Empower the leaders of tomorrow with the skills and mindsets to change the world
What We Do
We are the first and largest makerspace for kids in the world, and we run programs, camps and parties on topics like Coding, Minecraft, and Robotics. Thousands of kids have graduated from MakerKids! Our goal is to help kids ages 8-12 move from being consumers to creators. Learn more about our approach here.
Designed and created by industry professionals and makers (NASA’s Singularity University graduate, engineers, entrepreneurs, teachers and speakers at Queen’s University).
MakerKids was named Best Kids’ Workshops by Toronto Life Magazine and one of the top ten awesome birthday parties in Toronto by Today’s Parent. Thousands of kids have participated in our programs. In the past, we have done Content and Curriculum Development for clients like Intel and 3D Systems, and Professional Development services for clients such as the Toronto Public Library. We’ve been featured in major media such as Wired, CTV and the Globe and Mail, and have spoken at SXSW, Maker Faire, MakerCon, and more. Our Board of Advisors includes Dale Dougherty (CEO of Maker Media, MAKE Magazine and Maker Faire) and Massimo Banzi (CEO of Arduino). We are proud to be a Certified B Corporation.
We are currently in the accredited with Ontario Camps Association.
Highly knowledgeable and passionate instructors
For our instructors, this isn’t just a job – it’s their opportunity to make a contribution to the world by making a positive difference in kids’ lives. They have incredible backgrounds in technology and working with kids, at science and technology camps at Queen’s University, City of Toronto, the Ontario Science Centre, and more.
Participants in our programs have gone on to present their project on national TV and in magazines, start their own businesses, and teach programs at their schools. We provide transformative experiences for kids so that they can be surprised at what they can do, and realize what they are capable of.
Not just technical skills, but soft skills too
While technical skills such as robotics, coding, and design are the draw, what we’re really focused on is teaching 21st century skills such as creativity, resilience, leadership, communication and confidence. Parents have shared amazing stories of how their kids have changed, with positive outcomes in areas like social skills, school performance, and mental health.
Expert-written and time-tested curriculum
Intel has hired us to write robotics curriculum and our CEO was awarded an Honorary Degree from Humber College for her contributions to society via our curriculum. The various backgrounds of our curriculum writers include being selected for the Singularity University program at NASA (where we learned the best practices for applying technology to education), being trained in engineering at Queen’s University, and writing curriculum for science camps at Queen’s University and City of Toronto.
Best-in-class standards and policies
Feel good about sending your child here. We know how special your child is to you, and we take care to protect and look after them in accordance with the highest standards of care. You can feel safe and reassured knowing that we follow over 200 best-in-class standards and policies related to working with kids and are becoming accredited by the Ontario Camps Association.
- History of proven growth of children’s competencies from social and emotional challenges to leaders in their homes and schools
- Proven programs, having had thousands of graduates in multiple cities and parents rating an average of 30% improvement in behaviour
- Children’s mental health institutions refer patients due to positive outcomes
- Parent-recommended. 90% of clients heard about us from a friend’s recommendation.
- Teacher-recommended. Teachers from schools across the GTA send students to us and report behavioural improvements.
- CEO is an award-winning entrepreneur, coded a website at 12 that went viral, was selected from thousands for the Singularity University program at NASA, and was awarded an honorary degree from Humber College for contributions to society through MakerKids
- Instructors are selected from hundreds through a 7-step interview and reference check process, are trained extensively, and all have a background in working with kids and tech
- Recommended by national and international press such as Wired, CTV, Globe and Mail
- Award-winning programs. Best Kids’ Programs (Toronto Life Magazine), Top Birthday Party Place (Today’s Parent), NextGen in Franchising (International Franchise Association)
- Invited to speak internationally about work, including MakerCon, Maker Faire
- Some kids have come from as far as the Carribean to attend our camps!
- CEO of Arduino is on our Board of Advisors
- 9/10 parents surveyed recommend our programs
- In the approval process of Ontario Camps Association
- Programs at schools throughout the GTA
We’ve run programs for Camp Ooch, Brampton Multicultural Community Centre for Syrian refugees, scouts, and Canadian Association for Girls in Science.
MakerKids Inc is proud to announce we are a certified B Corporation because of its commitment to meeting rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. This prestigious designation has also been awarded to companies such as Etsy, Patagonia, and Ben and Jerry’s.
B Corp certification is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk. B Corps are a new type of company that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.
