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PLAY LABS

Self-guided, experiential learning activities that promote creativity by challenging visitors to design, test, and iterate on ideas through hands-on play.

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PLAY MEMBERSHIPS

There's no better way to explore our hands-on Play Labs than with a Family Play Membership. Great for parents and grandparents!

EXPLORE IN DUBUQUE!

DUBUQUE PLAY LAB HOURS

Thursdays: 2pm-6pm

Fridays: 2pm-6pm

Saturdays: 10am-4pm

Sundays: 10am-2pm

ADMISSION

$10/child ages 1-15

$0/adults and children under 1

Our Play Free(ly) Project provides free admission for everyone on Sundays, thanks to support from generous sponsors!

HOW TO PLAY

This is a drop-in program - no advance registration.

All children 15 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

 
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LEGO® LAB​

Featuring more than 1,000 pounds of LEGO® bricks in all different shapes, sizes, and colors! Build, race, create, design, and more in these fun LEGO® Lab activities:

EXPLORATION ZONE

An interactive building environment, unlimited LEGO® supplies, and your imagination power this popular activity. 

 

RUNDE AUTO SPEEDWAY

Design, build, test and race a variety of different style vehicles in our speedway activity.

PIXEL ART GALLERY

Use bricks to create 2D works of art that you can then display in our LEGO® gallery!

GRAVITY CHALLENGE

How good are you at building? See how far out from the wall can you get in this fun gravity-defying activity.

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PORTZEN CONSTRUCTION LAB​

Test out your construction skills using a variety of different materials in these build-tastic activities!​

GIANT BLUE BLOCKS

Use large-scale foam blocks of different shapes and sizes to create buildings, ball ramps...whatever you want!

BUILDING STRAWS

What would you build if you had thousands of small tubes and connectors? A vehicle, a structure, something else?! 

ARCHITECTURAL PLANKS

100's of small wooden planks that look simple, but we've seen visitors use them to create architectural masterpieces!

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MAGNETISM LAB

You'll be attracted (get it, a pun!) to the fun activities that help you explore magnetism in this play lab. Yes, we know we're corny...

VERTICAL WALL MAZE

Attach magnetic tracks to our giant metal wall and see what you cool things you can get the ball to do on its way down.​

MAGNETIC TILES

Yes, you might have magnetic tiles at home. But do you have 500 of them? Just imagine the possibilities...

MAGNETIC WOODEN BLOCKS

It's a double whammy! Wooden blocks with magnets embedded inside of them, which creates interesting possibilities.

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PREMIER BANK BOULDERING WALL

As part of our fun Play Lab activities, admission includes unlimited bouldering on our rock wall.

WHAT IS BOULDERING?

Bouldering is a way to practice your rock climbing skills without needing to put on a harness or get roped in. It involves climbing horizontally and staying close to the ground. We have a bouldering line clearly marked on our wall and our floor is soft and cushiony, to help you stay safe.

WHEN CAN WE CLIMB TO THE TOP?

Want to get roped in and try to climb to the top? Register for one of our Rock Climbing Classes that happen every Friday and Saturday. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

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TODDLER LAB

This special area features activities & materials safe and developmentally appropriate for our youngest visitors.

PLAY KITCHEN & WORKBENCH

Cook and build in our play kitchen and workbench.

MINI ROCK WALL

A (very) tiny version of our 2 story rock wall, just for the littles.

MAGNETISM ACTIVITIES

Magnetic wooden blocks you can build with or use to make designs on the magnetic wall.

PUPPET THEATER

Pick out some fun puppets and put on a show for (or with) your child!

DUPLO® BLOCKS

Why should the big kids get all the fun? Build and play with our large selection of DUPLO® blocks.

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STEM CHALLENGE LAB

This lab isn't a physical space - it's a set of missions specially designed by our STEM experts. You'll use materials from a variety of our Play Labs to create unique solutions to this fun set of challenges, such as:

RAMP IT UP

Using materials from at least 2 different Play Labs, create a ball ramp that's at least as long as your body.

SLOW & STEADY

Design a vehicle that goes as slow as possible down the Runde Auto Speedway but still reaches the end of your chosen ramp.

EGYPTIAN SHAKE-UP

Use the giant blue foam blocks to create the tallest UPSIDE DOWN pyramid you can engineer.

TELEGRAPH HERALD

LIGHT LAB

Remember Lite-brite®? Now imagine it 8 feet tall and 20 feet wide, with 1 inch pegs!

