Last weekend we had a pre-planned playdate with friends, Mom Cafe families and Bricks 4 Kidz instructors. The theme of the playdate was Pokemon & Minecraft, topics enjoyed both by the girls and boys in attendance, even if a couple of the kids knew very little about these things. It was one of our most successful playdates to date as none of the kids (and dare I say moms?!?) were really ready for it to end! So let me tell you a little about how this playdate went.
Moms happily drop off their children with the Bricks 4 Kidz instructors. She (mom) is welcome to leave and run errands for the two hours of the program or the can hang back in a separate location on site with some other moms for some much needed adult social time. We don’t judge, the choice is yours!
The moms who stayed back enjoyed a lovely time chatting outside! Snacks too!
What did the kids do for 2 hours? They participated in highly interactive Lego learning stations. When we dropped them off they were encouraged to build anything they desired at a table full of general Lego pieces. Once the adults had cleared they made their way to preset centres with different themes, builds & challenges. Although we can’t tell you exactly what they did or take pictures of their Lego assemblies and kits (that it top secret Bricks 4 Kidz information!) I will tell you that when I popped into to take a few pictures, none of the kids were welcoming home time as they were highly engaged in one activity or another. I assured them they still had time, snapped a few quick pictures and let them continue their fun.
The builds & centres are so much more than just fun (shhh don’t tell the kids!). They learn to build following various instructions sets, learn about different shapes and interconnections, experiment with motorized Lego, and approach on fundamentals of math, science and engineering all in the same session! Our kids ranged in age from 4 to 9, and they all got something out of it.
My son told me they did a few different non-Lego games midway through, to break up the build and to stretch their legs. He also said it went by way too fast!
Bricks 4 Kidz works with homeschoolers, daycare centres, churches, families, and now Mom Cafe, to provide interactive fun learning sessions for kids. They have birthday party packages and summer/winter camps too. This fall they also will be starting a new weekend program which runs once a week for 4-8 consecutive weeks.
We’ve already booked a second Mom Cafe playdate of this sort in September (information can be found here). We are currently carrying a wait list and are considering opening an afternoon session if we get a minimum number of children to fill another. If you are interested please get in touch with us or post in the event. A full session consists of 24 kids and we need a minimum of 10 kids to run an afternoon session. The charge for this playdate was/is $10 per child, which we collectively all felt was more than worth the money.
Bricks 4 Kidz will also be a member of our FREE November Open House with an interactive activity for the kids. If you don’t make it to one of our playdates before this we highly recommend stopping by their table to see what they have to offer and how they can benefit your children. We could all use a few free hours while our children endure some educational fun.