MakerKids Bloor West In-Person Programs FAQ

MakerKids is the first and largest MakerSpace in the world for kids. We have been operating for over 7 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 info@makerkids.com or call us at 416-385-3577.

Where can I log into my account online?
Camps: Log into our Active Network registration account here.
Programs: Log into our Pike13 registration account here. Log into our app registration account here.

What ages are your programs for?
We have programs for grades 1-2, grades 3-5, and grades 6-8.

How do the payments work for Weekly Programs?
Our membership plan features more flexible learning. Join us for three months or join us year-round – even throughout the summer. Kids can start anytime through our flexible subscription model. Kids will earn badges as they progress through hundreds of unique and tested activities.

Do you have a referral program?
Yes! If you refer someone, let us know and both of you will earn $25 towards a future program.

Do you have any programs for adults? 
Not currently.

Do kids need to have previous experience in using certain programs or having specific skills before they attend one of your programs? No previous experience is required – just a desire to make things! Our instructors will show you kids to use any programs or materials safely, and teach them 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 info@makerkids.com 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 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.

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 (info@makerkids.com). You must also purchase a ticket, as space is limited. Parents are welcome to hang out in our lobby.

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. There is a late pick-up fee of $2/minute if you are late over 15 minutes past the end of class.

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 about our referral program! When you friend enters your name at registration, both of you will earn $25 towards a future program.

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. Kids in Camps provides great funding for camps – check them out here: http://kidsincamp.com/parents-campers/

Holidays and Closures (see full calendar below):
There will be no classes running on any stat holidays.

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 (and lunch if it is a full-day program)!

Is there an outdoor component to summer camps? Do kids just work on the computers?
Yes, the kids get to play outdoors at a nearby family-friendly park during full day programs, like PA days and camps. All our programs integrate time for games, activities and working with others. Kids will design and 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. We have stretch breaks and eye breaks to encourage kids to have good screen hygiene. 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 follow over 200 standards and are accredited by the Ontario Camps Association. We are nut-free and have safety procedures and training for kids on how to use materials like laptops and Arduinos safely. Our instructors are also well-trained, police-checked, reference-checked and First Aid trained. 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.

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.

Programs: Cancellation must be done at least 15 days before 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 before your program start date, we cannot issue a refund (only credit may apply). To cancel your membership following the 3-month commitment, please contact us to confirm the cancellation one month prior to your desired final bill.

Camps: 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 info@makerkids.com

Where are you located? Where are are my transportation or parking options for coming here? Please see our Contact page for more information about this.

What do I do if my child can’t make a class?

The best way for your child to get the most out of their time at MakerKids is to attend in their regularly scheduled time slot. It’s important for kids to build a community with their classmates, a positive relationship with their instructor(s), and get consistent exposure to the technologies they are discovering. We understand though that perfect attendance isn’t always possible.

Subject to availability, each student at MakerKids is allowed one make-up class per monthly billing cycle if a missed class brings them below 4 for that period. To apply for a make-up class, please submit a request form as far in advance of the class your child is going to miss as possible (minimum of 72h for most absences or at least before the start of class if they fall ill).

We do our best to evaluate and accommodate all requests on a first-come-first-served basis while ensuring instructor to student ratios are maintained. If there are circumstances that require special accommodation for making up a missed class, please contact the MakerKids team.

Looking for the make-up class request form? https://makerkids.com/makeup

Are you hiring? We are always looking for great instructors. Check out our job postings here.

IMPORTANT: For pickup, please arrive 15 minutes before the program end time so you can see what your child has been working on. Please ensure that each person picking up brings their ID each time and is on the list of authorized people who you have indicated are allowed to sign your child out.

Parents are not allowed to sit in on classes, unless previously agreed on. Parents are allowed in at the beginning of class and at the end. If parents would like to stay the duration of the program, they may sit in the lobby.

ARRIVAL AND PICK UP: Parents and guardians are responsible for their children outside of class. Parents are responsible for escorting their children inside MakerKids and outside the facility. We cannot monitor kids outside of class and do not take responsibility for the actions outside of our stated class times. Cost for late pick-up is $2 a minute and is difficult for staff who may have other plans/obligations outside of their booked class hours.

MAKERSHARE: Parents and guardians are welcome to come to the last 15 minutes of every class, and the last 30 minutes of the last class for our “MakerShare,” where everyone gets to share their projects. This is a great time to see what your kids have been working on all week.

WHAT TO BRING: Please be sure to send snacks (no nuts) and a waterbottle – and if you are registered for a full-day program, please send lunch. If your program is taking place in the winter, please ensure your child brings indoor shoes.

