The boiler: where STEAM Happens



Our Mini makerspace for the younger* crowd

*JUST FOR KIDS, TEENS & FAMILIES


BUILD IT AT THE BOILER: 

Various ages (drop-off)

Check our Calendar for upcoming sessions!

Registration required



STEAM POWERED SATURDAYS:

Ages 3 and up

Check our Calendar for upcoming sessions!

Registration required



Upcoming Boiler Sessions

    • 06/28/2022
    • 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 10
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    Join us at The MINT for a summer of fun like no other!  On Tuesday, June 28th from 4-8pm we're molding our own custom soaps!  Make your mold negative and then create your own mold using our Vacuformer machines. Feel free to bring some items you might want to try molding - small toys, shells, anything hard and that doesn't have too much detail. Once you've made your molds, melt and mix soaps with colors and scents to create something just for you. Each participant will leave with ready to use molds and two finished custom soaps

    This is a drop-off session for teens (generally kids 13+ but younger kids are welcome if they will be able to complete the project without caregiver help).  Bring dinner or a snack and a water bottle.  Pre-registration is required. $10 per person, with discounted registration for COVID Impacted families and free registration for SNAP, 3Squares and housing assistance.  Choose the registration option that matches your family situation, no proof of income is required.  Our summer programming is made possible through Expanding Access grant funding, administered by VT Afterschool. 

    • 06/30/2022
    • 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 11
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    Join us at The MINT for a summer of fun like no other!  On Thursday, June 30th from 4-8pm we'll be playing Dungeons & Dragons, a collaborative tabletop roleplaying and storytelling game!   We will learn how to build characters and then dive into a fun adventure set in our imaginations!  Beginning and experienced players are welcome - no previous experience with role playing is necessary.  Feel free to bring your own dice if you have them. This is a drop-off session for teens (generally kids 13+ but younger kids are welcome if they will be able to participate without caregiver help). Bring dinner or a snack and a water bottle.  Pre-registration is required. $10 per person, with discounted registration for COVID Impacted families and free registration for SNAP, 3Squares and housing assistance.  Choose the registration option that matches your family situation, no proof of income is required.  Our summer programming is made possible through Expanding Access grant funding, administered by VT Afterschool. 

    • 07/02/2022
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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    Join us for a summer of fun like no other!  On Saturday, July 2nd from 9-11am, we're making custom painted shirts or flags!    We'll cut custom stencils on our vinyl cutters, and then paint through and around the stencils to create our designs.  Bring a light colored shirt if you want to make a shirt - blank flags will be provided.  Because we cut the stencils on our vinyl cutter, they are sticky, easy to paint through and don't move around. Even very young kiddos can be successful with this method.  Older kids can be more deliberate with design, color choice and painting technique to make more intricate designs.

    Kids ages three and up are welcome.  Kids between age 3 and age 5 must have a caregiver stay for the session, kids 5+ can be dropped off if desired, but caregivers are welcome to stay and learn alongside. Dress for some mess - we'll be using permanent fabric paint and Sharpies.    

    Pre-registration is required. $10 per child, with discounted registration for COVID Impacted families and free registration for SNAP, 3Squares and housing assistance.  Choose the registration option that matches your family situation, no proof of income is required.  Our summer programming is made possible through Expanding Access grant funding, administered by VT Afterschool.  

    • 07/05/2022
    • 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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    Join us at The MINT for a summer of fun like no other!  On Tuesday, July 5th from 4-8pm we're making Giant Wooden Dice!  Learn to use some basic woodworking tools, including the chop saw, bandsaw, drill press and sanding wheels while you create your giant dice.  Then paint or stain them however you like, and you're ready to play some massive games!   

    This is a drop-off session for teens aged 13+ Bring dinner or a snack and a water bottle.  Pre-registration is required. $10 per person, with discounted registration for COVID Impacted families and free registration for SNAP, 3Squares and housing assistance.  Choose the registration option that matches your family situation, no proof of income is required.  Our summer programming is made possible through Expanding Access grant funding, administered by VT Afterschool. 

    • 07/07/2022
    • 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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    Join us at The MINT for a summer of fun like no other!  On Thursday, July 7th from 4-8pm we're learning to do reverse glass painting!  This very old art form has recently made a resurgence on TikTok. Learn to separate your planned painting into layers.  When you paint on glass, you have to paint the foreground first!  You'll choose what to paint, whether it's a nature scene, biological illustration or anime character.  

