MakerKids’ Super Fantastical Maker Picnic is this Sunday!

Posted on August 9, 2013 Under Uncategorized

One of the maker groups that is going to be at Maker Faire Toronto is having a Super Fantastical Maker Picnic this Sunday, August 11th and we thought we’d spread the word since it sounds like something people interested in Maker Faire Toronto might like! MakerKids is one of six youth makerspaces in the world and is located right here in Toronto. At Maker Faire, MakerKids is going to have a toy hacking booth and a robot battle arena (see more details below). This picnic will be a preview of the kinds of activities that MakerKids runs.

Join us in celebrating with:

  • Make your own wood-fire cooked pizza (pay on site)
  • Air rocket building station
  • Mega croquet
  • Parachute and other games
  • Sand mud construction pit
  • Kids project showcase (Kids – bring any of your projects and show them off!)

The picnic is Sunday, August 11 from 2-5 pm in Dufferin Grove park. Everyone is welcome! You can register in advance at or just show up. MakerKids is also accepting toy donations at the picnic for its toy hacking booth that will be at Maker Faire.

After Picnic Soiree 

From 4:30-6:30 there is a bike-powered PWYC concert in the park, featuring: Abigail Lapell, Dana Sipos, Jessica Moore and special guest Ben Hermann. For more awesoness about this, check:


MakerKids at Maker Faire Toronto:

Here is a preview of what MakerKids will be doing at Maker Faire Toronto.

MakerKids Toy Hacking Booth:

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At our Toy Hacking makerstation, take apart old toys and reassemble them into new creations! Use screwdrivers, hacksaws, drills and scissors to take them apart, and use hot glue, duct tape, screws and needle and thread to put them together again. Humpty Dumpty never had it so good!

We’ll have a collection of toys, craft foam, fabric, and assorted body parts and craft materials to augment your designs. Bring your own toys to upcycle, too. Our 3D printer will also be churning out various eyes and teeth for your creation to express itself.

If you are interested in electronics, soldering irons and LEDs will be on hand for further customization. Voice-box transplants are hilarious! Or give that stuffed rabbit a whole new personality with glowing red eyes.

This activity is inexpensive, and is easily done with any group of kids (we also did it at the Chicago Make2Learn Symposium). It incorporates upcycling, DIY and creativity. Come try it out, and get some tips on how to do it with your own group!

MakerKids Robot Battle Arena:

Get your robot on! MakerKids is bringing robots to Maker Faire Toronto and wants you to bring robots too! You’ll get to make them battle each other in our robot battle arena! Before going to battle, decorate your robot with materials and balloons. Then, the robots will enter the arena for battle and you can control them via remote to try to pop the balloons on the other robots. The last robot standing that still has a balloon is the winner! We will also have a robo boogie, of course…

About MakerKids: MakerKids is a non-profit organization enabling kids to build their ideas with real tools and materials. At our makerspace in Toronto, Canada, we teach after school programs, weekend workshops and summer camps in electronics, woodworking, programming, sewing, 3D printing and lots more.