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Lego loving senior citizen learns he isn’t welcome at Legoland — unless he brings kidsJohn St-Onge has long found Lego fascinating — far more interesting than the blocks he had as a boy. So when his first child was born in 1983, he thought to himself: “Oh boy, now I can see what Lego is all about.”Then, as his kids grew, Mr. St-Onge started buying Lego for himself, building complexities like the Statue of Liberty and the Millennium Falcon. The 63-year-old Windsor, Ont., man has since amassed 75 sets of his own — more than 50,000 pieces of Lego.So when the Legoland Discovery Centre opened in Vaughan, Ont., this year, Nicole St-Onge, 30, was excited to take her dad. They finally made the three hour drive on Saturday, and he was eager to take photos of the intricate Toronto city skyline exhibit.But their father-daughter outing ended before they arrived, thanks to a policy they weren’t aware of, one that is becoming more common at family-oriented destinations: Adults are not welcome unless they’re accompanying children.“I felt discriminated against,” said Mr. St-Onge. “[I was thinking] ‘What, are you painting a label on my back, that I’m a pedophile?’ That’s what really, really, really bothered me. What do you think I’m going to do in there?” (Photo: Dax Melmer for the National Post)

Lego loving senior citizen learns he isn’t welcome at Legoland — unless he brings kids
John St-Onge has long found Lego fascinating — far more interesting than the blocks he had as a boy. So when his first child was born in 1983, he thought to himself: “Oh boy, now I can see what Lego is all about.”

Then, as his kids grew, Mr. St-Onge started buying Lego for himself, building complexities like the Statue of Liberty and the Millennium Falcon. The 63-year-old Windsor, Ont., man has since amassed 75 sets of his own — more than 50,000 pieces of Lego.

So when the Legoland Discovery Centre opened in Vaughan, Ont., this year, Nicole St-Onge, 30, was excited to take her dad. They finally made the three hour drive on Saturday, and he was eager to take photos of the intricate Toronto city skyline exhibit.

But their father-daughter outing ended before they arrived, thanks to a policy they weren’t aware of, one that is becoming more common at family-oriented destinations: Adults are not welcome unless they’re accompanying children.

“I felt discriminated against,” said Mr. St-Onge. “[I was thinking] ‘What, are you painting a label on my back, that I’m a pedophile?’ That’s what really, really, really bothered me. What do you think I’m going to do in there?” (Photo: Dax Melmer for the National Post)

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    No, it’s a park made for people who enjoy Legos. The rides may be for kids, but the article says that he wanted to visit...
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    Firstly I want to point out that (I believe) the policy applies to both men and women so it’s not sexist. Ageist? Maybe....
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    They let you into the shop, just not into the ‘discovery center’.
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    Wait, so if I tried to go to Legoland I couldn’t get in unless I brought kids along? (except for the monthly “adults...
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    #lego you suck ass
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    So I can say goodbye to a nice date at an amusement park once I’m an adult?
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    Quite sad
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    WOW this is one of those things that i understand, but as a person who isnt planning on having kids, and may want to go...
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