LEGOLAND HALLOWEEN – a thrilling family adventure to the land of bricks

LOVE LEGO?
Or do you know someone who does? Is Halloween by any chance one of your favorite celebration? Then read this little guide on how to plan a perfect and playful family getaway to the land of those famous bricks aka Legoland Billund, the original Legoland park.

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ARRIVING AT LEGOLAND
Last weekend we we're invited by Legoland to come experience the park for Halloween for the very first time. My husband and our five-year-old son are huge Lego nerds and we had actually never visited the park together as a family before, so we we're thrilled to go on this little weekend adventure together. Legoland is situated in Billund Denmark. It’s a three hour drive from Copenhagen, where we live, but there’s an airport in Billund which makes it possible to arrive directly from many destinations.
The Hotel Legoland is situated inside Legoland and you have access to the amusement park directly from the hotel, which is both practical and also happens to feel very VIP like. Arriving at the hotel  you’re immediately enchanted by the colourful brick magic that greets you. When you book an overnight stay as we did you have the option of spending two whole days in the park. So we arrived early in the morning before check in time (which is a 15pm) and parked the car in the hotel parking (remember to get a parking permit from reception).

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LEGOLAND FIRST IMPRESSIONS
We then went on to explore the park a bit, before having a lovely meal in one of the restaurants in the park.  We tried quite a few of the attractions within short time, as the rain had scared away some of the other visitors, which meant there was no waiting time at any of the rides and we could try them multiple times. The decorations were all very impressive fun and spooky in the way that kids can still feel at ease. It was raining cats and dogs when we arrived, but we we’re too excited about actually being in Legoland to pay attention to the wetness. Also, we did come well prepared with raincoats, wellies and rainbow umbrellas, as I had checked the weather forecast beforehand and packed for all kinds of weather - October can be tricky when it comes to weather in Denmark.

BRICK OR TREAT
After lunch the kids went on a fun "Brick or Treat" treasure hunt around the park and met funny, crazy (and a little bit scary!) Halloween creatures in a five stop tour, where they visited the Mad Scientist, the Wicked Witch, the Ice Queen and other characters to see if they got bricks or treats from them. The activity brought us around the park as we got to know it a little better and the kids loved it. The "Brick or Treat" bags cost 25 DKK each and there's a limited number per day, but I think it was very much worth it. There was also shows and other activities, but we opted for the rides on this day.

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LEGOLAND HOTEL
After doing the "Brick or treat" tour we  went back to the hotel to check in. We booked a room with a view over the park for the visit for our stay and that turned out to be such a good idea! The room had an impressive and fun brick theme with colourful bricks all over the room. Needless to say that the kids loved it and I must admit the parents we’re pretty into it too. The view, the size and the decor – it was just the perfect lego experience to enter that room. It felt spacious, bright and modern and we felt at home right away.

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LEGOLAND BY NIGHT
We dried up for an hour or so and played with the lego that was part of the essentials in our room and then we got ready to explore the park by night time. The rain was all gone and Legoland had turned into a colorful spectacle of light. The park is open until 21 pm during Halloween season and walking around discovering all sorts of spooky decor and scenery was such a thrill for all of us. We visited the shops, tried a few wild rides and stayed until the fireworks had worked their mystical magic on all of us and then we went back to the hotel for a cosy dinner buffet in the Panorama Restaurant. The buffet was good and there was a kids buffet with everything kids love: lasagna, pizza, burgers and even lego fries. Dessert was a delicious selection of cakes and all you can eat ice cream buffet and after that we we're very much ready for a soft and warm bed.

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WAKING UP IN LEGOLAND
We woke up up to a beautiful sunrise over the park and watching the kids admiring the park from our window was heart meltingly delightful. The hotel serves a luxurious brunch buffet, where you are very much spoiled for choice, whether you're a cornflakegirl, pancake boy or bacon kind of guy. Be sure to book a table for the buffet in the morning, as everyone wants to eat and go out into the park early, it does get rather busy. We ate in the conference room, that opens up when there are many guests at the hotel, and it was more quiet and a less hectic than the restaurant.