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
Kids come in here not knowing what they can do and they leave with a phenomenal amount of self-confidence, and capabilityRod, Parent
While school’s out, keep kids away from their iPads with a trip to MakerKids, an intensely creative DIY emporium. Amateur Elon Musks are invited into a room full of supplies to bring techy fantasies to life: crayons for drafting, 3-D printers for making new shapes and easy electrical kits for robotics.Toronto Life Magazine
This MakerKids Graduate learned key sound, robotics and design concepts and now runs his own business fixing stereo equipment in his neighbourhood!
These classes are perhaps the latest example of how the way children play is changing. While kids have long tinkered in the garage with a parent, maker spaces provide kids with the chance to explore science, technology and engineering in a more formalized wayGlobe and Mail
What can you expect at MakerKids
Make the world a better place
Our STEM programs focus on (and encourage kids to focus on): social impact, helping others, making projects that help the world, and acting with integrity and safety. This is more than just a job for our staff – we care about the families that come to MakerKids and acting as positive role models for kids, providing great service to customers, and creating more leaders who can make the world a better place.
Make anything possible
MakerKids fosters the skills and mindsets for kids to realize their potential and make anything possible for themselves! 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. As a company, we are making anything possible: we’ve grown exponentially and provide great opportunities for team members to develop and grow.
Make something awesome
We’re focused on making awesome experiences, making a great company, and helping kids make awesome projects: video games, motion-activated cat alarms, and more. With STEM take on education, our MakerSpace fosters innovation, collaboration, creativity and out of the box thinking.
Make things happen
We have a bias towards action. As a team we get things done, and in classes we help kids to move beyond analysis to the prototyping phase and to take action in their lives.
Make new friends
Kids, parents and staff make new friends, and together we make a community. We help kids develop social skills and meet each other.
A Note From Our CEO, Jennifer Turliuk
When I was in 6th grade, I was given an enrichment assignment by my English teacher: to make a website for my book report. So at 12 years old, I coded my first website using HTML and drag-and-drop software. After receiving my grade on the project (an A+! Woo hoo!), I put the website aside and forgot about it for a while. But a few months later, my brother came down the stairs one day holding a magazine and saying “Hey Jenn, didn’t you make a website called Jenn’s Harry Potter?” My site had been featured in a major children’s magazine! And they called it “the most comprehensive Harry Potter image website on the internet”. I logged back onto the site for the first time in months, and saw that it had hundreds of thousands of views!
This was an extremely empowering moment for me – it helped me realize that I could make things that many other people could use. The increased confidence that I developed as a result of this experience helped me to get through the bullying I was facing at the time, improve my grades and my dedication to school, and even start some small businesses outside of school, such as a jewelry selling company and a private swimming lessons company. Later, I went to university and was accepted to a prestigious Graduate Studies Program based at NASA called Singularity University, where we learned about exponential technologies such as 3D printing and robotics and how to apply them to education.
Looking back, I realized that the experience that I had when I was 12 years old was pivotal in my life – I actually think that it was the moment I decided that I wanted to be an entrepreneur. I did some research and found studies showing that experiences like this in childhood can have a vast impact on a person’s life and that many other successful professionals and entrepreneurs had similar experiences in their childhood. So I decided that I wanted to help facilitate more experiences like this for more children, to help them realize that they can be creators (not just consumers), and to help them realize their potential. In the many years that we’ve been running our camps and weekly programs, we’ve seen kids presenting their MakerKids projects on national TV, starting their own businesses with the skills they’ve learned (e.g. one 10-year-old makes, sells and fixes audio speakers in his neighbourhood), and most importantly – improving their confidence, social skills, and engagement at school.
I hope your child will join us for an adventure in realizing what’s possible. The teacher who took an interest in me helped show me what I was capable of – and that’s what we’re trying to do for your children, everyday.
See you soon.
A Parent Guide to MakerKids Mentalities
MakerKids is an organization that enables kids to build their ideas with computers, robotics and materials. Our goal is to inspire and empower kids to think, design, experiment and create using STEM education. Our adult mentors are facilitators for the kids, and also encourage them to seek out resources to learn on their own, and to teach each other. Teenage mentors help the younger kids, also acting as an accessible role model. Interwoven with everything we do is our philosophy to honour kids’ own creativity and trust their abilities. Kids who are confident in their own abilities are capable of learning and doing anything!
- Dedicated space
- Computers and materials
- Process over Product
- Kids Teaching Kids
- Kids Teaching Us
Some key principles:
It’s OK to fail
Experiential Learning – Learn by doing
Choose to celebrate Making (not just what they’ve made)
In each MakerKids program, your child will:
- Make friends with like-minded kids
- Learn 21st century skills (confidence, creativity, etc)
- Learn technical skills (e.g. coding)
- Make something awesome