The Workshop 2018-07-18T08:49:31+00:00

The Workshop

The Workshop is The Works Museum’s new creative space for families.

Whether you’ve got a young maker in your home who likes sewing, building, art, carpentry, and making in general or are looking for a great weekend family activity, classes in The Workshop are for you. Work together with your child to produce a stop-motion animation video together, or work side by side as you each create your own LED Sign, perfect for your room or home office. Enjoy quality time together, learn a new skill (or enjoy using a favorite talent), and make a project to take home.

Most classes in The Workshop are designed for an adult and child pair, with the option to add a third person to your pair. Please note that all classes are for ages 9 and up. If not participating in the class, an adult should remain at the Museum for the class duration but may be on the Museum floor or in the lunchroom.

What’s Happening in The Workshop:

K’Nex Takeover

You may have noticed that our K’Nex machine is getting a makeover, and we want to share the K’Nex fun with everyone! Stop in The Workshop during open hours to complete your own K’Nex design challenges.

Walk-In Classes

We’re hosting a number of walk-in classes in The Workshop this summer – no registration required! Just show up and make something amazing together. All classes are for ages 9 to 99. Each class is 2-hours long. Class fee is $13.50 per person, $12 for Members.

Upcoming walk-in classes include:

Soldered Pendants

It’s time to melt some metal! Come create a personalized pendant that can be turned into a necklace, bracelet, or keychain. You’ll learn to use a soldering iron to create a framed glass pendant that is all your own.
10:00 a.m. July 23, August 3
1:30 p.m. August 23

Origami Lanterns

Create a lamp that lights up an origami figure while getting an introduction to many basic tools. Build a circuit, learn to solder, use a drill, fold origami, and more!
10:00 a.m. July 26
1:30 p.m. August 9

Paper Clip Circuit Art

Transform office supplies into a personal masterpiece. Incorporate lights and switches into your own work of art, perfect for decorating your wall, locker, home office, or bedside table.
10:00 a.m. August 15
1:30 p.m. July 19, August 15

Stop Motion Animation

Plan, design, and create characters that star in your own stop motion animated video. Learn how to design a set, create a storyline, and use ipads to capture your stop motion shots.
10:00 a.m. August 23
1:30 p.m. July 26

Zip Pouches

Try your hand with sewing! We’ll learn to use a sewing machine to create zippered pouches for holding your most treasured things. Pin fabric, learn different stitches, and see how a 2D pattern can turn into a 3D finished product.
10:00 a.m. July 25, 30
1:30 p.m. July 30, August 20

Pre-Registered classes for kids ages 9 to 99. 

Museum admission is included with your registration fee. 

Intro to Arduino

$40. Members receive 10% off.
Have your own Arduino from a previous class? Bring it in to use for the class and $10 of your registration fee will be refunded.
Get coding with Arduino! What’s an Arduino? It’s an electronics platform that can gather information from sensors and switches and control things like motors, lights, and more. Learn the basics of working with this popular little device, and make your own Arduino light show!

Thursday, August 16, 1:00-4:00  Register here.
Wednesday, August 22, 1:00-4:00  Register here.

Arduino Creations*

$40. Members receive 10% off.
Have your own Arduino from a previous class? Bring it in to use for the class and $10 of your registration fee will be refunded.
Get coding with Arduino! Take your Arduino knowledge a step further by incorporating cool sensors and switches into your designs. Dive deeper into coding and see the huge potential of Arduino!
*This class is designed for those who have some previous experience with Arduino, either in our Intro to Arduino class or elsewhere.
Friday, August 17, 1:00-4:00  Register here.

LED Signs

$40. Members receive 10% off.
This class meets two consecutive days.
Build a custom sign using LED lights. You and your young engineer can each customize your own sign – add your name, initials, or an inspiring word or message. In the process you’ll learn to use a soldering iron to make electrical connections, use a drill and driver to build a frame, and try various hand tools to pull it all together.
Monday and Tuesday, August 6 and 7, 1:00-4:00 both days Register here.

LED Backpacks

$60. Members receive 10% off.
This class meets two consecutive days.
Learn to use a sewing machine to create a backpack from scratch. Once your backpack is made, you’ll use conductive thread to connect a string of lights that turn on when your bag opens and off when it is closed.
Monday and Tuesday, August 13 and 14, 1:00-4:30 both days Register here.

Policies/FAQs for The Workshop:

  • Cancellation policy:

    • 10 or more days before class start date, 50% of the class fee will be refunded OR you can receive a voucher for the full amount to be used for future classes.
    • 5-10 days before class start date, you will receive a voucher for the full amount to be used for future classes.
    • 5, or fewer, days before class start date, no refunds or vouchers will be issued.
    • If we must cancel a class due to low enrollment or other circumstances, we will refund your registration in full.
  • Questions about classes in The Workshop? Please contact

  • Can my child attend on their own? Some classes require an adult/child pair. Other classes are suitable for kids to take without an adult; however, an adult must stay on site for the duration of the class. Check the class description for the class you are interested in to see if it requires an adult/child pair.

  • Can I just watch my child take the class? If it’s a class that children can take without an adult, you are welcome to observe the class from outside the glass gate.

We love all the hands-on items! These stations are great. Love the ability for all learning levels to benefit.

Parent visitor in The Workshop

Had a wonderful experience. Thank you for providing education and science in such a fun format!

Parent of 6 yr. old in The Workshop

I did the class while my child was in camp. 🙂 I was happily surprised to realize I was sewing a backpack from scratch. Instructors were great with options and suggestions.

Participant in LED Backpacks Class

The maker space is great. We spent our entire visit making origami lanterns and pieces for the mural.

Participant in Origami Lanterns Class

Regular Hours

Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm