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Kids Create is a monthly art program for school-aged children, designed to inspire creativity and an appreciation for the art of miniatures.

Now in its 12th year, our Kids Create Family Fun Program is an opportunity to get in on the fun of making miniatures. Kids Create takes place the 2nd Saturday of every month.

New in 2022– join us in-person at the museum or online via Zoom for a series of sessions that will culminate in two different Book Nook projects!

Project 1 (February – June) Tree House Book Nook

Project 2 (July – December) Street Scene Book Nook

Each session registration includes a kit with most materials for that session. Basic crafting tools such as scissors are not included. You may wish to add additional materials of your own.

Registration is required for this program. See our FAQs for complete program details.

When:

2nd Saturday of every month

@1pm–2pm online OR
@2pm–3:30pm at the museum

Where:

At The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures OR online via Zoom.

Cost:

$7 per session ($5 for Museum Members) OR $35 for all sessions to complete the project ($25 for Museum Members).  Cost per person includes one supply kit for each session.

Registration:

This program requires registration. Use the purchase links below to register for the package of sessions to complete a project OR to register for sessions individually.

What is a Book Nook?

In the world of miniatures, Book Nooks refer to mini worlds that are contained to some degree and sized to nestle among the books on a typical bookcase. The term is often credited to a Japanese artist called Monde who made the idea popular. They are most typically three-dimensional dioramas (often depicting street scenes or alleys) that use forced perspective to draw in the viewer.

The Book Nooks we will be making in Projects 1 and 2 will have a finished size of approximately 6"w x 11.5"h x 9"d.

2022 Kids Create Projects

When you register for Kids Create, we provide a supply kit of materials you will need to complete the project. Your family can create the project at home on your own, join us online for the Zoom demonstration, or join us in-person in the classroom at the museum. Upon purchase/registration, we will email you a link to join us for a live online demonstration via Zoom to complete the project together.

Save when you purchase a package of sessions. Each package includes all materials required for each session (basic crafting tools not included). Note: our January & February Sessions have been combined into February for Project 1.

Project 1

Treehouse Book Nook

February–June, 2022

Kids Create 2022 Treehouse Book Nook featured image

Create a magical landscape featuring a treehouse with a stairway, balcony, plants, lights, swing, mailbox, and more!

Session Dates: 2/12, 3/12, 4/9, 5/14, 6/11

$35 / $25 Museum Members
includes registration and all materials for each session to complete the project

Project 2

Street Scene Book Nook

July–December, 2022

Kids Create 2022 Street Scen Book Nook featured image

Create an enchanting street scene featuring a balcony, stairs, store fronts, plants, furniture, signs, and lights!

Session Dates: 7/9, 8/13, 9/10, 10/8, 11/12, 12/10

$35 / $25 Museum Members
includes registration and all materials for each session to complete the project

You may register/purchase sessions individually using the links below.

Saturday

February 12

Project 1
Box, Background, Tree

Saturday

March 12

Project 1
Balcony

Saturday

April 9

Project 1
Stairs & Doorway

Saturday

May 14

Project 1
Plants, Planter Box, Flowers

Saturday

June 11

Project 1
Lights, Path, Swing, Mailbox

Saturday

July 9

Project 2
Box & Background

Saturday

August 13

Project 2
Doors & Stairs

Saturday

September 10

Project 2
Store Fronts & Balcony

Saturday

October 8

Project 2
Plants & Details

Saturday

November 12

Project 2
Furniture & Signs

Saturday

December 10

Project 2
Lights & Street Lamp

Kids Create FAQs

New for 2022: Join us each month either online via Zoom OR in-person at the museum. You decide how you would like to join us each month.

When you register for Kids Create, we provide a supply kit of materials you will need to complete the project. Basic crafting tools (such as scissors) are not included. However, if you join us in person, they will be available for use.

Your family can create the project at home on your own, join us online for the Zoom demonstration, or join us in-person in the classroom at the museum. Upon purchase/registration, we will email you a link to join us for a live online demonstration via Zoom to complete the project together.

More Questions?

Contact our Education Director, Mackenzie Massman at 520-881-0606 ext. 113 or email mackenziem@theminitimemachine.org

Kids Create - DIY

Below you will find pdf tutorials of select past projects for use at home. These are written instructions only. A materials list is included, and most supplies are common items. Happy creating!

If you are enjoying these projects, please consider making a donation to education programs at the museum.