Tinker Time

EXPLORE - MAKE - CREATE

Tinker Time is VIVISTOP Welly’s open-for-making time, regularly occurring as bookable sessions for VIVITA members who wish to change the world one creative innovation at a time (sometimes maybe two!).

Using our large and exciting open-plan workshop, children aged 9-15 self-manage projects of their own volition – practising design thinking skills and applying 21st century techniques with our ever-growing repertoire of modern (and traditional) making equipment. 

If you and/or your child have never visited or been inducted into our studio, VIVISTOP Welly, it is mandatory that you attend a VIVISTOP Welly Intake evening with us. Please book your visit here

During this evening we will give you a tour of the space and introduce you to what life as a full member looks and feels like. This is an opportunity for you and your child to get a feel for the maker-space environment and whether or not it seems like a good fit. We will also take the time to discuss with you who we are, how we work, and what our full (free!) membership entails and requires. 

What is Tinker Time?

Tinker Time is VIVISTOP Welly’s open-for-making time! Using our large and exciting open-plan workshop, children aged 9-15 self-manage projects of their own volition – practising design thinking skills and applying 21st century techniques with our ever-growing repertoire of modern (and traditional) making equipment. Members attend regularly occurring, bookable sessions in one of two ways:

  1. Full Members (VIVINAUTS) who can use their time to work in a self-directred fashion on their own projects.
  2. Emerging Members (Explorers) who have attended an Intake Evening and are working on their induction tasks.

PLEASE NOTE: If you have not been to our space before, or have only attended in a workshop capacity, you will need to book a space in one of our upcoming Intake Evenings. These are available via our Eventbrite page and waitlists are activated once ticket sales sell out.

WHERE is Tinker Time?

Tinker Time is held in our free-flow co-creation studio: VIVISTOP Welly, in the heart of Wellington City. It is a maker-space where young and young at heart can make, create, and innovate side-by-side.

Location:

Ground floor, 15 Willeston Street, Wellington Central.

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For health and safety reasons, we strictly cap the daily limit of humans we can have in the studio. Therefore we cannot take walk-ins or children who’s guardians have not attended an Intake Evening.

Tinker Time Details:

  • Open for self-directed learning from 2pm-6pm Monday to Friday
  • Available to kids aged 9-15
  • Bookings absolutely essential

Tinker Time is what we call “free-flow” time, which means our members can come and go when they please. We do not hold lessons, classes, or have timetabled learning experiences unless it is an advertised workshop – please see our workshop events for structured and sequential learning experiences.

Looking for other Events? Just go to our Events page.

Book your session

‘Tinker Time’ is our ongoing open studio where Explorers (new and casual members) and VIVINAUTS (full-time members) can make and craft whatever they wish.

Our VIVISTOP studio is open from 2 pm – 6 pm. Kids can come and go any time they wish during these hours.

Our Explorers will be using this time to work together with our Crew to master the induction activities.
Our VIVINAUTs are free to use this time to work on any idea they wish.

Booking is a must! 

Click here to find available times for the next Tinker Time sessions.

First time in our space? Find the next available Intake Evening to begin your journey – Please note that Intakes for 2022 are fully booked! Join the waitlist for the upcoming intakes, or stay tuned for 2023 openings…

Looking for other Events? Just go to our Events page.

How it works?

We provide

Physical space, tools, materials and mentorng to get ideas off the ground. All Explorers will be equipped with the knowledge and confidence to use our tools and materials independently.

Make - Craft

Making, crafting, tinkering and experimenting are at the heart of Tinker Time. Let your imagination run wild and bring on happy little accidents to explore the endless possibilities of your creativity.

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Connect with a community of like-minded creative kids to learn from or together with. Build a network of friends and future change-makers.

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