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)