Makesmith Workshop is
open ALL YEAR
Roll up your sleeves and get ready to hammer away at a whole new way of play. Makesmith Workshop offers a hands-on experience that gets back to the fundamentals of creating. Use a needle and thread to learn the basics of sewing, or grab a hammer and saw to practice woodworking techniques.
Themes will change periodically, featuring new tools, crafts, and activities that will offer opportunities to work with textiles, wood, metal, pottery and more.
Current Theme: Textiles
You don’t have to be a grandmother to know how to sew. Learn how to thread a needle, cut fabric, sew a seam-line, and more. Once you understand the basics, and with a little practice, you’ll figure out that working with cloth is sew-easy!
Teaching Kids to Create & Craft
You might be set for sewing, but do you have need for knitting? Want some weaving? From historic handicrafting to modern methods, there is no shortage of hands on learning at Makesmith Workshop.
Pound, punch, and peen with our Do-It-Together metal projects as you explore both historic and modern methods of working different types of metal.
Have a craving for carpentry? If you have never measured and cut a board, hit a nail, or twisted a screw, Makesmith Workshop is ready to teach you the basics with our Do-It-Together approach to hand crafting projects.
There is no joking around when it comes to workshop safety. Learn proper techniques and safety tips, including how to hold your hands and fingers when using a saw or hammer and why it's important to always use safety goggles.
Help Them Learn D.I.Y. Artisan Skills Start with You!
Makesmith Workshop is the first experience with tools that many young visitors enjoy. In a world of "just buy it new," Conner Prairie tries to keep alive the spirit of "make it with your own hands." We subsidize 60% of each guest visit, so your donations in this area help provide curriculum, supplies, and surprises for our guests. Tools and building materials are always needed for us to teach the next generation how they're used.