Our trip to Legoland Malaysia! Thank you, Paddle Pop and Legoland Malaysia Resort :D

So a couple of weeks ago, the awesome folks at Paddle Pop and Legoland Malaysia Resort invited the kids and I on an all-expenses-paid trip to Legoland so that the kids can be involved in Paddle Pop's attempt to break the Malaysia Book of Records for the “The Biggest Painting Assembled by
Children”. Obviously, I said YES immediately!

I was so blinded by the fact that the trip would be free that I failed to fully comprehend the reality of going there by bus...with the kids...by myself...for a 6-hour ride each way. Yeeeeeaaa...that was a mistake.

The first hour on board was a little difficult - the boys kept asking if we were there yet (typical). Luckily, I had packed away some new activity sets, including this awesome paper doll book that has this awesome runway included. That occupied my future fashion designer, Aqil, for some time.

As for Afraz, well..

The thing is, I had brought a couple of iPads as backup. Fortunately, I didn't need to use them! I don't know why I set up that challenge for myself. Maybe because it was a Friday and I didn't want to break my "iPads on weekends only" rule, I don't know.

Whatever it is, I think we were all glad to finally reach the hotel 6 hours later.

After checking in, the kids and I quickly got our bag to our room, and even managed to crack the code for the safe full of goodies!

For those who've never stayed at the Legoland Hotel, basically your kids need to solve the puzzle given to them on a sheet of paper that asks questions like "how many scorpions are there on the room's carpet?". This will, in turn, be the code you use to unlock the safe! The kids thoroughly enjoyed doing this, and were even happier with the payoff.

The elevators here play really cheesy disco music, so, as Afraz says, "we must dance!"

After that, we headed to Legoland to watch the very first performance of When Santa Got Stuck In The Chimney at the all-new fully-covered and air-conditioned Legoland City Stage. It was quite a privilege, I must say, and it was also a fun Christmas-themed play that went on for just the right amount of time for little kids.

Afterwards, we walked back to the hotel in the dark. It was pretty cool to be in a theme park at night - a little creepy-quiet, but cool.

The next day, we started the day off at Paddle Pop's record-breaking event. Going along with Paddle Pop's core belief of "Let Kids Be Kids", Paddle Pop and Legoland Malaysia Resort invited 725 children from various orphanages and kindergartens in Johor to join in the festivities along with little guests like Aqil and Afraz.

All the kids had a chance to create their own painting on the tiles that would later be assembled to (hopefully) break the record for Biggest Painting Assembled By Children!

Afterwards, we had a day of fun at Legoland!

The two on the far right are my creations! Can you tell what they are? Hahaha.

My favorite vegetarian quesadillas - totally skipped breakfast to leave space for it.

This was a very charming knight with whom the kids and I had a thoroughly entertaining albeit existentialist-themed conversation. Long story.

This is definitely one of my all-time favorite pictures of the boys.

A highlight was the brand new Lego Star Wars Miniland exhibit! DEFINITELY a must-go for any Star Wars fan. It's air-conditioned, which made it a really popular stop in and of itself, but it also had some pretty stunning Star Wars scenes recreated with Lego.

After we were done, we were thrilled to find the fully-assembled painting just by the exit:

All individual handprinted tiles from the children were gathered to break the record for the largest assembled painting measuring 12.27 metres by 7.53 metres (40.26 feet by 24.7 feet). This broke the previous record of 9.75 metres by 5.48 metres (32 feet by 18 feet). We did it! The kids were psyched to be involved in something like this, and Aqil actually spotted his painting.

The bus ride home was fairly peaceful because pretty much everyone on the bus slept for half of the ride, hahaha. After that, I let the kids have their iPads. I mean, it was a Saturday ;p

Thank you, Paddle Pop and Legoland Resorts Malaysia for such an awesome trip! We loved it!


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