It would cost us, a family of five, more than $500 just to get in LEGOLAND California. With $500 I could buy enough LEGO bricks to build a house that we could actually live in. With $500 I could buy the kids one-way tickets to the LEGO factory in Denmark, where they could play until I saved another $500 to bring ’em home.
I’m not saying we’ll never go to LEGOLAND. But I’m not spending that kind of money until they’re each old enough to remember the trip. And from my experience, kids don’t have much of a long-term memory until they’re over five (or get their first whoopin’).
But last weekend we at least did get close to LEGOLAND. The five of us spent a night at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa, a four-star hotel that has a private entrance to the theme park. A night’s stay was $63 via Hotwire (including a $25 coupon). The Sheraton also charged a resort fee of $17 and a parking fee of $12, the latter of which sounded like something that should have been covered in the resort fee.
Regardless, it was a damn good deal. And the kids proved there’s a lot to do at the hotel, even if your dad’s too cheap to get LEGOLAND tickets. For example, you can…