Attending a Maker Faire is a wonderful way to meet local inventors, crafters, tech enthusiasts, educators, artists, students, and organizations who are excited to show you their creations, hobbies, and projects and talk about what they have learned. A Maker Faire is like your school’s science fair but on a grand scale!
Maker Faire was created by Make magazine in 2006 in the Bay Area and today, there are almost 200 events held around the world each year. These family-friendly events are FUN and celebrate innovation and creativity. You get to see some really cool things like robots, 3D printers, and science experiments and talk directly with exhibitors about their inventions and projects.
Inventing and creating is not just for adults. Check out these 12 impressive young inventors who will be at this year’s Boston Mini Maker Faire.
Attending these events with your kids is a great way to spark their creative juices and get them thinking about what they could invent and build. These are also great opportunities to find local STEM programs and activities for your kids.
Here is a list of Maker Faires and Maker festivals in Massachusetts. Click on the links for details.
Sunday, April 16, 2017
MIT hosts a student-led makerfest to celebrate maker culture during the Cambridge Science Festival.
Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center
120 Vassar Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
Cost: $15/Adult, $5/Child
Cape Cod Mini Maker Faire
Saturday, April 27, 2017
Mashpee High School
500 Old Barnstable Rd
Mashpee, MA 02649
Martha’s Vineyard Mini Maker Faire
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Agricultural Hall, 35 Panhandle Rd
West Tisbury, MA 02568
Boston Mini Maker Faire
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Boston Children’s Museum
308 Congress Street, Boston, MA, 02210
Southcoast Mini Maker Faire
Sunday, October 1, 2017
Fall River YMCA
199 North Main Street
Fall River, MA 02720
Barnes & Noble Mini Maker Faire
Saturday, November 11 and Sunday, November 12, 2017
Eight B&N stores will host faires in MA including Boston, Braintree, Burlington, Framingham, Hadley, Hingham, Holyoke and Walpole.
If you’re visiting places outside of MA or even the country, use this link to find Maker Faires around the world!
Finally, there are many opportunities to get your family involved in Maker activities outside of the faires. If your children love to design and build things and you want to get them involved in hands-on activities with other people in your community, consider visiting a makerspace and participating in an activity or working on a project. Read my Massachusetts Makerspaces article to find a location near you. Make magazine also runs Maker Camp during the summer; programs are held in public libraries, community groups, makerspaces, and maker homes throughout the country. Visit the Maker Camp website to learn more.
Image Sources: Matt Biddulph