Designed and created by industry professionals and makers (NASA’s Singularity University graduate, engineers, entrepreneurs, teachers and speakers from Queen’s University).
MakerKids was named “Best Kids’ Workshops” by Toronto Life Magazine. Thousands of kids have taken our STEM programs in Coding, Robotics and Minecraft. Our Camps, After-School & Weekend Programs and Birthday Parties empower children to be creators, not just consumers. Space in our programs is limited, so register ASAP to avoid disappointment.
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Idea Incubator (Sampler) Camps

If you’re looking for inspiring STEM education, this is the right place! In each camp, kids make something awesome, create their own projects and collaborate with others.
We aim to create a transformative experience for kids to empower them to be creators, not consumers, find their inner talents and discover skills they can use throughout their lives.
We run kids Summer Camps, Winter Camps, and March Break Camp. Build leadership skills, meet other kids who are makers, make your own project, and more.
In our Sampler Camps, kids will dive into our three core STEM topics: Coding, Robotics and Minecraft.
2 Summer camp locations! Join us at:
  • Our flagship location in Bloor West Village (2451 Bloor St. West)
  • York School Summerhill Location (1639 Yonge St)

Program Details

Program Info

Ages 8-12
4-5 Days
9am-3:30pm
Multiple start dates
All experience levels welcome

Hardware + Software

Arduino
Ardublock
Minecraft
Scratch

What will kids learn?

At the end of the program, kids will learn technical and soft skills, including design, engineering, coding, problem solving and leadership.

What do kids make?

Kids will bring their invention to life. Projects include light shows, Minecraft contraptions, video games and night lights. Learn something awesome and make new friends!

MakerKids Experience and Skillset

Empower the leaders of tomorrow with the skills and mindsets to change the world.

Project-Based Learning

Make something awesome, create your own inventions and collaborate with others! We aim to create a transformative experience for kids to empower them to be the leaders of tomorrow with the skills and mindsets to create a better world.

In our Idea Incubator Camps, kids will dive into our three core STEM topics (Coding, Robotics and Minecraft) to propel their ideas, help them create something awesome and realize their full potential.

In Coding, kids will use Scratch and Stencyl to design their own video game and app. Fundamentals of game design will be taught in Scratch and kids will be able to take it up a notch as they progress in Stencyl, where they will be able make and launch their game! They will learn about game design, graphic design, animation, and how to test and launch their games.

By programming Arduinos, kids can bring their out-of the-box musical inventions to life in our Robotics days. Coding through a block-based language, Ardublock, kids will get hands-on as they craft their creations. Kids will work with buzzers, sensors, motors and more. They may make instruments that spin, light up or even make a theremin!

In our Minecraft foundational day, collaboration and sharing skillsets with other students are key. As a team, they will work creatively (e.g. 3D design from the scale of pixels to entire digital worlds), learning technical skills, as they progress through the mechanics of Minecraft, and bolster their social skills through compromise and conflict resolution within their virtual and classroom community.

Join us for a week of creation, ideation, making and working with others. 

21st Century Skills

Students work in teams to solve problems as well as create their own designs and inventions. Combining on- and off-screen work, our programs will advance skills in communication, leadership, design and critical thinking.

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The MakerKids Difference

Great Instructors

Our instructors are highly trained and come from various backgrounds, including engineering, theatre, music and design. They have worked at City of Toronto, P&G and YMCA. CEO, Jenn Turliuk, attended the Graduate Studies Program at NASA’s Singularity University and business school at Queen’s University.

Leading Edge Technology

We use leading edge technology used by industry professionals. We use Arduinos, which was used to prototype the Square Reader, in our robotics programs. Kids will work with real coding languages, wires, LEDs and more to create their robotic inventions.

Space to Experiment

Our makerspace is a safe space for kids to experiment. Our instructors are first aid trained and have police checks. We have students from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. We are capable of working with kids with different learning abilities. Kids work in groups, design on and offscreen and have time for games/park.

My boys flourish here and look forward to it every week. They show social skills improvement and more confidence since coming to MakerKids and finding their “tribe.” Happy children make me a happy and grateful mom. Thanks MakerKids for creating programs for my quirky, “outside the box thinking” boys.

Tammy

Parent

I love that the kids take the lead on their projects and learn how to achieve their goals Absolutely the kind of things my kids are interested in exploring in a guided setting!

Parent

This MakerKids Graduate learned key sound, robotics and design concepts and now runs his own business fixing stereo equipment in his neighbourhood!

Robotics Programs for Kids Toronto

Sample Day

9:00-9:15
Welcome to MakerKids and Ice Breakers
9:15-11:00 Robotics Discovery
Instructors will guide students through key robotics functions while kids try it themselves and collaborate
11:00-11:10 Break
Kids can have their snacks, play games and explore our Inspiration Station
11:10-12:00 Coding Discovery
Kids learn how to code using a language like Scratch to create their own games
12:00-12:15 Lunch
12:15-12:45 Park
We bring kids to a neighbouring park to play games
12:45-1:40 Coding Continuation
1:40-1:50 Break
See the work the kids have created!
1:50-3:20 Minecraft Discovery
See the work the kids have created!
3:20-3:30 Show and Tell and Clean Up
See the work the kids have created!

Tuition Includes

(starts at $15.38/hour)

  • All materials for activities
  • Laptops to use
  • Experienced instructors
  • One-on-one coaching
  • Kids may take home their digital projects

Each day runs from 9am to 3:30pm. Before and after care is available. Before care (8-9am) and after care (3:30-6pm) is available at MakerKids.

