Do you have crafty kids? Are your little ones burgeoning DIY enthusiasts? If so, you’ll want to check out MakerKids, a makerspace for youth in Toronto. You’ll find lots of kid-friendly Toronto fun at MakerKids, with hands-on programs including 3D printing, electronics, woodworking, programming, sewing, crafting and more. This is not your regular arts and crafts program. With a dedication to encouraging creativity and empowering kids to come up with their own project ideas, your kids will have the freedom to explore and learn by doing. The adults will act as mentors.
Join the Maker Movement
The Maker movement is hot, and it’s growing exponentially through magazines, web sites, community spaces and events. Collective community workshops known as Hackerspaces or Makerspaces have grown worldwide from 124 in 2009 to over 500 in 2011. This movement inspired MakerKids founders Andy Forest and Marianne Mader to create one of the first Makerspaces for kids. They started in 2010 with a summer program and school events. In 2011 they found a permanent space, and in April of 2012 they opened their doors. MakerKids has a large main area, plus a woodworking shop and a kitchen. It’s a resource centre for the community, where you’ll find ideas, inspiration and implementation.
No experience is necessary to visit this kid-friendly Toronto Makerspace. Many people who attend are beginners. It’s okay if you don’t know much about math or physics, can’t thread a needle, or have never held a hammer. Everything is customized to your knowledge and ability, and you learn along the way. One child who attended their programs shared, “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.”
Kid-Friendly Toronto Creativity
Children are innately creative, and have amazing ideas when they’re given the freedom to explore. MakerKids is kid-friendly Toronto space where your children will find that freedom, so that they can learn by doing. They offer a wide variety of programs for kids, teens and adults. You’ll find open shop times, workshops, after-school programs, Minecraft programs (you can 3D print a Minecraft object!) and even birthday parties. Through their programs they’re encouraging others to become creators, and not just consumers. That’s a pretty powerful thing. To find out more, and to sign up for program yourself, visit their website.