5 Years After Breaking A World Record For Charity, The Dreamcatcher Playground Is Complete

5 years ago, we collaborated the Rotary Dreamcatcher Playground Team, Conejo Recreation and Park DistrictRotary International to break a World Record for charity.  The goal was to bring awareness and raise funds for a state-of-the-art playground for special needs children.

That dream was recently fulfilled with the opening of the Rotary Dreamcatcher Playground.  We feel really lucky to be able to help at the beginning of this campaign.

If you’d like us to help out with your organization or charity, check out Special Events Page here.

If You Had 1 Million LEGO® Pieces What Would You Build?

One of our biggest goals at Play-Well is to connect people via play! We create giant builds and break world records using hundreds of thousands of LEGO® materials. We want to know, what would you build if you had 1 million LEGO® pieces?

Post your answer on our Facebook page, twitter or instagram. You can also email us your ideas at jessi@play-well.org.

Check out some of our world record builds:

 

Building the City of Brighton out of LEGO®

On Sunday, October 22nd, we built the city of Brighton, CO out of LEGO® with local families at the Brighton Recreation Center. We had a great time recreating Brighton while using our imaginations to explore various types of architecture.

We’d like to say a big thank you to all the families that contributed to our build as well as the city of Brighton and the Brighton Recreation Center! Here are a few of our favorite photos from the event.

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2017 Play-Well Halloween Costume Contest

Congrats to our grand prize winner Omar and our second place winner Raycelin!

Get inspired by these incredible contest submissions.

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Play-Well Staff Retreat

Our management staff had an awesome retreat in San Anselmo, CA near our Play-Well Marin Activity Center. We spent the week learning, exploring, connecting, and, of course, playing with lots of LEGO®! We discussed new programs, we hiked in the Redwoods, taught STEM concepts to three classes at a local school, shared ideas about new in-school programming for science classes, built a Giant Ball Contraption out of LEGO® and so much more. We’re excited to share what we’ve discovered with all of you! Here are some highlights from the retreat:

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PRESS ADVISORY: Building The City of Brighton out of 40,000 LEGO® Pieces

On Sunday, October 22nd, 2017, Play-Well TEKnologies will be collaborating with the Brighton Recreation Center to build the city of Brighton out of 40,000 LEGO® Bricks. Students can construct Main St. Brighton, mountains, their own home, school, playgrounds, parks all out of LEGO. Students will explore hands on architecture through learning about overlapping and how buildings are so strong! All LEGO will be provided by Play-Well. For safety all kids need to be bring an adult 🙂

Families will get the opportunity to build the city of Brighton as they would like to see it, as well as get the opportunity to answer these questions through play:

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

The best part is that the event is FREE to the public.

Session 1- 10:00am – 11:30am​ ​

Session 2- 1:00pm – 2:30pm

(Both sessions will be doing the same builds)

This is a Free event for kids ages 5+. Only kids need tickets

Here are the details of the event:

Event: Building The City of Brighton out of 40,000 LEGO® Bricks

Location: Brighton Recreation Center 555 N 11th Ave, Brighton, CO 80601

Date & Time: Sunday October 22nd, 2017 / Session 1: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM, Session 2: 1:00pm – 2:30pm

To register for the event please visit our eventbrite page here.

Brighton Recreation Contact: (303) 655-2200

Play-Well Contact: Brianna Laffey, brianna@play-well.org

Play-Well TEKnologies

Play-Well TEKnologies teaches LEGO-Inspired STEM Programs to approximately 100,000 kids/year around the U.S.  Their goal is to inspire the next generation of engineers, innovators, scientists, and inventors all through the power of play.  Kids dive into our classes and exercise their innate gift for building. They come away understanding fundamental principles of engineering and physics. The experience boosts their confidence, creativity and ability to collaborate.  For more information, visit play-well.org.

Examples of other Play-Well City Builds:

Press Advisory: Building Washington D.C. out of LEGO To Bring The Community Together

In the midst of all the saddening news around immigration, DACA, the pending Supreme Court decision regarding the travel ban, and discussion around what it is to be an American, there is an event on the outskirts of the politically divided beltway that represents the exact opposite of these storylines.  In Silver Spring, MD a community is deciding to come together by playing, despite their differences.
On Saturday, September 16th, 2017, at the Silver Spring International Middle School, recently resettled refugee families will be building the towns, villages, and cities that they recently left out of LEGO bricks.  The International Rescue Committee Silver Spring has been working closely with these families as they get acquainted with their new homeland.
Later that day, the IRC Silver Spring will be inviting local families from the Silver Spring Community to meet their new neighbors and together they will build Washington D.C. out of 40,000 LEGO® pieces. The event revolves around connection, community, and play.
Date: Saturday, September 16th, 2017
Time: 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Location: Silver Spring International Middle School, 313 Wayne Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Press Contact:
Preethi Nampoothiri, Deputy Director
International Rescue Committee Silver Spring
Here are examples of Play-Well’s other city builds: