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.

Dropbox Plays With LEGO on Treasure Island

On Saturday October 3rd,  2015 Play-Well participated in Dropbox’s Family Fun Day on Treasure Island in the Bay Area of California.


Dropbox in LEGO.



Even the paramedics got into the action of playing with LEGO.


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If you are interested in more information about our Take Your Kid To Work Days,  simply complete our Special Event Request Form.  You can also find out about our other Special Events here.

Have a Play-Well Brews N’ Bricks Event At Your Company Happy Hour or Local Bar


If you enjoy fun, quirky events at your company’s happy hour, local bar, or co-working spot, you might want to look into having a Brews & Bricks event at your pub.  Your patrons get an opportunity to play with LEGO, participate in some LEGO games, all while having a nice beverage.  Recently, Rock Bottom Brewery welcomed Play-Well staff to test out this concept at their Bar in Denver, Colorado.

Attendees got to build jousting LEGO monorail vehicles and participate in a LEGO Engineering Battling Tournament called Battletracks.


Two attendees hard at work on their jousting monorail project.


The building has picked up momentum as the clock is ticking before the tournament starts.


Some teams chose to collaborate with each other and form alliances.


The place was packed with enthusiastic, LEGO builders.


Some teams built for strength, while others built for beauty and strength.


Let the battling begin.


There was, of course, a little trash talking between matches.


Gathering before the final two battles.


The final battle commences.

Here is another LEGO Battletracks Tournament we held in Chicago.

If you’d like us to host a Brews & Bricks Event at your local bar, simply complete our Special Events Request Form HERE.  Check out our other Play-Well LEGO Special Events HERE.


Play-Well’s Annual Halloween Costume Contest

Time for our annual Play-Well Halloween Contest.  Each year, we are amazed by the creativity of some of the Halloween costumes that we see from our students and their parents.  Check out this costume submitted by a parent last year.

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This year, we wanted to celebrate that creativity by having a Halloween Costume Contest.  Post your Halloween costume on our Twitter Page, Facebook Page, tag us on Instagram, or email it to jeff@play-well.org, and you could possibly win a Play-Well Halloween LEGO Bow Tie or LEGO Force Awakens Set.


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This is how we play well on Halloween!

One of our Play-Well Staff created this elaborate setup to give kids candy for Halloween.

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Have a safe, fun, candy-filled Halloween!


Build A Human Spinal Cord Out Of LEGO With Stanford University Neuroscientists


On December 5th, you have the opportunity to build a human spinal cord out of LEGO at Stanford’s Brain Development Project Lab for FREE!

Play-Well TEKnologies and The Stanford Brain Development Project are collaborating on project to teach kids about the human anatomy, specifically the spinal cord, all while getting them interested in the sciences and other STEM related fields.

Come play, build, and learn about the spinal cord and it’s connection with the brain from real-life Neuroscientists! Stanford University Neuroscientists will be on hand to answer any questions you have about your brain and how it works!

Date: December 5th, 9 AM – 5 PM

Time: 3 Sessions, 9 AM – 11 AM, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM  – 4:30 PM

Location: Stanford Brain Development Project Laboratory (1070 Arastradero Road Suite 220 Palo Alto, Ca, 94304)

Cost: FREE

What is even more exciting is we may set a World Record for the most LEGO spinal cords ever made.

For more information and to sign up, click this link below:

Build The Human Spinal Cord out of LEGO at Stanford University

If the event is already sold out, we recommend signing up to our wait list, as we will see about accommodating more people into a session if there is demand.
If you know anyone else that loves LEGO and would like to learn more about the human brain from real neuroscientists, please share this event with them.  Hope to see you there!


LEGO Spinal Cord Prototype

We Built The Twitter For Good Logo out of LEGO at Twitter HQ

On Friday, October 16th, 2015, Twitter held their semi-annual #FridayForGood event where employees from around the country volunteer at local non-profit organizations.  We built their Twitter For Good Logo out of LEGO and had Twitter staff help complete the sign.  Here were the results:


IMG_0330Here is the beginning of the Twitter for Good logo.

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IMG_0404This Twitter staffer had a custom-made LEGO Minifigure of himself made. Looked just like him.

IMG_0375The designer of the Twitter For Good logo came to help build his design in LEGO.


Even people on Segway’s helped to build the sign.

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IMG_0486The Twitter For Good designer standing next to the LEGO version of his sign.IMG_0487The finished sign.IMG_0489 IMG_0500

Girl Scouts Putting the E in STEM with Play-Well

We collaborated with a Girl Scout Troop in Ventura County in a Build-A-Car Event.  The Ventura County Star came out to report on the event.

“This past weekend, Play-Well TEKnologies hosted 17 Girl Scouts from four different Daisy troops throughout Ventura County in a Build-A-Car Event. Each Daisy Scout, aged 5 to 7, was able to build and operate a motorized car and learn about the physics behind each car part.

Girl Scouts are committed to empowering girls – especially in fields that need a greater presence of girls, like Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Play-Well TEKnologies is an educational outreach committed to teaching STEM concepts to all children through Legos and play.”

Press Source: Ventura County Star

Here are some additional pictures from the event.

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Play-Well Families Visit San Francisco Giants LEGO Day

The San Francisco Giants held the first ever professional sporting event LEGO Day on Saturday, September 12th, 2015.  We invited Play-Well families to come out to the event and over 100 families decided to come.  To identify them amongst the tens of thousands of people that were there, we distributed Play-Well SF Giants LEGO Bow Ties.  This was really helpful, as we were able to find them amongst the crowd.  Here are some pictures from the event.

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The President of San Francisco Giants sporting one of our Play-Well LEGO Bow Ties.


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Some of our families go to meet Chris Steininger, one of just 7 LEGO Master Builders in the world. We work with Chris at LEGO Kidsfest, a national LEGO Tour.


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Even the Seal Mascot was made in LEGO.


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Check out the three. A Child, a mini LEGO Seal Mascot, and the three Seal Mascot. Simply awesome.


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We brought 30 extra SF Giants LEGO Bow Ties with us just in case we had additional families that wanted them. A lot of people asked us, where did we get the LEGO Bow Ties?


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Some of our Play-Well staff got to see kids that they have taught at LEGO Day. We could identify this family by both the LEGO Bow Ties and the cape.


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This family had a nifty way of wearing their SF Giants LEGO Bow Ties. It almost led to a perfect game.


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Even the President of Play-Well Tim Bowen and his wife came to the event.


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LEGO unveiled their SF Giants LEGO Buster Posey statue before the game.



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Buster Posey statue was made up of over 20,000 pieces of LEGO and weighed over 85 lbs.

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Here is LEGO Master Builder Chris explaining how he built it.

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Some of our staff and our families posing between innings.

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Our LEGO Designer, Marco, Michael our San Francisco Manager and his family.

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We saw this family’s LEGO Bow Ties on the BART ride there.

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We even gave one to the concession stand guy. Looks good.

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This family came all the way from Roseville, CA for the event.

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Steve Parmley, one of the coordinators of Bricks By the Bay, even attended with his family. Check out his SF Giants necklace made out of LEGO.

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Thanks San Francisco Giants and LEGO for putting this event together. We hope to attend it again next year.