Everyone loves Lego, but not everyone is allowed to enjoy the new Legoland Discovery Centre in Melbourne, Australia.
According to The Guardian, members of the Adult Fans of Lego community (AFOL) – yes, this is a thing – were outraged after learning they couldn’t access the center’s playground because of their age. So outraged, in fact, that one man went so far as to threaten to file a human rights complaint against Legoland.
For goodness sake, Lego – sometimes grown adults just want to have fun.
The complaints against the Discovery Centre, which just opened on Tuesday, stem from the fact that it reportedly prohibits adults from entering the center unless they’re accompanied by a child age 17 or younger.
Though the center holds special themed “adult nights,” which prohibit kids, unaccompanied adults who want to enjoy all the Legoland attractions offered on any given day, and those who claim to have already bought annual passes with no knowledge of the age restrictions were seriously disappointed after being turned away at the playground’s door.
The issue was discussed further on the center’s Facebook page, which is now home to several scathing one-star reviews from dissatisfied adult Lego lovers who feel a deep sense of betrayal.
One especially disappointed fan, Mark Robinson, wrote he was “absolutely disgusted” to hear that Legoland sets restrictions based on age. “Lego is something that is enjoyed across all the ages … and it’s clear that many adults without children will want to experience the attractions.” He then went on the explain that if the center were to ever prohibit him from entering based on age he would file a complaint to the Victorian Civil Administrative Tribunal in Melbourne as a violation of equal opportunity and human rights. Yeeesh.
Another AFOL community member wrote, “Absolutely appalled by the fact I was unable to enter without somebody under the age of 16. Lego is not just for children and I’m sure the majority of people would agree with me. I understand it’s a play center but I have no intention on climbing around, simply just to look and admire.”
Okay, adults. We get you love to play, but to be fair, the promotional video for the center does look very kid centric.
A spokesperson from Legoland replied to Robinson’s review, explaining why the age restriction policy is in place and encouraging Robinson to attend a adult night. “Discovery Centres are not theme parks but small, indoor attractions specifically designed to provide safe and fun environments for families with children aged 3-10 to enjoy together. Many of the key features in the attraction therefore are not suitable for grown adults.”
“In order to constantly maintain a welcoming environment in which to play, the Centres do not permit entry to any groups of adults, adult couples, or lone adults, who are not accompanied by a young child or children,” the spokesperson went on.
Despite the explanation, other fans began posting negative reviews on the page, reiterating that Lego products are enjoyed by people of all ages and declaring they would no longer attend the attractions. There were, however, some loyal and understanding AFOL members who came to Lego’s defense.
Ryan Evans shared his belief that the regulations aren’t discrimination, rather, they’re common sense. “As a member of the AFOL community, I apologise wholeheartedly for their lack of understanding of this policy and indeed the intentions of the centre. Please be reassured we are not all like this. Most of us ‘get it,’” he wrote.
According to The Guardian, the same age limits are in place throughout the 17 other Legoland Discovery Centres worldwide, and it should also be noted that unaccompanied adults are still permitted to enter the Lego shop.
So maybe just chill, adults. Let the kids have their fun.
Mashable reached out to Lego for comment.