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Recently our son turned 9 and we celebrated this birthday with an awesome Play-Well TEKnologies party! It was an immersive and exciting LEGO® party focused on STEM skills. We just had to share why a Play-Well TEKnologies party is the best!
Disclosure: I am partnering with Play-Well. All opinions are my own.
What is a Play-Well TEKnologies Party?
When I was first approached about hosting one of these awesome parties, I had no clue what it really entailed, but I knew that my LEGO® loving kid would love this experience for his birthday. Play-Well TEKnologies Parties are awesome events for kids where an instructor brings in over 20,000 LEGO® pieces, including motors, battery packs and some new and exciting piece that your guests may never have seen before!
Your Play-Well instructor will guide your guests through an awesome step by step experience to build a fun project of your choosing. All the projects are STEM focused and help the kids learn while enjoying time creating something awesome. You can choose from several themes, from Star Wars, to Minecraft and even the LEGO® movies! All you have to do is provide the kids and location and your instructor provides the fun!
Easiest Party EVER
Birthday parties and events in general are my thing. I really love hosting them and spending time with family and friends. There have been far too many parties in the past that I spent the majority of my time running around and not enjoying the event myself. The Play-Well TEKnologies party was not one of those! It was the easiest party EVER!
Doug, our instructor communicated with me about 3 days before the start of the party to confirm the location, our party theme and timing details. You could tell that he was excited for the party and even wanted to make sure that he had a LEGO® bowtie to match the theme! We chose Minecraft and the kids would be building a motorized car to race around!
Doug arrived promptly and set up quickly. He then gathered the kids and got to work, explaining all about the build and engaging the kids immediately in the fun! My job? Nothing, literally, I just got to enjoy watching the kids build and have the best time. Doug did everything and it was seriously the easiest party we have ever had!
Fun for All
My son just turned 9, and most of the party was geared toward his age of kids, however, we had a few littles attending and Doug was great about just letting them do their thing and build away. My 2 year old nephew may not have been up for building the awesome motorized car, but he was creating and learning and enjoying the party, just as much as the other little guests.
It really was a great experience for everyone. Even the adults got in on the building and were happily playing on the floor with the kids and racing the cars! It was a perfect fun time for everyone that attended and truly made for a great party. At the end of the party, Doug and the kids cleaned up the entire build in under 10 minutes and we still had time for cake and presents!
Play-Well TEKnologies Party Tips
This party was a huge hit and we had many of our guests talking about it after and inquiring about the ease of the party. I had a few tips to share with them and so I thought I would share those here as well.
Tip 1: Space
Initially we were going to have this party at our home. We have plenty of space for the amount of guests we had (about 10 kids), however, after speaking to Doug and my friend Censie who also hosted a party, I realized that we might want a bigger space for the kids to build and play. We opted to rent out a small party room at our local library which left plenty of table and floor space for kids and adults to enjoy the party.
Tip 2: Keep It Simple
I usually go all out for parties with food and entertainment. Play-Well parties do not require much effort from the host at all. My advice is to just keep it simple. We had pizza and water for our guests, a few small decorations and of course cake. The theme was still very much Minecraft, but Doug did all the work and it was so nice to just have a simple party that I could also enjoy with our birthday boy!
Tip 3: Scale it Down
Each of my children’s 1st birthday parties were over 100 people in attendance. I throw big parties and I enjoy having people around, however, as my children grow, we have found that the smaller the party the more that everyone enjoys the time. In addition, with a Play-Well party when the guest list is around 10 kids the instructor is really able to work with each child individually and carry on the excitement and engagement throughout. It was awesome seeing how interactive Doug was able to be and I don’t think it would have been that way with the normal massive parties we throw.
Tip 4: ENJOY
Yes, you. Sit back, enjoy and let the instructor do the work. Relish in the relaxing moment of someone else taking care of those tiny details and take in those adult conversations your soul seriously needs. Your Play-Well TEKnologies instructor will take care of everything and you will thank them and laugh and enjoy every moment of a party that you and your friends and family are having fun at!
Play-Well Summer Camps 2019
When the party was over, the kids were wanting more and we were excited to hear about their awesome Summer Camps this year! Play-Well Parties and camps are available in 28 states across the nation and the camps are sure to be a great time. Catering to children, ages 5-14 these camps build upon those awesome STEM skills! You can check to see if your state has Play-Well camps available and sign up here!