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MORNING VISIT TO THE PARK
After a cosy and yummy breakfast we we're ready to enter the land of Legos once more. The park opens up at 9 am exclusively for the hotel guest on Sundays. That way you have an hour to explore before the park opens up to the public. We walked around the miniatureland and did some of the classic rides and then headed down to the wild rides to get a few rides done before the wait got to long. There was blue skies and sunshine all over and we had the park pretty much to ourselves until 11 am where we went back to the hotel to check out of the room.

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LAST ROUNDS
We had packed most of our bags before going down to breakfast, so it was a quick deal and then we went for an early lunch in the Family Buffet restaurant at the entrance of the park. In general it can be a good idea to eat before 12 or after 14 if you want to avoid crowded restaurants in amusement parks. The kids filled up on pizza and ice cream and then we went out for a last round around the park to try some of the favorite rides and a few of the ones we still had on our to do list. The park really offers a wide arrange of rides and there is plenty of thrills for all ages. Ella who is now 9 years old, is very much into the wild rides, so we split up a few times and she went with dad, while Elvis and I did some of the rides that are better suited for 5 year olds. When we met up again we went to see the penguins, who turned out to be very into playing catch with Elvis and we also dived down to Atlantis, which is a very impressive aquarium also in the park. As I said - there is really something for everyone to explore and we loved that it felt like we had so many things to explore. Ella and dad went to the movies for a short film in the 4D cinema, while Elvis and hit the shops to pick out the best lego set. 

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BYE BYE LEGOLAND
We left Legoland in the late afternoon after having the best days. The car was already packed and our hearts where full of joy and togetherness. Halloween in Legoland was definitely a fabulous family experience and we can't wait to go back again next year.

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Top 5 Tips to perfect visit

  1. Arrive early on the first day and do the park before you check in in the afternoon.
  2. Try to eat before 12 or after 14 in the restaurants to avoid crowds.
  3. If you arrive at opening of the park, skip the rides at the entrance and go directly to the bottom of the park to try the wild rides before the wait gets long.
  4. Bring water/soft drinks and healthy snacks to keep you going through the day, between meals.
  5. Book a room with a park view - you won't regret it!

Top 5 FOOD Experiences

  1. Grill House
    In the heart of LEGOREDO® Town lies the notorious ‘Blacksmith’s Grill House’, where you can sit back and enjoy your steaks on our covered patio. Child menu from DKK 85. Adult menu from DKK 159.
  2. Burger Kitchen
    Hang out with the stars in the new LEGOLAND diner which serves up juicy burgers, and have your picture taken on the red carpet with our famous LEGO built stars. Child menu from DKK 69. Adult menu from DKK 89

  3. Hotel LEGOLAND® Panorama 
    Spoil the whole family with seasonal delights and children’s favourites – both a la carte and from the buffet. In the charming restaurant at Hotel LEGOLAND, you can enjoy a wide selection of seasonal dishes. There are both an à la carte menu and an imaginative buffet.
    At holiday periods and weekends - and for special family arrangements - there is a self-service buffet for children, laden with their favourite food: spaghetti, french fries, sausages, salads and much more. Opening hours at the Panorama Restaurant: Breakfast: 06:00 am – 10:00 am * Lunch: 12:00 noon – 2:30 pm ** Evening: 5:30 pm – 11:00 pm ** *   On busy days, breakfast buffet will be in our Mindstorms Pirate Restaurant
    ** Buffet only on LEGOLAND park opening days till 9:00 pm

  4. Captain Roger’s
    This is the place for genuine English fish & chips and delicious fish filets. And, the famous LEGO® french fries. Child menu from DKK 69. Adult menu from DKK 89

  5. Knights' Restaurant
    Enjoy the delicious cake buffet at Knights' Restaurant. Step into the Castle and let the fantastic setting, delicious cakes and beautiful damsels give you an experience fit for a king. Child cake buffet DKK 49. Adult cake buffet DKK 79

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If you want to plan your visit to the rides, there's a useful overview and age guide option to the atttractions of the park here. I also asked the kids to share their favorite rides, to give you an idea of what works for different ages:

ELVIS's TOP 5

  1. The Dragon rollercoaster.
  2. Pirate wave breaker
  3. The mini legoland
  4. Pirate Boats
  5. The Caterpillar

ELLA's  TOP 5

  1. The Polar Explorer
  2. Extreme Racers
  3. Vikings River Splash
  4. Ghost- the haunted house
  5. The Dragon Rollercoaster

PARENT TOP 5

  1. Miniland
  2. Legotop
  3. Atlantis
  4. Falck Fire Brigade
  5. Ice Pilots School
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Label Love: Marmar ss17

The summer finally seems to have made it to Denmark, but before we all run to the beach, I really want to share this  Lable Love, MarMar edition, with you.

