Celebrating Take Your Kids To Work Day with LEGO®-Inspired Play!

We are celebrating Take Your Kids To Work Day today by running Take Your Kids To Work Day Events in 6 different states today. Some of the companies that we are collaborating with on their family events are Google, The Hershey Company, Velociti, Verizon, Hudson River Trading, Neuberger Berman, and StubHub to name a few.

Here’s a Logo build that Velociti Employees’ kids completed just hours ago:

If you’re interested in having us at your Family Day, find out more information here: http://bit.ly/PlayWellKidsAtWorkDay

Excited About Take Your Kids To Work Day

For the past 10 years, we have infused more play into Fortune 500 Companies Take Your Kids To Work Day. We have run our LEGO-Inspired STEM Play Activations for companies around the country, giving kids a chance to experience a fun-filled day at their parents’ job.

We just created this new Take Your Kids To Work Day Video that we are excited to share.

Let us help you bring more fun to your next Take Your Kids To Work Day or Corporate Family Day. Request for more information here.

Building a Coral Reef Out of LEGO® Materials with the Maritime Aquarium

On January 26th & 27th, Play-Well staff in Connecticut built a coral reef and marine animals with the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk for LEGO® Weekend. Tons of families came out to help us build sea life for our special LEGO® display. Aside from the coral reef, attendees played in the Duplo build area, raced cars, battled bots and followed our scavenger hunt to find a special gift! The Maritime Aquarium LEGO® weekend is one of our favorite events in the North East! It’s always so much fun to build, play and collaborate with local communities.

The Hour from Hearst Connecticut Media featured our LEGO® reef on their news website and snapped some fantastic pictures. Scroll through the photos below to see some of the underwater creativity!

Photo courtesy of Erik Trautmann / Hearst Connecticut Media
Photo courtesy of Erik Trautmann / Hearst Connecticut Media
Photo courtesy of Erik Trautmann / Hearst Connecticut Media
Photo courtesy of Erik Trautmann / Hearst Connecticut Media
Photo courtesy of Erik Trautmann / Hearst Connecticut Media

Girl Scout STEM Workshops

Troop 753 earned their engineering badge with Play-Well!

Play-Well offers exciting LEGO-inspired engineering workshops to help scout earn their “Think Like An Engineer” badge while working collaboratively with their troop. Through play & hands-on-learning scouts will think critically, try new things, experiment and grow. They’ll record their findings on their STEM worksheet to keep a record of their engineering experiments.

We offer special projects with a range of difficulty levels depending on age, from brownie to cadette. To find out more please download our Girl Scout program PDF or email us at jessi@play-well.org.

Hooray for Shay: Meet Our New Colorado Manager

“I’m passionate about LEGO, working with kids and coming up with creative ways to teach,” says Shay Sinnott. Shay is our new manager for the Boulder & North Denver areas. Her background as a LEGO brick specialist, a private school public programs & communications specialist and rock climbing instructor make her one incredible new team member here at Play-Well. She is a recent transplant to Colorado from Massachusetts. Her foray into rock climbing inspired her to take risks and step out of her comfort zone which led to her cross-country move. Only a month after she landed in Colorado Shay found Play-Well and joined our staff of LEGO-fanatics in September. She lives by the mantra, “you can’t say can’t” which is something her mom always told her.

A climb at a gym back in Massachusetts that was perfect for Shay! Each hold was shaped like a LEGO brick!

Aside from her love of LEGOs and teaching, Shay also enjoys everything fantasy including Disney, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones and Marvel. Her favorite color is blue, and her friends in Massachusetts even threw her a “So Blue Without You” going away party where everyone dressed in blue to celebrate her.

Shay really enjoys making STEM accessible for all kids. “When I was little I didn’t know anything about STEM,” says Shay. During her childhood, she was told that girls are good at english and history and not good at science or math. Shay is excited to break these stereotypes. “I think telling girls they can be engineers and their brain can work like that is going to change the future.”

One of Shay’s life goals is to visit every Disney Park…so far she’s been to 3! Disney World in FL, Disneyland in CA, and Disney Shanghai in China.

Shay is a part of our new Girl Scout STEM initiative at Play-Well. Our goal is to support the Girl Scouts by hosting hands-on LEGO-inspired STEM workshops that will enable scouts to get their “Think Like An Engineer Badge.”

We are very excited to have Shay join our Colorado team. We can’t wait to see how her teaching, skills, and passion will cultivate the next generation of engineers and scientists.

On her drive across country, Shay stopped at the Badlands National Park. It was the most beautiful place she’s ever seen!

Our Annual Play-Well Halloween Costume Contest

We’re celebrating our favorite holiday with our annual costume contest! We’re so excited for our fourth year of Play-Well Halloween! Send us a photo of your child’s LEGO related costume or any cool costume that you and your child created to be entered to win our grand prize of a LEGO Creator Modular Poolside Holiday set!! One lucky winner will receive a LEGO kit, and four submissions will be randomly selected to receive a custom Play-Well Bow Tie!

Post your Halloween costume on our Twitter PageFacebook Page, tag us on Instagram or email a photo to jessi@play-well.org. Good luck! Have a spooktacular Halloween!

Check out some of the fantastic costumes from our past Play-Well Halloween costume contests.