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Etchtober Gallery: Tabletop Games on Etch-a-Sketch

Here's a look back on my Etch-a-Sketch drawings for Etchtober!

How to Hack a LEGO Power Functions Cable for Direct 9V Power

Sick of eating through batteries to power LEGO Motors? A little bit of work and a few dollars of electronics…

Summer Is Here: What Are Your Favorite Grilling Hacks?

What are YOUR tips, tricks, and hacks for pulling off great backyard cooking?

The Therapeutic Value of Model Railroading

I’m a model railroader. To me there’s something so wonderfully comforting to recreate the heyday of American railroading—itself an undeniable…

The Force Is With the LEGO ‘Star Wars’ BOOST Droid Commander Set

You don’t need to be a kid on Tatooine to build and code a few droids. Announced for May the…

Learn Entry-Level Astronomy With National Geographic’s ‘Backyard Guide to the Night Sky’

Study the night sky from your own backyard, with your kids, your friends, or just yourself, but don't forget to…

‘The LEGO Movie 2’ Set Reviews

Which of the two $30 sets from The LEGO Movie 2 is a better deal, Rex’s Rex-treme Offroader! or Ultrakatty…

2018 LEGO Idea Book Roundup From No Starch Press

Learn about No Starch Press's latest slate of LEGO idea books!

Gift Idea: Get the GeekDad Books for the Geeky Parents in Your Life!

One of the most important things we can do with our kids is spend time with them, playing games and…

Step Back in Time With Your Kids for Shrinky Dinks’ 45th Birthday!

TIL that Shrinky Dinks came out the same year that I did: 1973. October 19th, to be exact.

Talk and Build Like a Pirate With the LEGO Pirate Roller Coaster

LEGO my pirate treasure! This year, spend Talk Like a Pirate Day assembling your new LEGO Creator 3-in-1 Pirate Roller…

We Are Knitters Dinka Scarf for Kids Kit

Get crafting and making with your kids! Teaching them how to knit is the perfect craft for kids as young…

Puzzle Books for the Whole Family

If you or your family is the puzzle-loving sort, here are three new puzzle books, with a little something for…

Fandoms and Geekery: It’s Okay to Not Like What Other People Like

If everyone but you likes the latest geeky thing, do not fret. Stick with what you like—it's important to be…

My 30-Day LEGO Build Challenge: The End Result

Learn what happened when I built 30 different LEGO Architecture Studio structures in 30-ish days.

Bring Order to a Chaotic World With ‘How to Make Hand-Drawn Maps’

Design and make your own custom hand-made maps using the inspiration and step-by-step instructions in this gorgeous and informative book.

My 30-Day Build Challenge: LEGO Architecture Studio

Kicking off a 30-day LEGO build challenge with an architecture theme.

Welcome Springtime With LEGO

Build on the season's beginnings with some themed and some new LEGO sets.

Happy 40th Anniversary to the LEGO Minifigure!

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the LEGO Minifigure. Which one was your first?

Itty Bitty Books: Uncovering a Lost Storybook From Queen Mary’s Doll’s House, Plus Make Your Own Tiny Book Library

Shrink yourself down to size and step into Queen Mary's (or your own) dollhouse library, reading tiny literary works.

Discover Your Roots, Part #4: Using Local and More Obscure Records to Focus Your Search

Some of the most helpful or enlightening documents are often some of the most obscure or hard to find. Here…

GeekDad Paints! Use Zenithal Shading for Quick and Easy Highlights

Sometimes, the most daunting part of painting a miniature is getting started. Here's a trick I've started to use to…

6 Facts We Learned About ‘The Toys That Made Us’ From Producer Brian Volk-Weiss (Including What’s Next)

We interview the Brian Volk-Weiss, the creator and producer of the Netflix series 'The Toys That Made Us,' about some…

GeekDad Paints: ‘Star Wars: Imperial Assault’ – Luke, IG-88, Jyn Odan, Mak Eshka’rey, Rebel Saboteurs

It's been a long couple of years, but my initial primed 'Imperial Assault' figures are finally all painted! Does this…

LEGO Celebrates 60th Anniversary With NYC LEGO Brick Stunt!

Today and this weekend, go to New York City's Flatiron Plaza to check out LEGO's 60th anniversary stunt!

Staff Picks: 7 Criminally Underrated YouTube Channels

Battling for views and subscribers is hard, and for every channel with one million or more subscribers, there are hundreds…

Leviathan—Your New LEGO Ideas Ship In a Bottle

LEGO had announced our newest obsession, a LEGO Ideas ship in a bottle. This kit features a battleship named Leviathan,…

Brand New, Open-Ended LEGO Sets Celebrate the Brick’s 60th Anniversary!

Build your way through 2018 with these brand new, open-ended LEGO sets to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the LEGO…

Discover Your Roots, Part #3: Collecting, Generating, and Archiving Primary Sources

To discover your roots, learn to find and preserve primary sources from previous generations, and begin collecting your own records…