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Santa’s Workshop At MOSI: Build a Toy With Santa

The temperatures are dipping. Snowmen, reindeer, and twinkling lights are popping up everywhere and I couldn’t be happier. The feel of Christmas is in the air and what better way to kick off the holiday season than with a visit to Santa’s Workshop at MOSI?

We just received notice that it looks like too many boys and girls have been good this year, because Santa is running out of room at the North Pole and he’s adding an extra Santa’s Workshop at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Tampa. He needs your help to make sure his elves can make all of the toys they’ll need for this holiday season.

Join us on “Black Friday”, November 25 – January 3 for Santa’s Workshop! Idea Zone® is the place to be this holiday season as it transforms into a toy workshop where you’ll use your creativity and building skills to make imaginative toys to give to family and friends! Included with MOSI admission, kids can come to the Idea Zone creativity lab and make real toys to take home and give to family and friends.

Santa himself will visit the workshop during the first three weekends in December!

All Ages | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday and 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday – Sunday

Santa Claus will be dropping by his workshop to share pointers and holiday cheer with his toy-making helpers. Come take a photo with Santa Claus at MOSI from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 3. Santa will also be back at MOSI for brief 90-minute visits on December 4, 10, 11, 17, and 18.


Idea Zone at MOSI will become a Minecraft-inspired winter wonderland, complete with a cubic Christmas tree and Minecraft model trains. With help from MOSI’s elf-trained staff, guests can get hands-on with:

– Cardboard creatures  -Transform ordinary boxes into real moving machines and make anything from a flapping bird to a dancing elephant.

– Retro toy-building classes – Spark your imagination and learn woodworking skills as you saw, sand, and hammer toy trains, cars, and other playful inventions.

– Santa Sleuths – MOSI’s Elf on a Shelf has raided MOSI’s secret stocking full of 3D-printed toys. We’re looking for a few good Santa Sleuths to join in our reindeer game and help find the lost toys hidden around MOSI.

– Live science shows – MOSI’s STEAMpunks science educators have a toy-box full of science demonstrations to go along with the holiday.

“To me, the best kind of gift is a gift you make yourself – especially if you’re a kid. Santa’s Workshop at MOSI gives kids the chance to show their creative sides and make something memorable and unique for a friend or family member, instead of only choosing a gift off a shelf,” said Molly Demeulenaere, MOSI President & CEO.

So gather up the kiddies and come join Santa to create a real toy to take home and give as a gift. No reservations are necessary and hands-on Santa’s Workshop activities are included with MOSI general admission. For more details please visit

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