ST. LOUIS (KMOX) -- The tech workshop that helps kids discover their future career passions is back open after a COVID-related closure.
Both MADE For Kids on Delmar Blvd. and its Kirkwood sibling for younger kids, The Magic House, now require reservations to ensure physical distancing.
The Magic House has been an attraction since 1979, but MADE For Kids just opened last year. "MADE" stands for makers, artists, designers, and entrepreneurs.
Carrie Hutchcraft says they hope early exposure to creative activites like coding, laser cutting, game design, and stop motion animation will help kids discover careers "so when they're in high school and picking courses, something maybe sparks them now to have that interest."
MADE is meant for an age when kids feel a little "too old" for the Magic House. Hutchcraft estimates that to be between 4 and 14 years old.
After that, as teenagers, they can graduate to the MADE Makerspace downstairs in the same building on Delmar.
Hutchcraft says the two are complimentary. MADE for Kids is similar to its parent version, but without dangerous equipment.
In an age of pandemic, Hutchcraft some skills learned at MADE can be continued at home. For instance, the coding which tells a 3D printer what to make can be done on any web browser.