Easton Town Center will get another first-in-Ohio store when Legoland Discovery Center opens at the shopping center in fall 2018.

The 36,000-square-foot, $10 million educational play center will be the first such store in Ohio, 11th in North America and 22nd globally, according to an announcement about the center.

Legoland Discovery Center Columbus will be in the Station Building adjacent to the AMC Theatre.

The current Lego retail store at Easton, adjacent to Jeni's Ice Cream, will remain.

Getting the play center at Easton is "an incredible coup," said Jennifer Peterson, Easton's chief executive.

"Legoland Discovery Center is a regional destination that draws Lego enthusiasts of all ages," she said. "It will attract people from around the state and outside the state. For families coming to Easton for other family-oriented attractions already here, it makes Easton that much stronger."

Designed for families with children ages 3 to 10, the location will offer a range of Lego play areas, two interactive rides, master classes from the Lego Master Model Builder, special party rooms for birthdays and other celebrations, a 4-D cinema and a Miniland found in every Legoland Discovery Center.

The Miniland reflects iconic landmarks near each store's location, and residents will have a chance to nominate Ohio landmarks in a contest to be announced at a later date.

The family play centers have been "a huge success across the globe, particularly as an opportunity for adults and children to spend fun, quality time together," said John Jakobsen of Merlin Entertainments, which owns and operates Legoland Discovery Center.

The company chose Easton because "it is the ideal location for the attraction, as the mall is already a favored destination for Ohio families and tourists from the region," Jakobsen said.

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