build-a-thon events

Imagination Playground and their Partners in Play are holding events across the country to allow children to build with the Big Blue Blocks and then submit photos to win over 500 prizes in their national Build-A-Thon contest! Check back often as events are being added daily! Or find a Partner in Play near you and get the kids to start building!

How do they enter?

It’s that easy!

What can they win?

  • Over 500 prizes available.
  • Grand prize includes a trip to NYC to build at the Imagination Playground Park AND an Imagination Playground Big Blue Blocks set!
  • A customized 105 piece Imagination Playground Big Blue Blocks set!
  • A customized 55 piece Imagination Playground Big Blue Blocks set!
  • (500 in all!) receive a 50-piece mini-playground set!

 

california


NOV 23, 24, 25 from 10 am to 1 pm (all 3 days)
Pump It Up of Tracy CA
1325 N. MacArthur Drive
Tracy, CA 95376
http://www.pumpitupparty.com/tracy-ca

Join Pump It Up of Tracy, CA for their Build-A-Thon! Nine different opportunities for kids to build and WIN PRIZES! Pump It Up is allowing kids 2-10 years of age to build with the Big Blue Blocks and enter the national Imagination Playground Build-A-Thon contest! Parents are encouraged to snap pics and submit to buildathon@imaginationplayground.com and enter to win over 500 prizes, including Imagination Playground blocks and a trip to NYC!

 

Saturday, August 15, 10am to 4pm
Build-A-Thon in San Francisco
Children's Creativity Museum
221 4th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
www.creativity.org

Build BIG and win BIGGER! Join the Children's Creativity Museum for a Build-A-Thon with Imagination Playground. Share photos of your creations built with their Big Blue Blocks and submit your images for a chance to win one of over 500 prizes, including a trip to NYC and a customized 105 piece Imagination Playground set!

 

Friday, September 25, 3 pm - 6 pm
Saturday, September 26, 10 am - 4 pm
Kidspace Children's Museum Learn & Play Event
480 North Arroyo Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91103
www.kidspacemuseum.org

Join the Kidspace Children's Museum for their Imagination Playground Learn & Play event! Bring the children and build with Big Blue Blocks! Discover how free play unlocks a child’s imagination and creativity while building social skills, collaboration, confidence, problem solving, determination, and more. Parents, snap pics of your child’s “builds” and submit them to buildathon@imaginationplayground.com in order to win prizes, including a trip to NYC and an Imagination Playground block set! Space is limited. Sign up by registering at https://goo.gl/l4faic.

 

Thursday, October 15, 3 pm - 5 pm
Friday, October 16, 3 pm - 5 pm
Saturday, October 17, 9 am - 11 am
Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose Learn & Play Event
180 Woz Way
San Jose, CA 95110
www.cdm.org

Join the Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose for their Imagination Playground Learn & Play event! Bring the children and build with Big Blue Blocks! Discover how free play unlocks a child’s imagination and creativity while building social skills, collaboration, confidence, problem solving, determination, and more. Parents, snap pics of your child’s “builds” and submit them to buildathon@imaginationplayground.com in order to win prizes, including a trip to NYC and an Imagination Playground block set! Space is limited. Sign up by registering at https://goo.gl/gdIzmf.

 

Friday, October 23, 1 pm - 4 pm
Saturday, October 24, 10 am - 4 pm
Bay Area Discovery Museum Learn & Play Event
557 McReynolds Road
San Francisco, CA 94965
www.baykidsmuseum.org

Join the Bay Area Discovery Museum for their Imagination Playground Learn & Play event! Bring the children and build with Big Blue Blocks! Discover how free play unlocks a child’s imagination and creativity while building social skills, collaboration, confidence, problem solving, determination, and more. Parents, snap pics of your child’s “builds” and submit them to buildathon@imaginationplayground.com in order to win prizes, including a trip to NYC and an Imagination Playground block set! Space is limited. Sign up by registering at https://goo.gl/I6C0je.

 

connecticut


July 1 and August 5, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center
One Pleasant Street
Bristol, CT 06010

For more information, visit www.imagination.org
Join Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center for two different Imagination Playground Build-A-Thon events! Come build with the Big Blue Blocks, snap a pic, and submit to be eligible to win over 500 prizes, including a trip to NYC and Imagination Playgrounds for your very own, or if you so wish, to donate to your favorite school or organization! Parents, bring your cameras (or phones) to capture the creations. Children ages 2-10 are eligible to enter and you can enter as many “builds” as you like!

