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Children's Makerspace

The Al and Fran Olson Children’s Makerspace inspires and celebrates children as designers and makers, providing everything kids need to play, tinker, explore, learn, create and share. Through a mixture of tech and non-tech materials, children can try out design challenges, take a deep dive into the intricacies of programming, create 3D printed objects and make music.

Book Your Visit

Interested in visiting us at the Children's Makerspace?
Visits must be booked (up to two weeks in advance) by calling 780-496-7039. Bookings are for up to four family members, with a minimum of one adult and one child three years old and up. Younger siblings are welcome.

All visitors to the Children's Makerspace must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Bookings are 50 minutes with no extensions
  • Adults must be active participants in their children’s play and learning, so physical distancing between staff and customers can be maintained
  • Masks are required for all participants aged two or over

From Nov. 28, activities in the Makerspace will based on the age of the participants.

Ages 3-5
  • Music and Arts: Make your favourite planet and planetary creature by drawing, colouring or creating with Lego.
  • Robotics: Learn and explore the basics of coding with a fun robot.
  • Building: Using materials in the Makerspace, build a structure that will balance on your finger.
Ages 6-8
Ages 9-12

Services & Equipment

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3D Printing

Want to learn how to use a 3D printer? Now's your chance! With the help of EPL staff, you'll create and manipulate an object in Tinkercad, then print a sample on our Prusa i3 MK3 3D printer to take home with you.

Once you've mastered the basics, head to the main Makerspace of the Milner Library to print your own 3D creation (must be 12 years old and over and attend a 3D Printing 101 class).

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Building and Design

All the Lego, K’nex, and Tinker Toys you need to build your latest invention, along with supplementary materials to make it shine. Come by to try out our latest design challenges, and find big community builds during special events.

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Creative Computers and iPads

  • An iMac with creative software in areas that include music, sound and video editing; game design; programming; modeling; and illustration.
  • 5 Creative iPads preloaded with apps that promote creative uses as well as STEAM learning and exploration (coming soon).
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Green Screen

A green screen with an iPad ready for you and your friends to have fun and visit new locations!

DIY DJ

Children's Beat Lab

Aspiring musicians, composers, group or solo artists can make music at our DIY DJ booth, then move to the creative iMac and record your compositions.

Robotics & Electronics

Coding and Robots and Circuits, oh my! All sorts of robots and electronics are available for use in the Children’s Makerspace.

Coming Soon

Cricut vinyl cutter

Vinyl Cutting

Learn how to use the Cricut Make vinyl cutter, a user-friendly tool that cuts designs from a variety of materials such as vinyl, paper and fabric. Make cards, papercraft, small fabric patterns or customized vinyl decals.

At the Children's Makerspace, you'll learn how to create your own design with the help of EPL staff, then print a sample to take home with you.

Makerspace From Home

STEAM Challenge:
Make a Self-Powered Car

STEAM Challenge:
Make Music with Everyday Objects

STEAM Challenge:
Make a Rube Goldberg Machine

Solve This! with Joan Marie Galat
Use Engineering to Sort Coins

Solve This! with Joan Marie Galat
How to Stop a Candy Thief

Learn at Home:
Absolute Basics of Garageband

Frequently Asked Questions

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