The Build Off was back and bigger than ever! Children’s imaginations were challenged as they tried to build the tallest structure out of Keva planks in hopes of winning great prizes at the Build Off Early Learning Fun Fair at Lacey Community Center. After testing their building expertise, kids explored the fun fair for art and science projects, safety games, and kids activities presented by a host of community organizations dedicated to early learning.
The Build Off is a free community event organized by Child Care Action Council and supported by generous sponsors. A huge thank you to all of our community sponsors for making the Build Off possible! Thank you to our presenting sponsor: Molina Healthcare; Community Sponsors: FORMA Construction, Meridian Campus Family Dental, Thurston Talk, and WSECU; and our Team Builder Sponsors: Bayview Building Materials of Olympia, Meconi's Italian Subs, McSwain & Company, Olympia Construction, Pearlita Price, Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty Olympia, Rob Rice Homes, Thomas Architecture Studios, and Van Dorm Realty, Inc..
Additionally, thank you to all of our activity partners for bringing such engaging early learning activities! This year, we had 15 activity stations filling the Lacey Community Center. The activities include: -Straw connectors by the Timberland Regional Library. -A book give away by South Sound Reading Foundation. -Wind Tunnel by Hands On Children's Museum -Arts and Crafty by Kaleidoscope Play & Learn Group -Sensory Board & Reading Activity with Raising A Reader Face Painting -Bicycle smoothie maker by Molina Healthcare. -Design your own safety t-shirt with Safe Kids Thurston County -Water slide Duck Dash by South Sound Solar -Care for your teeth activity by Meridian Campus Family Dentistry -Media Production van by Thurston Community Media -Decorate your own hard hat with South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity -Five interactive block building exhibits with BlockFest - and, build your tallest structure out of Keva planks Lastly, thank you to the many volunteers who helped make this event possible.
Thank you to our judges, Lindsey Bamba (CCAC Board Member), Hannah Mechler (CCAC Board member) and Rachel Williamson (CCAC Intern); our set-up and event volunteers, Neil Woody (CCAC Board Member), Judy Woody, Stephan Hemnessi, Ebi, and Jayden. Thank you for making this a great event!