Kids Camps

Safety of your children & our staff is our #1 priority at The Maker Bean. We’ve implemented strict safety precautions, including mandatory masks for kids and facilitators, large-room HEPA air purifier, limiting camp sizes, daily temperature screening, 2 metre spacing between campers and daily sanitizing of all equipment & surfaces.

We’ve successfully led 11 weeks of 2020 & 2021 Summer Camps and weekly tech camps, ensuring a safe environment for your child to learn and make new friends!

The Maker Bean Cafe is your place for creative technology camps to engage your kids, as well as tech-focused PA Day camps. Topics include Robotics, Inventions, Minecraft & Video Game Programming. All camps & programs take place at our 1052 Bloor St. West location.

In financial need? Fully-paid scholarship available, apply here for the Von Appen Science Innovation Award for a spot in our 2021 Summer Tech Camp full-week camp Aug 30 – Sept 3!

Descriptions and dates for all programs below, or jump to:

Camp cancellation policy:

We will refund or provide credit for all camps we must cancel due to lockdown measures. Credit can be applied towards any of our future camp offerings, including Summer Camps, PA Days, birthday parties and our next session of weekly Thursday & Saturday camps. These programs generally fill up well in advance, and we’d love to have your children join us. To redeem your credit, please contact us through our Contact page and we’ll apply the credit to whichever program you’d like.

We are also happy to offer the credit for cafe purchases, adult workshops and laser cutting/3D printing services we offer. Take-out cafe services (including coffee beans for home) and online orders are currently available. More info on those on our website under the various headings above.


Weekly Tech Camps for kids 6-12! – next round starts Sept 16, 2021!

Start or continue your child’s journey of learning, fun & friendship!
Have your kids join our community of young makers as they learn new tech skills & have fun! Our 7-week tech camps will have them learn laser cutting, 3D printing, coding and other skills as they work towards a final project.

For kids 6-12 years old, both experienced & new makers alike, at our 1052 Bloor St. West location.


Pricing

$210 for 7-week camp ($30/session)

Add-ons available:

  • Snacks for all camp days (+$5/week= $35/7-week)
    • Snacks are a mix of items such as fruit, carrot sticks, oatmeal cookies and natural juice.

Weekly Camp Schedule

Ages 6-9: Imagineering – Saturdays 10am-12pm

Sign up for Round 1, starts Sat, Sept 18, 2021!

Imagineering is a class that introduces kids to the fundamental skills of making and programming. Students will take part in activities that teach 21st century skills through games, storytelling and of course, making.


Ages 6-12: After-School Club – Thursdays 3:30-6, kids can arrive anytime after 3:30, and will start the day’s activities when they arrive

Sign up for Round 1, starts Thurs, Sept 16, 2021!

Imagineering Club is a weekday after school program for kids who have lots of ideas and love to make things. At our maker space, Imagineers will learn new technologies and making skills to bring their ideas to life!


Ages 9-12: Inventioneering – Saturdays 1-3pm

Sign up for Round 1, starts Sat, Sept 18, 2021!

Do you often dream up ideas and inventions – but rarely ever get the chance to bring them to life? Using a combination of high tech tools (3D printing, laser cutting, electronics), wood working and craft, we provide the mentorship and structure to help you turn your sketched ideas into working prototypes – led by your own interests, imagination and ingenuity.


PA Day Kids Tech Camps – next camp Fri, Nov 19 & Fri, Nov 26!

Make things, friends & memories!
Have your child spend their PA Day meeting new friends & learning tech skills at The Maker Bean Cafe at 1052 Bloor St. West! Using tools such as laser cutters, 3D printers & wood-working tools, and with 1 laptop per child, your children will create something straight out of their imaginations!

Each day has a different theme, so you can sign your child up for multiple camps, and they won’t repeat the same activity.

For kids 6-12 years old, both experienced & new makers alike.

Kids also head outdoors for at least 1.5 hours per day to Dufferin Grove or Dovercourt Parks (5-minute walks from The Maker Bean) for active games & fresh air. Please ensure your kids are dressed for outdoor time during the winter.

Pricing

$95/full day (9 AM – 4 PM)

Times

Camps run 9 AM – 4 PM daily


Friday, November 19, 2021 – Tech PA Day Campsign up here!

