Ladies and LEGOs

Nate and I have been contemplating the idea of another kid. Four just seems more balanced somehow, with the ability to pair them off. I have this huge fear, though, that we're going to wind up with a girl. You'd think I'd want a girl after three boys, but now I feel I've walked so far down this journey with the Y-chromosome in tow that I would be majorly in over my head.

Always something of a tomboy, I don't have the slightest clue what little girls play with or how they think or what they do all day.

Ladies and LEGOs

Fortunately, I have awesome friends to shed some light on the situation. I meet up about once a month or so with my pal Danielle. She has a slightly older son and then a daughter Some Boy's age and another daughter as old as Minion.

Ladies and LEGOs

Minion and Norah have become fast friends.

Ladies and LEGOs

We got invited to check out the opening of Legoland Heartlake City over in Carlsbad, and it was the perfect setting for me to get a glimpse into a day in the life of a mom with both boys AND girls.

Ladies and LEGOs

Heartlake City in Legoland California is the “brought to life” version of the LEGO toys “Friends” set. The Friends playsets feature mini doll characters in a fictional town called Heartlake City, where the characters have distinct personalities, hobbies and jobs. The product line has been the center of a bit of controversy, as its colors are primarily pink and purple with other gender-specific aspects designed to appeal to girls. The LEGO CEO himself declared it a turning point in which the company was trying to “reach the other 50 percent of the world's children.” As of 2011 (before the launch of the Friends line), 90% of the company's sales were attributed to boys.

Ladies and LEGOs

Heartlake City and the Friends line have turned the tide, indeed. The year it was launched, sales to girls tripled. In the Legoland version, the main characters sing and dance and put on an all-around colorful stage presentation.

Ladies and LEGOs

LEGO maintains that they are simply meeting the needs of their customers, responding to requests to provide more realistic minifigures, a brighter color palette and an interesting story line. And it has been a HUGE HIT!

Ladies and LEGOs

My favorite new introduction was the carousel, featuring larger-than-life Heartlake City ponies. Their “stable” features a fun play area with bins and bins full of LEGOs that are – not surprisingly – a draw for both the boys and the girls in the area.

Ladies and LEGOs

If you haven't been to Legoland yet, you should take a day and head on over! It's one of my favorite places to head on a day out with girlfriends and little kids for several reasons. First, it's almost entirely flat and stroller-friendly (unlike a lot of destinations here in San Diego). Second, it is one of few entertainment spots I can enjoy with the whole family: uncrowded and with a HUGE array of rides and attractions that don't have age limitations. And third, it has a ton of hands-on activities that give me time to kick back, hop on one of these recycled benches, and take a little breather while the big kids run through some of their endless energy.

How do you bond with fellow parents and get insight into their lifestyle?