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What will you make?
SeE calendar OF EVENTS below

Maker City is a makerspace designed especially for youth ages 8+. The 1,250 sq. foot studio workshop 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, electronics, fiber arts, computer-generated projects, MAKING with materials to create whatever you can imagine!

Want to learn more? Check out our Maker City Frequently Asked Questions!

Specialty Workshops

MAKER CITY with MTC: Explore Diesel Technology
Saturday, October 20 from 10 AM - noon

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If you love to know how stuff works, then this session is for you!Join Massanutten Technical Center Diesel Technology instructor and students as they show you the ins and outs of diesel engines. Participants will learn more about all the components as they take apart and repair a real engine. Ages 8+


Polygonal Mask Making
Saturday, October 27 from 10 AM - noon

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Explore the art of Pepekura, a paper cutting and folding technique, and create a 3-dimensional mask that can be painted and decorated to create your own unique wearable sculpture. Ages 8+

Materials Fee:
Members $10.00; Visitors $15.00

Laser Cut Puzzle party
Saturday, November 10 from 10 AM - noon

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Want to challenge your friends and family? Want to create something using the laser cutter? Come and make your own jigsaw puzzle! Only you will know what the picture is while your friends and family try to piece it together. Start learning how to use Inkscape and watch how a laser cutter works while learning fun facts about jigsaw puzzles and tessellations. Ages 8+

Materials Fee:
Members $8.00; Visitors $10.00

Holiday Candle Making
Saturday, November 24 from 10 AM - noon

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Light up the holidays! Discover what happens when you mix ice and hot wax, how sand can be used as a candle mold, and how you can whip up a candle that looks good enough to eat. Join us and explore these and other techniques for making one-of-a-kind candle creations. Ages 8+

Materials Fee: $15.00

Merry Making Holiday Workshop
Saturday, December 22 from 10 AM - noon

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Join us to work on a variety of projects guaranteed to make your holidays merrier. Make a gift for someone special, use the laser cutter to make an ornament, and create some beautiful gift wrap. Ages 8+

Materials Fee:
Members $10.00; Visitors $15.00



Boot camps are a great way to get started and to build your Maker City skills. You'll learn more about our specialized work zones and  we'll share information about our Master Maker Badge Program, too. Sign up for one or all of the following: 

  • 3D Modeling with Tinkercad - Saturday, November 3 | 10 AM - 12 PM

  • Sewing & Fiber Arts - Saturday, November 17 | 10 AM - 12 PM

  • 2D Modeling with Inkscape - Saturday, December 8 | 10 AM - 12 PM

Advance registration required. Free with your membership or admission fee! 


Maker City Title Sponsor:
Bob Wade Autoworld in loving memory of Bob Wade

Massanutten Technical Center, Rocking R Ace Hardware, Ragtime Fabrics, Shickel Corporation, Harrisonburg City (HUD Community Development Block Grant), Cadence, Camp Horizons, Community Foundation of Central Blue Ridge, Shenandoah Valley Innovation Fund, Shenandoah Valley Technology Council, The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham (Arts and Culture Fund), James Madison University, Darrin McHone Foundation, Merck Foundation, Rosetta Stone, Matt Leech Designs, Eugene and Gloria Diener, American Subcontractors Association - Shenandoah Valley 

Creativity is intelligence having fun!
— Albert Einstein

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. 

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:

  • Woodworking and buildings materials

  • Pine wood scraps (2x4, 2x6, varied shapes and sizes)

  • Chip board

  • 1/8" plywood (cut into smaller pieces)

  • Wooden dowels

  • Washers and nuts (medium sized)

  • Nails, screws, bolts, hinges, etc.

  • Upcycling

  • Puzzle pieces

  • Corks

  • Plastic lids (clean)

  • Wheels from old toys

  • Old jewelry

  • Playing cards (used for building items)

  • Art supplies and canvas

  • All types of paper (wrapping paper, card stock, construction paper, printer paper, scrapbook)

  • Cardboard tubes (wrapping paper, toilet paper, paper towel, etc.)

  • Craft supplies (pom poms, wiggly eyes, pipe cleaners)

  • Modeling Clay

  • Hot glue sticks

  • Tape (duct, electrical, masking, painters, scotch)

  • Technology needs - iPads, laptops (recent models in good working condition)

  • Legos, K’nex, Blocks, Tinker Toys, Lincoln Logs

  • Cameras, photography equipment

  • Take-apart table items (old or broken electronics, small devices, no monitors please)

  • CDs

  • Sewing supplies (needles, thread, scissors, fabric)

  • Buttons

  • Empty thread spools

  • Fabric paint

  • Ribbon, yarn, string

  • Rick-rack and other trim

  • Monetary donations are also appreciated to help with equipment and consumable purchases. Donate HERE.

Maker City is a trademark of the Maker City Project, Inc. Used with permission.