I am still going through everything in my head that took place during Maker Faire. I hope we are able to go again in the coming years. I will still be in “Squee” mode this year, until PAX.
May 28, 2011
This year I went outside my comfort zone and decided to drag my family to Maker Faire in San Mateo California. I convinced myself it would be a good trip to see our new niece and visit other family. My feeling about traveling to California quickly went from dipping my toe in the water to a full-fledged cannonball when I learned that GeekDad would have a booth at the event AND that I was welcome to come help out.
I had a major “SQUEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!” moment.
Maker Faire lived up to all of my expectations and more. It was amazing to meet Jenny, Natania, Ken and their families. I felt honored to be welcomed into the GeekParent family with open arms. You know you have fallen into your hobby when “work” consists of sitting at a table for several hours playing games with whoever comes by that wants to play. Darn. Life is tough – but someone has to do it. If you want to read more about the GeekDad/GeekMom booth at Maker Faire, you can read the article by Jenny Williams.
Maker Faire was amazing. The first day there were 96,000 people, and I would guess there was a comparable number the second day. I had no idea how kid-friendly the event would be, and am still shocked at how much fun was had by all four members of my family. Though I am a sucker for quick crafts, I let my daughter do most of the creating, taking her to a booth where she was able to make her own book using a letterpress for the cover and sewing the binding. She also enjoyed making a model of a cell out of Model Magic and playing inside an igloo made of recycled drink containers.
We were disappointed that we couldn’t find the 3D printer that printed candy and the tech jewelry place that had kits for felt animals you can control with your iPod. However we found a lot of other cool stuff.
My husband was able to find author/cartoonist David Malki and get the book Machine of Death: A Collection of Stories About People Who Know How They Will Die. As an added bonus, David drew a cartoon on the inside of the book and signed it and gave out cards with the books letting everyone know how they can expect to die (if you are familiar with the book, this shouldn’t surprise you).
I was able to find a messenger bag to replace my current one that is falling apart. I went to Vaya bags and got a great water proof bag that holds my camera and laptop. I wore it for most of the weekend and was so comfortable, I forgot I was wearing it.
My husband and I were also able to catch part of a Tesla coil concert, where we recognized the tunes from Dr. Who and Mario Brothers. Do you have a favorite moment from Maker Faire that you caught on camera? We would love to see it!