Open Build

Friday, October 5, 2012Friday, October 26, 2012 (4 weeks)
9:30 am – 11:30 am

Leonardo's Basement

150 W 60th St
Minneapolis, MN 55419

Students work independently and with instructors to design and build projects using a variety of tools and materials. 

Students should wear clothes that are appropriate for a workshop and studio environment.

  1. Feet should be totally protected (no sandals/open-toed shoes).
  2. Long hair should be tied back/secured.
  3. No loose clothing or jewelry (no loose sleeves, shirt tails, etc.).
  4. No personal stereos (no I-Pod, Walkman, etc.) or cell phone usage.

Target Age Range: ages 6 to 16

Cost per Child/Student: $75/session ($30/scholarship)

Registration: register online at

Sibling Policy: All children in attendance must be enrolled in the program.
Parent/Guardian Policy: Adults are welcome, but not required  to attend with their builder. Anodyne Coffee is in the same building and offers free WiFi and comfortable seating.

Event Contact Phone: 612-824-4394
Event Contact Email: info(at)leonardosbasement [dot] org

Projects and programs for kids at Leonardo's Basement grow from a simple belief that children are excellent judges of their own desires and need to learn. All Leonardo's Basement programs have grown from children's interests and demands as well as the need to offer a unique learning experiences to families, the desire of children to build and work in the real world with like-minded adults and the goal of helping parents to better understand the interests and needs of their children. Leonardo's Basement mission is to design programs for children who are active, kinesthetic learners and builders and actively involve youth from groups often underrepresented in technical and science-related programs while educating families through hands-on activities and other learning opportunities.

Leonardo's Basement is influenced by a history of education psychology and philosophy that includes John Dewey (active learning), Jean Piaget (constructivism), and Howard Gardner (multiple intelligences) and the belief that children should understand their learning strengths and employ them to develop skills and knowledge about their world. The name Leonardo's Basement purposefully invokes this spirit of intent. Leonardo daVinci remains the best representation of a curious and observing mind relating the disciplines of art, science, and technology. The name also conveys that Leonardo's Basement is about discovery and experimentation and the informal atmosphere and creative work associated with heading down into the basement to tinker. Supervised, but kid directed, Leonardo's Basement projects give enormous discretion and power to children.



Information subject to change. Please check with Leonardo's Basement for the most current information.