FORMS (OPTIONAL AND REQUIRED): Please log into your accounts to fill out your Waiver (required), Health Form (required), Self Sign Out Authorization Form (Optional), and Anaphylaxis Plan (required if your child has anaphylactic allergies).

HOLIDAYS: Parents/guardians are responsible for checking holidays for closures. We will send an email and post on social media regarding closures.

MakerKids Bloor West Virtual Programs FAQ

General

We teach coding, robotics and Minecraft in a way that is fun, engaging and social! Makers from all around the world join in to interact with like-minded makers to create projects that are truly their own. Our motto is “making by doing” with an extra emphasis on promoting soft and social skills such as cooperation, communication, problem solving and resilience! Our instructors are vetted mentors who are looking to provide the best learning experience as possible for your maker!

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.

All our programs integrate time for games, activities and working with others. Kids will design and 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. We have stretch breaks and eye breaks to encourage kids to have good screen hygiene. Kids will leave with well-rounded skills and experiences that they can carry with them throughout their lives.

Signing Up

We have 2 class lengths, 5 programs and three levels! 

Is your child in grade 1-2 or 3-5 and 6-8?

  • If your child is in grade 1-2 the Mini Maker program is the best fit for them! Our 1 hour Mini Maker program rotates between coding and robotics, while our 2 hour Mini Maker program runs Minecraft! 
  • If your child is in grades 3-5 or 6-8, pick between coding, robotics, Minecraft or Idea Incubator. The Idea Incubator program rotates between all three topics depending on the month. Pick between a 1 hour or 2 hour class for each topic. Pick between a beginner, intermediate or advanced session! 
    • Beginner: Is your child is new or has some experience with block based code? The beginner class is the right fit for your child! 
    • Intermediate: This level would be a good fit for a child who already has some block based code experience and would like a class where they are given more independence on projects
    • Advanced: Recommended for makers who are ready to move on from block-based code. Makers should be comfortable with typing lines of code.

Still unsure as to what program is the best? Do a free trial class to find out what topic your child likes the most!

Our weekly membership programs engage kids in hands-on, project-based learning.  Your maker can meet like-minded kids and work on long term projects that cater to their interests and strengths. Watch your kids grow and explore week to week! Our smaller virtual class sizes allow kids to work  at their own pace so they can continue to work and build on their interests. Join us for a couple of months or year-round – even throughout the summer. With a membership you can choose a session and stick to it  or switch every few months when your maker’s schedule changes. Instead of 10-week terms, kids can join for a couple months or longer through this flexible subscription model. Kids will earn badges as they progress through hundreds of unique and tested activities.

You will be sent a note with your child’s log in details the day before their scheduled session. It will be sent to your Pike13 account. You will receive an e-mail notice once this is done.

Mentors will open your classroom 5 minutes prior to scheduled start time, but your session will start at it’s scheduled time. If you access your link earlier than your scheduled start time, your classroom will appear closed. You do not need to make a Vedamo account.

If you are scheduled for a Mineraft session, please ensure you are set up to participate. You can find our Minecraft Guide here.

Our ratio for virtual classrooms is 1 instructor per 5 makers.

We recommend parents or guardians to be nearby or in the vicinity of their child during their virtual class. Mini Makers (grades 1-2) will definitely need a parent or guardian nearby to guide them. This is especially important for their first virtual classes.

Curriculum

Everything we do is project-based! This means that makers will be working on projects that incorporate various essential concepts of coding, robotics and Minecraft week to week! Some elements of coding and robotics are repeated week to week! For example, forever loops and if then statements are incorporated into almost every project we do! Our motto is “learning by doing”! This means that although your child might be getting a fresh start, over time they’ll gain the experience and confidence!

No! We do not give out homework in our programs! If your child is really enjoying the programming they are doing, that is absolutely wonderful! They are welcome to work on their coding or robotics projects on their own time. They can access their projects through their respective scratch, replit, glitch or tinkercad accounts! If they are registered for a Minecraft program, they can practice commands on their own servers!

We monitor who is in and out of our server to promote student online safety. This means that students are only permitted into the server at their scheduled class time and are taken off of the server outside of their scheduled class time. Their builds and projects will be present the next time they sign into a session!

Our mentors post notes to your account after every session with details on what your maker worked on during the class. For coding and robotics classes, you can access their projects by going into their accounts (e.g. Scratch, Replit, TinkerCad, Glitch). We invite parents to join into the last 10-15 minutes of your child’s session to check in on what they have been working on!

