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.
Interested in visiting us at the Children's Makerspace?
Starting June 14, the Children’s Makerspace is available for booking by calling (780) 496-7039. Only one family will be allowed at a time and all activities will be self-serve only, with no EPL staff members present.
How It Works
- Families can book up to one hour every two weeks. Call us at (780) 496-7039 to reserve your time slot.
- While in the Children's Makerspace, families can:
- Create electronic music through the DIY DJ booth and other electronic music exhibits
- Take pictures using the green screen
- Complete building and design challenges
- Borrow robotics, circuitry and engineering kits
- All visitors must abide by all public health requirements, including wearing masks for all participants aged two or over.
In addition, visitors to the Children’s Library age 12 and under can design a small object on one of our computers and print it on the 3D printer for free (max size: 6 cm x 6 cm x 6 cm). No advanced booking required.
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).
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.
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).
A green screen with an iPad ready for you and your friends to have fun and visit new locations!
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.
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.
Make a Self-Powered Car
Make Music with Everyday Objects
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
Children's Makerspace - FAQs
The Children’s Makerspace has materials and activities that will appeal primarily to children ages six to 12, though younger and older kids (and kids at heart) are also welcome!
It depends! If you use only the consumable material such as cardboard, brass fasteners and other things clearly marked, then you can take your creation home.
If you’re using our robots, Lego or other reusable materials, then you can either put it on display or take a picture and, if you want, let us feature it on our digital display.
Find more information about tour options and how to book a tour on our library tours page. Fill out the form, and a librarian will be in touch to schedule your tour.
There's also plenty for your group to do if you just stop by, though, so feel welcome to come at any time.