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Legoland Westchester debuts at Ridge Hill in Yonkers

Bertie, the Lego mascot, breaks through a wall

Bertie, the Lego mascot, breaks through a wall of Legos to officially open Legoland Discovery Center at Ridge Hill shopping center in Yonkers. Employee Priscilla Debrah of Yonkers portrayed Bertie. (March 27, 2013.) Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

The Legoland Discovery Center Westchester now is open to the public at Ridge Hill in Yonkers. More than 3 million Lego bricks and various attractions make up the 32,300-square-foot venue. Legoland will feature educational and interactive elements, along with hands-on areas and master classes. (March 27, 2013)

Bertie, the Lego mascot, breaks through a wall
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Bertie, the Lego mascot, breaks through a wall of Legos to officially open Legoland Discovery Center at Ridge Hill shopping center in Yonkers. Employee Priscilla Debrah of Yonkers portrayed Bertie. (March 27, 2013.)

Bertie, the Lego mascot, officially opens Legoland Discovery
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Bertie, the Lego mascot, officially opens Legoland Discovery Center at Ridge Hill shopping center in Yonkers. Employee Priscilla Debrah of Yonkers portrayed Bertie. (March 27, 2013.)

Children count down the grand opening of Legoland
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Children count down the grand opening of Legoland Discovery Center at Ridge Hill shopping center in Yonkers. (March 27, 2013.)

Contest winners who submitted a 90-second video about
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Contest winners who submitted a 90-second video about why they are the world's biggest Lego fan are the first to enter Legoland Discovery Center at Ridge Hill shopping center in Yonkers. (March 27, 2013)

A statue of Merlin the magician welcomes riders
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A statue of Merlin the magician welcomes riders to an attraction inside the Legoland Discovery Center at Ridge Hill shopping center in Yonkers. (March 27, 2013)

Visitors to Legoland Discovery Center view a Lego
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Visitors to Legoland Discovery Center view a Lego version of New York City at Ridge Hill shopping center in Yonkers. (March 27, 2013.)

County Executive Rob Astorino rides a wizard-themed attraction
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County Executive Rob Astorino rides a wizard-themed attraction with Alex Louis, 8, of Tarrytown at Legoland Discovery Center at Ridge Hill shopping center in Yonkers. "That was totally awesome," Louis said. (March 27, 2013.)

Visitors to Legoland Discovery Center view a Lego
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Visitors to Legoland Discovery Center view a Lego version of New York City at Ridge Hill shopping center in Yonkers. (March 27, 2013.)

Visitors to Legoland Discovery Center view a Lego
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Visitors to Legoland Discovery Center view a Lego version of New York City, including a Mets vs. Yankees game, at Ridge Hill shopping center in Yonkers. (March 27, 2013.)

Visitors to Legoland Discovery Center check out the
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Visitors to Legoland Discovery Center check out the new attraction at Ridge Hill shopping center in Yonkers. (March 27, 2013.)

Visitors to Legoland Discovery Center check out the
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Visitors to Legoland Discovery Center check out the new attraction at Ridge Hill shopping center in Yonkers. (March 27, 2013.)

Visitors to Legoland Discovery Center check out the
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Visitors to Legoland Discovery Center check out the new attraction at Ridge Hill shopping center in Yonkers. (March 27, 2013.)

Visitors to Legoland Discovery Center check out the
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Visitors to Legoland Discovery Center check out the new attraction, including karaoke, at Ridge Hill shopping center in Yonkers. (March 27, 2013.)

Visitors to Legoland Discovery Center check out the
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Visitors to Legoland Discovery Center check out the new attraction, including Lego race cars that children can race on nearby tracks at Ridge Hill shopping center in Yonkers. (March 27, 2013.)

Legoland Discovery Center includes a retail store at
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Legoland Discovery Center includes a retail store at Ridge Hill shopping center in Yonkers. (March 27, 2013.)

Visitors to Legoland Discovery Center check out the
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Visitors to Legoland Discovery Center check out the new attraction at Ridge Hill shopping center in Yonkers. (March 27, 2013.)

