MAKESHOP® is a space for children and families to make, play and design using “real stuff”—materials, tools, processes and ideas. It is also a place where physical materials and digital media resources intersect; where visitors are encouraged to be curious, creative, experimental and innovative. A team of skilled makers, artists and educators is always on hand to help visitors translate their visions into tangible objects. Through special programs, you can make alongside visiting indie crafters, hackers and inventors too.
On any day, we are exploring a variety of do-it-yourself maker activities, materials and processes that you can tinker with, interweave, repurpose and upcycle to explore an idea, learn a skill and create something all your own. Some of the materials and processes you can make with include:
- Fabrics and Sewing
- Take Apart with recycled toys, electrical systems and small appliances
We also offer activities suitable to the skills of our younger visitors everyday, such as:
- Build-IT: a custom made building system that lets children create unique structures using panels, nuts and bolts, and real tools
- Open-ended play and material exploration such as Clinky Rods and Sanding and Sorting Tables
MAKESHOP® is a partnership among Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) and the University of Pittsburgh Center for Learning in Out-of-School Environments (UPCLOSE).
MAKESHOP® closes at 4:30 pm daily.
The Art Here
- The Children's Museum's prototyping process was key to the creation of MAKESHOP®. We had offered many of these activities in the past; in Summer 2011, we began exploring more open-ended, tinkering style programs, with greater facilitation, in a maker space.
- MAKESHOP® is designed as a real workshop - unpolished, accessible and functional - and was built using wood and metal with exposed fasteners to tell the story of how things are made.
- Materials used in MAKESHOP® are often reused, such as cardboard, toys and wood, or upcycled, such as old clothes which can be remade into new pieces or woven into rugs.
Related Field Trips
Use the downloadable file below for tips for before and after your visit to MAKESHOP.