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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Coming Up: Maker Faire


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 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 the program guide here. Activities/demonstrations include the ubiquitous Coke/Mentos explosion, lock picking workshops, fire arts, solar vehicles, 3-D printers, robotics, mythbusters, urban farming, an electric giraffe, pedal cars and more. An app with the program is coming soon.

WhatMaker Faire
When: May 19-20, 2012 (Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
Where: San Mateo County Event Center (near 92 and 101). Check here for directions and info on free parking lots.
Tickets: get them at the door for $30/adult, $15/kids 4-12, $20/students 13-20. Get them at participating stores at a discount by May 18. Here's a link to ticket info and participating stores (which include Ace Hardware, Whole Foods and the Exploratorium). Group and military discounts area available too.

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