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We are here to help you! Turn to Dr. G’s BrainWorks for ways to engage your family in hands-on activities that blend fun with educational value. Complement and enhance your student’s core curriculum through interactive learning fun. Everything in our store is focused on nurturing the power of the human brain, and when could that be more important than right now, in our at-home learning environments?

Award-winning, high-quality, trusted, educational brands include:
National Geographic Kids—Kidz Lab—Mindware—Thames & Kozmos—Thinkfun
Spark Lab Smithsonian—Highlights—Scientific Explorer—Learning Resources
SmartGames—Green Science—Melissa & Doug—Creativity for Kids—SmartMax





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Every Friday we’ll share one of our favorite products! Tune-in to Mike Haile on WHMS 97.5 FM at 6:55 am M-F during the Dr. G’s Rock n Roll History Book. Click the links below to read more about these awesome games, purchase online, then pick up curbside or have them shipped to your door! Better yet, stop in our store and our staff will help you out personally!

UNBORED TIME CAPSULE: A Seriously Fun Activity Kit
Friday, July 17, 2020

  • This fun kit includes everything you’ll need, from stickers and labels to envelopes and boxes.
  • Includes a date stamp to capture important details that you’d like people in the future (including your future self) to know about or remember.
    • collect artifacts and memorabilia
    • interview friends and family
    • organize label and date
    • make a scrapbook
  • Record your current activities and current events, details about family and friends and school, stories about the year 2020! 
  • Seal and store your time capsule!
  • Thoughtful approach to make memories together in the present and the future!
  • Unique, awesome, fun.  A great gift!
  • Best for ages 8 and up, or younger with adult help
  • Made by MindWare, trusted brand of “brainy toys for kids of all ages.”

Named for the Japanese word for “fireworks”

Friday, July 3, 2020

  • A best selling cooperative game where players try to create the perfect fireworks show by placing the cards on the table in the right order.
  • for 2-5 players
  • ages 8 and up
  • The card deck consists of five different colors of cards, numbered 1–5 in each color. For each color, the players try to place a row in the correct order from 1–5. Sounds easy, right? Well, not quite, because in this game you hold your cards so that they’re visible only to other players. To assist fellow players in playing a card, you must give them hints regarding the numbers or the colors of their cards. Players must act as a team to avoid errors and to finish the fireworks display before they run out of cards.
  • You can play this game in about 25 minutes
  • An extra set of cards, rainbow colored, is also provided for advanced or variant play.

Friday, June 5, 2020
Yes, it’s chess with lasers!

  • Fun two-player strategy game that combines the spatial thinking skills of chess with the high-tech fun of laser beams
  • Great for intergenerational fun, clear instructions, you can start playing immediately
  • “one of the best gifts you can buy for kids (and adults) who like smart games and a challenge”
  • Minimum age recommendation is 8 years old
  • Another ThinkFun award winner:
    • Mensa Select Winner
    • Parents Choice Silver Honor Award
    • Seriously STEM Award Winner
    • Featured in Purdue University’s Engineering Gift Guide

Friday, May 22, 2020

  • Fun and easy-to-learn Board Game
  • A best-seller for game night!
  • 2018 Parent’s Choice and Family Choice Award Winner
  • 3-8 players
  • Minimum age = 8 years old

Simple to play! One player picks one of over 250 Word Cue cards (with 500 total cues), everyone else writes the word they think best completes the phrase – and tries to match it exactly to another player’s word without giving a single hint. Just grab a slate, write a word, and get ready to make a match!

Friday, May 15, 2020
Pass the sushi! In this fast-playing card game, the goal is to grab the best combination of sushi dishes as they pass by. Gather the most points and consider yourself the sushi master!
2-5 players, Ages 8 to 99
Easy to learn, Easy to play!
Highly recommended game
Super fun for all ages
Sushi Go! never gets old!
Great introduction to card games
Encourages strategic thinking
Develops math skills
Artwork on cards is loved by all!

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We are introducing game bundles! Our bundles are carefully selected to provide thematic, educational fun for the whole family! Each of these games will help to strengthen the foundations of knowledge built through learning, fun, teamwork, and competition!

The FAMILY FANTASY BUNDLE promises endless magical and enchanted fun for all!
Order online and pick up curbside!

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We are happy to provide scheduled Curbside Pick-Up, Tuesday-Saturday 1-6 pm and Sunday 12-5 pm.

  1. Shop online and select “local pick up” at checkout, or call us at 217-355-0093 to request a phone order. Credit Card Payment only.
  2. A Dr. G’s Brain Guide will contact you within 24 hours (M-F) with instructions for pick-up and to schedule your pick-up time.
  3. Call Dr. G’s when you arrive and we’ll bring your purchase to your vehicle in compliance with Market Place Mall policies and procedures.
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Browse our puzzle gallery for kids and kids-at-heart! We have puzzles with glitter, your favorite animated characters, and Ravensburger Disney Collector’s edition. These are wonderful puzzles to introduce children to the fun of jigsaw puzzles and they are also perfect to do together.

We are happy to take your puzzle order by email and ship it to you! Use the CONTACT US page or email us at

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We have more than 400 Jigsaw Puzzles for all ages!
From beginner to intermediate to puzzle masters! Please email us at, or call us M-W-F between 1-5 pm, and we can personally help you find the perfect puzzle… or two!

What age range? We have puzzles for toddlers through octogenarians!
How many pieces? We have 100 piece puzzles to 5000 piece puzzles!
Do you like landscapes, city scapes, buildings, collages? Our selection is extensive!
Are you a beginner? We’ll help you select a puzzle that’s fun and not overwhelming.
Puzzle Master? Yep, we can keep you challenged!
Somewhere in between? NO PROBLEM!

Below is a limited sampling of our puzzles. We sell the trusted brands of Clementoni, Ravensburger, and Schmidt. We are now offering curbside pickup M-W-F between 1-5 pm, and can ship orders too!

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LEARNING and FUN for YOU during COVID-19

In accordance with the State of Illinois “Stay-at-Home” mandate, Dr. G’s BrainWorks store in Market Place Mall is currently closed. We can help you enjoy your new-found inside time with learning and fun!

We are pleased to offer a limited selection of our favorite products online!

We have created a special category to make your shopping easy: TOP PICKS FOR STAY-AT-HOME TIME. These are trusted brands and best sellers, this is your best place to start!

You can also browse by category or search for a specific item by name.

Shop online and we will ship anywhere in the continental United States via USPS. Shipping charges apply.

If you have any questions, please contact us at

Thank you for your support of local business.
From our Dr. G’s BrainWorks family to yours–stay well and take care of one another!

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Online Store !

Hello all,

You may have noticed some website maintenance in the past few days, as we upgraded our website to be easier for our customers to use. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE!!

We are proud to announce that our online store is fully functioning. You may place an order online through our ‘Shop’ page and we will ship it out as soon as possible during this time through USPS.

You may notice that we are still working on product images and descriptions. We can guarantee at this time that all products listed as ‘In Stock’ are available and we are updating our product catalog every day. Please pardon this work in progress, and please check out for product reference, reviews, and community images if needed.

Please contact us with any questions you may have.