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PLAY LABS

Hands-on activities, built on research, that help kids & kids at heart exercise their creativity in a fun learning environment.

DROP-IN AND EXPLORE!

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

Drop-ins welcome. Or buy tickets in advance for faster check-in.

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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VIRTUAL REALITY LAB

(coming Spring 2021)

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:

BOGO VIRTUAL PET

Come play with Bogo, your very own virtual pet unlike any you've ever seen!

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.

THE CLIMB

Like our climbing wall? Try Mt. Everest or Zipline over a giant canyon in The Climb.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORE

Explore some of the world's most fascinating places.

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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.

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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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FAMILY MEMBERSHIPS

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