Lego! 

We went to the Lego discovery centre in Tokyo on Zoe’s birthday. It was so much fun for everyone. 

Even waiting in the queue was fun. 

 

There was a mini Tokyo, complete with Dracula on the clock, Godzilla, a judoka billboard, and sumo.
   
    
    
  

Max and Zoe attended a master builder lesson, in Japanese. 

Ada found a friend.  

Zoe turned ten.  

There were some fun rides, but the biggest fun was simply building stuff out of Lego. 

  
Zoe built an impressive house. 

  

Max built a weapon. 

  

Naturally, I needed to fashion the starship Enterprise out of 4 bricks, a Klingon Bird of Prey, a Romulan Warbird, and a Borg Cube. 

  

Zoe’s Birthday!

Zoe is 10.

This is what she looked like when she was zero. 

  
She’s bigger now. 

  
And more awesome. 

The mind boggles when you think how awesome she will be in another ten years. 

Disneyland

Ada was better last night; she awoke at 2:30am. The older kids started at about 4:30am.

We go to Disneyland today. 

  

After waiting in a few queues yesterday, there was more willingness to do anything that didn’t have a long queue. We were pleasantly surprised by a couple of boat rides through tunnels decorated with elaborate animatronic props.

We saw a Pirates of the Caribbean ride that was pretty dark and scary for Ada.

And we saw a jungle boat ride that was accompanied by a hilariously over the top Japanese boat driver.  

There was a cool tree house (Swiss Family Robinson).

  
We did a couple of rollercoasters. They were fun, but nothing compared to the ones at Six Flags. Having Ada there made it awesome. The height restrictions for Disneyland Tokyo are very short, so Ada could come on everything. Seeing the rides through her eyes made it much scarier and more fun.

  
There was a parade. It was extremely energetic and happy; to the point of maniacal insanity. Fun though.

  

 

 
 

Disneysea

Next to Disneyland Tokyo, is Disneysea Tokyo. We heard that it was more suitable for the older kids, so we went there first, because Ada was asleep. 

The flight to Tokyo had left everyone jet lagged. Ada had been up all night and had just fallen asleep. Despite my efforts at keeping the older kids awake with a Star Trek marathon, the older kids were awake from about 2am. Hence, Mum and Dad were awake too. Any attempt to sleep was quickly countered by “Mum! I can’t sleep!”,  “I’m not tired!”, and many other family favourites. 

 
Unlike every other theme park I’ve been to, this one didn’t look slight run down. A lot of effort and skill has gone into making the props look great. And everything was really, really clean. Japan does have an obsession with cleanliness. It’s not uncommon to see people wearing medical masks in public places. Ironically, this does more to protect everyone from their germs, but not the other way around. 

  

I finally woke up Ada, trying to get her into some kind of normal sleeping patterns. 
    
  

We were all pretty tired, but still had a nice time. 

  
  
  

This was one of the only Star Wars references I saw. 

 

Science Museum

While Max and I were at the British Museum yesterday, Shari took the girls to the Science Museum. Max wanted to go too, and Zoe wanted to go back, so I took them while Shari took Ada to the dinosaur museum. 

I wasn’t expecting much, since we’ve been to some great science museums before. I can say, though, that the hands-on section here is, by far, the best I’ve seen. We spent ages in the hands on section. 

  

The main reason that Zoe wanted to return was a flight simulator that you sit in. She wanted to “fly upside down and crash.
  

They both flew upside down and crashed.

  

Surprisingly, exploring some of the older exhibits was pretty entertaining too. 
  

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