Kids Programs FAQ
MakerKids is the first and largest MakerSpace in the world for kids. We have been operating for over 6 years, working from our MakerSpace, schools and other facilities. Check out our MakerKids Program FAQs. If you have any questions you can email us at [email protected] or call us at 647-247-1678.
I am used to registering through a different portal/site – do my login details still work here?
Yes, they do. For your convenience, we’ve integrated our registration system into our site so that you can register directly through our site instead of having to go to a third party site. However, if you feel more comfortable registering at the old site, please feel free to do so here. If you have any feedback on our new site, we would love to hear it! [email protected]
Where can I log into my account online?
Log into our Active Network registration account here.
What ages are your programs for?
We have programs for ages 8-12 and 10-15 (check out Advanced programs). By exception, we can accept 7-year-olds. Please contact us if your child is under 8.
Can my child under 8 join?
The curriculum we have designed for our camps and 10 week programs at Makerkids is designed for kids who have at least completed grade 2. Some of the important curriculum they have by then covered in school is addition and subtraction of multidigit numbers, as well as gaining more practice reading to interact with computer operating systems. Multiplication and division, numbers from a thousand to a million, and other more advanced topics are addressed in some of our programs but these are rare enough to just teach as we cover them. While some
While some 6-7 year olds may be academically advanced, the development of abstract thought, visualization, and logical reasoning (e.g. Throwing a soft feather at a glass window breaks the window. You throw a soft feather at a glass window. What happens?) are still necessary for kids to get the most out of our programs. All that being said it is certainly possible to modify the pace of the class and approach of our instructors to provide a quality experience for kids younger than 8.
All that being said it is certainly possible to modify the pace of the class and approach of our instructors to provide a quality experience for kids younger than 8. Unfortunately, that accommodation disadvantages the more developed students the programs are intended for as the younger students require significantly more of the instructor’s time and greatly reduce the speed at which material is covered. When we do make exceptions and accept
When we do make exceptions and accept 7 year olds into classes at Makerkids they must have strong reading and spelling skills, have experience working on a computer with a standard desktop operating system and keyboard, and – critically – the class they enroll in must contain >8 and <16 students and not already have any younger exceptions.
Finally, the kids registering under an exception should have different expectations of the outcomes of the class compared to our what we offer to kids the program is actually designed for. In general, they’ll be limited to gaining exposure to the technology we use while playing with a subset of the tools and skills we teach, but they won’t yet be gaining much actual understanding.
How is different from your previous multi-week programs? What changed?
Our membership plan now features more flexible learning. Join us for one month or join us year long – even throughout the summer. Instead of multi-week terms, kids can join for a month or a whole year through this subscription model. Kids will earn certificates as they progress through hundreds of unique and tested activities. We also have classes for ages 13-15!
Is pricing the same?
If you purchase the 3-month membership, pricing is almost unchanged. Each 2-hour class will be $33.75 compared to $32.50. If you purchase the 6-month or 9-month option, you can save up to 20% compared to a single month’s purchase.
Do you have a referral program?
Yes! When your friend purchases a program or camp and uses your custom coupon code, your friend receives $25 off any program and you earn $25. Email us at [email protected] to claim your own coupon code. Read more.
Do you have any programs for adults?
Not currently – we can organize them by request though. Email [email protected]
Do I need to have previous experience in using certain programs or having specific skills before I attend one of your programs? No previous experience is required – just a desire to make things! Our instructors will show you how to use any programs or materials safely, and teach you anything else you might want to know.
How do I know if this program is right for my child?
You are welcome to come meet with us to discuss our program, tour our makerspace and ask any questions. Simply email us at [email protected] to book a time. We also run trial classes throughout the year. This is a great way for you and your child to get a taste of MakerKids before committing to a whole program or camp.
How many kids are in a class?
Our largest classroom can fit up to 32 kids and our small classroom fits 10. We will always have at least 1 instructor for every 8 kids.
Do I have to stay with my child during the program?
No. We encourage kids to learn on their own and with their peers. All our programs are child-centric and project-based.
When do I arrive?
Please arrive a few minutes early to sign in. We also encourage parents to arrive 15 minutes before the end of class to see what the kids have been working on. Parents and guardians are responsible for their children outside of class. MakerKids is open 15 minutes before and after class. Parents are responsible for escorting their children inside MakerKids and outside the facility. We cannot monitor kids over 15 minutes outside of class and do not take responsibility for the actions outside of our stated class times.
Do you have discounts?
Yes! Please note that you can only use one discount code per purchase. Also, discount codes must be used at the time of purchase and cannot be applied retroactively.
- Sibling: Use “SIBLING” to get 5% off entry when registering multiple siblings.
- Don’t forget to check our referral program! Earn $25 or more!
Do you have any subsidies or payment plans?
We currently do not have any subsidies or payment plans. We are able to assist in any 3rd party applications. We aim to maintain affordable pricing for all our students at $16.25/hour. Do stay tuned as we grow.
Am I allowed to stay with my child? Do I need to purchase a ticket for myself?
We generally do not allow parents to stay with their children during the programs. If you want to stay with your child during the program, you must request this by email in advance ([email protected]). You must also purchase a ticket, as space is limited.