So let me introduce you to Marmar SS17 collection, that takes its inspiration from bursting stars and lunar landings. The sky before nightfall and the earthy tones of pink and dusty coral, from the endlessly desert floor, all mixed up with the ever-changing shades of blue in the sky above.

I absolutely loved playing with MarMars aesthetics and doing it in the beautiful South of France in the springtime gave me the perfect stage for this collection. 

If you want to read more about Marmar we did a Story of in a past issue of the magazine - it's really interesting so go take a read here <3

Have a great summer everyone!

Photo: Céline Hallas

 
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HM STUDIO KIDS SS17: BOXERS & BALLERINAS


"Once upon a time, there was a brave ballerina and a charming little boxer. Join their magical world filled with love and compassion."

This is how the story begins for the H&M STUDIO KIDS SS17 collection and ETMAG loves nothing more than clothes that tell magical stories that we can play our way into and this beautiful collection is no exception.

MODERN BALLERINAS DANCE WITH VINTAGE BOXERS
This season the collection opens up a universe where elegant and trendy tiny ballerinas dance with light-footed boxers that look like they stepped out of a silent movie and started tap-dancing and we ABSOLUTELY ADORE THIS! There are so many musthaves in this collection that we had a hard time limiting ourselves. The LOVE print is just so perfect with it's red/white /black graphics look paired with soft materials and the oversize black bomber is so cool it must be this seasons star.

WHERE FASHION MEETS PLAY
Growing up we would long for clothes that looked like those in the storybooks and these playful and special collection fulfil our dreams every year. H&M tends to such a large amount of consumers all over the world and thus their collections have to cater to the taste and likings of little people and their parents from all over the world. That's why it's so nice to see that they dare to lead on in playful fashion adventures with the edgy and crazy cute STUDIO collections.

The collection is available in selected H&M Stores and online via this link but don't wait too long becuase these marvellous collection sell out pretty fast: HM STUDIO KIDS SS17

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THE MOON CHILD DIARY - ENFANTS TERRIBLES MAGAZINE #14

We're thrilled to share with you the 14th edition of Enfants Terribles Magazine:

THE MOON CHILD DIARY

The Moon Child Diary is an ode to the imagination and it's ability to move mountains and make room for life and play. For the Moon Child is all of us. 

In this our 14th issue we return to our roots and let the art and images carry the story that we feel a need to tell.  It is story of Hope and Imagination.  A story of a pure and childlike soul, who travels through seven worlds and challenges to reach The Heart of Everything. We hope it will reach your hearts too

Cover by Céline Hallas

 

WHERE HOPE AND DREAMS CAN BLOSSOM
All photographers and artists contributing to this special issue, have worked with one out of seven chapters to create a unique visual storybook for you to be drawn into.  Creating a room where hope and dreams can grow, thrive and blossom seems more important than ever and The Moon Child Diary is a story we need to tell.

WHEN THE STORY GROWS WILD
All stories have a beginning and an ending and ours will have something that looks like it to, but the truth is that the best stories never end... In stead they continue to live on in the minds of the reader, who then becomes the wonderfully untamable co-narrator of the story. 

THE GRAND FINALE
Our intention with this very special issue is also to say that it's time for something new. For you and for us. This will be the last issue of Enfants Terribles Magazine in this form. Letting go of our initial shape and letting things happen feels right. It doesn't mean that this is the end for Enfants Terribles Magazine. We actually have no idea what will happen. Except change. Change needs to happen. And then we'll go from there. No sad goodbyes.

The child that knows,
we have no heart, 
will look forever,
never to find, 
what we all dream, 
big or small or in between, 
growing up or growing free, 
hope is where you are me.

Happy reading
Søs and Céline