Hitej Ravia, 6, of Darien, Conn., presses his
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Hitej Ravia, 6, of Darien, Conn., presses his face up against a glass door connecting the line to enter Legoland Discovery Center with the attraction's retail store at Ridge Hill shopping center in Yonkers. Lego toys are reflected behind him. (March 27, 2013)

Jordan Lupatkin, 4, of Chappaqua plays on a
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Jordan Lupatkin, 4, of Chappaqua plays on a Lego bike to Legoland Discovery Center at Ridge Hill shopping center in Yonkers. (March 27, 2013.)

Legoland Discovery Center includes a retail store at
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Legoland Discovery Center includes a retail store at Ridge Hill shopping center in Yonkers. (March 27, 2013.)

From left, Ishaan Ravia, 8, and his brother
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

From left, Ishaan Ravia, 8, and his brother Hitej Ravia, 6, of Darien, Conn., press their faces up against a glass door connecting the line to enter Legoland Discovery Center with the attraction's retail store at Ridge Hill shopping center in Yonkers. Lego toys are reflected behind him. (March 27, 2013)

Visitors to Legoland Discovery Center can eat at
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Visitors to Legoland Discovery Center can eat at a cafe inside the attraction at Ridge Hill shopping center in Yonkers. (March 27, 2013.)

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino speaks at the
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino speaks at the grand opening of Legoland Discovery Center at Ridge Hill shopping center in Yonkers. (March 27, 2013.)

Griffin Hood, 2, of Bronxville anxiously awaits the
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Griffin Hood, 2, of Bronxville anxiously awaits the grand opening of Legoland Discovery Center at Ridge Hill shopping center in Yonkers. (March 27, 2013)

Contest winners who submitted a 90-second video about
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Contest winners who submitted a 90-second video about why they are the world's biggest Lego fan wear hard hats to participate in the grand opening of Legoland Discovery Center at Ridge Hill shopping center in Yonkers. (March 27, 2013)

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano speaks at the grand
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Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano speaks at the grand opening of Legoland Discovery Center at Ridge Hill shopping center in Yonkers. "I want to officially welcome Legoland to our great city of Yonkers," Spano said. (March 27, 2013.)

Billy Fox, 11, and his mother Nancy Tuccillo,
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Billy Fox, 11, and his mother Nancy Tuccillo, both of North Salem, wait in line for the grand opening of Legoland Discovery Center at Ridge Hill shopping center in Yonkers. "My son loves Legos so much that when he had to write a report on a historic person, he chose the man who invented Legos," Tuccillo said. Billy wrote the report for his sixth-grade social studies class at North Salem Middle School. (March 27, 2013)

General manager Chris Mines speaks to a long
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General manager Chris Mines speaks to a long line of Lego fans waiting for the grand opening of Legoland Discovery Center at Ridge Hill shopping center in Yonkers. (March 27, 2013)

Owen Skidds, 9, of Jackson, N.J., peers through
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Owen Skidds, 9, of Jackson, N.J., peers through a "lego mask" he made while waiting for the grand opening of Legoland Discovery Center at Ridge Hill shopping center in Yonkers. Owen traveled to the opening from New Jersey with his grandmother. "Legos are really something you can channel your imagination with. if you have Legos, you can do anything," Owen said. (March 27, 2013)

Minori Furtado, 6, of Irvington plays with Legos
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Minori Furtado, 6, of Irvington plays with Legos while waiting for the grand opening of Legoland Discovery Center at Ridge Hill shopping center in Yonkers. (March 27, 2013)

Children play with Legos while waiting for the
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Children play with Legos while waiting for the grand opening of Legoland Discovery Center at Ridge Hill shopping center in Yonkers. (March 27, 2013)

Children play with Legos while waiting for the
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Children play with Legos while waiting for the grand opening of Legoland Discovery Center at Ridge Hill shopping center in Yonkers on March 27, 2013.

