Yesterday we experienced the annual Maker Faire hosted by the New York Hall of Science in Corona Park. It was a science FRENZY! We first heard about the fair through our visit to the Hall of Science Museum earlier in the week. But I wasn’t sure if Brooklyn would enjoy it at just 4 years old. Then a friend of ours, who was photographing the event, called and told us to get down there stat. So we did.
The Maker Faire was huge. It was set up in the museum/zoo parking lot as well as throughout areas of the park. There were hundreds of tents and booths with vendors demonstrating technology, teaching scientific principles and celebrating achievements. The Maker’s fair describes themselves better than I can on their website as: ‘part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new.’ Brooklyn was definitely not too young to enjoy herself. I found myself overwhelmed though, I didn’t realize it was so big and so interactive. Once I got past the fact that there was a ton of cool stuff I was going to miss, I was able to enjoy myself more. We picked a few ‘experiences’ we wanted to try, and spent time on those rather than zigzagging throughout the park like a crazy lady-led family.
Our favorites were the Dremel tent where we were given a block of wood, drew the outline of a car on it, used their saws, drills and sanders then hammered in pins and wheels. And the Cirque Amongus area where we tried out and played with circus equipment.
- racing power tools…belt sanders racing with stuffed animals strapped on top
- drone racing
- coke zero & mentos explosion
- Life size mousetrap
I have no idea how this fair wasn’t on my short list of must sees this summer, but I’m so glad our friend called and encouraged us to go. It’s really amazing to see the movement of science evolve since I was a kid. Yesterday, I didn’t see a single redneck. Just lots of smart, curious, ambitious people all looking to see and try something new. I plan on going again next year, but will get the weekend pass and go both days. In the meantime I’ll be practicing circus tricks.
click here to see Maker Faire city list.
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As we were checking out the NASA tent Brooklyn shrieked with excitement…over the deflating Maker Faire balloon mascot. Lil genius.