2014 LEGO Kidsfests & Conventions


Play-Well LEGO Technic Booth

2014 LEGO® Kidsfest Tour

We are excited to be sponsoring the LEGO® Technic Section at LEGO® Kidsfest, the largest LEGO® Tour in the world.  We will be at these LEGO Kidsfest tour spots highlighted in blue:

North America LEGO® Conventions & Events

Here is a list of the LEGO® Conventions in North America.  This is a place where some of the best adult and kid LEGO® builders in the country gather to display their work, exchange ideas, and share their passion for LEGO®.

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In the list below, we have bolded the LEGO conventions & events in blue that we are currently attending in 2014.  More locations may be added in the future.

Click HERE for a list of all LEGO® Conventions worldwide.

Playing Well On Halloween!

This is how we play well on Halloween!

One of our Play-Well Staff created this elaborate setup to give kids candy for Halloween.

LEGO Halloween

One of our Play-Well students and parents were inspired to create a LEGO Halloween Costume.  They definitely went all out for this one:

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Need A Last Minute Halloween Costume? Build A LEGO Minifigure Costume In 30 Minutes

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Did you wait till the last minute to come up with Halloween costume for yourself or your child?  No need to despair as we have been there and have had to come up with costumes on the fly ourselves.  Here is one LEGO costume that you can build in less than 30 minutes.

Build A LEGO Minifigure Head in 30 minutes

MATERIALS

  • Lego Sort & Store (Cost $39.99.  Best part of buying it is that you can reuse the LEGO sorter after Halloween is over.)
  • Duct Tape
  • Bike Helmet (the size of the person wearing the costume)
  • Small screwdriver

STEPS

  1. Open LEGO Sort & Store Package
  2. Unscrew the bottom half of the LEGO Sort & Store head
  3. Place the bike helmet in the LEGO Sort & Store head
  4. Using the duct tape, tape the bike helmet to the LEGO Sort & Store Head. Make sure the bike helmet is flush next to the LEGO Sort & Store Head.  See photos below to see how it can be applied.
  5. If the bike helmet is too loose inside of the LEGO Sort & Store Head, use newspaper/paper towels to fill in the air pockets, so the bike helmet moves less.  IMPORTANT: The bike helmet combined with the LEGO Sort & Store Head can be quite heavy on a person’s neck, so make sure they are comfortable wearing it before heading out to trick or treat.
  6. Grab an old costume for the shirt and pants and you can make a variety of new LEGO Mini figure for each year (LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Construction Man, Minecraft LEGO Guy, etc.).
  7. Go Trick or Treating with your new LEGO Costume!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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Here are some other ways to build a LEGO Man Costume:

The Winners Of Our Play-Well Summer Photo Contest Are…

Our Play-Well Summer Photo Contest has finally come to an end.  We had so much fun seeing all the creative entries submitted this summer.  All of the entries were great in their own right.  We asked you to vote for your favorites and here are the results.

Elena, Play-Well In Sign Language

1st Place with 108 Votes: Elena, Play-Well In Sign Language

2nd Place: Katy, Play-Well LEGO Heads and  Star Wars Transport

2nd Place with 106 Votes: Katy from Connecticut, Play-Well LEGO Heads and Star Wars Transport

3rd Place: Tomoe, Play Well Shadow

3rd Place with 96 Votes: Tomoe from Seattle, Play Well Shadow

Play-Well Staff's Pick: Amy, Human Play Well Sign

Play-Well Staff’s Pick: Amy from Los Angeles, Human Play Well Sign

Check out all the awesome photo entries here: http://bit.ly/2013PlayWellSummerPhotoContestEntries

Thanks so much for participating!  Like our Play-Well Facebook Page to find out about our next Play-Well LEGO contest.

Need A Certain LEGO Piece? Visit our Play-Well Parts Shop!

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Because our teaching kits have over 20,000 pieces of LEGO, we are constantly in need of additional LEGO pieces.  So, we created a Play-Well Parts Shop to supply our teaching kits located across the country with LEGO pieces.  A few years ago, we decided that if we were already supplying LEGO to our kits, why not create a public Play-Well Parts Shop so LEGO builders of all ages in the area could do the same.

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In our Play-Well Parts Shop, kids and adults have access to over 100,000 pieces of LEGO to purchase.  There are at least 150 variations of LEGO pieces to choose from. LEGO Mini-figures, LEGO bulbs, LEGO Bow Tie pieces, and fluorescent LEGO jewel pieces to name a few.

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This is a sample of the type of LEGO pieces we have available at our parts shop.

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All parts are individually priced out.

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We have had many LEGO builders find pieces that they needed for a particular project here.

We always recommend to our Play-Well families to purchase pieces online, but if you don’t know what piece you are looking for and happen to be in the Northern California Area, come by our Play-Well Marin Center  (216 Greenfield Avenue San Anselmo, CA) and visit our parts shop.

Click HERE for more information on our center.

If you aren’t able to make it out, here are some great places on the web to find rare LEGO pieces:

We love seeing LEGO Builders of all ages able to accomplish a really big project that they have been planning for quite some time, and we hope this parts shop can help builders achieve their goal.

If you have trouble finding the place, look for the LEGO Golden Gate Bridge.

If you have trouble finding the center, look for the LEGO Golden Gate Bridge in the window.

PLAY WELL!

Play-Well Summer 2013 Photo Contest

Summer Photo Contest

Hi Play-Well Families,

After our successful photo contest last summer, The Brick Stanley Project, we have decided to do a new summer photo contest this year.  For this contest, we are asking our families to take a picture of the words PLAY WELL, spelled out in a creative, unique, slightly ridiculous way.  We see “Play Well” as not only our name, but also our philosophy on how our organization works.  When our engineering students are playing well in class, they are solving problems, exploring the world, and learning about themselves through play.  When our staff is playing well, they are having more fun than they have had at any other job.  So, we wanted to spread the message of playing well and here is how we are going to do it:

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Here are some examples of photos already submitted:

Play-Well Sign Example 1

Carter & Rogan Schmidbauer, Phoenix, AZ

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Play-Well Example 1

Brandon Jones, Kirkland, WA

Santa Barbara, CA

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Play-Well Example #2

Lester Mendaros, Pleasanton, CA

Play-Well Beach

Ben Pfister, Ventura, CA

When you have taken your photo, you can submit it in the following ways:

Check out our current submissions here: http://bit.ly/2013PlayWellSummerPhotoContestEntries

You can even submit more than one photo if you’d like.  We will gather all the photos from the contest and in August, we will  have our Play-Well Families vote for their favorite photo.  The top three winners could win a Engineering with LEGO® Birthday Party, a LEGO® Technic Set, or  LEGO® Bow Tie.  All photos will be included in our upcoming video, so everyone wins.  Voting ends at 11:59 PM on Labor Day, September 2nd.  We hope you enter the contest.  If you have any questions, email Jeff at jeff@play-well.org.

PLAY WELL THIS SUMMER!