Children play with Legos while waiting for the
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Children play with Legos while waiting for the grand opening of Legoland Discovery Center at Ridge Hill shopping center in Yonkers. (March 27, 2013)

Children play with Legos while waiting for the
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Children play with Legos while waiting for the grand opening of Legoland Discovery Center at Ridge Hill shopping center in Yonkers. (March 27, 2013)

Owen Skidds, 9, of Jackson, N.J. plays with
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Owen Skidds, 9, of Jackson, N.J. plays with Legos while waiting for the grand opening of Legoland Discovery Center at Ridge Hill shopping center in Yonkers. Skidds traveled to the opening from New Jersey with his grandmother. "Legos are really something you can channel your imagination with," Skidds said. "If you have Legos, you can do anything." (March 27, 2013)

Alexa Piccirillo, 11, of Yonkers holds a Lego
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Alexa Piccirillo, 11, of Yonkers holds a Lego creation she made while waiting in line for the grand opening of Legoland Discovery Center at Ridge Hill shopping center in Yonkers. "My favorite is Ninjago," she said. "It's about ninjas who fight to save a city." Her largest project to date includes building the Lego version of the Star Wars jaw a palace with her brother. (March 27, 2013)

Visitors wait in long lines for the grand
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Visitors wait in long lines for the grand opening of Legoland Discovery Center at Rideg Hill shopping center in Yonkers. (March 27, 2013)

Gael Santos, 6, of Riverdale plays with Legos
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Gael Santos, 6, of Riverdale plays with Legos while waiting in line for the grand opening of Legoland Discovery Center at Ridge Hill shopping center in Yonkers. (March 27, 2013)

Larger than life Lego figurines herald the grand
Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

Larger than life Lego figurines herald the grand opening of Legoland Discovery Center at Ridge Hill shopping center in Yonkers.. (March 27, 2013)

A Lego construction worker is seen at the
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascareñas

A Lego construction worker is seen at the Legoland Discovery Center Westchester debut at Ridge Hill in Yonkers. More than 3 million Lego bricks and various attractions make up the 32,300-square-foot venue. (March 21, 2013)

Mark Gibney, 8, of White Plains, looks at
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascareñas

Mark Gibney, 8, of White Plains, looks at recreated scenes from New York City in Miniland at the Legoland Discovery Center Westchester debut at Ridge Hill in Yonkers. More than 3 million Lego bricks and various attractions make up the 32,300-square-foot venue. (March 21, 2013)

Jack Morocho, 9, of Greenwich, Conn., steps to
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Jack Morocho, 9, of Greenwich, Conn., steps to the mic for karaoke in the Lego Friends Room at the Legoland Discovery Center Westchester debut at Ridge Hill in Yonkers. More than 3 million Lego bricks and various attractions make up the 32,300-square-foot venue. (March 21, 2013)

Clara Gornstein, 5, of Ardsley, counts Legos at
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Clara Gornstein, 5, of Ardsley, counts Legos at the Legoland Discovery Center Westchester debut at Ridge Hill in Yonkers. More than 3 million Lego bricks and various attractions make up the 32,300-square-foot venue. (March 21, 2013)

Nicholas Netale, of Pleasantville, and Clara Gornstein, of
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Nicholas Netale, of Pleasantville, and Clara Gornstein, of Ardsley, both 5, count Legos at the Legoland Discovery Center Westchester debut at Ridge Hill in Yonkers. (March 21, 2013)

Children react after creating a Lego at the
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Children react after creating a Lego at the Legoland Discovery Center Westchester debut at Ridge Hill in Yonkers. More than 3 million Lego bricks and various attractions make up the 32,300-square-foot venue. (March 21, 2013)

Legoland entertainment host Veronica Watson, 20, of Mount
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Legoland entertainment host Veronica Watson, 20, of Mount Vernon, runs the gate of the Lego Construction Site, a soft play area, at the Legoland Discovery Center Westchester debut at Ridge Hill in Yonkers. (March 21, 2013)

Jamyra Lagout, 10, of Greenwich, Conn., makes a
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Jamyra Lagout, 10, of Greenwich, Conn., makes a house at the Legoland Discovery Center Westchester debut at Ridge Hill in Yonkers. More than 3 million Lego bricks and various attractions make up the 32,300-square-foot venue. (March 21, 2013)

Legoland entertainment host Austin Davis, 19, of Mount
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Legoland entertainment host Austin Davis, 19, of Mount Vernon, high-fives Samantha Murabito, 9, of Larchmont over a combined Mets and Yankee stadium in Miniland at the Legoland Discovery Center Westchester opening at Ridge Hill in Yonkers. (March 21, 2013)

