Lego-loving kids on the SouthCoast will be bummed to learn the Discovery Center in Somerville is closing its doors Sept. 6. But don't panic, the closure is temporary and the reason is absolutely epic.

It seems our local Legoland Discovery Center is undergoing a $12 million renovation that will make it a state-of-the-art play experience for mini brick lovers of all ages.

Though some area attractions try to stay open while renovations are going on, Legoland clearly has something huge planned and will need to shut everything down for months, with a plan to reopen and relaunch as Lego Discovery Center in spring 2023.

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So, what can you expect from the Lego Discovery Center upgrade?

Glad you asked, because it sounds like it's going to be awesome.

The new Discovery Center will be the first of its kind in the world. Here are the new features the center says are coming to the Assembly Row Somerville location:

1. A Lego Space digital experience where families can build their own rocket ships and then launch them into cyber space.

2. A DUPLO Park for preschoolers to build with those bigger bricks little ones love

3. A Creative Club activity zone filled with thousands of bricks to inspire your child's next Lego masterpiece.

4. The Hero Zone with a climbing wall and laser maze.

5. A brand new MINIWORLD. Personally I was a little worried the Boston cityscape families have loved for years would be gone, but staff in Somerville tell us "Boston MINILAND is very important to us and it is crucial to us that we preserve it. We are still in the final planning stages of exactly what we will be doing but we do intend to keep and preserve the majority of Boston MINILAND in our new attraction" That brand new MINIWORLD will be created out of 1.5 million LEGO bricks, so it'll be exciting to see what's coming our way next spring.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center (Somerville, MA) via Facebook
LEGOLAND Discovery Center (Somerville, MA) via Facebook

6. A 4D Theater with shows that bring Lego to life.

7. New Lego-themed rides for adventurers to climb aboard.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center (Somerville, MA) via Facebook
LEGOLAND Discovery Center (Somerville, MA) via Facebook

Though much of the new look and design remain a mystery, Lego Group Chief Product and Marketing Officer Julie Goldin says: "By creating this highly interactive indoor Lego experience we will give families a place to play, explore, create and have fun together."

Though we all have to pause that fun for the fall and winter, I know I can't wait to see these first-of-their-kind renovations coming to Lego Discovery Center Boston this spring.

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