Holidays and Closures:
There will be no classes running on (inclusively):
Thanksgiving, October 7-9, 2017
Family Day, February 17-19, 2018
March Break, March 10 – 18, 2018
Easter, March 30 – April 2, 2018
Victoria Day, May 19-21, 2018
Do I have register in advance for any program?
Yes. We recommend registering as early as possible as space is limited.
Do I need to bring a laptop?
We will provide all the materials and supplies for our programs. We will provide laptops, software and any other materials. Just bring yourself, some nut free snacks and water!
Is there an outdoor component to summer camps? Do kids just work on the computers?
Yes, the kids get to play and eat lunch outdoors at a local park – Etienne Brule Park. All our programs integrate time for games, activities and working with others. Kids will design, brainstorm together as well as test each other’s inventions on and off screen. We have a strong emphasis on soft skills, not only technical skills. Kids will leave with well-rounded skills and experiences that they can carry with them throughout their lives.
What is your approach towards making?
Our approach is to encourage creativity and empower kids with their own ideas for projects. We encourage all kids to participate in our programs and we don’t push towards certain activities based on gender or stereotype – it’s up to the child what they want to explore and learn about! We also like to encourage children in making their own decisions and to learn by doing, while we act as mentors instead of doing things for them.
What safety measures do you have in place?
We have safety procedures and training for the kids on how to use materials, like Arduinos, safely. Our instructors are also well trained. Any sharp tools are kept well out of reach unless someone needs to use them for a particular project with adult supervision. We are a scent-free space. All kids must have up to date immunizations to participate. If you have any questions about this, please contact us.
Can I have my birthday party at MakerKids?
If you’re looking to book a birthday party in Toronto for kids, or for adults, we would love to help you throw an awesome birthday party at our makerspace! We have a range of activities available such as: Minecraft, toy hacking and more! We can also create other activities – let us know how you would love to celebrate!
Do you offer ______ workshop or program?
Interested in a specific topic or program but don’t see it in our current programming? Please email us at [email protected] and let us know – we are always looking for suggestions of what you might love to do!
Can I rent out your space for an event I want to have?
Yes, that’s entirely possible! Email us at [email protected] with your event details: date, time, capacity and other requirements.
Do you host workshops outside of your makerspace?
Yes, we host workshops at other events, festivals and other venues. We have done workshops at SXSW, Harbourfront, ROM, schools, Toronto Mini Maker Faire, Toronto Maker Faire Rome, Roncesvalles Polish Festival and more. If you know someone who would love to have us host a workshop – please email us at [email protected]
Do you offer corporate training or creative team sessions?
Yes, we do – please email us at [email protected] to inquire.
What is your refund/cancellation policy?
CANCELLATIONS: Your class may be cancelled if too few people register. A decision will be made a few days before the class is scheduled to run, and you will be notified of the cancellation and you will have the option of your registration being turned into a MakerKids credit, or receive a refund in full.
EMERGENCY CLOSINGS: MakerKids will close to the public for weather emergencies. In the case of weather emergency, staff and volunteers may still access the building, but staff will not be on duty, and classes will be cancelled. Closings will be posted online, and you will be emailed if your class is affected. We will attempt to reschedule any classes cancelled due to emergency, but if we are unable to reschedule or you are unable to make the newly scheduled class you will have the option of your registration being turned into a MakerKids credit, or receiving a refund in full.
REFUNDS: There is a $50 fee for any class changes. Cancellation must be done at least 15 days of the class start date – you will have the option of your registration being turned into a MakerKids credit, or receiving a refund in full. If you have registered within 15 days of your program start date, we cannot issue a refund (only credit may apply). In the case of summer camps, no refunds are allowed past June 15 (2 weeks before camps begin). After that point refunds are contingent upon MakerKids being able to fill the seat. No refunds whatsoever are offered for same-day cancellations. To request a refund for a class, please email [email protected]REFUNDS: There is a $50 fee for any class changes. Cancellation must be done at least 15 days of the class start date – you will have the option of your registration being turned into a MakerKids credit, or receiving a refund in full. If you have registered within 15 days of your program start date, we cannot issue a refund (only credit may apply). In the case of summer camps, no refunds are allowed past June 15 (2 weeks before camps begin). After that point refunds are contingent upon MakerKids being able to fill the seat. No refunds whatsoever are offered for same-day cancellations. To request a refund for a class, please email [email protected]
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MakerKids MakerSpace FAQ
Where are are my transportation or parking options for coming here? We are located at 2451 Bloor St W, about 1 minutes away from Jane subway station. There are street parking options nearby. Do you have a schedule? When are you open? Check out our Programs page to find out our latest schedule. Our MakerSpace is only open during our program times. We also usually have other scheduled events like workshops, festival booths, outdoor events, etc. For our latest events, please visit our Programs page.
SUPPORT MAKERKIDS FAQ
Can I make become a corporate sponsor? Yes, you can make a personal donation or a corporate donation by emailing [email protected] Can I donate materials or equipment to MakerKids? Sure, we are grateful for your support with equipment and material donations – it keeps our space running and enables us to reach out to more kids. Please see our Partners page for our current wish list. Have something that you’d like to donate? Email us at [email protected] to see if it can be used for our makerspace. Are you hiring? We are always looking for great instructors. Email us at [email protected].