Legoland model-builder emcee Xavier Viloria, 23, of Queens,
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Legoland model-builder emcee Xavier Viloria, 23, of Queens, leads a class in Lego Master Builder Academy at the Legoland Discovery Center Westchester debut at Ridge Hill in Yonkers. (March 21, 2013)

Children follow an instructor in the Lego Master
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascareñas

Children follow an instructor in the Lego Master Builder Academy at the Legoland Discovery Center Westchester debut at Ridge Hill in Yonkers. (March 21, 2013)

Employees welcome children to the Legoland Discovery Center
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Employees welcome children to the Legoland Discovery Center Westchester debut at Ridge Hill in Yonkers. More than 3 million Lego bricks and various attractions make up the 32,300-square-foot venue. (March 21, 2013)

A Legoland employee talks to kids at the
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A Legoland employee talks to kids at the Legoland Discovery Center Westchester debut at Ridge Hill in Yonkers. More than 3 million Lego bricks and various attractions make up the 32,300-square-foot venue. (March 21, 2013)

Children learn how Legos are made at the
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascareñas

Children learn how Legos are made at the Legoland Discovery Center Westchester debut at Ridge Hill in Yonkers. More than 3 million Lego bricks and various attractions make up the 32,300-square-foot venue. (March 21, 2013)

Alex Louis, 8, of Tarrytown, right, holds his
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Alex Louis, 8, of Tarrytown, right, holds his laser gun as he prepares to ride on the Kingdom Quest ride at the Legoland Discovery Center Westchester debut at Ridge Hill in Yonkers. (March 21, 2013)

Children react to seeing their photo from the
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Children react to seeing their photo from the Kingdom Quest ride at the Legoland Discovery Center Westchester debut at Ridge Hill in Yonkers. More than 3 million Lego bricks and various attractions make up the 32,300-square-foot venue. (March 21, 2013)

Iconic landmarks are seen in scenes from New
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascareñas

Iconic landmarks are seen in scenes from New York City in Miniland at the Legoland Discovery Center Westchester debut at Ridge Hill in Yonkers. More than 3 million Lego bricks and various attractions make up the 32,300-square-foot venue. (March 21, 2013)

Iconic landmarks are seen in scenes from New
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascareñas

Iconic landmarks are seen in scenes from New York City in Miniland at the Legoland Discovery Center Westchester debut at Ridge Hill in Yonkers. More than 3 million Lego bricks and various attractions make up the 32,300-square-foot venue. (March 21, 2013)

Iconic landmarks are seen in scenes from New
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascareñas

Iconic landmarks are seen in scenes from New York City in Miniland at the Legoland Discovery Center Westchester debut at Ridge Hill in Yonkers. More than 3 million Lego bricks and various attractions make up the 32,300-square-foot venue. (March 21, 2013)

Rooftop sunbathers are seen in a scene at
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Rooftop sunbathers are seen in a scene at the Legoland Discovery Center Westchester debut at Ridge Hill in Yonkers. More than 3 million Lego bricks and various attractions make up the 32,300-square-foot venue. (March 21, 2013)

Iconic landmarks are seen in scenes from New
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascareñas

Iconic landmarks are seen in scenes from New York City in Miniland at the Legoland Discovery Center Westchester debut at Ridge Hill in Yonkers. More than 3 million Lego bricks and various attractions make up the 32,300-square-foot venue. (March 21, 2013)

Jack Pennachio, 6, of Eastchester, looks at a
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Jack Pennachio, 6, of Eastchester, looks at a projected fireworks display over the Statue of Liberty in Miniland at the Legoland Discovery Center Westchester debut at Ridge Hill in Yonkers. (March 21, 2013)

Iconic landmarks are seen in scenes from New
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascareñas

Iconic landmarks are seen in scenes from New York City in Miniland at the Legoland Discovery Center Westchester debut at Ridge Hill in Yonkers. More than 3 million Lego bricks and various attractions make up the 32,300-square-foot venue. (March 21, 2013)

The subway is seen in scenes from New
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascareñas

The subway is seen in scenes from New York City in Miniland at the Legoland Discovery Center Westchester debut at Ridge Hill in Yonkers. More than 3 million Lego bricks and various attractions make up the 32,300-square-foot venue. (March 21, 2013)

