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:

Attendees Playing Well At VMworld 17

At VMworld 17, VMware’s largest thought leadership and education event of the year, attendees got an opportunity to not only learn, but also play.  When not in sessions, attendees got the chance to build with over 70,000 pieces of LEGO, as well as create their own LEGO Minifigure to take home.  Here are some of the highlights of what was created:

 

Want Us To Offer Our LEGO-Inspired STEM Program At Your School?

With the school year about the start, we wanted to share what we do in our LEGO-Inspired STEM After School Enrichment Program.  Check out what parents and kids have to say about the program and meet a some of our staff.

If you’d like us to offer an after school program at your school, simply complete our After School Enrichment Request Form Here.

Have an amazing start to the school year and remember to Play Well!

Bring A LEGO-Inspired STEM Activity To Your Next PTA Event

Do you have a Back-To-School, Movie, or STEM night coming up.  We’d love to be a part of it.  We have created LEGO-Inspired STEM Activities at STEM nights, PTA Carnivals, Fall Festivals, and Science Nights at schools all across the country.

We can provide a small interactive STEM experience for kids, where we offer 1 – 2 Hand-On Activities.

Or we can do a large event build, like we did for this local school:
We really enjoy these events as it allows us to give back, while also letting the community know about our organization.
If you’d like us to come to your school for one of your upcoming school events, simply complete our request form here.
Have an awesome school year and make sure to Play Well!

 

Happy 4th of July From Play-Well!

We want to wish you a Happy 4th of July!  To commemorate this, we have compiled a group of awesome LEGO builds from around the internet that celebrates the 4th of July, the United States, as well as fireworks.

Have a safe and fun 4th of July!

Source: http://lego.wikia.com/wiki/MMMB016_Fireworks

Source: https://legomyphoto.wordpress.com/tag/fireworks/

We Set A World LEGO® Record With SoulPancake

On Saturday, July 1st, 2017, we collaborated with SoulPancake’s LEGO® show, BRICK X BRICK, to set a World LEGO® Record!  Over 200 Families from all parts of the Los Angeles area came out to help build 1000 LEGO® “Origami” Cranes.  The goal was to not only set a world record but also bring the community together through play.

SoulPancake will be creating an episode for their 3rd Season of Brick By Brick with Adam Ward about this event.  Check out some of the highlights of the event below.