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Slideshow: awesome Toronto landmarks made of Lego at the Legoland Discovery Centre

GALLERY: Legoland

The Legoland Discovery Centre inside Vaughan Mills Shopping Centre opens Friday, providing a condensed, indoor version of a Legoland theme park. The 34,000-square-foot space contains several giant Lego people, rides for the under-10 demographic, a 4D movie theatre (the extra “dimension” is wind and rain) and many opportunities to create your own Lego masterpiece. The coolest feature by far is the Lego Miniland, a moving, blinking miniature landscape made of 1.5 million Lego bricks, recreating landmarks like City Hall, the Air Canada Centre, Yonge-Dundas Square and even Niagara Falls—water included.

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Vaughan Mills is getting a pricey upgrade and one of Holt Renfrew’s new hr2 stores

Toronto’s malls have fully embraced a “bigger is better” mentality: Yorkdale completed its mega-renovation last fall, Sherway Gardens is embarking on a $350-million revitalization of its own, and several developers have ambitious plans for the outlet malls on the city’s fringes. This week, it was Ivanhoe Cambridge’s turn to announce plans for an $87-million expansion at Vaughan Mills, its mall-outlet hybrid just north of Toronto. Construction will begin this spring on the 14,000-square-metre addition, which will bring 50 new stores and three new anchor tenants, including a Legoland, to the space, plus an entertainment court, 450 parking spots, a redesigned food court and new finishings throughout the mall. Meanwhile, Holt Renfrew is following through with plans to convert its existing Last Call outlet into an hr2, the department store’s new off-price offshoot. According to Retail Insider, the Last Call location will close on February 2 for renovations, with the new store slated to open in April.

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A Legoland is coming to the Toronto area, and this is how it might look

Legoland is coming to Toronto! Not Toronto proper, but it’s going to be at Vaughan Mills mall, approximately 7 kilometres away from Steeles and Highway 401 (so, close enough to the city). Lego models will be made in studios around the world to fill the amusement park, which will outfit play areas that include a 4D cinema, brick pool, rides and special rooms for birthday parties. Legoland is slated to open next spring. Don’t tell Playmobil.

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