Idea Incubator is a program for makers grades 3-5 and 6-8 that rotates between coding, robotics and Minecraft depending on the month!

January: Coding 
February: Robotics 
March: Minecraft
April: Coding
May: Robotics
June: Minecraft 
July: Coding 
August: Robotics
September: Minecraft 
October: Coding 
November: Robotics
December: Minecraft

Everything we do is project-based! This means that makers will be working on projects that incorporate various essential concepts of coding, robotics and Minecraft week to week! Some elements of coding and robotics are repeated week to week! For example, forever loops and if then statements are incorporated into almost every project we do! Our motto is “learning by doing”! This means that although your child might be getting a fresh start, over time they’ll gain the experience and confidence!

No! We do not give out homework in our programs! If your child is really enjoying the programming they are doing, that is absolutely wonderful! They are welcome to work on their coding or robotics projects on their own time. They can access their projects through their respective scratch, replit, glitch or tinkercad accounts! If they are registered for a Minecraft program, they can practice commands on their own servers!

We monitor who is in and out of our server to promote student online safety. This means that students are only permitted into the server at their scheduled class time and are taken off of the server outside of their scheduled class time. Their builds and projects will be present the next time they sign into a session!

Our mentors post notes to your account after every session with details on what your maker worked on during the class. For coding and robotics classes, you can access their projects by going into their accounts (e.g. Scratch, Replit, TinkerCad, Glitch). We invite parents to join into the last 10-15 minutes of your child’s session to check in on what they have been working on!

Idea Incubator is a program for makers grades 3-5 and 6-8 that rotates between coding, robotics and Minecraft depending on the month!

January: Coding 
February: Robotics 
March: Minecraft
April: Coding
May: Robotics
June: Minecraft 
July: Coding 
August: Robotics
September: Minecraft 
October: Coding 
November: Robotics
December: Minecraft

Maker Mentors

Our Maker Mentors are expert makers who have extensive experience working with kids and technology! They are vetted, police checked and trained to work with makers of varying ages, abilities and interests. Our makers hope to create the best learning experiences possible for your child.

Most definitely! E-mail us at info@makerkids.com and we can give you more details about your request. We will do our best to match your child with their instructor of choice, but please note that spots are limited. All our mentors are absolutely amazing! Your child will be in good hands with any of them.

We would also be happy to book a private class for your child and their mentor of choice!

Discounts

Yes! If you refer someone, let us know and both of you will earn $25 towards a future program. Use the code BRINGAFRIEND at checkout!

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 about our referral program! When your friend enters your name at registration, both of you will earn $25 towards a future program.

We also recommend subscribing to our newsletter to get latest updates on promotions!

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. Kids in Camps provides great funding for camps – check them out here: http://kidsincamp.com/parents-campers/

Requirements

Basic Requirements:

A internet connection

  • Working Microphone and Speakers – We recommend a set of headphones or headset (which has been tested and is working) with an integrated microphone so that you can hear us and we can hear you as clearly as possible. If you do not have headphones or a headset, please ensure your child is in a quiet place – as long as they have speakers and a microphone and are in a quiet place it will be fine. Please reduce background noise or move to a quiet area for the benefit of all kids in the class.
  • Optional: Webcam – Either external or built-in (many laptops have an integrated camera).
  • Laptop or desktop (not tablet or phone)
  • Keyboard and mouse
  • Chrome browser. Do not use Safari, use Chrome. If something is not working on Chrome, try Firefox or Edge.

Detailed System Requirements:

  • Broadband internet connection (ideally with at least 1.2Mbps download and 600Kbps upload speeds)
  • For Coding Classes: 4GB of RAM or more (<4GB RAM may work but may be unstable in some situations)
  • For Minecraft and Idea Incubator classes ONLY

Minecraft system requirements (source)
Minecraft: PC (Windows 7 or later) or Mac (OSX 10.7 or later) computer (not a Chromebook)
CPU: Intel Core i3-3210 3.2 GHz / AMD A8-7600 APU 3.1 GHz or equivalent (older or less powerful CPUs may work but may be unstable in some situations)
RAM: 4GB or more (<4GB RAM may work but may be unstable in some situations)
Minecraft Java Edition Launcher Installed
(instructions for this can be found here)
A Minecraft Java Edition Account purchased

Here are ways you can prepare for your upcoming coding session. We highly recommend saving the password to the accounts you create to the computer your child will be using. We also recommend writing the log in down in case your child changes devices. All account creation is free!

  • Mini Maker, Beginner and Intermediate: Set up a scratch account for your child. If they already have one, they are welcome to use it!
  • Advanced: 
    • Websites: Create a glitch account.
    • Python: Create a replit account.