After care for York School is available offsite at Unicorn Day Care located at 454 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON  M4V 2J1. It is $50/week 4pm-6pm and separate registration will need to be filled at http://www.unicorndaycare.com. Payment to be completed by Unicorn Daycare as well. We will walk kids over to Unicorn for After Care where they will be picked up at 6pm. PLEASE INDICATE IN REGISTRATION THAT KIDS WILL NEED TO BE WALKED OVER FOR AFTER CARE.

Breaks, games and park time is also included for kids to exercise their imagination, have fun and strengthen team building.

Ages 8-12.

4-Day Camp

  • Day 1: Coding: Code a Video Game with Scratch
  • Day 2: Coding: Code an App with Stencyl
  • Day 3: Robotics: Crazy Instruments
  • Day 4: Minecraft: Collaboration and Design

5-Day Camp

  • Day 1: Coding: Code a Video Game with Scratch
  • Day 2: Coding: Code an App with Stencyl
  • Day 3: Robotics: Sound Exploration
  • Day 4: Robotics: Crazy Instruments
  • Day 5: Minecraft: Collaboration and Design

Register for Idea Incubator Sampler Camp!

Winter Sampler Camp

December 27-30, 2016 – Bloor West

4-day Summer Sampler Camp

July 4-7, 2017 – Bloor West

4-day Summer Sampler Camp

August 8-11, 2017 – Summerhill York School

Winter Sampler Camp

January 3-6, 2017 – Bloor West

4-day Summer Sampler Camp

July 4-7, 2017 – Summerhill York School

5-day Summer Sampler Camp

August 28-September 1, 2017 – Bloor West

March Break

March 13-17, 2017 – Bloor West

4-day Summer Sampler Camp

August 8-11, 2017 – Bloor West

MakerKids Bloor West Camp Schedule

2451 Bloor St. West (Bloor and Jane)

July 4-7 4-day Idea Incubator Camp (Sampler)
July 10-14 Robotics: Arduino Inventor’s Camp
July 17-21 Coding: Video Game Design and Launch
July 24-28 Minecraft: World Design and Master Camp
July 31-August 4 Robotics: Arduino Inventor’s Camp
August 8-11 4-day Idea Incubator Camp (Sampler)
Aug. 14-18 Minecraft: World Design and Master Camp
Aug. 21-25 Coding: Video Game Design and Launch
Aug. 28-Sept. 1 5-day Idea Incubator Camp (Sampler)

MakerKids Summerhill Camp Schedule

NEW LOCATION: York School
1639 Yonge St (St. Clair Station)

July 4-7 4-day Idea Incubator Camp (Sampler)
July 10-14 Coding: Video Game Design and Launch
July 17-21 Robotics: Arduino Inventor’s Camp
July 24-28 Coding: Video Game Design and Launch
July 31-August 4 Minecraft: World Design and Master Camp
August 8-11 4-day Idea Incubator Camp (Sampler)
Aug. 14-18 Robotics: Arduino Inventor’s Camp

Why Choose MakerKids?

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21st Century Skills

Our kids' STEM programs teach and encourage a wide variety of skills. Soft skills: A) confidence B) social skills and C) engagement. Technical skills: A) coding, B) design, and C) electronics.

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Advanced Curriculum

We’ve developed curriculum for Intel and trained staff from the Toronto Public Library and various school boards. Programs are designed and created by industry professionals and makers.

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Real Results

MakerKids graduates have started businesses, led classes, been featured on national TV and have shown academic and social improvement in and outside of school.

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Experience

MakerKids was named “Best Kids’ Workshops” by Toronto Life Magazine. We run programs at schools throughout the GTA, such as Toronto French School, Kingsway College, and more.

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FAQs

Does my child need experience coding or any of the programs?

Our classes are open to new and experienced kids of all backgrounds. With our small ratio of 1 instructor for every 8 kids, our instructors will be able to work with each child’s individual needs. We go over fundamentals and may hold breakout sessions for beginners and advanced students.

Do we have to bring our own laptop and supplies?

We will provide all the materials needed for the program and activities, which may include laptops, Arduinos, mics, wires and more.

What will my kid make?

Kids will create different inventions. Kids are in charge of their own projects, from start to finish, and can design their own creations. Some past robotics projections include: cat alarms, voice records and sound machines that can play a multitude of notes! There are no physical take-aways in the program, as materials are reused and re-purposed for future students. Kids will leave with a comprehensive understanding of robotics, design, electronics and coding skills.

Location:
2451 Bloor St. West (Bloor and Jane)

Check out our other camps!

Coding Programs for Kids Toronto

Robotics Camps

In our Robotics camps, kids will design, plan, program, and build an electronic invention while using an Arduino and learning how to code. Kids will understand how everyday objects around they work will have the opportunity to bring their ideas to life.

Coding Programs for Kids Toronto

Coding Camps

vKids can learn how to code with Scratch, Stencyl, Caterpillar and Ardublock! Code your own video game, apps and objects. Our coding programs are interdisciplinary. Programs also involve design, logic, math, computer skills, teamwork and creativity.

Robotics Programs for Kids Toronto

Minecraft Camps

Work with people in the real world collaboratively playing and building in the game and have an opportunity to learn new skills every week such as mod installation, powerful server plug-ins, and more!