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.

Play-Well Staff Acting Like Themselves at Summer Kick-offs

Before the start of our summer camp season each year, we gather all of our staff in the area for our Summer Kickoff events!  At each of these events, we share lessons learned, stories of class, build a lot of cool LEGO projects, and of course, act ridiculous.  This year we did a special photo challenge between all of our kick-offs. Each area created their most   ridiculous staff photo(s) from their Summer Kickoff.  They could submit multiple if they choose to. You can help us decide which one is the best by voting for your favorite one. Here are three ways to vote:

#1. Please leave a comment below stating which area photo(s) you liked the most

#2. If you have a Facebook Page, go to the Play-Well Summer Kick-Off Gallery here and like your favorite photo(s)

  • If you don’t have a Facebook Page, get your friends to vote for you

#3. Tweet your favorite choice @PlayWell_TEK

Voting will end on Friday, August 12th, 2016.

Here is a video of our fun, ridiculous staff during their summer kick-offs:

Enjoy the ridiculous photos below:

 Colorado/Utah/Kansas Staff Photos

hold brick




play with us


when it rains it gears

Play-Well Arizona Staff


Play-Well Northern California Staff

Play-Well Nor Cal - Marin


Play-Well Southern California Staff

LA Staff

Play-Well Chicago/Wisconsin Staff


Play-Well Texas Staff


Play-Well North Carolina/Georgia Staff

Atlanta:NC Staff

Play-Well Washington/Oregon Team (Picture in Storybook form)

You can read the story in PDF Form Here: Play-Well Seattle Story Book

Play-Well Massachusetts Staff

Play-Well Mass

Play-Well Connecticut Staff

Connecticut Kick-Off

Play-Well New York/New Jersey Staff


Play-Well Virginia/Maryland/DC Staff


Which one is your favorite?

Write your favorite in the comment.