Other than our virtual classroom requirements, you do not need to do any further set up for robotics sessions! Account creation will be handled by MakerKids staff.

Please review our Minecraft guide here. Your child should have Minecraft Java edition downloaded and set up prior to their first session.

Please review our Minecraft Modding guide here. Your child should have MCreator downloaded and set up prior to their first session.

Yes, we require makers registered in Minecraft or Idea Incubators to purchase their own Minecraft account. This will allow them to use their account outside of class time! If your child already has a Minecraft account, they can let their instructor know and they can get whitelisted.

You can purchase a Minecraft account here. Please ensure your purchase a Java Edition account. Accounts cost $35 and are a one-time fee. That account becomes yours to keep even after their time at MakerKids is over!

Unfortunately Pocket Edition (on iPads, phones and tablets) and Education or Bedrock edition accounts are not compatible with Minecraft Java edition. You will need to purchase a Java edition account to participate.

January: Coding 
February: Robotics 
March: Minecraft
April: Coding
May: Robotics
June: Minecraft 
July: Coding 
August: Robotics
September: Minecraft 
October: Coding 
November: Robotics
December: Minecraft

See the schedule for our Idea Incubator above and find the appropriate set up instructions for the topic of the month.

Scheduling and Cancellations

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.

REFUNDS:

There is a $50 fee for any class changes.

Weekly Programs: If your child can no longer attend their scheduled session we would happy to explore various options with you. We understand that your child’s interests and schedules may change! With a membership, you can switch topics and time slots to accommodate your child’s needs.If you are looking to take a couple weeks off, we would be happy to pause or hold your membership with us. This would allow you to reserve your child’s spot in their session. Our classes fill up quickly! To cancel your membership following the 1-month commitment, please contact us to confirm 2 weeks prior to your desired final bill.

Daily Camps: If your child can no longer attend our daily camps, we would be happy to help you change your camp time or topic or put your account on hold. Many of our daily program makers attend for multiple weeks and build relationships and share great experiences over time with their mentors and their peers.  Let us know if your child is thinking of taking a break from daily camp. We can put your membership on hold and have it pick up again at a flexible date that works for you! We offer AM camps (10AM-12PM EST) and PM camps (1PM-3PM) of various topics your child can choose from. If you are registered for our weekly virtual camp, you must let us know a week prior to your billing date to cancel your membership. Otherwise, billing is recurring.

The best way for your child to get the most out of their time at MakerKids is to attend in their regularly scheduled time slot. It’s important for kids to build a community with their classmates, a positive relationship with their instructor(s), and get consistent exposure to the technologies they are discovering. We understand though that perfect attendance isn’t always possible.

Subject to availability, each student at MakerKids is allowed one make-up class per monthly billing cycle if a missed class brings them below 4 for that period. To apply for a make-up class, please submit a request form as far in advance of the class your child is going to miss as possible (minimum of 72h for most absences or at least before the start of class if they fall ill).

We do our best to evaluate and accommodate all requests on a first-come-first-served basis while ensuring instructor to student ratios are maintained. If there are circumstances that require special accommodation for making up a missed class, please contact the MakerKids team.

Looking for the make-up class request form? https://makerkids.com/makeup

Are you hiring? We are always looking for great instructors. Check out our job postings here.

Technical Issues

Our classroom links are run by live instructors and are only live when the instructor has opened it up! Refresh your page at your child’s scheduled class time and it will prompt you to join the session. If the link appears to be closed after scheduled start time, e-mail us at info@makerkids.com

To share your screen, click the share screen button on the bottom of the classroom page. 

Once you hit the share screen button, a pop up will ask you to choose what screen you would like to share. Click the picture of your entire screen first, the share button on the right will then turn blue. Once you share your screen, you do not need to stop sharing your screen. The mentor will rotate between screens to assist you when needed!

If your page indicates that you cannot share your screen, you will need to allow permission! 

If you have a PC: Try refreshing your page. If it still does not work, try using another browser. Chrome is the browser we recommend for all our programs.

If you have a Mac: Go into your system preferences.

Click on the security and privacy option, go into privacy and find the Screen Recording option. You may have to unlock your permissions to access it.

Ensure your computer permits screen recording on the browser you are using. Once you have changed the settings, rejoin the session!

This is likely because your privacy settings have disabled multiplayer. To fix this issue, you can follow our guide here.

We totally understand that set up can be daunting for parents! This is why we have Tech Checks! Tech Checks are free 15 minute sessions where we can do our best to support you with any troubleshooting or set up concerns. You can book a tech check here.