Every Saturday we open up our shop, from 12:00 p.m. to 2 p.m. to families and other curious folks who want to come in, look around, and make something (or make something happen!) People are encouraged to come to open shop with projects and ideas of their own that they’d like to work on and explore, but we’ll always have something in mind to get you started if you’re suffering from maker’s block. Participation is free / by donation.
In addition to our drop-in hours, we often run guest workshops with visiting artists, tinkerers and crafty folks who want to come share their cool project with kids. Some are free, some cost money, all are worth checking out! Geared for kids age 7-13, parents and younger siblings are welcome to hang out at open shop at no additional cost.
Once again, we’ll be participating in this year’s Honk!
We’ll be lighting up LEDs at the Lantern Parade, making cardboard cities in Davis Square and driving the Who Carnio Flunx, our bike powered float in the Honk! Parade. If you’d like to join us in any of these activities, we’d love the help. Kids welcome! Please note: there will be no open shop on Saturday October 12th.
Bring your broken stuff to Union Square on Sunday June 10th from 12-3pm and our talented volunteers will help you learn how to repair it! Learn to solder, fix bikes, sew, and tinker with your broken household items at the fourth Fixer Fair. Sponsored by the Somerville Arts Council ArtsUnion series and organized by the Somerville Tool Library and Parts and crafts, Fixer Fair celebrates repair in our disposable culture. Free and open to the public. LEARN MORE HERE.
An evening of nerdy trivia, Star Wars, and DIY building. We’ll have lightsaber kits for sale — take it home or build it on the spot! — as well as a variety of swag to support Parts and Crafts programs.
Lightsaber Build from 6-8pm, trivia 8-10pm, party all night long!
Free drink ticket with every kit, all sales go to support free and reduced cost STEM programming for kids in Somerville. Come out and support our holiday fundraiser!
Celebrate the opening of The Last Jedi and help support Parts and Crafts by joining us on December 16th for a Lightsaber Build Fundraiser! Build your own working light saber or transform a Bratz doll into Rey or another Star Wars heroine. Saturday December 16th 1-3pm $30 per kid.