Bay Area Geek Dads and Geek Moms, mark your calendars for October 24th! The Mini-Maker Faire is coming to Oakland, and they have a line-up you can’t miss, especially if you have mini-Makers under your roof. Just a sample of the over 100 exhibits, activities, rides, craft booths, and bands that await you and your kids:
- Author Michael Chabon is teaming up with Nick Dragotta of HowToons to teach a workshop on making comics
- Once you’ve designed your own super-hero, head over the to Swap-O-Rama to stitch up a costume for your creation, just in time for Halloween
- Scream with delight on the home-made, pedal-powered amusement park rides of Cyclecide
- Maker Faire founder Dale Dougherty will be on hand to talk about the Maker movement and how to encourage exploration and discovery in your kids, and to teach a workshop on pressing your own apple cider
- Alpha geek Tim O’Reilly reveals the secrets of his famous home-made jam, featured in the hit book Cooking for Geeks
- Help build the Bay Area’s biggest marble run, courtesy of the East Bay School for Boys
- Build and launch a rocket with the 4th graders at Park Day School
- Getting an early start on a home-made holiday season with dozens of craft and DIY kit booths
- Become an urban homesteader with exhibits on chicken-keeping, beekeeping, bread-making, bench-carving, and more
- Rock out with The Shes, the Devilettes, and other great Bay Area bands playing on a pedal-powered stage
And of course, GeekDad’s own Ken Denmead will be there with his radio-controlled Lego demolition derby (and copies of the book)!
Admission starts at just $7.50 but prices go up on October 7th, so get your tickets now at ebmakerfaire.com.
Geek Dad readers can take advantage of a 15% off tickets by using the code GEEKDAD at eventbrite.ebmakerfaire.com.