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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!

Maker City Blog


Maker City Pop-Up

Pop-Ups are drop in activities that are free with membership or paid admission and there is no pre-registration required. Pop-Ups will be first come/first serve and children can stop by for part of the time or stay the whole time. There will be suggested activities based on the Pop-Up theme that week. Ages 8+


Saturday, May 25 | 10am - 12pm: electronic extravaganza

Lego We-Do, Makey Makey, Little Bits, and other electronic components will all be available for makers to explore. You'll also have a chance to make simple paper circuits to take home.



Saturday, June 15 | 10 AM - 12 PM: String Art Lanterns

Use simple materials and a few electronic bits and pieces to construct a unique LED lantern to hang . Pre-registration and fee required. Space is limited.



Saturday, June 29 | 10 AM - 12 PM: MAKE SPIDER-MAN GEAR

Are you a fan of Spider-man and Spider Verse? Sign up for this workshop to make your own version of a web-slinger and craft your very own Spider Hero Mask! Pre-registration and fee required. Space is limited.




june 10 - 14 | 9 AM - 12 PM: Explore MAKER CITY

Explore each of the major making stations so you'll gain the skills to become more independent with laser cutting, 3D printing, sewing, electronics, woodworking, and more! A great option for those wishing to build on their basic skills or those just participating for the first time.

June 17 - 21| 9 AM - 12 PM: LEGO ROBOTICS

Explore Lego Mindstorm EV3 software and discover the world of robotics.Through hands-on engaging activities, participants will learn valuable problem-solving methods, teamwork, basic coding, engineering concepts, and computer skills as they build and program the robots.

June 24 - 28 | 9 AM - 12 PM: Trash to Treasure

This class is all about creative resourcefulness and re-purposing. Use materials the museum provides, and bring your own "junk" to upcycle! Turn old clothes into the latest fashion, use broken objects to create works of art, or use old appliance parts to invent something brand new. Use Maker City tools and equipment to transform ordinary items. Save our planet and make cool things, too! Remember…one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.


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.