 

Tuesdays through Saturdays in July (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Sundays in July (12 p.m. to 5 p.m.)
EverWonder Children’s Museum
31 Pecks Lane, Unit 11
NewTown, CT 06470
http://www.everwondermuseum.org/

Look for the Build-A-Thon sign and the Big Blue Blocks! Join EverWonder Children’s Museum in their July Marathon Build-A-Thon and win BIG PRIZES! Parents, snap a pic of your child’s creation and submit to buildathon@imaginationplayground.com. Let the building begin!!

 

district of columbia


Friday, October 16, 3 pm – 5 pm
Saturday, October 17, 10 am – 12 pm
National Building Museum Learn & Play Event
501 F Street, NW
Washington D.C. 20001
www.nbm.org

Join the National Building Museum for their Imagination Playground Learn & Play event! Bring the children and build with Big Blue Blocks! Discover how free play unlocks a child’s imagination and creativity while building social skills, collaboration, confidence, problem solving, determination, and more. Parents, snap pics of your child’s “builds” and submit them to buildathon@imaginationplayground.com in order to win prizes, including a trip to NYC and an Imagination Playground block set! Space is limited. Sign up by registering at https://goo.gl/RSfk9t

 

florida


July 12 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Hemming Park Build-A-Thon
Hemming Park
303 No. Laura Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202
904-515-5098

Visit http://www.hemmingpark.org/#vision for more information!

Join Hemming Park, and their co-sponsors fun4firstcoastkids, for their Build-A-Thon event! Activities include a scavenger hunt, vendors, a food truck, and tons of kids activities…all highlighted by Big Blue Block building! Parents, make sure to snap a pic of the “builds” and submit to buildathon@imaginationplayground.com for BIG PRIZES!

 

July 17, 3:30 p.m.-6 p.m.
July 18, 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
July 25, 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Miami Children’s Museum
980 MacArthur Causeway
Miami, FL 33132

For more information, visit www.miamichildrensmuseum.org. Join Miami Children’s Museum as they team up with Imagination Playground to host several Build-A-Thon events! Come build with the Big Blue Blocks, snap a pic, and submit the pic to be eligible to win over 500 prizes, including a trip to NYC and Imagination Playground Block sets! Children ages 2-10 are eligible to enter and they can enter as many “builds” as they like!

 

August 28, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Orlando Science Center Build-A-Thon
777 E. Princeton Street
Orlando, FL 32803
www.osc.org

Join the Orlando Science Center as they offer an opportunity for children ages 2-10 to build with the Big Blue Blocks and enter the national contest, Imagination Playground Build-A-Thon! It’s easy and fun! Children build with the Imagination Playground blocks; parents snap a pic; and then submit to buildathon@imaginationplayground.com. Over 500 prizes available including a trip to NYC and customized Imagination Playground block sets!

 

Friday, September 18, 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday, September 19, 10 am - 4 pm
Miami Children's Museum Learn & Play Event
980 Princeton Causeway
Miami, FL 33132
http://www.miamichildrensmuseum.org/

Join the Miami Children's Museum for their Imagination Playground Learn & Play event! Bring the children and build with Big Blue Blocks! Discover how free play unlocks a child’s imagination and creativity while building social skills, collaboration, confidence, problem solving, determination, and more. Parents, snap pics of your child’s “builds” and submit them to buildathon@imaginationplayground.com in order to win prizes, including a trip to NYC and an Imagination Playground block set! Space is limited. Sign up by registering at https://goo.gl/e7rlUj.

 

December 5, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Holidays in Hemming Build-A-Thon
Hemming Park
303 No. Laura Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202
904-515-5098

Help Hemming Park win a second Imagination Playground set for their Kids Zone by joining them for a day of building and holiday fun! Winter will descend upon Downtown Jacksonville, Florida during Holidays in Hemming, a special event on Saturday, December 5 from 11 a.m. -3 p.m. This free event presented by Hemming Park and Fun4FirstCoastKids.com includes scrumptious sweets, signs of snow, polar express train rides, wintery crafts, ginger bread making, holiday story time and live, interactive performances by the Crescendo Kids. You can also stock up on gifts and toys from more than 20 different local, small business vendors.