Come learn about laser cutting, 3D printing & robotics in a fun-filled PA Day at The Maker Bean!

Add-on tickets available:

  • Lunch & snacks for 1 camp day (+$15/day)
    • Lunch is a mix of healthy snacks, fruit, a hot-pressed sandwich and low-sugar drink. Example snacks would be carrot sticks, oatmeal cookies and fruit cups. Warm pressed sandwiches can be cheese & turkey, grilled cheese, etc.

Friday, November 26, 2021 – Tech PA Day Campsign up here!

Come learn about laser cutting, 3D printing & robotics in a fun-filled PA Day at The Maker Bean!

Add-on tickets available:

  • Lunch & snacks for 1 camp day (+$15/day)
    • Lunch is a mix of healthy snacks, fruit, a hot-pressed sandwich and low-sugar drink. Example snacks would be carrot sticks, oatmeal cookies and fruit cups. Warm pressed sandwiches can be cheese & turkey, grilled cheese, etc.

March Break 2022 Kids Tech Camps – details coming soon!

Make things, friends & memories!
Have your child spend their March break meeting new friends & learning tech skills at The Maker Bean Cafe at 1052 Bloor St. West! Using tools such as laser cutters, 3D printers & wood-working tools, and with 1 laptop per child, your children will create something straight out of their imaginations!

Each day has a different theme, so you can sign your child up for multiple Robotics and/or Minecraft camps, and they won’t repeat the same activity.

For kids 6-12 years old, both experienced & new makers alike.

Kids also head outdoors for at least 2 hours per day to Dufferin Grove Park (5-minute walk from The Maker Bean) for active games & fresh air. Please ensure your kids are dressed for outdoor time during the winter.

Pricing

$95/full day

Times

Camps run 9 AM – 4 PM daily

Lunch, before-care (8-9 AM) and after-care (4-5 PM) available


Add-on tickets available:

  • Lunch & snacks for 1 camp day (+$15/day)
    • Lunch is a mix of healthy snacks, fruit, a hot-pressed sandwich and low-sugar drink. Example snacks would be carrot sticks, oatmeal cookies and fruit cups. Warm pressed sandwiches can be cheese & turkey, grilled cheese, etc.
  • Before-care (8-9 AM) for all camp days (+$10/day)
  • After-care (4-5 PM) for all camp days (+$10/day)

Camp schedule

Mon, April 12: Build a robotic fishing rod!

Pick up your fishing rod & try to catch magnetic fish or other items with it! Using servo motors, laser cutting & 2D modelling, campers will design, cut and assemble a working fishing rod & go fishing for items using a magnetic catcher!

Tues, April 13: Minecraft: Build both virtual & real-life Minecraft Villages!

Take the Minecraft village out of the game and into reality! Campers will use laser cutting, wiring, LEDs & batteries to create a real-life Minecraft village, while also developing and exploring an in-game village.

Wed, April 14: Build a self-powered boat AND airplane!

Ever wanted to make your own boat and airplane that power themselves? Use motors, wiring & batteries to create these moving vehicles that take ideas out of your mind & into real life!

Thurs, April 15: Minecraft: Become a Minecraft Creator!

Build your own items, blocks & more with advanced creation skills like MCreator. Use your items & blocks in your own Minecraft world to complete tasks & quests!

Fri, April 16: Makecode Arcade Builder!

Do your kids enjoy video games? How about becoming a video game programmer?! Using simple drag-and-drop Makecode blocks, they’ll learn how to create complex, fun games, before starting their own video game project they can continue developing at home!

Mon, April 19: Build a robotic fishing rod!

Pick up your fishing rod & try to catch magnetic fish or other items with it! Using servo motors, laser cutting & 2D modelling, campers will design, cut and assemble a working fishing rod & go fishing for items using a magnetic catcher!

Tues, April 20: Minecraft: Build both virtual & real-life Minecraft Villages!

Take the Minecraft village out of the game and into reality! Campers will use laser cutting, wiring, LEDs & batteries to create a real-life Minecraft village, while also developing and exploring an in-game village.

Wed, April 21: Build a self-powered boat AND airplane!

Ever wanted to make your own boat and airplane that power themselves? Use motors, wiring & batteries to create these moving vehicles that take ideas out of your mind & into real life!

Thurs, April 22: Minecraft: Become a Minecraft Creator!

