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What to Expect: East Bay Mini Maker Faire

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The East Bay Mini Maker Faire is Sunday October 27, 2019. 10am to 5pm. You should expect a full day of hands-on, chase-your-kids, learn-new-skills good times. And, if that’s not enough, the Alphabet Rockers are performing, too.

Mini Maker Faire Riveropolis
Mini Maker Faire Riveropolis
Mini Maker Faire LEGO station
Mini Maker Faire Play-Well LEGO station

On Sunday October 27, the East Bay Mini Maker Faire will take over the Park Day School campus & Studio One Art Center in Temescal with all kinds of building, hacking, crafting, swapping, and tinkering.

So, what else is going on at this Mini Maker Faire?

Everything. There are tons of hands-on interactive exhibits and dozens of other cool things to watch and learn. Every year it is a little bit different but also consistently magical and fun. If there’s one takeaway: The East Bay Mini Maker Faire is mega fun!


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East Bay Mini Maker Faire
He’s making a tote AND learning to iron!

You’ll find rockets and robots, digital fabrication, DIY science and technology, urban farming, alternative energy, unique hand-made crafts, educational workshops and installations, live music, local food, and so much more. My kids have made butter, rope, robots, totes. They’ve ridden hacked up bicycles and worn giant cardboard suits.

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.

Lots of super-cool things to see and do this year with your children. Among the highlights:

  • returning faves like the Nerdy Derby (pinewood race cars), Paper Airplane World Record, Riveropolis (boats and water play), screen-printing, and paper rockets
  • workshops on chocolate making, wearable electronics, making gluten-free sourdough bread, and harvesting honey
  • puppet shows, robot shows, circus shows, and music shows
  • the return of bicycle-powered ferris wheel.

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

alphabet rockers
The GRAMMY-nominated ALPHABET ROCKERS will be performing on the Town Square Stage at 12:30PM!

What to expect:


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  • 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. 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 its first rainy wonderful event in 2010. We love this event. We’ve seen our own kids bounce around wearing huge grins while clutching their creations and we’ve been jealous.

East Bay Mini Maker Faire annual tinker celebration at Park Day School in Oakland
my kid on the loom
East Bay Mini Maker Faire annual tinker celebration at Park Day School in Oakland
Me with R2D2 in 2014, there’s always a cool robot to find.

Be sure to look for the 510 Families team and make sure to say, “Hey” if you see us. We’ll be wearing our {510} shirts and huge grins.

[All photos by 510families]

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