Visit the Children’s Museum web calendar for current on programs for families in MAKESHOP.
Also, consider joining one of our MAKESHOP-specific mailing lists to get updates on 21+ events and/or 10+ events.
Youth Maker Nights (Ages 10-15)
Youth Maker Nights are once-a-month after-hours events where youth ages 10-15 have exclusive access to MAKESHOP for a few hours with cool tools and materials to mess around with plus snacks and social time.
Every event is different, but typically features a guest maker from the community and a cool new project to try, along with old favorites. Past activities include vacuum forming, soldering, sewing machine use, screen printing and laser etching cookies.
October 3, 2014: Cha-cha-chain reactions
November 7, 2014: Make an Impression
December 12, 2014: Let it Glow
January 9, 2015: Winter Warm Up
February 20, 2015: Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve
Check the web calendar for more details as they develop!
Youth Workshops (Various Ages)
We offer an assortment of workshops for older children and youth typically focused on a process, a skill set or a specific project. Workshops provide older children opportunities to delve deeply into projects that might require more time and a certain level of skill and safety consideration. The ages they target varies depending on the workshop’s duration, complexity and the tools and materials used. Unless noted, youth workshops are open to beginners. Come try something new!
We believe in experiences that allow for individual creativity, expression and experimentation — you won’t find a step-by-step birdhouse kit around here. Past offerings include conductive felting (pictured), laser cut stamp design, wooden automata, soft circuitry, sewing machine skill building, and 3D modeling.
Check the Web Calendar for upcoming workshops and dates.
Camp MAKESHOP (Ages 10-12)
AUGUST 18 – AUGUST 22, 2014
(This Year’s Event Has Ended)
Tinker and explore in MAKESHOP while focusing on concepts such as electronics, circuitry, sewing and woodworking. Children will work with our MAKESHOP staff to play and design using real materials, tools and processes. Participants will be encouraged to be curious, creative, experimental and innovative.
Camp MAKESHOP runs from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm daily. Children can arrive at 8:30 am for no extra fee. Aftercare is offered until 6:00 pm for a fee of $15 a day. Please bring a packed lunch, lunches are not provided.
$225 for members, $250 for non-members
For more details and registration information, please call (412) 322-5058, ext. 244.
In addition to our open, all-ages spaces, we offer special programs for many ages. Check below for information on programs that may interest you and your family and consider joining our 10+ mailing list for events for older youth.
MAKEnights are once-a-quarter after hours events where adults (21 and up) take over MAKESHOP for a few hours. No kids, no chaos, just food, drinks, making and fun!
Every event is different and features cool new projects and techniques to try, along with old favorites. Past activities have included: scrunchie sewing for 90’s night, shot glass etching, crayon molding, cheese making and light painting.
Join our 21+ Event mailing list or check the Web Calendar for info on upcoming dates!
Upcoming MAKEnights, all of which take place on Thursday nights from 6:30pm – 9:30pm:
September 18, 2014
November 13, 2014
February 12, 2015
May 14, 2015
Maker Educator Boot Camp
(This Year’s Event Has Ended)
Participate in hands-on experiences and discussion that will equip you with the skills and knowledge that is necessary to be a maker. Participants will engage in open-ended activities that range from sewing to woodworking, electronics to digital-based making and much more. Work alongside our talented Teaching Artists to learn new skills, discover ways of implementing these experiences into your practice and empower yourself to be a maker.
Summer 2014 Boot Camp Sessions are:
- Session 1: Monday, June 23 – Thursday, June 26, West Liberty University’s Center for Arts and Education in West Liberty, WV.
- Session 2: Monday August 4 – Thursday, August 7, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA.
Check out the Educators & Professionals Resource page for more information and opportunities.