Legoland rule is for adult blockheadsBy MARY SANCHEZ
The Kansas City Star
No, Kansas City, Legoland does not presume everyone 18 and older could be a pedophile.
Fear of perverts isn’t driving the ban on adults unaccompanied by a child at the new attraction at Crown Center.
It’s there because too many adults can’t play nicely.
Apparently, Legoland has had enough experiences elsewhere with rude adults shoving aside children to grab little bits of plastic. The company operates three other parks in the United States and several overseas.
Legoland Discovery Center officials are trying to head off that trouble here.
The attraction has been open for more than a week now, drawing eager crowds.
If you plan to join them, don’t show up without a child in tow. No adults without children; and no children without adults.
The latter rule, people expect. The ban on solo adults has understandably offended.
Legos obviously appeal to people who long ago passed the “age appropriate” label on the toys. Sad to say, but some of those folks failed to learn the concept of sharing and waiting their turn at the toy box, things they should have learned in kindergarten.
A few jerks can ruin it for everyone. (Another prime example is the need to close newspaper website comments for stories that touch on race.) Wherever and however the public gathers in large numbers, the rude and crude will show up, too.
Still, Legoland will lose some paying customers and good will on this one.
They could have tried a zero tolerance policy, strategically stationing stern-looking security around the 30,000-square-foot attraction.
One raised voice, one bit of roughhousing from an adult and out he goes! Escorted off the premises by Lego bouncers, no refunds.
Company officials insist the place isn’t designed for adults anyway, with the exception of Miniland, which has small versions of iconic Kansas City attractions like the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, the Country Club Plaza, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Arrowhead Stadium and Livestrong Park.
For those who doubt the necessity of curbing bad adult behavior, attend a few youth sporting events. You’ll observe adults who can’t let kids play the game without adding unnecessary input, often cruel and taunting.
It’s a shame. Some bullies never outgrow their tricks. To soothe wounded feelings, Legoland promises adults-only nights. The first, an ice cream social, is May 21. No thanks.
Thought is being given to a beer night. How about a towering bottle of Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale constructed from Legos? Add a band, tap a few kegs and see how happy people will be to show up sans children.