2019 Play-Well Halloween Costume Contest Winners

We had lots of amazing entries for our PW Halloween costume contest this year! A big thank you to everyone who participated, your creativity was amazing to see.

Our grand-prize winner of our LEGO Hidden Side Graveyard Mystery Kit is the Biglarbegian Family for their creative homemade costumes which they constructed themselves with some help from mom, Zahra!

We love the creativity and ingenuity behind these unique costumes.

We have several runners-up who won custom Play-Well LEGO bowties! Check out Pheonix and Gryphon, our very first ever dog entry in the costume contest! Bonnie & Beth Abelew custom made these costumes, props and backdrop creating an incredible LEGO scene.

That is some true dedication to LEGO! Fantastic job, Bonnie & Beth!

We also love this handmade palm tree costume from Aubrey. She made the headband all by herself! Beautiful work, Aubrey!

We have never even seen a palm tree costume before! So unique!

We also selected this awesome Minecraft/LEGO fanatic because he clearly needs a LEGO bowtie!

Thanks again for all of the incredible costumes! We hope you had a wonderful Halloween!

5th Annual Play-Well Halloween Costume Contest

It’s our fifth year of Play-Well Halloween! Send us a photo of your awesome costume especially if it was custom built by you and your child and be entered to win our grand prize of a LEGO Hidden Side Graveyard Mystery Building Kit! One lucky winner will be awarded our grand prize and three runner ups will get a LEGO bowtie!

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.

Celebrating Bomb Pops Play-Well Style

Our KC team celebrating the Bomb Pop with a giant LEGO version!

On June 27th, our Play-Well team in Missouri celebrated National Bomb Pop Day! The bomb pop was created in Kansas City, MO in 1955 by James S. Merritt and D.S. Abernethy.

The Pavilion at Lemay gave out over 600 bomb pops during this years event! The KC team was there to eat some of those tasty treats while showing off their own gigantic LEGO bomb pop creation.

Almost looks good enough to eat!

Harry Potter Camps Bring A Little Magic to Your Summer

This year we launched a brand new summer camp offering – Harry Potter Magical Engineering. Our Arizona instructor, Jacinda, sent us an awesome little story about her experience running her first HP camp! We love awakening the inner engineering in our campers and one of the best ways to create lasting memories is to geek out together! Great job, Jacinda! Way to go the extra mile with these incredible name tags!

Harry Potter style name tags hand drawn by our AZ instructor!

“I had such an awesome week with this great group of very creative & skilled builders. This was my first Harry Potter-themed camp, and we had so much fun together! The kids and their grownups were so excited when they came in the first day and found their name tags that I handmade for them in H.P. lettering! They all wanted to save them! We had some very cool Hogwarts Express trains, one student made a huge Hungarian Horntail Dragon, dragon guarded mazes with rotating staircases, and each house dormitory was filled with a variety of magical additions (such as trophy cases, blue birds, and Hufflepuff bedspreads). We had STEM Challenge in the morning, and one student turned their gondola into a flying broom! I just wanted to share all the awesomeness!”

– Jacinda Cothrun
Phoenix, AZ Instructor

Hanging out at Hogwarts!
Creating some cool mazes.
Hungarian Horntail Dragon.
Hogwarts!

Play-Well In-School STEM Field Trips

We LOVE to bring our Play-Well In-School LEGO-Inspired STEM Field Trips right into your classroom for an engaging, educational experience without having to leave the school building!

We will work together to plan an exciting field trip that reinforces state standards and covers specific STEM terminology. Our field trips are typically 60 to 90 minutes long and we would love to bring our LEGO-Inspired STEM workshops to your classroom!

To request more information, click here.

Jessica Wall: Girl Power in San Diego

As soon as Jessica Wall saw the job listing for Play-Well San Diego Manager she thought, “I’m built for this! I know science and education! I got this!” It was the perfect opportunity at exactly the right time which created a girl powerhouse in San Diego.

Initially, Jessica was doing pharmaceutical research with her degree in biochemistry but she actually really disliked the environment of being a female in the sciences. She found that her gender greatly impacted other’s perception of her in the workplace. It motivated her to strive to make a difference by becoming a relatable woman in the sciences that girls can see as a role model. Jessica went back to school and got her master in education. She worked as a kindergarten teacher, and although she loved working with kids, the kindergarten classroom wasn’t the right fit either. Then the opening for Play-Well’s San Diego Manager came up, and Jessica knew it would be the ideal blend of education & STEM.

Now she is using her science and math mind to inspire the next generation of females in STEM. Entirely by coincidence, Jessica met the San Diego Girl Scout STEM Coordinator at the gym. They became fast friends, instantly connected by both their love of science and their dog mom pride. Their friendship has led to a collaboration between Play-Well and the Girl Scouts that is helping many young girls earn their STEM badges and spark their passion for the sciences.

San Diego Scouts earning their Robotics Badge with Play-Well.

After one of the first Play-Well Girl Scout Badge workshops in San Diego, a scout mom emailed Jessica. Originally, her daughter really didn’t want to attend the workshop, she didn’t like science or LEGO. Despite her misgivings, her daughter attended the class and had “the best time ever”. Her daughter was already excited for the next workshop and she wanted to know when they could sign up. Receiving that kind of feedback means the world to Jessica and shows her that she’s on the right path to changing the STEM field one empowered female at a time.

Jessica and her dogs, Max & Rolley.

Aside from being a passionate educator, Jessica is also a doggo fanatic. She’s been a foster mom with California Labradors, Retrievers and More, San Diego’s largest mix breed dog rescue, for the last 3 years where she’s fostered over 40 dogs. She also loves CrossFit but her friends always joke that “she only goes to the gym so she can lift more dogs.” Jessica is the proud fur parent of Max and Rolley. When she’s not at the gym, hanging at home with her dogs or teaching kids about STEM, Jessica is traveling the globe. Her latest adventure was hiking the Inca Trail in Peru. She really enjoyed being in the middle of the Andes with no one around except wild llamas.

Play-Well is incredibly proud to have Jessica join the team! She is certainly an inspiration to all of us and we can’t wait to see what cool things she does next.

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