NEW WORKSHOPS ADDED THROUGH JUNE 12
Welcome to Make It! Live — real-time, interactive programming led by our Maker Educators, delivered to you at home.
KID Museum is offering a variety of ways to inspire creative learning while stuck at home. These programs, facilitated by our professional Maker Educators, are tailored to different ages, interests, and time commitments. Choose the ones that work best for your family!
Make It! Live Overview
Project of the Day: small group, single session class (K- 4th grade – one registration per family)
Workshops: small group, single one-hour session (age-specific – one registration per child)
Skill-Building Classes: small group, series of four one-hour sessions (age-specific – one registration per child)
One-on-One: one child, one hour sessions (age-specific – one registration per child)
We’ll be adding more programs regularly and changing things up as we learn what works for our community.
Members, be sure to login before checkout to receive your discount.
Project of the Day
Jump in and join us for the “Project of the Day,” a fun, hands-on activity using household materials! A Maker Educator will host a 40-minute, live interactive session to introduce the project, followed by online “office hours.”
K – 4th Grade – one registration per family
$20 Member | $24 Nonmember
K – 4th Grade | Protect the Popsicle Challenge
Have you ever bought a pack of popsicles on a hot day only to find them melted by the time you got home? Use the engineering design process to design, build, and test a container that keeps a popsicle cold on a warm day. Challenge yourself to design a solution that will keep the popsicle cold for the longest amount of time.
Materials:Optional Household items: Plastic cup or other small container, tin foil, tape, scissors, newspaper paper, cardboard, plastic or styrofoam, fabric scraps paper and pencil for testing, thermometer and/or timer, popcicles or ice cubes
K – 4th Grade | Tower Engineering
Put your engineering and architecture skills to the test: design and build different types of towers out of household materials. Will your be the tallest tower ? The strongest? Will it stand up against wind? You are the architect!
Materials: Paper, Cardboard, Masking Tape, Scissors, Spaghetti, toothpicks, rubberbands.
K – 4th Grade | DIY Gadgets
Design your own fidget toy, grabber tool, or ball launcher — or come up with your own design! Learn about simple machines and other moving mechanisms while making a gadget you can really use.
Materials: Straws, paper, pencils or popcicle sticks, cardboard, string, paper cup or toilet paper tube, scissors, rubber bands, paperclips, balloons, and other household items
K – 4th Grade | At Home Inventors Challenge
Take our challenge and invent something new out of ordinary objects. Using anything from cardboard boxes to coat hangers to paper bags, learn how to create unexpected and fun inventions. Use one of our ideas or create your own!
Materials: Cardboard box, common household objects, a lot of imagination
K – 4th Grade | Chain Reaction Machine
Use household objects to create your own chain reaction machine! Chain reactions are a great way to explore cause and effect. Learn some creative techniques and then build your own machine to share in our virtual classroom.
Materials: Common household objects
K – 4th Grade | Marble Run Madness
Take over your living room! Dominate your hallway! Fill up your bedroom! Design and build the longest-lasting (and most resourceful) marble run using basic household materials.
Materials: Marble or small ball, large piece of cardboard (about 12″ x 24-36″), common household objects
In our single-session workshops, students can learn a new skill or try a technology with the guidance of one of our experienced educators. These 60-minute workshops will give students time to try a single project or software in a small group setting. Limit: Four students per workshop.
Age-specific – one registration per child
$25 Member | $30 Nonmember
2nd – 3rd Grade | Scratch Story
With Scratch, you can design your own interactive animations, video games, and much more! Scratch is an accessible programming language designed especially for kids. Learn to make your characters move, add sound, keep score, and design interactive elements for your game or animation.
Materials: Laptop or desktop computer
4th – 5th Grade | DIY Spy: Encoded Messages and Invisible Ink
Send and receive messages like a spy! Craft a device to encode and decode messages, and learn how to create and reveal invisible writing. Then use these new skills to send ultra-secure messages to your trusted source.
Materials: Twist tie or toothpick; Cardboard; Scissors that can cut cardboard; Pencil; School glue or hot glue; Ruler or other straightedge; White crayon; Watercolor paint; Paintbrush; Bowl/glass/cup for water; Plastic wrap or something else to protect your table from water; 2 sheets blank white paper; Optional: Marker
6th – 8th Grade | At Home Automatons
Engineering plus art, what could be better? Build 3-dimensional artwork that moves. People have been building automatons for centuries to represent the magic and wonder of the natural world. Come join in the fun!
Materials: TCardboard box and/or cardboard pieces, hot glue gun (prefered) or white glue, construction paper/cardstock, straws, dowels/skewers/rods, duct/masking tape, scissors or box knife, markers/paint pens/crayons, assorted artsy craft materials
2nd – 3rd Grade | Table Top Arcade
Turn your table into a miniature arcade: build a mini cornhole, mini bowling alley, and mini catapult game for hours of fun. No quarters required!
Materials: Cardboard, construction paper/cardstock/printer paper, duct and/or masking tape, hot glue gun or glue sticks, ping pong ball and/or pom poms, paint pens or markers or crayons, scissors, ruler.
4th – 5th Grade | Mechanical Animals
“Using Solidworks’ online “Mech It”” app, create a mechanical animal while exploring physics, mechanics, and simple machines. Link existing shapes — or create your own — to make your animal come to life on the screen. https://www.swappsforkids.com/apps/mech-it/
Materials: PC/Mac/Chromebook with mouse (no tablets)
6th – 8th Grade | Creative Audio Recording
Become an audio producer! Set up your own digital sound studio, then make a podcast or radio drama, using the free, open-source Audacity software.
Materials: Laptop or desktop computer running Windows or macOS. Please note that Chromebooks are not supported, nor is Catalina, the most recent macOS (released in October 2019).
Experience our interactive, multi-session series for a deeper dive into a new skill. KID Museum Maker Educators will lead four, small group lessons via a virtual classroom. Classes will run twice a week for two consecutive weeks. Additional classes being added.
Age-specific – one registration per child
$100 Member | $110 Nonmember (four sessions)
2nd – 3rd Grade | Board Game Build
From Candyland to Carcassonne to Ticket to Ride… in this series, we’ll explore board game design and mechanics — and build our own games! Re-theme a classic or come up with something completely new. It’s up to you.
Your favorite board games, cardboard, construction paper/cardstock/printer paper, duct and/or masking tape, hot glue gun or glue sticks, paint pens or markers or crayons or colored pencils, scissors, ruler.
4th – 5th Grade | Virtual Tour Creators
Feeling cooped up right now? Take your family and friends on a tour of another city, state, or country! Become a wiz at Google Tour Creator: collect Google Street View photos, annotate them with voice recordings, put it all together, and share it with your friends!/span>
Materials Required: Laptop or desktop computer (Windows, Mac, Chromebook, or Linux)
6th – 8th Grade | Scratch Escape Room Makers
Create a virtual escape room with your own mind-boggling puzzles and challenges that you can share online with family and friends. Learn puzzle creation techniques and use the block-based coding application, Scratch to make a virtual escape room of your own design.
Materials Required: Desktop or laptop computer (no tablets, please)
Interested in taking a deep dive into a topic frequently taught at KID Museum? Experience interactive, one-on-one sessions with a KID Museum Maker Educator.
Age specific – one registration per child
$75 per session
2nd – 8th Grade | One-on-One
Thank you for your interest in having our KID Museum Educators work one-on-one with your child. We are very excited to offer this new virtual programming. We ask that you fill this form out for each session request. We will be offering sessions on programs frequently taught at KID such as coding, 3D design, sewing, audio production, and more.