A review of Small Factory Productions and Bricks for Kidz programs.
When you gather 10 energetic six year-olds (and a couple of forty-somethings) around a table for 2 straight hours, and they’re all on mute, seated, and deeply engaged in fun mechanical projects – you know there’s something special happening. Being an adult made no difference.
These roundtable enrichement sessions go on every day at the Emmy Award winning Small Factory Productions in Fair Haven, NJ, where their mission for building innovative minds through arts and technology is evident in every corner of their cozy space from their computer lab to their production studio.
We simply added a Star Wars theme and chocolate cake to the mix, then voila! – a major birthday party score for these parents of active little boys.
The Bricks for Kidz program was a perfect setting for our budding Lego enthusiast. You’d be hard pressed to locate a corner of my home that isn’t currently staged with a Lego mini-figure battle between light and dark sides of “The Force”. Any Jedi Warrior worth with their weight in mind-tricks will tell you… to be a good Jedi you must also be a mindful host to your guests.
Miss Melina our fearless Bricks for Kidz leader, brought the Force in spades, summoning an Imperial vision with grace and rapid mind-control over a full table of antsy Paduwans.
The “Bricks” she uses are actually Technics pieces that operate and connect with Legos, but are also powered through motorized components. This one-up in the Lego game did not at all deter our eager party-go’ers from diving right in and experimenting. Miss Melina kept everyone on mission with games of Lego Bingo to familiarize with the Technics pieces, and Solar System Spin Art to introduce the mechanical concepts in a fun and creative way… and support the party theme.
Our next mission… build a powered centrifuge using simple instructions and various Technics pieces, then choose your victorious mini-figure. Of course Princess Leia made an appearance.
We LOVED our inventive party time at Small Factory Productions.
Leaving the party, my son asked if he could come here everyday. Mission accomplished. Of course you can, my budding Jedi! We have every intention of coming back and checking out the full program at Small Factory Productions. Thank you Miss Melina, for hosting our Bricks for Kidz Jedi quest for new experiences, fun and birthday cake.
If you want to introduce your child to technology, the arts and enrichments programs, Small Factory Productions can lead the way. Connect with Bricks for Kidz and Small Factory Productions online for programs and events and check out their Kids Night Out Spooky Studios events for October.
This is an original post by Teicia Gaupp and a personal review of Small Factory Productions and Bricks for Kidz programs. All opinions expressed are my own.