In the heart of Roncesvalles lies a place where robots come to life, ideas are printed and prototyped in 3D, and the act of playing/tinkering is not only allowed, but encouraged. MakerKids is a non-profit makerspace where kids of all ages can learn about 3D printing, electronics, crafting, cooking, woodworking and more.

The organization started in 2010 with a summer program and a number of school events. In 2011 they moved into their permanent space in Roncesvalles and, after extensive renovations, opened their doors in April of 2012. The large basement studio (which also houses a woodworking shop and kitchen) is filled with tools, materials, and resources that focus on teaching kids to be creators and not just consumers of technology.

MakerKids offers workshops, summer camps, and after school programs in addition to hosting weekly Minecraft drop-in nights, and teen nights. Don’t let their name fool you though, they are quick to point out that making isn’t just for kids, and have an adult night on Mondays called Maker Kids at Heart for anyone who wants to learn new skills like programming, 3D modelling and printing, Arduino, MaKey MaKey, and more. You can bring an existing project or idea to tinker with, try one of their sample project ideas, or get inspired by the materials they have and brainstorm something totally new to create.

With the overwhelmingly positive response from the community MakerKids is in the process of taking over the main floor of their building as well. The plan? A retail shop to showcase/sell items from local makers, a space to be able to host more classes and workshops for both kids and adults, and an event space to support other programs within the Toronto community.

See their full schedule of programs here and go check out the space for yourself at 2241 Dundas St West.