Most kids are used to asking for parental permission, but for Legoland in Melbourne, parents will need to be the ones asking for permission to join their kids.
Grown-up Lego fans were furious when they were turned away from the grand opening of Chadstone shopping centre's Legoland Discovery Centre, when staff refused them entry unless they were accompanied by a child.
The centre is designed for children aged between 3 and 10, and management says it is a place "not suitable or designed for adults". But adult-aged Lego enthusiasts were furious that their pre-purchased $77 AUD annual tickets are now worthless to them.
Legoland Discovery Centres are different to the thrill-seeking Legoland theme parks. In a statement, Lego said the discovery centre was a “small, indoor attraction designed to provide safe and fun environments for families with children aged 3-10."
“In order to constantly maintain a welcoming environment in which to play, the centres do not permit entry to any groups of adults, adult couples or lone adults, who are not accompanied by a young child or children,” it said.
On Facebook, the park has received several one-star reviews from outraged Adult Fans of Lego (AFOL), as they are known.
“Extremely disappointed to have purchased an annual pass at launch where they failed to state I needed to attend with a child,” a one-star AFOL review said. “Just got turned away at the preview opening.”
See a video of the Legoland Discovery Centre in Melbourne above.