Creating Downtown Novato out of 40,000 LEGO® Pieces

On Saturday, May 20th, 2017, Play-Well TEKnologies collaborated with the South Novato Library and families in the community to build Novato out of 40,000 LEGO® Bricks. Families rebuilt the city of Novato, as they would like to see it. Families got to tackle these questions through play:

  • If you had the chance to design the city, how would you design it?
  • What else would you add to the city that you currently think is missing?
  • How would you make Novato even better than it is now?

Here is what they came up with.

Building The City of Honolulu out of 20,000 LEGO® Pieces

On Saturday, June 3, 2017, Play-Well TEKnologies and the Hawaii State Public Library will be collaborating together to create an opportunity for families to build the city of Honolulu out of 20,000 LEGO® Bricks.  Families will have the opportunity to create Honolulu, as they would like to see it.  They can construct the library, downtown Honolulu, their own home, school, playgrounds, parks etc., all out of 20,000 LEGO® pieces all for FREE.  Kids will explore hands-on architecture and learn about how to build strong structures out of LEGO® bricks.

The event is the Kick-off to Hawaii State Public Library’s Summer Reading Program and is completely FREE to the public.  We do encourage families to register at the link below, as the event may sell out.

Here are the details:

Date & Time:  Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 / 10 AM – 1:30 PM

(You can register for one of six different 30-minute time slots throughout the day)

Location: Hawaii State Public Library, 478 South King Street, Honolulu, HI 96813

Register For The City of Honolulu Build Here

Event Contacts:

Frequently Asked Questions:

What do these city builds look like?

Can I drop my kid off at the event?

  • We ask that parents stay with their kids at all times

Will the kids get to keep their LEGO® creations after the event is over?

Can kids bring their own LEGO pieces to add to the city?

  • We ask that kids keep their LEGO® pieces at home as we would not want them to lose their favorite LEGO® pieces

We aren’t able to make it to the event, but would love for you to come to our neighborhood or school.  Is that possible?

How Long Has Play-Well Been in Hawaii?

For more information about Play-Well, visit play-well.org or send a question to Wrenn Okada at Wrenn@play-well.org.

Press Advisory: Building St. Louis Out Of 50,000 LEGO® Bricks

Back in April 9th, 2017, Play-Well TEKnologies helped families in Lawrence, KS build their city out of 50,000 LEGO® bricks.  It was such a fun event that Play-Well then wanted to attempt it in a larger city, such as St. Louis, MO.

The Grant’s View Branch of St. Louis County Library helped make it a reality, as they have now partnered to build the City of St. Louis out of 50,000 LEGO Bricks on Sunday, May 21, 2017 from 11 AM – 4 PM.  The event is already sold out with over 800 people expected to attend.  Part of the goal of this event is to get kids excited about architecture and other STEM-related fields, especially as they go into the summer break.

Here are the details of the event:

Event: Building St. Louis Out of 50,000 LEGO Bricks

Location: St. Louis County Library – Grant’s View Branch (9700 Musick Road, St. Louis, MO 63123)

Date & Time: Sunday, May 21, 2017 / 11 AM – 4 PM

Contact: Rob Angcay, rob@play-well.org, 214.676.6336

Press Day of Contact: Erin Morse, erin@play-well.org, 816.945.9917

Here is how the press covered the event in Lawrence, KS:

When Play-Well isn’t running these large builds, they teach LEGO-Inspired STEM programs to kids in order to inspire the generation of engineers, innovators, and inventors.  For more information about Play-Well TEKnologies, visit play-well.org.

 

 

A Mother’s Day Tribute in LEGO®

Every year, Mother’s Day comes around and we celebrate how awesome our moms are for the day.  Although, our mothers deserve more than one day, week, month, or even a year of our gratitude.

For all that our mothers have done for us: from cutting the corners off our bread, to driving us to far away soccer games, to volunteering to be the Girl Scout Den Leader, to listening and consoling us when we had a bad day at school, to cooling the hot cocoa before giving it to us, to catching us each time we were about to have a bad fall, to answering all of our why questions, to feeding us with a swooping airplane because we won’t eat otherwise, to doing countless loads of our laundry, to listen to our long, drawn out stories that have no end, to simply being there for us regardless of the situation and just being your awesome self, we want to thank you for all that you do.

We know that there are many kids out there that want to do something special for their mom, but may not know what to do or don’t have the funds to afford something special.

Well, in those cases, we have created this Mother’s Day Bouquet Build made out of LEGO® Bricks for kids to make for their mom on her special day.

We are encouraging kids this Mother’s Day to take something you love, such as LEGO and create a unique handmade gift for your mom.  Share what you are able to make with us and we will share it with our families around the country:

Happy Mother’s Day!

Creating The Oakland Fruitvale District For The Future Out of LEGO® Bricks

Reem’s California and Play-Well TEKnologies had an idea to bring together the community around food and play.

We asked families from the Oakland Fruitvale District these questions:

  • If you had the chance to design the Fruitvale, how would you design it?
  • What else would you add to the Fruitvale District that you currently think is missing?
  • How would you make the Fruitvale even better than it is now?

We gave them 40,000 LEGO® pieces and this is what they came up with.  This event was part of the Oakland Cinco De Mayo 2017 Event hosted by Oakland City Councilmember of District 5, Noel Gallo.

If you’d like us to build your neighborhood/city out of LEGO, check out our Special Events Page.

Warwick Elementary Builds Star Wars Worlds with 60,000 LEGO® pieces

On May The Fourth, 2017, Warwick Elementary Families and Play-Well TEKnologies collaborated to build three separate Star Wars Worlds.  Those worlds included the Ewok Village, Cloud City, and the trenches of the Death Star.  Here is what over 200 families were able to create in just two hours…

If you’d like us to do an event like this at your school, visit our special events page for details: http://play-well.org/about-special-events.shtml

Take Our Classes From Your Own Home with LEGO® VR Glasses

We are excited to announce that after many months of research and develop, we have come up with a way for kids to take our Play-Well Classes from the comfort of their own home.  This is done with the help of these LEGO VR Glasses.

Source: http://image.tianjimedia.com/uploadImages/2015/047/N6KKF84OF348_s.jpg

Source: http://i.imgur.com/WBBIy16.jpg

Now kids can virtually be in our classes.  It provides the same quality Play-Well experience, except you’ll play with the LEGO you have in your house.  The VR experience will be rolling out to our Alaska and Idaho locations first and if successful will then expand.  Let us know what you think of this new of way of teaching classes the VR Way.  And if you haven’t heard yet…April Fool’s!