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

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.

March for Science
Stand up for truth, science, and the search for knowledge, as we march through the city.  Just imagine the gloriously nerdy posters and t-shirts!
Sat. Apr. 22, 2017
Pershing Square
More info online here.  Contact us if you'd like to join our particular nerdy group in the march:

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.
NEW DATE Sat. Apr. 29, 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.

Taking Things Apart
Learn how everyday things work through the simple act of taking them apart.
May 15, 2017
8:30-10:30 am
Olive Vista Middle School
14600 Tyler St,
Sylmar, CA 91342
This is a private class in a public school.  Interested in having a class at your school?  Please contact us.

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: