Are your kids into Do-It-Yourself, crafts, tinkering, woodworking, electronics, or interested in learning about 3D modelling and 3D printing, toy hacking or making other stuff? Perhaps they like taking things like small electronics apart to learn how they work?
This open shop is great for beginners, as no prior knowledge or experience is necessary, our instructors and mentors will teach them what they need to know! If they already have some experience with different materials and tools, they can learn how to build more advanced projects.
Starting at 4:30 pm and going until 7:30 pm every Friday, our doors are open and our staff will be on hand to help you with everything from woodworking to electronics.You can use our tools and expertise to start creating your next project.
You must purchase a ticket in advance to attend Open Shop.
Roncesvalles Open Workshop Details
Who: Kids and their parents
What: Open Make for Kids
When: Friday evenings from 4:30 to 7:30
Where: Maker Kids (2241 Dundas st west Toronto, ON) downstairs
Why: Because you need a safe place to work on cool stuff
Misha Dubrovsky, Creativity Captain
When he’s not working at MakerKids or just up the stairs at Dimentians, Misha is tinkering with DIY science projects and designing novel machines and software. Both academically and on his own, Misha has studied a wide range of subjects including chemistry, physics, electrical engineering, software, and web design. Whenever someone thinks of something they want to build, he uses his skills and previous experience to help them put their idea into action!
What have other kids learnt at our past programs?
“At first when I came here, I had no idea how any of this electric stuff worked, and I’m just like, how I am going to be able to make this? But over time with my mistakes, I realized it gets easier and it comes to me and sometimes making a mistake actually teaches you something – why something doesn’t work.”
What skill level is this program appropriate for?
No previous experience is required-just a desire to make things! Our instructors will show you how to use any tools safely, and teach you anything else you might want to know. If your child already experience with using similar tools or materials - that's great too!
What age range is this program appropriate for?
Do you have any safety measures in place?
Yes, we have safety procedures and training for the kids on how to use the tools safely. Our instructors are also well trained and we usually have a ratio of 1 instructor per 4 kids. Our woodworking shop has a lock on it and kids can use it safely when adults are around to supervise. Kids also wear safety goggles when using certain tools or materials. Any sharp tools are kept well out of reach unless someone needs to use them for a particular project with adult supervision. If you have any questions about this, please contact us.
What is your philosophy towards making?
Our philosophy is to encourage creativity and empower kids with their own ideas for projects. We encourage all kids to participate in our programs and we don't push towards certain activities based on gender or stereotype - it's up to the child what they want to explore and learn about! We also like to encourage children in making their own decisions and to learn by doing, while we act as mentors instead of doing things for them.
Do I have to purchase a ticket in advance?
Visiting for the first time?
For the first 3 times that your child visits our makerspace, please stay with them.
I'm a parent staying with my child. Do I need to purchase a ticket for myself?
Parents are welcome to stay and participate too, if they also purchase a ticket, as space is limited.
What is the average material cost?
This is usually $5 but can vary depending on what materials and how much you want to use.
What is the membership program?
Our membership programs are all-you-can-make! You'll get to specify the month for your 1-month membership after your purchase. Each membership includes: discounted entry to one or more specific programs (in this case Friday Open Shop), the ability to bring a new friend once a month for free, project storage during your membership, your own safety goggles which you can personalize, and your own 3D printed magnet nameplate (you get to make it). For other membership options (e.g. siblings, multi-day, etc), visit http://makerkidsmemberships.eventbrite.com
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?We are located at 2241 Dundas St W, about a 5 walk from Dundas West TTC subway station. The 504 King Street car also stops nearby. If you are driving, there is parking across the street at Loblaws.
Do you have other programs?
We have other programs for kids, teens and adults: www.makerkids.eventbrite.com
Where can I contact the organizer with any other questions?
You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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