Team Building Through Play

Back in 2009, a corporation asked us if we could provide them a fun team building event using LEGO® materials.  Well, our organization had been playing with LEGO® bricks since 1997, so we thought, why not give it a try.  Approximately 9 years later, we have now run team building events for Fortune 500 companies around the country, including organizations such as Google, Microsoft, VISA, Pixar, and Clorox.  Check out what we have done below and the philosophy behind our team building events:

Check out some of the events we have run below:


We ran a team building event recently for Google’s Global Food Program Team. Here is what they accomplished:

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We participated in one of Medtronic’s retreats and had them building with LEGO at a winery.

Clorox visited Play-Well Pleasanton and created a Rube Goldberg LEGO project that used it’s own products.


We ran a team building event for 100 B.O.S.S. Staffers.  Here is an article describing that day:


MarkWest Energy in Colorado held their annual retreat for their engineering staff and we provided them some creative, collaborative challenges with LEGO.

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An NCAA college basketball coach had us create a LEGO basketball challenge for their team before the start of the season:


Amazon asked us to create a LEGO building contest for their team of engineers. Here is what they produced:


We brought millennial students and working professionals together to learn about each other, how they work, and what is important to them all through LEGO.

Click HERE for more information about our Play-Well Team Building Events or you can complete our Team Building Interest Form HERE.

Google & Play-Well Connecting Over LEGO

We recently ran a Play-Well Team Building Event for Google’s Global Food Program Team.  The goals were to inspire creativity, collaboration, all while solving problems in a fun way.  And of course, we used LEGO to do this.  Check out some of the LEGO challenges they got to do.


The team dove fully into the project, sometimes even standing on tables in order to accomplish their goal.


We hope that will stay up there.


Staff took a lot of joy in trying to knock each other’s LEGO Towers down.


This LEGO tower was left standing though.


Now on to the more complex LEGO build.


One of the challenges is to figure out how to get many different contraptions to work all at a uniform rate.


Attendees used everything at their disposal to help solve a complex LEGO build.


Even choosing to build on the floor if necessary.


One of the managers overseeing his staff’s work. He was quite impressed.


Now they have figured out what they need to do and are building fast.


We even had time for LEGO car races.


And the competition was fierce.


Some staff even left the build to watch the LEGO races.


Back in the room, the large build is moving quickly.


Once that task was done, it was time for the creative LEGO builds.


Many different ideas were coming into play.


This build included a pirate theme and a flag.


This group incorporated flowers, twigs, and a wine cork into their LEGO contraption.


This team was quite proud of their LEGO creation.


Overall, people were having a great time.


In the end, we had a debrief about the build and the day.


Many people had built some impressive LEGO creations in such a short span of time.



We reviewed some of the lessons we learned that day about the team. Overall, a really great group that worked extremely well together.

If you’d like us to provide a team building event for your organization, simply complete our team building interest form HERE.  For more information about our Play-Well Team Building events, click HERE.

Building a Google Sign Made Out of LEGO Minifigures & a GoPlae Shoe at Google HQ

On Saturday, August 22nd, 2015, we participated in Walk-for-Wishes, a benefit for Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area Foundation. Red Tricycle San Francisco GoPLAE hosted the event and we helped families build a massive LEGO Minifigure Google Sign and a replica of a GoPlae Shoe for the event.


We are going to need a lot of LEGO Minifigures today to build this LEGO Minifigure Google Sign.



And the building of the Google Sign has begun.


That G is coming along nicely.


Over 500 people attended the Walk For Wishes event and there was so many great things to do after the walk.

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At the same time that we are building the Google Sign, we are also making a LEGO GoPlae Shoe.


A few hours later, we have made tons of progress.

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Almost done with the GoPlae Shoe.



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The GoPlae Shoe is complete. On to the Google Sign.

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The San Francisco Giants Mascot stopped by our Google Sign build.


We are getting close to being done. Just need to add a few moreLEGO Minifigures.





Made up of over 300 LEGO Minifigures.



Here is the Play-Well team that helped make it happen. Wrenn, Hawaii Manager Marco, Our Play-Well LEGO Designer Alon, Santa Cruz Instructor Erik Olson, East Bay District Manager Thanks everyone that came out for this great event!

If you’d like us to provide a LEGO live build in your area, visit our Play-Well Special Events page for details or request more information here.