 

illinois



July 13, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Kohl Children’s Museum Imagination Playground Build-A-Thon
2100 Patriot Boulevard
Glenview, IL 60026
847-832-6600

For info visit: http://www.kohlchildrensmuseum.org/

Join the Kohl Children’s Museum as they host their first Imagination Playground Build-A-Thon! Build with the Big Blue Blocks, snap a pic, and submit to be eligible to win over 500 prizes, including a trip to NYC and Imagination Playgrounds for your very own, or if you so wish, donate to your favorite school or organization! A photographer will be on hand, or parents, bring your cameras (phones)! Children ages 2-10 are eligible to enter and you can enter as many times as you like. Imagine, create, build…

 


Thursday, October 8, 3 pm - 5 pm
Friday, October 9, 3 pm - 5 pm
Saturday, October 10, 9 am - 12 pm
Kohl Children’s Museum Learn & Play Event
2100 Patriot Boulevard
Glenview, IL 60026
847-832-6600
http://www.kohlchildrensmuseum.org/

Join the Kohl Children's Museum for their Imagination Playground Learn & Play event! Bring the children and build with Big Blue Blocks! Discover how free play unlocks a child’s imagination and creativity while building social skills, collaboration, confidence, problem solving, determination, and more. Parents, snap pics of your child’s “builds” and submit them to buildathon@imaginationplayground.com in order to win prizes, including a trip to NYC and an Imagination Playground block set! Space is limited. Sign up by registering at https://goo.gl/Lv22D3.

 


Friday, November 6, 2 pm - 5 pm
Saturday, November 7, 10 am - 1 pm
Chicago Children’s Museum Learn & Play Event
700 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
http://www.chicagochildrensmuseum.org/

Join the Chicago Children's Museum for their Imagination Playground Learn & Play event! Bring the children and build with Big Blue Blocks! Discover how free play unlocks a child’s imagination and creativity while building social skills, collaboration, confidence, problem solving, determination, and more. Parents, snap pics of your child’s “builds” and submit them to buildathon@imaginationplayground.com in order to win prizes, including a trip to NYC and an Imagination Playground block set! Space is limited. Sign up by registering at https://goo.gl/A3BPDL.

November 13 – 10:45-12:15pm, 12:30-2pm and 2:15-3:45pm
Pump It Up of Chicago
821 W. Eastman Street
Chicago, IL 60642-2609
Visit Pump It Up of Chicago Build-A-Thon Event for more information!

Join Pump It Up of Chicago for their Build-A-Thon during their Open Jump sessions! Children ages 2-10 can submit photos of as many physical builds or app screen designs as they like to buildathon@imaginationplayground.com. Come build with us and enter to win one of over 500 prizes!

November 27, 9:30 am – 11:30 am, 12 pm – 2 pm
Black Friday Build-A-Thon & Open Jump
Pump It Up Glenview
1857 Elmdale Avenue
Glenview, IL 60026-1338
(847) 904-7867
http://www.pumpitupparty.com/events-and-activities/glenview-il

Come jump with us on Black Friday and participate in the Imagination Playground Build-A-Thon! Build with the Big Blue Blocks and win prizes (over 500 available nationally!) Children ages 2-10 can submit photos of as many “builds” as they like to buildathon@imaginationplayground.com. Black Friday Open Jump!

 

iowa



September 18-20, 2015
Lego Kidsfest Des Moines
Iowa Events Center
730 Third Street
Des Moines, IA 50309
www.creativitytour.legokidsfest.com/iowa

Imagination Playground is a national partner for the Lego Kidsfest Tour. Join us at the Iowa Events Center to build with the Big Blue Blocks and then submit photos of your creations (children ages 2-10) to win prizes in our Build-A-Thon contest!

 

lousiana


June 13-14, 11 a.m.to 5 p.m.
29th Annual Creole Tomato Festival
Build-A-Thon brought to you by Playbuild NOLA
Dutch Alley, French Market, New Orleans, LA.

Visit http://www.frenchmarket.org/event/29th-annual-creole-tomato-festival/2015-06-13/ 
For festival map and entertainment lineup. 

Build with the Imagination Playground Big Blue Blocks and don’t forget to bring your cameras (phones)!  Be sure to snap a pic and submit the entry into the Imagination Playground Build-A-Thon contest, for a chance to win over 500 prizes including a trip to NYC and an Imagination Playground of your very own!

