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What will you make?

This summer, Explore More is launching Maker City, a new makerspace designed especially for youth ages 8+. The 1,250 sq. foot studio offers a place where youth makers and families can design, invent, create and collaborate using real tools – the same materials and processes used by artists, builders, programmers and entrepreneurs.

Here's what you can do: 

  • Woodworking and take-apart (hammers, screwdrivers, drills)
  • Electronics (Little Bits, circuit blocks, soldering stations)
  • Fiber Arts (weaving loom, needlework supplies, sewing machine)
  • Computer-generated projects (laser and vinyl cutters, 3D printing, stop motion animation)
  • MAKING with materials to create whatever you can imagine!

We're offering a series of Introductory Boot Camps to train youth makers to utilize the special equipment available in the space. Learn the basics of Laser Cutting, Vinyl Cutting and Sticker Making, Woodworking, Sewing and Fiber Arts. If you are interested in these training sessions, please register today. Space is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Introductory workshops are free with membership or paid admission.   


See the calendar of events for OPEN MAKE times. Supervision is provided in Maker City at all times. The supervisor will help youth find activities that match their abilities. They will have many areas to explore but will not be given permission to use some of the equipment before completing a training session. 

We will be adding Open Make and specialty workshops as the summer progresses so be sure to bookmark this page!

EXPLORE CALDER - Tuesday, August 1 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Alexander Calder was an American artist known as the originator of the mobile. 
Join Explore More Exhibit Designer and Artist, Marcia Zook as she teaches us how to use Maker City tools and materials to build a Calder-style mobile. Experiment with principles of art and design while engineering a work of art! Advance Registration and workshop materials fee. Members: $12: Visitors $18





Maker City Calendar of Events

Skill To Share

We need VOLUNTEERS with “making skills” and a passion to share with others. We also need “stuff.” Your donations of time and consumables will go a long way. Who knows, you might just be the catalyst for the next new invention. 

Special thanks to Maker City partners:
Massanutten Technical Center, Rocking R Ace Hardware, Shickel Corporation, Cadence, Community Foundation of Central Blue Ridge, Shenandoah Valley Innovation Fund, Shenandoah Valley Technology Council, The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham, Harrisonburg City (CDBG Grant), Ragtime Fabrics, James Madison University

Items Needed

We will use many items in new and exciting ways. If you have any of the following items you'd like to donate, please drop them off at the front desk:

  • Buttons               
  • Empty thread spools
  • Fabric paint
  • Markers, pencils, pens
  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Popsicle sticks
  • WashableTempera Paint
  • Artist brushes (assorted)
  • Modeling Clay
  • Tape (duct, electrical, masking, painters, scotch)
  • Glue sticks
  • Wood glue
  • Craft supplies (pom poms, wiggly eyes, pipe cleaners)
  • Puzzle pieces
  • Corks
  • Plastic lids (clean) 
  • Cardboard (cereal boxes, shoe boxes, gift boxes) 
  • Wood (2 and 3 ft. sections of 2x4, 1x3, 1x4, 1x6 and 2x2 boards)
  • 1/8" plywood
  • Wooden dowels
  • Wheels from old toys
  • Old jewelry
  • CDs
  • Plastic containers (clean)
  • Washers and nuts (medium sized)
  • Legos, K’nex, Blocks, Tinker Toys, Lincoln Logs
  • Sewing supplies (needles, thread, scissors, fabric)
  • Ribbon, yarn, string
  • Rick-rack and other trim
  • All types of paper (wrapping paper, card stock, construction paper, printer paper, scrapbook)
  • Cardboard tubes (wrapping paper, toilet paper, paper towel, etc.)
  • Canvas, art supplies
  • Cameras, photography equipment
  • Take-apart table items (old or broken electronics, small devices, no monitors please)
  • Nails, screws, bolts, hinges, etc.
  • Dominos, marbles
  • Playing cards (used for building items)
  • Monetary donations are also appreciated to help with equipment and consumable purchases. Donate HERE
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