d be starting over again with me trying to convince her to consider one of the very small slides. Well, she showed me! She walked right up a gigantic multilevel staircase and insisted she was going down this slide and she was not scared from the start. She came down smiling and proud of herself. It absolutely filled my mom bucket for the week.