    This is a drop-off session for teens (generally kids 13+ but younger kids are welcome if they will be able to complete the project without caregiver help).  Bring dinner or a snack and a water bottle.  Pre-registration is required. $10 per person, with discounted registration for COVID Impacted families and free registration for SNAP, 3Squares and housing assistance.  Choose the registration option that matches your family situation, no proof of income is required.  Our summer programming is made possible through Expanding Access grant funding, administered by VT Afterschool. 

    • 07/09/2022
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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    Join us for a summer of fun like no other!  On Saturday, July 9th from 9-11am, we're making Juice Pouch Stomp Rockets!   We'll learn about air pressure and potential energy as we create portable stomp rockets made from empty juice pouches. 

    Kids ages three and up are welcome.  Kids between age 3 and age 5 must have a caregiver stay for the session, kids 5+ can be dropped off if desired, but caregivers are welcome to stay and learn alongside. Dress for some mess - we'll be using glue and markers.    

    Pre-registration is required. $10 per child, with discounted registration for COVID Impacted families and free registration for SNAP, 3Squares and housing assistance.  Choose the registration option that matches your family situation, no proof of income is required.  Our summer programming is made possible through Expanding Access grant funding, administered by VT Afterschool.  

    • 07/12/2022
    • 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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    Join us at The MINT for a summer of fun like no other!  On Tuesday, July 12th from 4-8pm we're learning to use the wood lathe to turn wooden spinning tops! Learn the basics of using the lathe while you design, turn and finish a spinning top. When your top is finished, see how long it will stay spinning or even battle someone else's top!

    This is a drop-off session for teens 13+.  Bring dinner or a snack and a water bottle.  Pre-registration is required. $10 per person, with discounted registration for COVID Impacted families and free registration for SNAP, 3Squares and housing assistance.  Choose the registration option that matches your family situation, no proof of income is required.  Our summer programming is made possible through Expanding Access grant funding, administered by VT Afterschool. 

    • 07/14/2022
    • 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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    Join us at The MINT for a summer of fun like no other!  On Thursday, July 14th from 4-8pm we're learning how to design and build automata!   What are automata?  They are tiny machines that use cams and cranks to reproduce motion, so you can make a flying bird, a fluttering butterfly, a sailing boat, a swimming fish - anything you like.

    This is a drop-off session for teens (generally kids 13+ but younger kids are welcome if they will be able to complete the project without caregiver help).  Bring dinner or a snack and a water bottle.  Pre-registration is required. $10 per person, with discounted registration for COVID Impacted families and free registration for SNAP, 3Squares and housing assistance.  Choose the registration option that matches your family situation, no proof of income is required.  Our summer programming is made possible through Expanding Access grant funding, administered by VT Afterschool. 

    • 07/16/2022
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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    Join us for a summer of fun like no other!  On Saturday, July 17th from 9-11am, we're making gravity powered mini racers!  We'll use recycled and repurposed materials to build a vehicle that can roll down an inclined track.  Learn about potential energy as your vehicle waits at the top of the ramp to roll down. Experiment with different types of wheels, axles and weights to find the combination that makes your vehicle go fastest.   

    Kids ages three and up are welcome.  Kids between age 3 and age 5 must have a caregiver stay for the session, kids 5+ can be dropped off if desired, but caregivers are welcome to stay and learn alongside. Dress for some mess - we'll be using markers, paint and glue.    

    Pre-registration is required. $10 per child, with discounted registration for COVID Impacted families and free registration for SNAP, 3Squares and housing assistance.  Choose the registration option that matches your family situation, no proof of income is required.  Our summer programming is made possible through Expanding Access grant funding, administered by VT Afterschool.  

    • 07/19/2022
    • 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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    Join us at The MINT for a summer of fun like no other!  On Tuesday, July 19th from 4-8pm we're learning to make stamps!   Learn a variety of ways to make stamps, including laser cutting in our Glowforge, stacked cut paper using our vinyl cutter, hand cutting on lino blocks, and more.

    This is a drop-off session for teens (generally kids 13+ but younger kids are welcome if they will be able to complete the project without caregiver help).  Bring dinner or a snack and a water bottle.  Pre-registration is required. $10 per person, with discounted registration for COVID Impacted families and free registration for SNAP, 3Squares and housing assistance.  Choose the registration option that matches your family situation, no proof of income is required.  Our summer programming is made possible through Expanding Access grant funding, administered by VT Afterschool. 

