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.

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Celebrating The SOMA District at the Bluxome Street Fair

We were at the Bluxome Street Fair celebrating the South of Market District of San Francisco with families.

Playing At UNDISCOVERED SF

We collaborated with UNDISCOVERED SF, a monthly curated collection of emerging artists and merchants that celebrates the rich cultural heritage of the SOMA Pilipinas District in SF.  We built the Pilipino Flag and parts of San Francisco out of LEGO® Materials.

Happy 4th of July

We’ve put together this blog post of fun 4th of July builds! Celebrate Independence Day with LEGO! Create a moving LEGO flag, a firework, an American wreath and more! We hope you enjoy these builds and the holiday.