MAKESHOP at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
An informal, inter-generational makerspace, aimed at providing supportive, creative co-learning experiences for families. We work closely with the Learning & Research department, seeking to understand the learning that occurs through learner-driven maker experience, and provide support and training for both informal and formal maker educators.
Access available with museum admission or membership
Open 10am to 4:30 every day (extending to 5pm starting December 1)
Informal space with varied activities and tools available
Staffed with Teaching Artists and Educators, to facilitate experiences and tool use
Intended for family visitors, with a focus on providing experiences for children to explore with and learn about tools, materials, and processes of making
Frequently Highlighted Tools and Materials Include:
Hard materials / woodworking (primarily hand tools)
Fibers (including sewing, weaving and felting)
Simple circuits and electronics
Digital media (stop-motion animation, simple greenscreen, basic audio looping, etc)
Found and recycled materials
MAKESHOP tools are not available to rent time on, nor guaranteed to be available on any given day. Activities change frequently. Check pittsburghkids.org/calendar for featured material focuses or programs.