About Us

At Maker Monkey Workshop we teach kids how to use REAL TOOLS to build, create, and design.

We offer a variety of workshops including woodwork and metalwork where kids will learn new skills, build confidence, and express their creativity in a SAFE and FUN environment.

 

Give a kid a hammer.

 

When we put real tools in children's hands, we empower them with knowledge and skills that help build confidence and change their perspective of the world around them. Kids will discover how things are actually made and realize that even their small hands are capable of big things.

 

In addition to being a lot of fun, working with tools helps develop hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, independence, problem-solving, conceptualization, and mathematic skills such as counting measuring, sorting, etc.

 

We can't wait to see the amazing creations that your child will make! 

 

Sarah Wilson

Head Monkey

Hi! I'm Sarah, metalsmith, and mom of two curious and compassionate little boys. I worked in jewelry design and sculpture for over a decade after graduating from the University of Michigan School of Art & Design. (Go Blue!) When my first son, Ryder was old enough to understand what mommy does for a living, he had lots of questions about what exactly I do and how I do it. I began letting him "monkey around" in my studio where he had (guided) access to just about every tool imaginable. Soon enough, the idea for Maker Monkey Workshop was born. It is so exciting to watch Ryder grow more confident and capable with every strike of the hammer, and that's exactly what I want to give to other children.
 
My workshop is similar to the one my dad let me tinker around in as a kid. As a young girl, I understood how special and different it was that I didn't just get to play with my dollhouse, I actually got to build it too. Being a girl with a hammer was empowering... and it still is. The magic of building as play and the importance of ignoring gender stereotypes is something that transformed my childhood and strongly influenced my path in life.
 
I am so excited to open my workshop doors to you and your kids. My goal is to create a unique environment that unlocks creativity, encourages curiosity, and builds confidence. I can promise a special experience that you won't find anywhere else! Feel free to contact me with questions. I hope to see your kids at one of our workshops soon!