Mini-Factory Provides Big Ideas for Small People

Big Ideas for Small People at the Mattress Factory

Mini-Factory is an interactive learning program designed for children ages 3-5 years old and their parents or caregivers. Participants are invited to explore, play, and grow! Mini-Factory is a mobile, adaptable pop-up space that students can help to build and then use to explore new ideas and concepts.The program uses contemporary installation art as the basis for enabling exploration. Upcoming Mini-Factory sessions include:

Mini-Factory: SHAPES
Saturday, May 13 from 10:00 to 11:00 am
Explore the different shapes in our everyday world through art and children’s literature – you might be surprised what you discover!

Mini-Factory: PLACE
Saturday, May 27 from 10:00 to 11:00 am
Your home is a place, your neighborhood is a place, the museum is a place + every place is unique. Examine how artists use place to create inspiring installations, then create one of our own! 

Mini-Factory: STORIES
Saturday, June 10 from 10:00 to 11:00 am
Stories are inspired by color, sound, smell, places and more. Learn about some of the stories behind the artwork at the Mattress Factory!

Mini-Factory:  INVENT
Saturday, June 24  from 10:00 to 11:00 am
Creating something from nothing takes risk and imagination. Together we’ll discover how artists take risks by creating something from their imagination!

Mini-Factory: REFLECT(ION)
Saturday, July 8 from 10:00 to 11:00 am
Reflections can add interesting effects to artwork, create tricks for the eye and give us moments to pause. Investigate how artists use this technique for fun and for reflection!

Mini-Factory: LINE
Saturday, July 22 from 10:00 to 11:00 am
Lines create shapes and define spaces. Discover how artists use many different materials to create lines we never knew were there!

Mini-Factory: REPEAT
Saturday, August 12 from 10:00 to 11:00 am
Over and over again, artists use repetition to create special effects in their artwork. Get inspired by this technique at this program!

Mini-Factory: MOVEMENT
Saturday, August 26 from 10:00 to 11:00 am
Art can move and groove in inspiring ways! Delve into the kinetics of art and shake it up in the galleries.

Mini-Factory is held on the second and fourth Saturday of each month from 10:00 until 11:00 am at the Mattress Factory. For more information, or to register, visit the Mattress Factory’s Mini-Factory webpage. If you have questions, call 412-231-3169 or email

500 Sampsonia Way Pittsburgh