 

missouri


Saturday, August 29, noon to 4 p.m.
Platte County Community Center South YMCA
8875 Clark Avenue
Parkville, MO 64152

Join in on our Build-a-Thon event on Saturday, August 29th, 12-4pm. We will have our Adventure Center space open for free play during this time for families. Come build with the Big Blue Blocks, snap a pic, and submit to be eligible to win over 500 prizes, including a trip to NYC and Imagination Playgrounds for your very own, or if you so wish, to donate to your favorite school or organization! Parents, bring your cameras (or phones) to capture your child's creations. Children ages 2-10 are eligible to enter and you can enter as many “builds” as you like!

 

new mexico


September 5, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Explora Science Center
1701 Mountain Road NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104
www.explora.us

Join Explora Science Center and build with the Big Blue Blocks and WIN PRIZES! Children ages 2-10 can build with the Big Blue Blocks; parents snap a pic; and then submit to buildathon@imaginationplayground.com. Prizes up for grabs…a trip to NYC AND customized Imagination Playground block sets!

 

new york


June 5 and June 12 at 2:30 p.m.
Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum Showcase Build-A-Thon
75 North Water Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
845-471-0589
mhcm.org

This guided play experience will give parents and kids new ideas on what to build with our Imagination Playground blocks. If you make something extra special, you can even enter it into Imagination Playground’s Build-A-Thon competition!

Tues-Sat, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Labor Day (weather permitting)
Vesuvio Playground
Thompson St. between Spring St. & Princeton St.
(Soho) New York, New York
www.nycgovparks.org/parks/vesuvio-playground

Join our Play Associate and build with the Big Blue Blocks in the Imagination Playground Build-A-Thon! Children ages 2-10 are invited to build their creations, parents take a pic, and submit the photo to enter this contest. A fun day in the park!

June 19, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Imagination Playground Park Build-A-Thon
Front Street, John Street, and South Street
Burling Slip, New York City, NY 10038
http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/imagination-playground

Join us at our Build-A-Thon event where children from ages 2-10 can build and create with the Big Blue Blocks and win prizes! The national contest, sponsored by Imagination Playground, is spawning events across the country so that the children have a chance to enter to win over 500 prizes, including Imagination Playground blocks! Parents, bring your cameras (phones) and snap a pic and submit to buildathon@imaginationplayground.com. It’s that easy!

July 25-26, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park Conservancy
1 FDR Four Freedoms Park
Roosevelt Island, NY 10044
212-204-8831

Our youngest visitors can channel Louis Kahn by building whatever they imagine with oversized, architectural Big Blue Blocks from Imagination Playground. Parents/caregivers, make sure to have your cameras (phones) ready to snap a pic. You could enter your children’s creations into the Build-A-Thon contest and a chance to win over 500 prizes!

Friday, September 4, 11 am to 2 pm
Explore and More Children’s Museum Canalside
44 Prime Street
Buffalo, NY 14202
www.exploreandmore.org
www.canalsidebuffalo.com

Join Explore and More Children’s Museum at the beautiful Canalside entertainment complex for their Build-A-Thon! Children build with the Big Blue Blocks and then submit their entries to win prizes! Parents are encouraged to snap pics of their children’s “builds” and submit to buildathon@imaginationplayground.com and enter to win over 500 prizes, including Imagination Playground blocks and a trip to NYC!

Friday, November 13, 3 pm - 5 pm
Saturday, November 14, 10 am - 12 pm
Brooklyn Children's Museum Learn & Play Event
145 Brooklyn Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11213
http://www.brooklynkids.org/

Join the Brooklyn Children's Museum for their Imagination Playground Learn & Play event! Bring the children and build with Big Blue Blocks! Discover how free play unlocks a child’s imagination and creativity while building social skills, collaboration, confidence, problem solving, determination, and more. Parents, snap pics of your child’s “builds” and submit them to buildathon@imaginationplayground.com in order to win prizes, including a trip to NYC and an Imagination Playground block set! Space is limited. Sign up by registering at https://goo.gl/3JWQGh.

 

oklahoma



Every Friday in July, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Oklahoma Wondertorium Build-A-Thon
Oklahoma Wondertorium, A Children’s Museum
308 West Franklin Lane
Stillwater, OK 74075
www.okwondertorium.org

Join Oklahoma Wondertorium every Friday in July (beginning July 3rd!) for their Build-A-Thon, a chance to build with the Big Blue Blocks and enter for a chance to win prizes! Parents, bring your cameras (phones) and snap a pic, submit the photo to win prizes! Since you can enter as many “builds” as you like, join us every Friday in July!

