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4 Front Range Makerspaces for Children

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The Craftsman & Apprentice

Who wouldn’t feel inspired to create something in a gorgeous, vintage-style workshop staffed by talented guides? At The Craftsman & Apprentice, youth offerings are almost as expansive as the shop’s collection of tools. Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade can drop in and tinker on Open Studio days, Tuesday to Friday from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Other options include preschool playdates, weekend workshops, homeschool days, and private parties. 1325 E. 22nd Ave., Denver

The Gizmo Dojo

From textiles and weaving to laser cutting, The Gizmo Dojo caters to a variety of interests. While many of the center’s courses have age restrictions, special kids-only classes are just right for children who like 3D printing, robots, and magnets. Check online for scheduling, and learn more about the center at a Saturday Open House, held weekly from 2 to 4 p.m. 7000 W. 117th Ave., Unit A, Broomfield

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TinkerMill

Encourage your children to turn their ideas into reality in an enormous facility that’s divided into stations packed with equipment, including saws, 3D printers, metalsmithing tools, and an industrial-strength CNC milling machine for cutting, drilling, and carving. The organization’s TinkerScouts program lets kids and their parents create projects in the fields of robotics, woodworking, pottery, sewing, and more. 1840 Delaware Place, Unit A, Longmont

The Makerspace at Castlewood Library

Self-expression is easy at Castlewood Library, where families have access to a DIY creative space filled with everything needed to tinker, hack, and craft. All items are available on a first-come, first-served basis during “full-service hours” (Monday to Friday from 3 to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.), when staff members are on hand to assist with tools, such as sanders, paper cutters, and embroidery machines. Teen Maker Nights are also available. 6739 S. Uinta St., Centennial

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