Minecraft for Kids Programs Toronto

Minecraft Camps

Do your kids love Minecraft? They may already have some amazing Minecraft skills, but in our kids Minecraft camps, they will do so much more with Minecraft than you realized they could. Minecraft for kids is an amazing way to learn new skills and make new friends. 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!

By the end of these camps, they will have learned how to make Minecraft even more awesome, having learned how computers and servers work and about core computer programming concepts while collaborating with kids equally excited about Minecraft. They will learn technical and critical soft skills, like effective communication and conflict resolution.

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

Minecraft
Java

What will kids learn?

Kids will have learned how to make Minecraft even more awesome, having learned how computers and servers work and about core computer programming concepts, while collaborating with kids equally excited about Minecraft.

What do kids make?

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!

MakerKids Experience and Skillset

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

Project-Based LearningK

Kids will learn how to make Minecraft even more awesome, having learned how computers and servers work and about core computer programming concepts while collaborating with kids equally excited about Minecraft. They will learn technical and critical soft skills, like effective communication and conflict resolution.

First kids will learn the fundamentals of Minecraft, game design and ways to make Minecraft even more awesome, like plug-ins. Kids will progress to creating a Minecraft server and unique world. Together kids will design, configure and build the world. Learn to create and design a better world through Minecraft!

By learning by doing, especially through a familiar and enjoyable game like Minecraft, kids gain a deeper understanding of how computers work, design philosophy, problem solving and modifications.

21st Century Skills

Minecraft has a number of educational benefits and helps kids learn skills that allow them to be better ‘netizens’. We use Minecraft as a gateway to bring kids from the alluring virtual world back to the physical world and the people around them, e.g. through 3D printing objects they’ve designed in the game — a design environment they are already familiar with.

We’ve been recognized for our expertise in teaching Minecraft — we received funding from Mozilla Hive to develop Minecraft curriculum resources for teachers, and developed a module that guides educators through teaching grade 3 students the Ontario Curriculum social studies unit of settlers in the early 18th Century using Minecraft, an engaging environment that kids get excited about.

Robotics Programs for Kids Toronto
Robotics Programs for Kids Toronto

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, Jennifer 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, police checked, go through rigorous training and assist lead instructors before teaching. Our mentors are trained to work with different learning abilities and behavioural issues. 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 created her own Minecraft club at school and even leads the class.

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Sample Day

9:00-9:15
Welcome to MakerKids and Ice Breakers
9:15-11:00 Minecraft Discovery
Instructors will guide students through key Minecraft 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 Minecraft Plug-Ins
Kids will learn how to make Minecraft better with Plug-ins
12:00-12:15 Lunch
12:15-12:45 Park
We bring kids to a neighbouring park to play games
12:45-1:40 Minecraft Collaboration
Kids will work together to build contraptions
1:40-1:50 Break
Kids have a snack and play games
1:50-3:20 Defeat the Ender Dragon
Using plug-ins and kids’ new knowledge of Minecraft, they will together defeat the Ender Dragon
3:20-3:30 Show and Tell and Clean Up
See the work the kids have created!

Tuition Includes

(From $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.

Minecraft Summer Camp

August 14-18, 2017 – Bloor West

Minecraft Summer Camp

July 24-28, 2017 – Bloor West

Minecraft Summer Camp

July 31-Aug. 4, 2017 – Summerhill York School

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

In our kids' STEM programs, your child will learn a wide variety of skills, not just tech skills. Social and emotional competencies: 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.

Robotics Programs for Kids Toronto

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.

Robotics Programs for Kids Toronto

Mental Health Improvements

Parents and schools have reported improvements in mental health, behaviour and learning development. Students have overcome issues like aggression, stress and anxiety. Your child can find their tribe at MakerKids!

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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 playing Minecraft?

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 Minecraft fundamentals and may hold breakout sessions for beginners and advanced students. It is recommended that kids have computer skills (e.g. typing).

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 and any software. 

What will my kid make?

While working with people in the real world collaboratively playing and building in the game, kids may create mods, Redstone contraptions and run their own server.

Love Minecraft? Check out our other Minecraft programs and Camps!

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Coding Camp

Kids will design, plan, program, and build an electronic invention while using an Arduino and learning how to code. They can create something as simple as a doorbell or morse code over a telephone wire to sounds of a full orchestra.

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Minecraft After School Programs

Minecraft for kids is an amazing way to learn new skills and make new friends. 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!

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4-Day Innovation Camp

Students are immersed in a world of creativity, innovation and real-world skills. In our Innovation Camps, kids are introduced to all our three core STEM topics: Robotics, Coding and Minecraft.

Fall Term:

Make it Light Up

Winter Term:


Make Sound

Spring Term:


Make it Move

Fall Term:

Code a Video Game

Winter Term:


Code an App