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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Bay Area Maker Faire

Glow Forest Cathedral created by O Yeah Toys

Last Saturday my family and I attended the Bay Area Maker Faire. The Maker Faire is a fair dedicated to DIY bringing creativity, technology and crafts all together in one place. There are shows, interactive exhibits, handmade booths, demos and so much more. It really is for all ages. One year just my mom and I went and we had a blast. This year I took my family and the kids were entertained the entire time. In fact, we didn't even get to do everything we wanted because there's just THAT much to experience.

If there's a Maker Faire in your area, I highly recommend checking it out. There's really nothing else like it. Below are some pictures of the highlights of our outing.

ArcAttack - show where Telsa Coils produce music and electrical arcs similar to lighting bolts. This is something that's better seen than explained. Check out one of the videos on the ArcAttack site to see it for yourself.

R2-D2, need I say more

Tap Tap Animation created by Purin Phanichphant

Eepybird performed their famous show of Coke and Mentos geysers. The kids loved it! It's a must see.

At the Maker Faire you'll find unique vehicles roaming the fair such as this vehicle above along with a robot giraffe, cupcake cars and much more.

Colossus is a 70 foot structure with three 10,000 pound rocks which fair goers could pull in circles. This was a big hit with kids and adults. My daughter was going to try it but had second thoughts when she got closer.

My sons personal favorite, LEGOS!

Being covered in a giant bubble was my daughters favorite activity.

I'm really glad I brought the kids this year. While I was walking around, I kept thinking, "I wish someone brought me here as a child". I always had grand ideas of making things besides crafts and I think this fair would have opened up more possibilities for me. I remember once when my friend's family got a computer (family computers were a new concept then). I wanted one too and went home and tried to make my own out of a play kitchen. As you can imagine, fake food doesn't cut it for computer parts. So, I can only hope the Maker Faire taught my children that they can create whatever they put their minds to. Ideas can be more than pretend.


Hannah said...

I've been stalking your blog for a while, and hey, I went too! So cool, right? I wish I could've seen you, hehe!

babalisme said...

Oh they having the Marker Faire again!!! I have been reading (and drooling) about Marker Faire since 3-4 years ago. Is it held annually?

lisbonlioness said...

So. Dang. Cool. I wish I could have been there, my inner 10 year old would have had a field day!!

Anthonette said...

The guys are I were at Maker Faire both days. It was our 4th year attending. This is our favorite yearly event. Sunday the attendance was even more crazy busy than Saturday. Next year, we should do a meetup of the bloggers who follow you.

Kristin said...

Such fun pictures. Thanks for sharing the experience, looks really fun.

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