Learn how to use electronics, simple machines, and other technology as a tool in your creativity pack. Workshops are offered in a small group setting. Parents are welcome, even encouraged to stay and help their children, however, we ask that tinkerers\' creative abilities be respected and that they are allowed to make their projects their own.
Workshop participants under the age of 10 must have a parent/guardian remain on the premises for the duration of the workshop. Children age 10 - 13 may be signed in and out of the workshop by a parent/guardian (if the parent/guardian is not remaining on the premises) and must be picked up within 5 minutes of the stated ending time of the workshop. Participants age 14 - 16 may arrive and depart from the workshop without parent/guardian supervision as long as a current waiver is on file with TinkerSpace for the participant.
Today is Juneteenth. The year is 2020. Maybe, just maybe, this is the year we start to see clearly. As an adult, I LOVE children’s books. When I was in my 20’s working in the big city for Corporate America, I used to spend my lunch hour in Stacy’s Bookstore looking through children’s books. I…Read More
A Beginning Honest confession time … my garden is a hot mess. I really enjoy growing things and, in this time, we seem to all be having a bit of a homesteader mentality where we want to add to our self-sufficiency. Once upon a time, we had a wonderful garden with peppers, onions,…Read More
These bowls are made from recycled materials and are just as satisfying as those childhood pinch pots you made out of clay. They start with a disc of coiled paper before being pressed into shape. Any paper will work. I like my coils to form faster so I use folded pieces of paper. The…Read More
Like so many of you, my children are home working on computers to complete their schoolwork each day. I’m either incredibly mean or the most amazing mom ever (depends on who you ask on what day) but I also have a daily creativity requirement. Somedays we’re drawing, other days we’re learning how to create apps…Read More
Watercolors are one of our favorite media at TinkerSpace. It is accessible to all from early preschoolers on but can be used with sophistication to create satisfying works of art by older children and adults. Sometimes, as in this project, we don’t even need to pull out the watercolors … Crayola Markers work even better.…Read More
We’re going on a Bear Hunt! Across the country, communities are finding ways to get together while they stay apart. My Facebook feed is full of families saying they are taking their young ones (and some not so young) on Bear Hunts. People are placing stuffed bears in their windows for others to find. I…Read More
As we navigate being “safer at home” many people are turning to baking and crafts as they have more family time. Why not combine the two? Let’s all make some cardboard cakes. Entire cakes, slices of cake, cupcakes … there is no end to your cardboard confection possibilities. Making the Cake Slice — A Math…Read More
We love automata here at TinkerSpace. They are such a fun way of exploring mechanisms. This piece of Spring is made on a clothespin so most of the mechanism is already made for you … all it needs is your creativity. The video below shows you all you need to make some new springtime friends.…Read More
Safety with Familiarity When thinking about engineering challenges, it is interesting to watch kids interact with TinkerSpace. The vast majority of repeat visitors start with something they have done before. New visitors often start at the LEGO table. These activities are known, they are comfortable, they are safe. While working on these activities, they are…Read More
Halloween is a time of make-believe! Kids of all backgrounds love dressing up and some of us never tire of it. When our kids take part in imaginative play they tend to discover props (and costumes) that they NEED in order to make their play complete. This is the perfect time to bring making into…Read More