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Leonardo's Basement is a unique non-profit dedicated to helping people of all ages discover the power of building from their imaginations. The workshop provides the opportunities, tools and supplies to make, build, and fail in positive learning environments through classes, workshops and events. There are workshops for children, adults and families (although not enough family classes in my opinion).
Leonardo's Adventure Playground
Following the lead of some famous European adventure playgrounds, Leonardo's Basement has converted its outdoor yard into a similar play and build area. While this is not a family program as parents are not invited, we think its kind of cool. The playground will be open on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays during the warmer months and will provide a broad assortment of building materials, tools and appropriate supervision for kids to build creatively and have their own hand-made fun. Leonardo's Basement recommends children wear clothes that can get dirty and wet with sturdy, closed-toe shoes.
The Adventure Playground is open the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month from noon-2 pm for kids ages 6-17. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $10 per child and parents must sign a waiver.
If you like the idea of an Adventure Playground, you'll want to check out JunkPark in Shakopee.
Birthday Parties at Leonardo's Basement
Lego Birthday Parties
Leonardo's Basement has LEGO rooms stocked with over 100,000 pieces and ready for two types of LEGO Birthday parties:
(1) LEGO Themes • Party guests can combine basic LEGO building pieces with themed pieces. Choose from Star Wars, City, Castle, Pirates of the Caribbean, and other theme kits to create whatever projects or landscapes they imagine. Bring a camera to take pictures of your creations. The LEGOs stay at the workshop.
(2) LEGO Machines • Party guests can use Technics and Mindstorms pieces to engineer moving contraptions. Depending on age and experience build non-motorized or motorized machines or even robots.
More Family Fun Like Leonard's Basement
If you love encouraging children to build, we also recommend Home Depot Kids Workshops to build things together and Tech Take Apart Days at The Works, where kids dissect things like computers to see how they work. We also love Fix-It Clinics.