    • 07/21/2022
    • 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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    Join us at The MINT for a summer of fun like no other!  On Thursday, July 21st from 4-8pm we're learning the basics of aeronautical engineering when we design and build custom gliders!   Using a variety of easy to work with materials, we'll use the engineering design process to figure out how to make gliders that can fly far or do tricks.

    This is a drop-off session for teens (generally kids 13+ but younger kids are welcome if they will be able to complete the project without caregiver help).  Bring dinner or a snack and a water bottle.  Pre-registration is required. $10 per person, with discounted registration for COVID Impacted families and free registration for SNAP, 3Squares and housing assistance.  Choose the registration option that matches your family situation, no proof of income is required.  Our summer programming is made possible through Expanding Access grant funding, administered by VT Afterschool. 

    • 07/23/2022
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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    Join us for a summer of fun like no other!  On Saturday, July 23rd from 9-11am, we're making toad houses!    Learn about toad habitats and why adding a house in your garden or yard can be helpful for toads. Then use clay and natural materials to create your own toad house.  

    Kids ages three and up are welcome.  Kids between age 3 and age 5 must have a caregiver stay for the session, kids 5+ can be dropped off if desired, but caregivers are welcome to stay and learn alongside. Dress for some mess - we'll be using air dry clay, plants, sticks and mud.    

    Pre-registration is required. $10 per child, with discounted registration for COVID Impacted families and free registration for SNAP, 3Squares and housing assistance.  Choose the registration option that matches your family situation, no proof of income is required.  Our summer programming is made possible through Expanding Access grant funding, administered by VT Afterschool.  

    • 07/26/2022
    • 07/28/2022
    • 2 sessions
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    Join us at The MINT for a summer of fun like no other!  On Tuesday AND Thursday, July 26th and 28th from 4-8pm we're learning how to create stained glass suncatchers!  You design the pattern - figurative or abstract. We'll help you turn your design into something beautiful in stained glass.  Learn to cut, break, grind, foil and solder glass to create shapes.

    Please note, this session runs on both Tuesday and Thursday! 

    This is a drop-off session for teens 13 and older. Bring dinner or a snack and a water bottle.  Pre-registration is required. $20 per person, with discounted registration for COVID Impacted families and free registration for SNAP, 3Squares and housing assistance.  Choose the registration option that matches your family situation, no proof of income is required.  Our summer programming is made possible through Expanding Access grant funding, administered by VT Afterschool. 

    • 07/30/2022
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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    Join us for a summer of fun like no other!  On Saturday, July 30th from 9-11am, we're making DIY catapults!  Engineer your own custom design or build from our directions.  Decorate your catapult and launch pom-poms, pencil top erasers and more at crafted paper targets.  How far can you shoot?  Can you hit the target?

    Kids ages three and up are welcome.  Kids between age 3 and age 5 must have a caregiver stay for the session, kids 5+ can be dropped off if desired, but caregivers are welcome to stay and learn alongside. Dress for some mess - we'll be using paint and markers.      

    Pre-registration is required. $10 per child, with discounted registration for COVID Impacted families and free registration for SNAP, 3Squares and housing assistance.  Choose the registration option that matches your family situation, no proof of income is required.  Our summer programming is made possible through Expanding Access grant funding, administered by VT Afterschool.  

    • 08/02/2022
    • 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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    Join us at The MINT for a summer of fun like no other!  On Tuesday, August 2nd from 4-8pm we're creating custom clocks!  Use woodworking tools or the laser cutter to create the background of your custom clock. Decorate with paint, laser etching, custom stamps, stain or even decoupage, origami or rolled paper to make a clock that shows off your personality.  If you can think it up, we can help you make it!

    This is a drop-off session for teens (generally kids 13+ but younger kids are welcome if they will be able to complete the project without caregiver help).  Bring dinner or a snack and a water bottle.  Pre-registration is required. $10 per person, with discounted registration for COVID Impacted families and free registration for SNAP, 3Squares and housing assistance.  Choose the registration option that matches your family situation, no proof of income is required.  Our summer programming is made possible through Expanding Access grant funding, administered by VT Afterschool. 

    • 08/04/2022
    • 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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    Join us at The MINT for a summer of fun like no other!  On Thursday, August 4th from 4-8pm we're learning how to use The MINT's Makey Makey boards!  What's a Makey Makey? It's a circuit board that turns anything conductive into something that can interact with your computer.  Make a fruit piano, a play dough game controller or anything else you can think up, all while learning about circuits, programming and conductivity. 

