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2 Malcolm Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
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Leonardo’s Basement is a unique non-profit dedicated to helping people of all ages discover the power of building from their imaginations. The workshop provides the opportunities, tools and supplies to make, build, and fail in positive learning environments through classes, workshops and events. There are workshops for children, adults and families (although not enough family classes in my opinion). Fun activities in the past have included create-your-own lawn signs and the annual doll-o-ween contest – where contestants re-imagine fashion dolls.

NEWS: Leonardo’s Basement will be closing to move in February 2023 and reopening at a new Southeast Minneapolis location in June.  The new adventure playground is scheduled to be built June 19, 2023.

Leonardo's Basement Lawn Sign Workshop
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The Adventure Playground

Following the lead of some famous European adventure playgrounds, Leonardo’s Basement has converted its outdoor yard into a similar play and build area. While this is not a family program as parents are not invited, we think its kind of cool. The playground will be open on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays during the warmer months and will provide a broad assortment of building materials, tools and appropriate supervision for kids to build creatively and have their own hand-made fun. Leonardo’s Basement recommends children wear clothes that can get dirty and wet with sturdy, closed-toe shoes.

The Adventure Playground is open the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month from noon-2 pm for kids ages 6-17. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $10 per child and parents must sign a waiver.

If you like the idea of an Adventure Playground, you’ll want to check out JunkPark in Shakopee.

Birthday Parties at Leonardo’s Basement

Birthday party packages allow the guests to design and build creative engineering, technology or art projects to take home and are available for ages 5 through adult.

Summer Camps

Full and half-day workshops from June through August, mixing engineering, art, and technology. Build large LEGO installations, sew stuffed animals, and paint. Make wood projects and explore electricity. Design and create toys, fairy villages, ginormous board games. Build and play in the extraordinary outdoor Adventure Playground! Exceptional opportunities for teens, including welding, pewter casting, drones, tabletops games and miniatures, robots, woodworking, metalworking, sewing, 3D printing and laser engraving. We share up-to-date information in our annual summer camp guide.


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