Coming up - check out the Maker Faire. Science. Technology. Craft. Art. Creativity. As one visitor calls it: "It's a bit like a family-rated, local Burning Man but not in the desert and without naked people.'
This annual event is sponsored by Make magazine, and from what I've heard. It's a great place to take the kids. Lots of tinkerers sharing their innovations and creations. You can admire, you can learn and you can create.
The event features tons of kid-friendly activities. See a huge mousetrap game (hopefully the mice aren't this big!) The Bay Area LEGO users group has a huge display, including a model train layout made entirely of LEGOs. Kids can build their own blinking electronic bugs. And in case you haven't done the Diet Coke and Mentos experiment at home, you can watch it here, and not have to clean up the mess. There are lots of robots, marshmallow shooters, magic mirrors, a human mouse maze,
For those who like to make things themselves, in the "how to" area of the Maker Faire, you might learn how to becomea bee-keeper, how to turn toys into jewelry, how to make a robot from paper pipes, how to make a pick a lock (don't take your kids to this one!), how to make and launch a compressed air rocket, how to make 3-D animated sculptures, how to make soap, how to juggle, and lots more.
Tickets: get them at the door for $25/adult, $10/kids 4-12, $15/students 13-20. Discount for buying them before May 12. Get them at participating stores and save $5 a ticket. Here's a link to ticket info and participating stores (which include Whole Foods, Exploratorium, Technology Credit Unions, and Cartoon Art Museum). Group and military discounts area available too.