    This is a drop-off session for teens (generally kids 13+ but younger kids are welcome if they will be able to complete the project without caregiver help).  Bring dinner or a snack and a water bottle.  Pre-registration is required. $10 per person, with discounted registration for COVID Impacted families and free registration for SNAP, 3Squares and housing assistance.  Choose the registration option that matches your family situation, no proof of income is required.  Our summer programming is made possible through Expanding Access grant funding, administered by VT Afterschool. 

    • 08/09/2022
    • 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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    Join us at The MINT for a summer of fun like no other!  On Tuesday, August 9th from 4-8pm we're building mini siege weapons, like catapults and cross bows, out of office materials!   Built to send mini paper balls, pompoms or pencil top erasers flying; these "weapons" are fun to build and battle with. Engineer a better crossbow and see who can hit the most targets!

    This is a drop-off session for teens (generally kids 13+ but younger kids are welcome if they will be able to complete the project without caregiver help).  Bring dinner or a snack and a water bottle.  Pre-registration is required. $10 per person, with discounted registration for COVID Impacted families and free registration for SNAP, 3Squares and housing assistance.  Choose the registration option that matches your family situation, no proof of income is required.  Our summer programming is made possible through Expanding Access grant funding, administered by VT Afterschool. 

    • 08/11/2022
    • 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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    Join us at The MINT for a summer of fun like no other!  On Thursday, August 11th from 4-8pm we're designing and creating custom epoxy enamel pins!   Mix and color epoxy to fill a background you cut on our laser cutter.  Make anything you can think up!

    This is a drop-off session for teens, 13+.  Dress for mess - epoxy sticks to anything it touches, including your skin and clothes. Bring dinner or a snack and a water bottle.  Pre-registration is required. $10 per person, with discounted registration for COVID Impacted families and free registration for SNAP, 3Squares and housing assistance.  Choose the registration option that matches your family situation, no proof of income is required.  Our summer programming is made possible through Expanding Access grant funding, administered by VT Afterschool. 

    • 08/13/2022
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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    Join us for a summer of fun like no other!  On Saturday, August 13th from 9-11am, we're making popsicle stick puzzles! These simple puzzles are fun to create and to solve.  The pieces fit into a standard envelope, so you can create and mail these to friends!    

    Kids ages three and up are welcome.  Kids between age 3 and age 5 must have a caregiver stay for the session, kids 5+ can be dropped off if desired, but caregivers are welcome to stay and learn alongside. Dress for some mess - we'll be using paint and markers.    

    Pre-registration is required. $10 per child, with discounted registration for COVID Impacted families and free registration for SNAP, 3Squares and housing assistance.  Choose the registration option that matches your family situation, no proof of income is required.  Our summer programming is made possible through Expanding Access grant funding, administered by VT Afterschool.  

    • 08/16/2022
    • 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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    Join us at The MINT for a summer of fun like no other!  On Tuesday, August 16th from 4-8pm we're making light up cobweb cards!  What's a cobweb card? It's an old style of secret message card made by overlaying an intricately cut piece of paper over another "secret" image. Don't worry! In the "olden days" people had to make all the intricate cuts by hand, but we'll just use our vinyl cutter!  Plus, we'll add an extra fun techie element, a light in the secret image! 

    This is a drop-off session for teens (generally kids 13+ but younger kids are welcome if they will be able to complete the project without caregiver help).  Bring dinner or a snack and a water bottle.  Pre-registration is required. $10 per person, with discounted registration for COVID Impacted families and free registration for SNAP, 3Squares and housing assistance.  Choose the registration option that matches your family situation, no proof of income is required.  Our summer programming is made possible through Expanding Access grant funding, administered by VT Afterschool. 

    • 08/18/2022
    • 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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    Join us at The MINT for a summer of fun like no other!  On Thursday, August 18th from 4-8pm we're making Vortex Cannons!  Learn about air currents while shooting at targets with "donuts" of air. Use power tools to build a big Vortex Cannon, play with some medium sized ones, and build a mini one that can knock over targets! Can you design a cannon that will shoot farther?  Use our smoke machine to visualize the air leaving your cannon. 

    This is a drop-off session for teens (generally kids 13+ but younger kids are welcome if they will be able to complete the project without caregiver help).  Bring dinner or a snack and a water bottle.  Pre-registration is required. $10 per person, with discounted registration for COVID Impacted families and free registration for SNAP, 3Squares and housing assistance.  Choose the registration option that matches your family situation, no proof of income is required.  Our summer programming is made possible through Expanding Access grant funding, administered by VT Afterschool. 

