Makerspace Weekend Poster (2)What is a makerspace and who can use it? Children and their families will learn the answers to these questions and more by participating in dozens of fun “maker” activities during the first-ever Makerspace Weekend May 5 and 6.

This unique event marks the beginning of a creative partnership among the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum, Allan Hancock College, and the Santa Maria Public Library to create makerspaces in our community for the next generation of thinkers, tinkers, and innovators.

“The Discovery Museum is thrilled to be part of the ‘maker movement’ here in Santa Maria, both with this event and our new makerspace exhibit that’s currently being developed,” Executive Director Chris Slaughter said. “Our goal is to get kids excited about making things and to show them the educational and career opportunities available to them.”

The Makerspace Weekend will start Friday, May 5 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Allan Hancock College’s free Friday Night Science, where people of all ages can watch dynamic science demonstrations and experiment with tinkering. Makerspace activities at Friday Night Science will include building tin can robots and paper helicopters, laser engraving, and a technology dissection lab.

The “maker” spirit will continue on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Discovery Museum and library, where children can make buttons, LED circuit bugs, kinetic nut-and-bolt statues, origami, catapults, and more!

Now celebrating its 21st year as the only children’s museum in Santa Barbara County, the Discovery Museum is located at 705 S. McClelland Street. We offer fun for all ages, with 13,000 square feet of “please touch” exhibits, weekly programs and special events. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

For more information, visit smvdiscoverymuseum.org or call (805) 928-8414.