Build your own items, blocks & more with advanced creation skills like MCreator. Use your items & blocks in your own Minecraft world to complete tasks & quests!

Fri, April 23: Makecode Arcade Builder!

Do your kids enjoy video games? How about becoming a video game programmer?! Using simple drag-and-drop Makecode blocks, they’ll learn how to create complex, fun games, before starting their own video game project they can continue developing at home!

Summer Break 2021 Kids Tech Camps

Sign up here!

Make things, friends & memories!
Have your child spend their Summer Break meeting new friends & learning tech skills at The Maker Bean Cafe at 1052 Bloor St. West! Using tools such as laser cutters, 3D printers & wood-working tools, and with 1 laptop per child, your children will create something straight out of their imaginations!

Each week has a different theme, so you can sign your child up for multiple camps, and they won’t repeat the same activity.

Suggested for kids 6-12 years old, both experienced & new makers alike.

Kids also head outdoors for at least 2 hours per day to Dufferin Grove Park (5-minute walk from The Maker Bean) for active games & fresh air. Please ensure your kids are dressed for outdoor time during the winter.

Pricing

$495/5-day camp

$395/4-day camp (Aug 3-6 camp is a 4-day camp due to Aug 2 Civic holidays)

Times

Camps run 9 AM – 4 PM daily

Lunch and after-care also available


Add-on tickets available:

  • Lunch & snacks for 1 camp day (+$15/day)
    • Lunch is a mix of healthy snacks, fruit, a hot-pressed sandwich and low-sugar drink. Example snacks would be carrot sticks, oatmeal cookies and fruit cups. Warm pressed sandwiches can be cheese & turkey, grilled cheese, etc.
  • After-care (4-5 PM) for all camp days (+$10/day)

Camp schedule

Week 1: Tech Powered by Girls – July 5 – 9, 2021

Let your girls design & build ideas straight out of their imaginations! From digital design to robotics to 3D printing, they’ll learn & grow as they form friendships & be inspired by our mentors!

Week 2: RoboticsJuly 12-16, 2021

Learn and develop a variety of skills to create your own robot that kids take home at the end of the week: 2D & 3D design, laser cutting & 3D printing and programming, as well as incorporating sensors, motors & moving parts; for beginners & experienced kids alike!

Week 3: Minecraft July 19-23, 2021

Whether a beginner or experienced Minecraft player, expand your kids’ skills with this creative, learning-filled game. From designing new worlds, to collaborating with others on in-game tasks, to laser cutting & 3D printing custom items from the game, they’ll love every Minecraft-filled minute!

Week 4: Robotics- July 26-30, 2021

Learn and develop a variety of skills to create your own robot that kids take home at the end of the week: 2D & 3D design, laser cutting & 3D printing and programming, as well as incorporating sensors, motors & moving parts; for beginners & experienced kids alike!

Week 5: Minecraft – August 3-6, 2021 (4 days)

Whether a beginner or experienced Minecraft player, expand your kids’ skills with this creative, learning-filled game. From designing new worlds, to collaborating with others on in-game tasks, to laser cutting & 3D printing custom items from the game, they’ll love every Minecraft-filled minute!

Week 6: Robotics – August 9-13, 2021

Learn and develop a variety of skills to create your own robot that kids take home at the end of the week: 2D & 3D design, laser cutting & 3D printing and programming, as well as incorporating sensors, motors & moving parts; for beginners & experienced kids alike!

Week 7: Minecraft – August 16-20, 2021

Whether a beginner or experienced Minecraft player, expand your kids’ skills with this creative, learning-filled game. From designing new worlds, to collaborating with others on in-game tasks, to laser cutting & 3D printing custom items from the game, they’ll love every Minecraft-filled minute!

Week 8: Minecraft – August 23-27, 2021

Whether a beginner or experienced Minecraft player, expand your kids’ skills with this creative, learning-filled game. From designing new worlds, to collaborating with others on in-game tasks, to laser cutting & 3D printing custom items from the game, they’ll love every Minecraft-filled minute!

Week 9: Robotics – August 30 – Sept 3, 2021

Learn and develop a variety of skills to create your own robot that kids take home at the end of the week: 2D & 3D design, laser cutting & 3D printing and programming, as well as incorporating sensors, motors & moving parts; for beginners & experienced kids alike!