    • 08/20/2022
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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    Join us for a summer of fun like no other!  On Saturday, August 20th from 9-11am, we're having a Creature Carnival!   Design your own Creature - scary, funny, silly, whatever you like - and cut it out of plywood on our laser cutter.  Use some power tools (with assistance) to attach it to a wooden stand and use some fabric to make a beanbag. Now line up your Creatures and see who can knock them down first. It's like bowling and a carnival game all in one! 

    Kids ages three and up are welcome.  Kids between age 3 and age 5 must have a caregiver stay for the session, kids 5+ can be dropped off if desired, but caregivers are welcome to stay and learn alongside. Dress for some mess - we'll be using paint, glue and markers.    

    Pre-registration is required. $10 per child, with discounted registration for COVID Impacted families and free registration for SNAP, 3Squares and housing assistance.  Choose the registration option that matches your family situation, no proof of income is required.  Our summer programming is made possible through Expanding Access grant funding, administered by VT Afterschool.  

    • 08/23/2022
    • 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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    Join us at The MINT for a summer of fun like no other! On Tuesday, August 23rd from 4-8pm we're learning to needle felt! Create a custom 3-D character or felt a flat tapestry. Needle felting is easy to learn and very relaxing - it's basically just repeatedly stabbing something! Anyone can do it!   

    This is a drop-off session for teens; generally kids 13+ but younger kids are welcome if they will be able to complete the project without caregiver help. Keep in mind that felting needles are EXTREMELY sharp and barbed, so care is required to avoid injury. Bring dinner or a snack and a water bottle.  Pre-registration is required. $10 per person, with discounted registration for COVID Impacted families and free registration for SNAP, 3Squares and housing assistance.  Choose the registration option that matches your family situation, no proof of income is required.  Our summer programming is made possible through Expanding Access grant funding, administered by VT Afterschool. 

    • 08/25/2022
    • 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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    Join us at The MINT for a summer of fun like no other!  On Thursday, August 25th from 4-8pm we're playing board games!   Do you love to play board games? Bring one of your favorites to our board game mixer! Hang out with friends and play a new game or an old favorite!

    This is a drop-off session for teens (generally kids 13+ but younger kids are welcome if they are able to play without caregiver help).  Bring dinner or a snack and a water bottle.  Pre-registration is required. $10 per person, with discounted registration for COVID Impacted families and free registration for SNAP, 3Squares and housing assistance.  Choose the registration option that matches your family situation, no proof of income is required.  Our summer programming is made possible through Expanding Access grant funding, administered by VT Afterschool. 

    • 08/27/2022
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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    Join us for a summer of fun like no other!  On Saturday, August 27th from 9-11am, we're making secret spy messages!   Learn several different techniques for making, sending and solving codes and secret messages.  For this session, kids should know their letters and numbers, and be able to do some spelling (even if it's a little creative).

    Kids ages three and up are welcome.  Kids between age 3 and age 5 must have a caregiver stay for the session, kids 5+ can be dropped off if desired, but caregivers are welcome to stay and learn alongside. Dress for some mess - we'll be using paint, markers and safe chemicals.    

    Pre-registration is required. $10 per child, with discounted registration for COVID Impacted families and free registration for SNAP, 3Squares and housing assistance.  Choose the registration option that matches your family situation, no proof of income is required.  Our summer programming is made possible through Expanding Access grant funding, administered by VT Afterschool.  

    • 08/30/2022
    • 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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    Join us at The MINT for a summer of fun like no other!  On Tuesday, August 30th from 4-8pm we're building insect homes!  Fall is coming, and that means insects need places to build homes to stay safe over the winter. Learn how to build several different types of insect houses, while also using basic woodworking tools (chop saw, drill press, power driver). Leave with some homes to hang in your yard, ready for fall. 

    This is a drop-off session for teens (generally kids 13+ but younger kids are welcome if they will be able to complete the project without caregiver help).  Bring dinner or a snack and a water bottle.  Pre-registration is required. $10 per person, with discounted registration for COVID Impacted families and free registration for SNAP, 3Squares and housing assistance.  Choose the registration option that matches your family situation, no proof of income is required.  Our summer programming is made possible through Expanding Access grant funding, administered by VT Afterschool. 

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