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Opening May 1 in Downtown Dallas, we are now Mess Labs. Click here for details.


This latest code camps endeavor will follow the typical “STEM enrichment camp for school children” model, but nothing else about the time spent will be typical. I aim to offer technology camps that truly customize the experience to the individual child. Much in the spirit of my past Science programs, these tech camps will combine analog concepts, sensory stimulation, and open-ended experimentation of specific themes.

Through this year’s Pilot Code Camps, I am listening to campers and their adult caregivers about what is actually appealing about the tech camp experience. Versus overly specific yields and goals, I want the kids who attend a camp to have their interest in technology sparked, validated, then nurtured. This is how I have always approached teaching/learning Science, and it’s what I will continue to do through this brand. -Mess


I’ve spent my adult life raising children and working with impaired elderly, and I have somehow fit in Scout Leader, Rotary mentor and community organizer duties, too.

The Lab at Lake Highlands/Lakewood, though, was my true labor of love; each time I tried to “kick it to the curb,” one of you picked it back up and showed me its value and its place in the lives of thousands of Dallas children. For this reason, I am working hard to find a new permanent home for us, so I can offer our popular chemistry birthday parties once again. Until then, I am fortunate to occupy The Grove, Dallas where my co-workers are being pretty tolerant of your children and me as we pilot my new maker/technology and code camps offering through the Renegades of Code brand.

As usual, I’m making the call out for you to send me your little kids for fun and learning and your big kids who are off of high school and college for a first job experience that will be like no other! As always, I will care for your babies like they are my own!

– Mess (Find me on LinkedIn, and feel free to send a message!)



Started simply as a Lake Highlands party room in 2010, The Lab took on a life of its own.  I was personally tired of dragging my own children to pizza places and arcades every weekend. I aimed to have a place where kids could do smart stuff, learn and never be bored. I wanted programs that welcomed the weird kids and celebrated their quirks. After a year, The Lab Rats and I packed up and moved; we enjoyed three years in Junius Heights and another year in a giant Mercedes van.

For our efforts, D Magazine, The Dallas Morning News and Advocate Magazine have recognized us in print and online. I have appeared on FOX 4 Good Day, Good Morning Texas and Channel 33’s Close-Up promoting The Lab’s programs. Lots of mommy bloggers and moms and dads have celebrated us, too (thanks for that). To date, we’ve conducted about seventy camps, a few hundred school, church and community events and classes, and almost 1,000 birthday parties. All this to further your children’s interest in science and exploration of things unknown.

-Mess (View Blog and Event Archives on BubbleLife.)

Coming Next…more code camps

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