Some adults are accusing the new Legoland Discovery Center in Australia of age discrimination (video below).
The playground opened with great fanfare. 7 News Melbourne tweeted on April 18: "LEGO mini Melbourne: The display was unveiled today at the grand opening of the LEGOLAND Discovery Center at Chadstone."
The playground only allows adults with children 17 years old or younger, except on adults-only nights that only happen once a month, notes The Guardian.
Several adults, without kids, said they were denied entry to the Lego-themed playground when the attraction opened. Some older folks say they bought annual passes without being aware of the age restrictions.
Lego fan Mark Robinson shared his outrage on the center's Facebook page: "Absolutely disgusted to hear that you will discriminate on grounds of age. Lego is something that is enjoyed across all the ages -- I personally have thousands of dollars worth of the creator and architecture series and it’s clear that many adults without children will want to experience the attractions."
Robinson plans to file a complaint about the age rule with the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, and the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission.
Another adult fan wrote on the Facebook page that Legoland is "alienating a group of adults who paid lots of money to buy and play with Lego."
A third adult fan added: "Extremely disappointed to have purchased an annual pass at launch where they failed to state I needed to attend with a child. Just got turned away at the preview opening."
The Victorian equal opportunity and human rights commissioner, Kristen Hilton, would not say if being denied entrance to "an indoor playground for children" qualifies as age discrimination.
The same age rules are in place at 17 other Legoland Discovery Centers around the world; the Legoland Parks do not have an age limit.
Some adults who did visit the playground with a child seem bewildered why adults would want to go.
One Lego fan wrote on Facebook: "Would you go to a children’s play center without a child? The play equipment has a maximum height requirement so adults can’t go on it."
Lego said in a statement that the discovery center is a "small, indoor attraction designed to provide safe and fun environments for families with children aged 3-10," and added that it was "not suitable for grown adults."
Lego added more bad news for adults yearning for the playground:In order to constantly maintain a welcoming environment in which to play, the centers do not permit entry to any groups of adults, adult couples or lone adults, who are not accompanied by a young child or children.