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.

How Do We Train Our Instructors To Teach Kids Engineering with LEGO?

How Do We Train Our Instructors To Teach Kids Engineering with LEGO? We play!

Our instructors go through an extensive 40 – 50 hour training, learning all of our engineering curriculum and practicing how to teach complex terminology to elementary school students. We teach a large part of this though through the play, as we believe our students & instructors learn the most when they are fully present and having fun. Here is how they learned to build and conveyor belts.

For more information about Play-Well TEKnologies, visit www.play-well.org.

Seven Foot LEGO Menorah Built For Last Day of Hanukkah

On December 4th, 2013, the last day of Hanukkah, one of our Play-Well Staffer, Jared Brems, helped a group of children at Camp Gan Izzy of Camarillo built a 7-foot LEGO Menorah.  Over 4000 LEGO pieces were used to create the seven foot tall LEGO Menorah.  Here are some of the pictures from the event.  Some of the photos were taken by the Ventura County Start Newspaper.

KAREN QUINCY LOBERG/THE STAR Yakov Lang has the honor of lighting the large menorah made of Legos on Wednesday, the day of his eighth birthday at Constitution Park in Camarillo on Wednesday. Read more: http://www.vcstar.com/photos/galleries/2013/dec/04/lego-menorah/#ixzz2ovZ4QGJV  - vcstar.com

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Yakov Lang has the honor of lighting the large menorah made of Legos on Wednesday, the day of his eighth birthday at Constitution Park in Camarillo on Wednesday.

The design created for the middle of the Menorah.

The design created for the middle of the Menorah.

Photo By Ventura County Star KAREN QUINCY LOBERG/THE STAR Abijah Anthony looks up toward the stage while making significant strides in his contribution to the Lego menorah in Camarillo.

PHOTO BY KAREN QUINCY LOBERG/THE STAR
Abijah Anthony looks up toward the stage while making significant strides in his contribution to the Lego menorah in Camarillo.

PHOTO BY KAREN QUINCY LOBERG KAREN QUINCY LOBERG/THE STAR Jared Brems with Play-Well TEKnologies helps place the branches of the menorah made of about 4,000 Legos on Wednesday at Constitution Park.

PHOTO BY KAREN QUINCY LOBERG/THE STAR
Jared Brems with Play-Well TEKnologies helps place the branches of the menorah made of about 4,000 Legos on Wednesday at Constitution Park.

Here was the final result:

The Final Result.  A Seven Foot LEGO Menorah made up of 4000 LEGO pieces.

The Final Result. A Seven Foot LEGO Menorah made up of 4000 LEGO pieces.

Thankful Kids LEGO Project!

One of our Play-Well students, Curtis, did something really amazing and generous for his mom.  She needed a teaspoon holder, so he built one out of LEGO.  His act of kindness and creativity inspired us to create the Thankful Kids LEGO Project.     

Teaspoon Holder

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Every holiday season, parents work really hard to make the holidays extra special for their kids.  One of our students reminded us that kids can make any day special for their parents too.  So, we have created a project where kids can show how thankful they are through their ingenuity, creativity, and a little bit of LEGO.  It inspired other kids to want to participate.

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“I just wanted to share with you my amazing godson Steven Taylor invention for our electronic toothbrushes. Recently we bought electronic toothbrushes but haven’t been able to leave it in the bathroom because there really isn’t a holder for them…He thought it would be helpful for him to build us a holder out of Legos small enough to fit around the sink and also look cool…well without any hesitation he came up with an amazing toothbrush holder in under ten minutes and put little cute details around it like a robot and a flame behind the toothbrush…Amazing..we are so very proud of him and very thankful for his thoughtfulness.

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A child built a LEGO Vacuum Cleaner for his mom for the Thankful Kids LEGO Project.

Here is how kids can do this:

    1. Thank your parents for everything they do.  This can be done throughout the holidays.
    2. Ask your parents how you can help, perhaps by building something they need out of LEGO.
    3. Build the project out of LEGO.
    4. Post it on our Play-Well Facebook Pagetweet it to us, or email it to jeff@play-well.org.

We will share all of the projects that kids make throughout all of November and December in an album and a video that we will share around the country.

Happy Holidays!

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: