What to expect: East Bay Mini Maker Faire

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On Sunday October 19, the East Bay Mini Maker Faire will be take over the Park Day School campus & Studio One Art Center with all kinds of building, putzing, crafting, swapping, and tinkering.

So, what else is going on?

Everything. There are more than 20 hands-on interactive exhibits and dozens of other cool things to watch and learn.

You’ll want to bring a shirt to screenprint! Or a whole bag of clothes to donate or upcycle. Turn your jeans into a purse. Evolve your trash into a machine! Iron a plastic bag into a tote (above). And on and on. Behold the list of 2014 Makers and the day’s schedule including lots of music, a 1pm presentation on getting started with raspberry pi, and a 3pm celebration of all things Howtoons.

We’ll update this post with the schedule for workshops and demos so you can plan and pack accordingly.

Don’t forget your unbridled enthusiasm to try new stuff with your kiddos, that’s most important.

What to expect:

  • Fun. If you like to make, create, design, cut, or glue, you will enjoy yourself. If you like to watch the incredible inventions of others, you will have plenty to ogle.
  • Crowds. While I don’t expect the teeming throngs that show up for the San Mateo Maker Faire, this mini maker will have its share of long lines for food, bathrooms, and cool exhibits.
  • Flames. Fire arts will be on display in full force. All done safely, but the child that freaks out may be yours.

We’ve been a media sponsor of the East Bay Mini Maker Faire since it’s first rainy wonderful event four years ago. And this year, we’ll be out on the lawn PLAYING near the fire. We’ve seen our own kids bounce around wearing huge grins while clutching their creations and we’ve been jealous.

Be sure to look for the 510 Families banner flying high and make sure to say, “Hey” if you see us.