Calling your inner child

Written by Diana Nelson Jones on .


The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh isn’t just for children. It can inspire the child that still lives in all of us even though it's usually buried under the weight of responsibility and solemn endeavor.

But your inner child actually has an opportunity to play at the museum on Feb. 7 during an event called MAKEnight. It’s for the over-21 crowd, from 6 to 9p.

The museum’s Makeshop and Studio will be open to participants to learn how to felt, build a race car or silkscreen an original image on a T-shirt. This is the third adult MAKEnight; the last one in December was sold out.

The museum has had adult events before, but this is the first interactive opportunity for adults to create in those two areas, said Bill Schlageter, director of marketing for the museum.

Makeshop is described on the museum’s website as “a ‘maker’ space devoted to informal hands-on learning using both new and old technologies.”

Admission is $12, $10 for members, and that will get you light fare prepared by E2, a local farm to table restaurant; wine, beer  and non-alcoholic beverages. You can buy a ticket by calling 412-322-5058 x 240.

Pianist and composer Tom Roberts will perform an original score to two silent Charlie Chaplin films.

Makeshop is a museum partnership with Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center and the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Learning in out-of-school Environments.

WHen children use the 1,800 square-foot space, they work on “low-tech woodworking and sewing to high-tech circuitry and animation, with a variety of combinations in between,” according to the website. “Children may find themselves sewing LED bracelets or assembling robots using DC motors.”

The event is sponsored by the Benter Foundation.

Photo of a previous MAKEnight from the Children's Museum

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