Flex your creative muscles and create an illuminated piece of art or a bright message to your friends in the Telegraph Herald Light Lab!

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PLAY MEMBERSHIPS

There's no better way to explore our hands-on Play Labs than with a Family Play Membership. Great for parents and grandparents!

EXPLORE IN MONTICELLO!

MONTICELLO PLAY LAB HOURS

Opens September 2, 2022

Fridays: 2pm-6pm

Saturdays: 10am-4pm

Sundays: 10am-2pm

ADMISSION

$10/child ages 1-15

$0/adults and children under 1

Our Play Free(ly) Project provides free admission for everyone on Sundays, thanks to support from generous sponsors!

HOW TO PLAY

This is a drop-in program - no advance registration.

All children 15 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

 
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ALLIANT ENERGY LEGO® LAB​

Featuring more than 1,000 pounds of LEGO® bricks in all different shapes, sizes, and colors! Build, race, create, design, and more in these fun LEGO® Lab activities:

EXPLORATION ZONE

An interactive building environment, unlimited LEGO® supplies, and your imagination power this popular activity. 

 

TOWER CHALLENGE

How good are you at building? See how tall of a tower you can design and build. You might just become famous...

PIXEL ART GALLERY

Use bricks to create 2D works of art that you can then display in our LEGO® gallery!

GRAVITY CHALLENGE

How good are you at building? See how far out from the wall can you get in this fun gravity-defying activity.

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CONSTRUCTION LAB​

Test out your construction skills using a variety of different materials in these build-tastic activities!​

GIANT BUILDING BLOCKS

Use life-size building blocks to create buildings, sculptures...whatever you want!

BUILDING STRAWS

What would you build if you had thousands of small tubes and connectors? A vehicle, a structure, something else?! 

BLOCKITECTURE

100's of small wooden planks that look simple, but we've seen visitors use them to create architectural masterpieces!

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RACING LAB (coming soon)

Test your skills designing amazing racing courses that go down, up, and even around!

RACING WALL

Create an insane race track that winds it's way down an entire wall and see what you can get your vehicles to do!

RACE BLOCKS

Want to go even further than the racing wall? Use our movable racing blocks to bring your track out from the wall and explore even more possibilities!

 

CUSTOM VEHICLE SHOP

It's a double whammy! Combine the racing wall, reaching blocks, and then use our LEGO® Lab to create a custom-designed racing machines to unleash the speed!

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GREIF FAMILY VR LAB

Visit our Play Lab, but then ​find yourself somewhere completely different, doing something completely amazing! Here are some of the rotating experiences you can explore in our new VR Lab:

TILTBRUSH

Create entire worlds in immersive 3D, using conventional and unconventional paints like fire, snow, stars, electric waves, and more!

FANTASTIC KONTRAPTIONS

Construct unbelievable machines in order to get the ball into the goal in increasingly challenging levels.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORE

Explore some of the world's most fascinating places.

Sponsored by the Cammie & Bill Greif Family

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STEM CHALLENGE LAB

This lab isn't a physical space - it's a set of missions specially designed by our STEM experts. You'll use materials from a variety of our Play Labs to create unique solutions to this fun set of challenges, such as:

FAMOUS LANDMARKS

Leaning tower of Pisa, Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty, Taj Mahal, Sydney Opera House - we want to see them all! Recreate a famous building using the small wooden planks.

BRIDGE CHALLENGE

Use the LEGO bricks to create the longest bridge you can without it breaking! How long will it be?

EGYPTIAN SHAKE-UP

Use the giant building blocks to create the tallest UPSIDE DOWN pyramid you can engineer.

LIGHT LAB

 

LIGHT WALL

Flex your creative muscles and create an illuminated piece of art with an entire wall full of touch-sensitive light panels!
 

LIGHT TABLES

Discover the amazing effects of light and color while building and constructing on these vibrant tables. Grab some transluscent building blocks, magnetic tiles or building straws and see how the light changes the objects!

DUBUQUE, IA

 

210 Jones Street (Door C)

Dubuque, IA 52001

Get directions on Google >

HOURS

Thursdays: 2pm-6pm

Fridays: 2pm-6pm

Saturdays: 10am-4pm

Sundays: 10am-2pm

We are also available outside of these hours for private parties & groups and classes.

MONTICELLO, IA

 

101 E 1st Street

Monticello, IA 52310

Get directions on Google >

HOURS

Fridays: 2pm-6pm

Saturdays: 10am-4pm

Sundays: 10am-2pm

We are also available outside of these hours for private parties & groups.

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