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

Make Your Own Backpack
Learn one of the most versatile power tools out there, the sewing machine, as we make a fully functional backpack.  Then customize your piece to your own desires.  Students will learn how to setup and operate a sewing machine, basic hand sewing to complete the project.
New Date!  Sat. Dec. 3, 2016
Armory Center for the Arts
145 N Raymond Ave, 
Pasadena, CA 91103
Ages 8+.  Parent required to attend.
$25 per child.  Scholarships available.
Register online at the Armory or call (626) 792-5101

Chocolate Casting
Play with your food as we melt chocolate and try to cast chocolate coins using candy molds.  This class is open to kids, adults, and volunteers alike.
Mon. Dec. 26, 2016
Private home--Register for details
Tujunga, CA
Ages  5+.  Parent required to attend.
$5 per child.
Register by emailing kbt.

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).  Then you can decorate your very own tool box to keep with stickers, tape, and paint, just the way you like it.  
Sat., Jan. 28, 2017
New Time!  2:30-5:30 PM
Community Center of la Canada Flintridge
4469 Chevy Chase Dr,
La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
Ages  5+.  Parent required to attend.
$35 per child.  Scholarships available.
Register online at CCLCF or call (818) 790-4353.
Bringing snack recommended.

Electronic Pop-up Books
Learn different mechanisms used in pop-up books, how to safely use an x-acto knife, and a little bit about electronics, and we make creative and unique pop-up cards that pop-up and light up.  For inspiration see this electronic pop up book by a graduate student at MIT's Medial Lab.
Sun. Feb. 5, 2017
12:00-3:00 PM
Hummingbird Conservatory for the Arts
3531 N. Verdugo Road
Montrose, CA 91020
Ages 8+.  Parent required to attend.
$43 per child.  Scholarships available.
Register by emailing the Hummingbird Conservatory or calling 310.916.6797.

Toaster Cannons
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. Mar. 11, 2017
Community Center of La Canada Flintridge
4469 Chevy Chase Dr,
 La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
(818) 790-4353
Ages  8+.
Parent required to attend for ages 16 and under.
$35 per child (you keep the toaster).
Register at the CCLCF or call (818) 790-4353.

Creative Metalwork
It's art from metal.  Learn how to work with a tiny jewelers saw to cut different types of metal sheet, and then join different metals by hammering hand made rivets.  You will complete your own piece of art in this class, which you can choose to turn into a keychain.  Students who have already taken this class may take it again and choose their own project.
Sat. Apr. 22, 2017
McGroarty Arts Center
7570 McGroarty Terrace,
Tujunga, CA 91042
Ages 9+. Parent required to attend.
$35 per child. Scholarships available.
Register at McGroarty by calling (818) 352-5285.

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: