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Maker Faire Dates and Hours:
May 17, 2014 10 am -
May 18, 2014 10 am -
San Mateo County Events Center
1346 Saratoga Drive San Mateo, CA 94403
Adults (21+) $32.50 day, $60 weekend
Students (13 -
Kids (3 and under) Free
Parking $10 -
Sunday Family Pass $100 for 5 people. Must be purchased online by May 16th and is good for entry on Sunday from 10 am -
The annual Maker Faire returns to the San Mateo County Event Center on May 17 & 18, 2014 . We describe the Maker Faire as tow days of “I made this. This is how you can too!”, combined with “What would you like to make/create/build today?”. This translates into 120,000 attendees enjoying exhibits and demos presented on 7 stages, 900 maker exhibits, workshops and presentations.
The DIY (Do It Yourself) movement is growing and the Maker Faire celebrates not only the makers but the culture of tinkers, hobbyists, science clubs, and crafters coming together to show what they have created and sharing what they have learned. Encouraging all areas of the DIY spectrum, the Maker Faire encompasses makers of all ages and themes, from food to engineering and art to science.
Family activities include everything. Literally. But here are a few suggestions.
Game of the Drones -
Angry Battleships II -
Coke Zero & Mentos Fountains -
An Electric Giraffe -
Before you go visit the Maker Faire site to view the complete programming schedule, downloading their app and options for getting to the Maker Faire. Click here to view the programs for Kids & Family, For Kids under 5 years, Young Makers or Browse by Topic. Make a day of it by riding your bike from downtown San Jose or Dolores Park in San Francisco, combine Rail and Bike or driving and walking.
While the San Mateo Maker Faire is one of the flagship faires, there are several mini Maker Faires scheduled in and about the San Francisco Bay area in the upcoming months including Mendocino County Mini Maker Faire later this month, and the Greenbrae Mini Maker Faire in September.
Young Makers can find fellow tinkerers at the Young Maker clubs throughout the Bay area and the US. The Bay area has been busy this year with events taking place at the three Bay area hubs, the Tech Museum in San Jose, the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley and the Bay School in San Francisco. These events which occurred beginning in January coved such themes as nano tech, flight, music, ideation and sketching and fabrication. For more information about Young Makes or to find a club in your area, visit YoungMakers.org. Their scheduled meetings for 2014 are done, but you should sign up for their mailing list to be notified when activities are scheduled.
Maker Camp 2014, a free, virtual DIY camp for teens exclusively using the Google+ social media platform, is now accepting applications. The camp which is virtual is scheduled for July 7 -