Maker Break


Explore the different ways you can use your body as an instrument to tell stories with rhythmic sound. Learn to create vocal percussion sounds using your mouth, lips, tongue, and voice. Beatboxing is one of the elemental skills used in hip-hop. Learn the basics and compose your own beats alongside a SteppingStone teaching artist.

Stage Makeup & Special Effects

Learn special skills to transform your face into a different character with make-up. Explore different styles of makeup (old age, fantasy, animal, zombies, cuts, and bruises) with hands-on experience with professional stage make-up through shadows, fades, and highlights. 

  • Arlington Hills Community Center: Dec. 27, 3:30-5:00 p.m. (Drop-in)
  • Sun Ray: Dec. 29, 1:00-2:30 p.m. (Drop-in)

Puppetry & Mask Making

Making Rod puppets, shadow puppets, fingers puppets, and masks-- the possibilities are endless! Learn to bring these characters to life! Become a master of different forms of puppetry and learn how to be creative with different materials. With the help of a professional teaching artist, explore the magic world of puppetry with voice, movement, and 3D construction. 

  • Rondo: Dec. 31, 2:00-3:30 p.m. (Drop-in)


Explore Chinese culture and language through calligraphy. 

  • Rice Street: Dec. 29, 3:00-4:30 p.m. (Drop-in)
  • Hamline Midway: Dec. 30, 3:00-4:30 p.m. (Drop-in)

This series was made possible by funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.