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 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.
As for performances, the Coke/Mentos demonstration won't disappoint (especially since it's modeled after the Bellagio fountains!). The life-sized mousetrap game is back. There are pedal car races, and battle pond with Battleship type boats. Learn about CAD for Kids, try making your own moldy cheese, learn how to make perfect noodles, make chocolate pudding in 30 seconds or less, learn how to parent young makers, listen to a Girl Scout talk about her high school robotics experience.
Tickets: get them at the door for $30/adult, $15/kids 4-12, $20/students 13-20. Get them at participating stores and save $5 a ticket. Here's a link to ticket info and participating stores (which include Whole Foods. Group and military discounts area available too.