Return of the members of the Legoland Family Fun Day for Down Syndrome association

LAKELAND – The Legoland Florida Resort expects 300 guests from the Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida on Friday, which will include more than a dozen Polk County families.

The Magic Wand de Merlin Foundation, a charity that supports children facing serious illness, disability or adversity, is hosting the event. The foundation is operated by Merlin Entertainments, the parent company of Legoland Parks.

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“We are delighted to invite our families for the first day of family fun in almost two years,” said association executive director Heather Barnes.

Families receive a pass to the Legoland theme park and can visit at their own pace. There are also special discounts, raffle prizes, and a private meet and greet with the characters.

The event had been canceled during the surge in Covid-19 cases.

“So many families have had difficulty keeping their children in quarantine and are unable to understand the pandemic, causing secondary issues like depression,” said Amy Drow, the association’s development manager. “It’s wonderful to finally have one of our favorite days of the year back for our children to bring smiles to many children in need.

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Down syndrome affects one in 691 babies born in the United States, according to the National Down Syndrome Society.

Ida M. Morgan