Make things, friends & memories!
Have your child spend their 2023-2024 Winter 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!
Winter Break 2023-2024 runs Dec 27-Jan 5 inclusive, and themes for each day are below (Minecraft & Maker themes, day 1 & day 2 for each have different activities, detailed descriptions at bottom):
Maker Day 1 theme: Jan 2
Maker Day 2 theme: Dec 29, Jan 4
Minecraft Day 1 theme: Jan 3
Minecraft Day 2 theme: Dec 28, Jan 5
Each of day 1 & day 2 have different activities, so you can sign your child up for multiple camps, and they won’t repeat the same activity. Themes for each day are described below.
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.
Lunch and snacks available, +$18, use drop down menu and add lunch to cart
Camps run 9 AM – 4 PM daily, drop off from 8:50 AM, pick up promptly at 4 PM
Minecraft Day Theme 1
In the morning we will be creating our own wood minecraft signs with our laser cutter! We will use adobe illustrator to create shapes and add personalized text to our signs. Then we will experiment with different textures, patterns and effects to make our signs look extra minecraft-y!
In the afternoon we will have time to play minecraft with our fellow campers, exploring, crafting and hunting for materials and maybe even treasure!
Minecraft Day Theme 2
Today we will be making a circling phantom! In the morning we will spend some time learning about motors and circuits by wiring up our own, this is what will make our phantoms spin! We'll build a platform and rig for our phantoms, and take some time to customize them as well with markers, googly eyes, precut wood decorations and lots of other crafting materials!
In the afternoon, we will see where our creativity takes us in Minecraft. We could set up mini-games, go hunting for treasure, build a TNT launcher, or even try to find the ever-elusive Herobrine.
Maker Day Theme 1
Today we will be designing our own puzzles in adobe illustrator and using our laser to cut them out of wood.
We'll begin in the morning with a hand drawn sliding tile puzzle, and in the afternoon move on to a more challenging jigsaw puzzle with drawings created in illustrator. We'll then spend some time solving our friends' puzzles, and showing our fellow campers the different designs we created!
Maker Day Theme 2
Today we will be learning about 3D modeling and printing! Campers will spend the morning designing a 3D ring, keychain or pendant in tinkercad. Campers will then get to watch their designs come to life with the help of our 3D printer. In the afternoon we will be assembling and decorating a laser cut jewelry box to hold our 3D printed creation.