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!




Check out the Mini Maker Faire 2016 Silent Auction!

We have some very talented and generous Makers! The Vancouver Mini Maker Faire in association with the Vancouver Maker Foundation is hosting our annual 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. Our Makers and Exhibitors have donated some outstanding items for our attendees to bid on all weekend.

Just a sneak peek of some of the items up for Auction:


The Hive Printing, an artisan screen printing company specializing in traditional textiles & dxtraordinary projects has donated Vancouver-Inspired hand printed shirts made right here in East Van!

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If you love a good brew and prefer to make things at home, Brew and Beast, has donated a DIY home-brew kit. Instructions included in the kit of course! Stop by their booth to for more details on brewing your own beer.


Rocket Man Props has created a Gamers’ dream for an all night gaming session! A set of 5 Settlers of Catan themed coasters, laser cut on plywood and detailed with exotic wood veneers. Get your game on!


Phillip Chin, a visual artist and photographer who works with clients all over Canada, has donated a TinType photoshoot at the Maker Faire or for any later date preferred date.

This is only a sampling of the items we will have at the silent auction this year! Make sure you stop by the table to check out the other auction items, and say hello to the members of the Vancouver Maker Foundation. Proceeds from the silent auction are used to fuel Vancouver Maker Foundation events and initiatives which has brought together a broad range of Vancouver artists, hobbyists, creatives, collectives, and small businesses through projects like Maker Music, the Young Makers Program, the Vancouver Maker Education Meet-up Group. Their driving purpose is to continue to connect like-minded tinkerers in order to cross-pollinate ideas, share resources, and inspire one another in exploring passion projects, hobbies, businesses, or achieving a unique feats of wonder.


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.


Meet your Makers: The Stump Artist, Jesse Toso

Toso Wood Works

This is Jesse Toso, aka the Stump Artist. He’s the creative force behind Toso Wood Works. He also likes to carve things with a chainsaw. Jesse has been an award winning chainsaw carver for over 10 years and demonstrates his talents in shows and competitions across Canada.

Toso Wood Works

Toso Wood Works sources salvaged, wind fallen or beach combed wood to create unique pieces that reflect a west coast lifestyle. They love wood with a story, like their spalted maple coffee table created from a stump salvaged on northern Vancouver Island, or their tables made from trees that fell in the 2006 storm that ravaged Stanley Park.

Jesse will be at Maker Faire with his chainsaw so you won’t want to miss him!

Toso Wood Works