Help Improve Our Play-Well Program!

We are constantly working to improve our Play-Well Program, so that your child is not only having the best time, but also finds it enriching and enlightening. To do this, we need feedback from parents letting us know where we need to improve. We’d greatly appreciate your feedback on our program. By completing this 10-minute survey, you can enter your school to win a PTA/PTO Engineering with LEGO workshop. We hope to have your child in another one of our Play-Well programs soon. Click on the link below to complete the form. Thank you!

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http://bit.ly/2015PlayWellParentFeedbackSurvey

Press Advisory: Glide & Play-Well Are Building An 8 Ft LEGO Heart

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WHAT: GLIDE & Play-Well Are Building An 8 Ft LEGO Heart

WHEN: Sunday, July 12th, 11 AM – 3:30 PM

WHERE: In front of GLIDE’s Family, Youth and Childcare Center, Ellis Street between Jones and Leavenworth Streets                        

This Sunday, July 12th, GLIDE and Play-Well TEKnologies will be collaborating together to build an 8 Ft LEGO Heart for Sunday Streets.  It will be one of the largest LEGO hearts ever built by families in the United States.

“Sunday Streets is a time to celebrate the vibrant, colorful and culturally rich Tenderloin neighborhood where so many families and children call home,” added Janice Mirikitani, GLIDE Founding President of GLIDE.   The LEGO Heart represents the unconditional love and acceptance that embodies Glide Church.

For more information about the Glide/Play-Well LEGO Heart Build, please contact Dori Caminong, Manager – Special Events, Civic and Social Innovation at 415-674-6001 or at dcaminong@glide.org.

About Play-Well TEKnologies

For the past 15 years, Play-Well TEKnologies has taught over 500,000 kids about the engineering world using LEGO.  They currently teach over 100,000 students/year across the country with the goal of inspiring them to pursue careers in STEM fields. For more information about Play-Well, visit www.play-well.org.

Play- Well TEKnologies programs are not authorized, sponsored or endorsed by the LEGO® Group.

About GLIDE

For over 50 years, GLIDE has worked to create a radically inclusive, just and loving community mobilized to alleviate suffering and to break the cycles of poverty and marginalization. Located in the culturally rich Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco, GLIDE serves a diverse cross-section of homeless, low-income and disenfranchised clients, providing a wrap-around array of programs including:  free meals; HIV/HEPC testing and counseling; housing assistance; domestic violence counseling and abatement; substance abuse recovery; licensed childcare, after-school and summer programs for youth; a resource center for families; free legal services; and access to free primary and psychiatric health care. GLIDE has founded and sustained visionary programming, and achieved tangible results for tens of thousands of individuals and families on the margins, all once thought to be beyond the possible. Please visit us at www.glide.org.

The Winners Of Our Play-Well Summer Photo Contest Are…

Our Play-Well Summer Photo Contest has finally come to an end.  We had so much fun seeing all the creative entries submitted this summer.  All of the entries were great in their own right.  We asked you to vote for your favorites and here are the results.

Elena, Play-Well In Sign Language

1st Place with 108 Votes: Elena, Play-Well In Sign Language

2nd Place: Katy, Play-Well LEGO Heads and  Star Wars Transport

2nd Place with 106 Votes: Katy from Connecticut, Play-Well LEGO Heads and Star Wars Transport

3rd Place: Tomoe, Play Well Shadow

3rd Place with 96 Votes: Tomoe from Seattle, Play Well Shadow

Play-Well Staff's Pick: Amy, Human Play Well Sign

Play-Well Staff’s Pick: Amy from Los Angeles, Human Play Well Sign

Check out all the awesome photo entries here: http://bit.ly/2013PlayWellSummerPhotoContestEntries

Thanks so much for participating!  Like our Play-Well Facebook Page to find out about our next Play-Well LEGO contest.

Need A Certain LEGO Piece? Visit our Play-Well Parts Shop!

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Because our teaching kits have over 20,000 pieces of LEGO, we are constantly in need of additional LEGO pieces.  So, we created a Play-Well Parts Shop to supply our teaching kits located across the country with LEGO pieces.  A few years ago, we decided that if we were already supplying LEGO to our kits, why not create a public Play-Well Parts Shop so LEGO builders of all ages in the area could do the same.

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In our Play-Well Parts Shop, kids and adults have access to over 100,000 pieces of LEGO to purchase.  There are at least 150 variations of LEGO pieces to choose from. LEGO Mini-figures, LEGO bulbs, LEGO Bow Tie pieces, and fluorescent LEGO jewel pieces to name a few.

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This is a sample of the type of LEGO pieces we have available at our parts shop.

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All parts are individually priced out.

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We have had many LEGO builders find pieces that they needed for a particular project here.

We always recommend to our Play-Well families to purchase pieces online, but if you don’t know what piece you are looking for and happen to be in the Northern California Area, come by our Play-Well Marin Center  (216 Greenfield Avenue San Anselmo, CA) and visit our parts shop.

Click HERE for more information on our center.

If you aren’t able to make it out, here are some great places on the web to find rare LEGO pieces:

We love seeing LEGO Builders of all ages able to accomplish a really big project that they have been planning for quite some time, and we hope this parts shop can help builders achieve their goal.

If you have trouble finding the place, look for the LEGO Golden Gate Bridge.

If you have trouble finding the center, look for the LEGO Golden Gate Bridge in the window.

PLAY WELL!

Play-Well Summer 2013 Photo Contest

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Hi Play-Well Families,

After our successful photo contest last summer, The Brick Stanley Project, we have decided to do a new summer photo contest this year.  For this contest, we are asking our families to take a picture of the words PLAY WELL, spelled out in a creative, unique, slightly ridiculous way.  We see “Play Well” as not only our name, but also our philosophy on how our organization works.  When our engineering students are playing well in class, they are solving problems, exploring the world, and learning about themselves through play.  When our staff is playing well, they are having more fun than they have had at any other job.  So, we wanted to spread the message of playing well and here is how we are going to do it:

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Here are some examples of photos already submitted:

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Carter & Rogan Schmidbauer, Phoenix, AZ

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Brandon Jones, Kirkland, WA

Santa Barbara, CA

Santa Barbara, CA

Play-Well Example #2

Lester Mendaros, Pleasanton, CA

Play-Well Beach

Ben Pfister, Ventura, CA

When you have taken your photo, you can submit it in the following ways:

Check out our current submissions here: http://bit.ly/2013PlayWellSummerPhotoContestEntries

You can even submit more than one photo if you’d like.  We will gather all the photos from the contest and in August, we will  have our Play-Well Families vote for their favorite photo.  The top three winners could win a Engineering with LEGO® Birthday Party, a LEGO® Technic Set, or  LEGO® Bow Tie.  All photos will be included in our upcoming video, so everyone wins.  Voting ends at 11:59 PM on Labor Day, September 2nd.  We hope you enter the contest.  If you have any questions, email Jeff at jeff@play-well.org.

PLAY WELL THIS SUMMER!