 

pennsylvania



September 22-25, 2015
World Meeting of Families
Pennsylvania Convention Center
1101 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA
www.worldmeeting2015.org

Join Please Touch Museum and Imagination Playground at the World Meeting of Families Youth Congress! This global family event is held once every three years and is concluded by a visit from Pope Francis! Children from all over the world will be attending the event, and are invited to build with the Big Blue Blocks. Collaborating, creating, and problem-solving while they build with the blocks, children ages 2-10 are encouraged to build with the blocks and submit photos of their creations into the Build-A-Thon contest. Play is universal!

 


Friday, October 2, 2 pm - 5 pm
Saturday, October 3, 9 am - 1 pm
Please Touch Museum Learn & Play Event
Please Touch Museum Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park
4321 Avenue of the Republic
Philadelphia, PA 19131
www.pleasetouchmuseum.org

Join the National Building Museum for their Imagination Playground Learn & Play event! Bring the children and build with Big Blue Blocks! Discover how free play unlocks a child’s imagination and creativity while building social skills, collaboration, confidence, problem solving, determination, and more. Parents, snap pics of your child’s “builds” and submit them to buildathon@imaginationplayground.com in order to win prizes, including a trip to NYC and an Imagination Playground block set! Space is limited. Sign up by registering at https://goo.gl/XOESsE.

 

south carolina



July 18, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Children’s Museum of the Upstate
300 College Street
Greenville, SC 29601

Join The Children’s Museum of the Upstate on July 18th for a chance to build cool stuff. A photographer will be on hand to take pictures that you can submit for a chance to win some great national prizes that include your own set of building blocks and a trip to NYC! Children ages 2-10 are eligible to enter and you can enter as many “builds” as you like!

 

texas



September 4-6, 2015
Lego Kidsfest Austin
Austin Convention Center
500 East Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, TX 78701
www.legokidsfest.com/texas-2015

Imagination Playground is a national partner for the Lego Kidsfest Tour. Join us at the Austin Convention Center to build with the Big Blue Blocks and then submit photos of your creations (children ages 2-10) to win prizes in our Build-A-Thon contest!

 

vermont



June 6-7, 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Montshire Museum of Science Weekend Build-A-Thon
Montshire Museum of Science
One Montshire Road
Norwich, VT 05055
(802) 649-2200
montshire@montshire.org

Meet the new Executive Director, Marcos Stafne, while joining in on all the building activities, including an Imagination Playground Fort! Don’t forget to take photos of your “builds” with the Big Blue Blocks and enter the Build-A-Thon for a chance at over 500 prizes, including a trip to NYC and an Imagination Playground of your very own!

 

virginia



September 5, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Children’s Science Center Lab Build-A-Thon
11948 Fair Oaks Mall
Fairfax, VA 22033

Join in on the Big Blue Block fun by attending the Build-A-Thon and winning prizes! As part of the national contest, Build-A-Thon, children ages 2-10 can build creations with the Big Blue Blocks; parents snap a pic; and submit to buildathon@imaginationplayground.com. Over 500 prizes available, including a trip to NYC and Imagination Playground Blocks sets!

 

washington



Friday, November 20, 3 pm - 6 pm
Saturday, November 21, 10 am - 4 pm
Seattle Children's Museum Learn & Play Event
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109
http://thechildrensmuseum.org/

Join the Seattle Children's Museum for their Imagination Playground Learn & Play event! Bring the children and build with Big Blue Blocks! Discover how free play unlocks a child’s imagination and creativity while building social skills, collaboration, confidence, problem solving, determination, and more. Parents, snap pics of your child’s “builds” and submit them to buildathon@imaginationplayground.com in order to win prizes, including a trip to NYC and an Imagination Playground block set! Space is limited. Sign up by registering at https://goo.gl/ECtQFM.

Hundreds of events are scheduled, and hundreds more are being planned across the country.

If one is not listed in your area, please check with your closest Partner in Play for event dates and times!




Children’s Science Center Lab
Fairfax, VA


Creole Tomato Festival, New Orleans
With Playbuild NOLA



Miami Children's Museum
Miami, FL


Montshire Museum of Science
Montshire, VT

Imagination Playground Park at Burling Slip
New York, NY

Oklahoma Wondertorium
Stillwater, OK

Hemming Park
Jacksonville, FL

Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park
New York, NY

The Children’s Museum of the Upstate
Greenville, South Carolina

Children’s Creativity Museum
San Francisco, CA