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Halloween Maker Courses @ Magic Trout Imaginarium!

Magic Trout Tiny Community Center

Hello! The Magic Trout Imaginarium is a mobile curiosity cabinet, classroom and brand dedicated to inspiring curiosity and wonder for the world around us.

We offer unique workshops, locally produced educational kits as well as innovative professional development and resources for educators.

Halloween Series!

Oct. 8 Tin Can Lantern Workshop. Ages 3+ $7 Reg here

Together parents will help guide their child learn how to use tools in order to create a lantern out of recycled tin cans. Workbenches, tin cans, lights and tools will be supplied. Workshop happens outside the Imaginarium.

Oct. 15 Felted Mask Making. Ages 8+ $40 Reg here

Learn to needle felt your own mask. Use your imagination and become an animal or creepy creature for the Parade of Lost Souls! Children under 8 must be accompanied by and adult. Please pre-register as space is limited.

Oct. 22 & 29 Soft Circuits:Monster Stuffy w/ Light Up Eyes! $75/ 2 sessions Reg here

In this workshop young imagineers will learn to how to hand stitch their own creep monster stuffy using conductive thread and will learn the basics of how an electronic circuit works!

Click here to read more about workshops!




Zee Kesler: Merging Arts and Trades

Building the Tiny Community Center

Two years ago Zee Kessler posted on this very blog about her project; the goal was to build a “tiny house” to be used as a mobile classroom and artist residency. 

Zee’s motivation (and inspiration) for her project came from many sources: the high cost of commercial rental space in the city, her experience co-creating the Maker Mobile, and her thirst for more technical knowledge in realm of carpentry.

Over the summer of 2014, Zee worked with a team of talented friends with a wide range of technical skills where she learned the true value of  trades. Through the experience of building a mobile classroom, Zee was able to see how innovative thinking combined with technical know-how is the magic that brings ideas to life.

IMG_1676These days, Zee is busy hosting an artist residency with Emily Smith and Francoise Thibault out of the Tiny Community Center called the “Magic Trout Imaginarium” based out of John Hendry Park on the north side of Trout Lake Community Centre.

This summer Zee is passing on some of the tool skills she learned from Youngmakerscamp_webbuilding the Tiny Community Center. This summer, Zee is hosting 3 sessions of half day summer camps for kids 7-12 focused on tool use and material exploration in art making.

To learn more about how Zee was able to make this project happen through the magic of the local maker community, and to learn about her camps, catch her talk at the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire’s Speaker Series 12:30pm Sunday June 12th.


Check out the VMMF 2015 Silent Auction!

We have generous Makers! Vancouver Mini Maker Faire is hosting a silent auction this year to raise funds for the Faire and for The Vancouver Maker Foundation, the umbrella organization that puts on the Faire every year, and our exhibitors have donated some truly stellar items for attendees to bid on all weekend.

MakerMobile 1MakerMobile, a travelling classroom, hackspace, workshop, art studio and laboratory, has donated a fabulous MakerMobile Birthday Party, entitling up to 8 participants (age 8+) to a two hour guided adventure inspired by Maker culture. The MakerMobile will arrive chez-vous with exciting content, talented instructors and all necessary supplies. All you have to provide is a power outlet!

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Guest Blogger, Zee Kesler: Tiny Houses & Sustainable Living

Zee Tiny houseMy name is Zee Kesler and I love tiny houses and efficient spaces!


As such, I am interested in working with the City of Vancouver to explore the feasibility of tiny houses in an urban environment. To start the conversation, I am collaborating with the Emerging Green Builders to host a Tiny House Design Jam @the Hive Thursday May 29, 7pm. If you are a designer, architect, urban planner, or tiny house enthusiast, please join us! We’d love to have your input.


At the jam, we will break up into groups to address issues that face the tiny house community such as bylaws and zoning, building codes, as well as liability/insurance issues. We will also explore potential pilot projects and brainstorm systems to match tiny house owners with yard/rental space. Admission to the jam is by donation – click here to book your seat.


Are you interested in building tiny houses and learning basic construction skills?


Join us this summer at the Vancouver Community Laboratory for the Tiny House Building Workshop Series, run in association with Camera Buildings.  At the workshop you will learn the skills required to build a tiny house. The series of eight workshops will focus on Q and A, tips to salvaging materials, tricks of the trade, safety, and hands-on construction skills. Upon completion, the tiny house created in the workshop will be used as an experimental off grid Tiny Community Center which will host workshops and artist residencies.


If this project inspires or interests you, please sign up for our mailing list found on the side bar of the project blog! Info on the workshops will be released shortly and workshop spaces are limited.


Come find us at the Camera Buildings booth at Vancouver Mini Maker Faire June 7 & 8th! You can also catch my presentation, “Building A Tiny Community Centre”, on June 8th as part of the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire Speaker Series.