Kids Building Things

Kids Building Things is a collaborative of local engineers, teachers, and tinkerers who provide opportunities to kids and their parents to learn how to use tools and how to build things. We create workshops and activities for kids to get hands on experience with a variety of topics related to science and engineering, to make seemingly complex topics accessible to people of all ages and ability levels. We strive to build the artists and engineers of the future.

Upcoming Classes
Yup.  You heard it.  Rather than just taking things apart, we'll be souping them up to do even more.  Come reverse engineer a toaster to shoot toast into the air, and compete for the highest launch.  Then redesign it again to print images on toast.  The toaster is yours to keep.
Sat. Jul. 9, 2016
Molten Metal Works
3617 San Fernando Rd,
Glendale, CA 91204
Ages  8+.
Parent NOT required.
$50 per child (you keep the toaster).
Register online with MMW or call (323)-333-9952.

Small Engine Training for STEM Professionals, Volunteers, and Teachers
Rio Hondo College offers an amazing small block (lawn mower) engine dissection and rebuild class for middle school kids as part of their summer academy.  Steve Tomory at Rio Hondo is offering a short course for potential instructors on how to run this course on your own.  Engines are available on loan or inexpensive lease from Rio Hondo for educational organizations.  Student course typically runs 10 hours, and has extension materials available (eg. electronics).  Course is free.  


Sat. Jul. 16, 2016
Rio Hondo College
3600 Workman Mill Rd,
Whittier, CA 90601
Room TBD
Register by emailing Kids Building Things.

Learn how things work by the simple act of taking things apart.  We provide all the tools, safety gear, and expertise.  Just bring an unloved small appliance or old toy to take apart (we have extras if you don't have one).
Sat. Aug. 27, 2016
Molten Metal Works
3617 San Fernando Rd,
Glendale, CA 91204
Ages  8+.
Parent NOT required.
$30 per child.
Register online with MMW or call (323)-333-9952.

Tinkering Camp is Here!
Tinkering School LA in Pasadena
Come build amazing things with us! Tinkering School LA teaches children the skills they need to work confidently in wood, plastic, and metal to build robust structures as wild as their imaginations. With a 4:1 camper to facilitator ratio, our fully stocked workshop provides a safe and supportive environment for personal growth through skills development and creative construction.

Tinkerers are trained in safe shop use, including hand and stationary power tools. Each day provides a mix of skills building workshops, design challenges for individuals and teams, and open build time. Tinkerers build, rebuild, and tinker on their projects as the arc of the week grows towards the camp-wide Big Build.

Tinkering School LA is a program of reDiscover Center. reDiscover Center provides art, tinkering, and sustainability educational activities throughout the Los Angeles area at schools, festivals, camps, and at our Upcycled Materials Warehouse and studios in Venice. 

4 1-Week-long Sessions
4 week long sessions July 18-August 12
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, aftercare available
Ages 7-12
96 N Sunnyslope Ave (intersection Walnut Ave)
Pasadena, CA 91107

More information and to register:

Want to Learn Welding?
If you are age 13+ we have an opportunity for you to learn and participate in a community project.  Email us for more info: