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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.

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TedX Attendees Playing Well in Colorado

At Tedx Mile High #IdeasAtPlay Conference, we were asked to created a play activation zone using LEGO for attendees.  Here is what we came up with.


Attendees were excited to participate in our LEGO Battle Track Jousting Competition.



TedXMileHigh Attendees got to build with over 20,000 pieces of LEGO.


This is what they named our zone.


We built a working LEGO Ferris Wheel for the event.


And added a working LEGO conveyor belt and Nepalese LEGO Pagoda.

Let us know if you’d like us to add a LEGO play activation zone for your next conference or special event.  To request more details, complete our special request form here.

To see our other large scale LEGO build events, click here.  

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Check Out The Largest SF Giants LEGO Logo Ever Built At AT&T Park

On Saturday, November 7th at the Bay Area Science Festival, we helped families build the largest SF Giants LEGO Logo Ever Built at AT&T Park…that we are aware of.  The SF Giants LEGO Logo was 7.5 Ft tall and made up of over 11,000 LEGO Bricks.  It took approximately 6.5 hours to build and over 400 families participated in the build.  Check out some of the pictures and video of the build below.


You can see the beginning of the sign in the bottom right hand corner. We started at 9:30 AM.


People were quite excited to visit our booth, as they got to play with LEGO motorized projects, as well as build the SF Giants LEGO Sign.


We have started to make progress, but we got a long way to go.


Even the President of Play-Well came out to help, as we knew over 18,000 people would show up for the Bay Area Science Festival. Great turnout!


Some of the San Francisco Giants employees even came out to build. We asked each of them if they had ever seen a SF Giants LEGO sign that big before, and they all said they had not.


Even The Special from the LEGO movie was welcome families to our booth. Play-Well, Everything is Awesome, and Love are the messages on this conveyor belt.


Steady progress is being made. Time to start stepping on stools.



A lot more progress has been made, especially around the bottom. This kids can build fast.


We are making sure to get every nook and cranny. No space will be missed.


This father put both of his sons on his shoulders in order to finish the middle of the sign.


When you can’t reach, time to get on the shoulders. This became more of a common practice after awhile.


A larger and larger crowd build around the Giants LEGO logo throughout the day.


Many a Giants fan came out to help out.


We are close to finishing the S and F in the LEGO sign.


Even the little ones helped out way up top.


Not sure what we love more. The child at the very top or that awesome SF Giants jacket.


We were very excited that we could be part of one of the first ever STEAM Carnivals.


We had Play-Well staff help out with the last part of the sign, as it was too tall at that point for many kids to reach.




Crowds came for the sign, but stayed to play with many of our LEGO Engineering Motorized projects.


Even a 2 year old can make a different in helping us to finish this SF Giants LEGO Logo.


Even some Junior Giants came out to help us build this SF Giants LEGO Logo.


So close to being finished.


Final touches.


It’s finally complete. Over 11,000 LEGO Bricks and build in just over 6.5 hours.


We think it came out great.


Over 400 families helped us add a few pieces each to this SF Giants LEGO logo.


We could not have accomplished this or even had the opportunity to make this without the support of the Bay Area Science Festival. Thanks for having us and being open to the idea.


We hope every family appreciated being a part of this huge LEGO build. We hope to do it again soon.


Here is the Play-Well crew that helped make this a reality. Great job!


The SF Giants LEGO Logo is currently being displayed at our engineering educational center, Play-Well Marin.

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Help Us Build a 7.5 Ft. San Francisco Giants LEGO Logo at AT&T Park

On Saturday, November 7th from 10 AM – 4 PM, AT&T Park will be hosting the Bay Area Science Festival, the largest science education festival in the Bay Area.

On AT&T Field that day, we will be attempting to build a 7.5 Ft. San Francisco Giants LEGO Logo.  Here is the outline of the Giants LEGO Logo.  For scale, we have placed a 3 Ft. ruler next to the sign.  We need your help in order to complete it by the end of the science festival.  By helping us build, you can say one day that you were on the field of the SF Giants building a gigantic, LEGO Giants Logo.

7.5 Foot SF Giants Logo

In addition to helping us build this awesome, SF Giants LEGO sign, there are so many amazing science exhibits at the Bay Area Science Festival.  Here are some details directly from the Bay Area Science Website:

There will hundreds of hands-on activities, opportunities to meet local scientists and engineers, and plenty of fun and educational entertainment. The entire ballpark is packed to the rafters with science content: on the field, at every entry/exit, and every level of the ballpark. Get ready to unleash your inner scientist.”

Hope to see you there!

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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.


Much of the Dropbox staff loved playing with LEGO.










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.

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Press Release: Building Spinal Cords out of LEGO with Stanford University Neuroscientists


WHAT: To raise awareness about STEM educationStanford University’ Brain Development DepartmentPlay-Well TEKnologies, and Palo Alto families will be building LEGO spinal cords and attempting to set a Guinness World Record!

Over 400 parents and kids from Palo Alto will be participating in this event.  They will be receive help from at least 12 Neuroscientists and 10 Play-Well Engineering Instructors.

WHEN: December 5th, 9 AM – 4 PM

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

There is something happening on Saturday, December 5th, that may have never been done before in the City of Palo Alto, or perhaps in the entire Bay Area.  Kids from all over Palo Alto will get the opportunity to build spinal cords out of LEGO while learning about the brain from real-life Stanford Neuroscientists.  Stanford University’s Brain Development Department and Play-Well TEKnologies are collaborating on a unique, free, community event for families to explore the brain through play!

With a visible decline in students pursuing STEM careers around the country, hands-on-learning events such as the Bay Area Science Festival and this Spinal Cord build are important opportunities for kids to experience the exciting parts of science.  Families will actively learn through the colorful magic of LEGO while addressing questions about a part of the body that remains a mystery to most people: The Brain.

In addition to building LEGO Spinal Cords, families will also have the chance to be a part of history, as we attempt to set a Guinness World Record for building the largest gathering of LEGO Spinal Cords! Through the help of Stanford scientists, Play-Well instructors and hundreds of Palo Alto families will we be able to set the world record for LEGO spinal cords? We are certainly going to try!

Play-Well hosted an event last fall where we broke the Guinness World Record for the Longest LEGO Chain. We are hoping for another win!

Play-Well hosted an event last Fall where they broke the World Record for the Longest LEGO Chain! Here’s a video of the event below. We are hoping to set another world record on Saturday Nov. 14th!


For more information about the Stanford University LEGO Spinal Cord Event, contact Jeff Harry at 510-459-9620 or at

About Stanford University’s Brain Development Project Lab 

The Stanford Brain Development Project Lab is a research lab out of Stanford’s Psychiatry Department that is focused on how the brain processes, learns, and retains skills such as speech, language, social, memory, and mathematics. They have a special interest in obtaining a better understanding of how this occurs in children on the autism spectrum or with learning disabilities as well as those who are typically developing. For more information, visit

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


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Have a Play-Well Brews N’ Bricks Event At Your Local Bar


If you enjoy fun, quirky events at your local bar, 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.



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