Tinker Time


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 VIVISTOP Welly, it is mandatory that you attend a First Time Studio Visit. Please book your 5pm First Time Studio Visit hereThis is to ensure that we can induct you both into the space, discuss our different memberships, and get your child registered so that they can begin their trial as a VIVITA Explorer.

We strictly cap the daily limit of Explorers and VIVINAUTs we can have in the studio, therefore we cannot take walk-ins or children who’s guardians have not attended a First Time Studio Visit.

Tinker Time Details:

  • Open for self-directed learning from 2pm-6pm Monday to Friday
  • Available to kids aged 9-15
  • Bookings essential
  • Sessions are only available to Explorers two times a week – this is to ensure spaces are available to new comers.
  • VIVINAUTs are able to book as many times a week as they wish

NOTE: 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. 

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What and where is VIVISTOP Welly?

VIVISTOP Welly is our free-flow co-creation space that lives 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.


Ground floor, 15 Willeston Street, Wellington Central.

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

Never met us before? Come visit!

Please book your First Time Studio Visit to meet our Crew and learn what VIVITA is all about, and which membership may work best for your young creative!

Book here for your First Time Studio Visit

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? Book a parent and kid First Time session instead!

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.


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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