Iconic landmarks are seen in scenes from New
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascareñas

Iconic landmarks are seen in scenes from New York City in Miniland at the Legoland Discovery Center Westchester debut at Ridge Hill in Yonkers. More than 3 million Lego bricks and various attractions make up the 32,300-square-foot venue. (March 21, 2013)

Iconic landmarks are seen in scenes from New
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascareñas

Iconic landmarks are seen in scenes from New York City in Miniland at the Legoland Discovery Center Westchester debut at Ridge Hill in Yonkers. More than 3 million Lego bricks and various attractions make up the 32,300-square-foot venue. (March 21, 2013)

Legoland entertainment host Austin Davis, 19, of Mount
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Legoland entertainment host Austin Davis, 19, of Mount Vernon, talks with Jackson Kaye, 6, of Dobbs Ferry in Miniland at the Legoland Discovery Center Westchester debut at Ridge Hill in Yonkers. (March 21, 2013)

Children look at a combined Mets and Yankee
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Children look at a combined Mets and Yankee stadium in Miniland at the Legoland Discovery Center Westchester opening at Ridge Hill in Yonkers. (March 21, 2013)

Westchester's Ridge Hill is seen in Miniland at
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascareñas

Westchester's Ridge Hill is seen in Miniland at the Legoland Discovery Center Westchester debut at Ridge Hill in Yonkers. More than 3 million Lego bricks and various attractions make up the 32,300-square-foot venue. (March 21, 2013)

Westchester's Ridge Hill is seen in Miniland at
Photo Credit: Xavier Mascareñas

Westchester's Ridge Hill is seen in Miniland at the Legoland Discovery Center Westchester debut at Ridge Hill in Yonkers. More than 3 million Lego bricks and various attractions make up the 32,300-square-foot venue. (March 21, 2013)

Valeria Romero, 10, of Greenwich, Conn., eats a
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Valeria Romero, 10, of Greenwich, Conn., eats a snack in the Cafe at the Legoland Discovery Center Westchester debut at Ridge Hill in Yonkers. More than 3 million Lego bricks and various attractions make up the 32,300 square-foot venue. (March 21, 2013)

Brian Kinahan, 8, of Redding, Conn., center, works
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Brian Kinahan, 8, of Redding, Conn., center, works in the Lego Master Builder Academy at the Legoland Discovery Center Westchester debut at Ridge Hill in Yonkers. (March 21, 2013)

Newsday Westchester freelancer Kristin Taveira and her son
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Newsday Westchester freelancer Kristin Taveira and her son Quinn, 7, of Chappaqua, ride in Merlin's Apprentice at the Legoland Discovery Center Westchester debut at Ridge Hill in Yonkers. More than 3 million Lego bricks and various attractions make up the 32,300 square-foot venue. (March 21, 2013)

Liam Cain, 6, of South Orange, N.J., makes
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Liam Cain, 6, of South Orange, N.J., makes a monster in Duplo Village at the Legoland Discovery Center Westchester debut at Ridge Hill in Yonkers. More than 3 million Lego bricks and various attractions make up the 32,300 square-foot venue. (March 21, 2013)

Products for sale are seen at the Legoland
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Products for sale are seen at the Legoland Discovery Center Shop at the Legoland Westchester debut at Ridge Hill in Yonkers. More than 3 million Lego bricks and various attractions make up the 32,300 square-foot venue. (March 21, 2013)

Katrina Zagroba and her son, Tristan, 6, of
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Katrina Zagroba and her son, Tristan, 6, of New Rochelle, walk out of the Legoland Discovery Center Westchester at Ridge Hill in Yonkers. More than 3 million Lego bricks and various attractions make up the 32,300 square-foot venue. (March 21, 2013)

Photo host Kevin Anderson, 22, of Manhattan, stands
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Photo host Kevin Anderson, 22, of Manhattan, stands among products for sale at the Legoland Discovery Center Shop at the Legoland Westchester debut at Ridge Hill in Yonkers. (March 21, 2013)

Legoland Discovery Center Westchester debuted at Ridge Hill
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Legoland Discovery Center Westchester debuted at Ridge Hill in Yonkers. More than 3 million Lego bricks and various attractions make up the 32,300 square-foot venue. (March 21, 2013)

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