As a life-long LEGO enthusiast, I have enjoyed the power of the brick for over 40 years. Its ability to spark ideas, develop creative models, build confidence, and of course, allow for unstructured, fun play, gives rise to its status as the most popular toy in the world. With passion, we decided to create a facility where brick lovers could gather and “discover their inner brickness”. Since July of 2017, Brick Labs Inc. has been welcoming guests for parties, programs, field trips, facilitation sessions, special events, camps and drop-ins.
Our four themed Labs allow builders to innovate in their areas of interest. In addition to our remarkable facility, we created a set of values for our Brick Technicians to pass on to fellow builders of all ages: They are simple in nature, but powerful when lived: Effort is Exponential; Trying is Learning; Imagination is Powerful; and Collaboration Leads to Better.
We look forward to growing the brick building community in Toronto by not only giving you the bricks and the space, but the encouragement to innovate, explore, collaborate and discover.
The Story Behind Brick Labs Inc. – A Family Business
In 2016, my then 14-year old son and I had a bit of a dilemma to deal with. There were a few women in his life suggesting he “clean up” his LEGO. His collection over the years had grown from not only our house, but that of my mother’s and his other grandmother’s cottage. Shelves loaded with models he had been building for almost 10 years lined living rooms. Huge Rubbermaid containers filled with loose bricks filled closets and basements. It was a problem many a LEGO lover has faced: When and what do you do with your bricks? I was lucky, I held on to, and hid mine long enough to give to my son. But he had 20 times that amount.
With both our brains put together we came up with an idea. We dusted off an old pitch I had done for an MBA class, modified it and after one year of planning and building, Brick Labs Inc. opened its doors July 24th, 2017.
Since that date, we continue to add on in our lobby displays, programs and activities. We even started going off-site offering lunch time programs and workshops at local schools and community centres. One of our favourite activities off-site is our Brick Labs LIVE booth for fun fairs and fund raisers.
The first two years has been an exciting learning experience for everyone. We look forward to growing with our community for many years to come.