First Ever National Mini-Maker Faires this Weekend!

Have you ever been to a Maker Faire? Every year there is a huge Makers Faire held at the San Mateo Event Center in the spring. As a middle school teacher I know lots of kids that look forward to the Maker Faire every year. They always return to school that following Monday with story after story to share. This last spring my husband and step-daughter had a chance to visit. They had a blast and totally enjoyed exploring all that the faire had to offer!


A Maker Faire is a community-based learning event that invites everyone to connect with people and projects in their local community. Part science fair, part county fair and part something completely new, these events are fun for the entire family, and provide opportunities to engage with hobbyists, crafters, educators, engineers, science clubs, artists, authors and entrepreneurs.

Maker Faire
Bay Area MakerFaire 2015
Maker Faire
Bay Area MakerFaire 2015

There is always so much to see, touch, explore, build, and enjoy!

Maker Faire
Bay Area MakerFaire 2015
Maker Faire
Bay Area MakerFaire 2015

It’s no wonder, why as a teacher and mom, that I was really excited to hear that the first-ever national Mini Maker Faire  is coming nationwide this weekend (Nov. 6-8) kicking off the holiday shopping season.  Yes, that is this weekend! A three day event at your local Barnes & Nobles Bookstore.

I was happy to get to chat with Kathleen Campisano about what visitors will find at this weekend’s Mini-Maker Faire. This is a chance to design, build, explore, and work with inventors. Check out the interview there is something for everyone!

This is an event for everyone in the family. It is geared for all ages and has multiple activities going on throughout the three days. You can learn, design, and build! In true Maker Faire fashion this is an event for those that love to dabble in science, art, technology, engineering, and fun!

Learn more at Barnes & Noble!

Bay Area MakerFaire 2015

Have your ever been to a Maker Faire? What did you think?

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37 Replies to “First Ever National Mini-Maker Faires this Weekend!”

  1. What a fun event, my husband would have loved going to something like this!

  2. I’ve never been to a Maker Faire. But I think my kids would have loved this when they were in school as they’ve always been very crafty, especially turning things with found objects into art and functional items.

  3. Oh my gosh how fun is this?! Love it!

  4. My son would love this. He was so interested in the robot makers they had in the mall when we did trick or treating.

    1. Oh I hope that you can make it to Barnes & Noble. Your son would have fun!

  5. I wish this were closer to me. This would be a wonderful excursion for the grandchildren!

    1. I always love visiting bookstores! I can totally get lost in them. YEs, Your grandkids would love this.

  6. CourtneyLynne says: Reply

    Omg this must of been a blast to attend!!!!! I need to get myself to maker fare!

    1. They are tons of fun! And a bit bizarre – in a good way!

  7. I have never heard of this before. I need to look more into it. It looks very interesting and like it would be a lot of fun! 🙂 LifeAsLex

    1. I first heard about our Maker Faire about 10 years ago from my students that looked fowled to it all year.

  8. OH my gosh this looks so awesome!!

    1. There will be some great exploration going on this weekend at Barnes and Noble as well. 🙂

    1. Tons of fun! Thanks for visiting.

  9. My kids would love this Maker Faire. It looks like the best of ComicCon meets Bill Nye. It’s right up our alley (and the robot from Lost in Space is there!)

    1. Susan, that is a great description! Just add in a bit of Renaissance Faire as well. 🙂

  10. I wish this was around when I was a kid. I would have loved to go. Such a great way to enjoy the day, while learning.

    1. Yes, most definitely a lot of learning mixed in with the fun!

  11. looks like you all had a blast! They really had a lot to do as well it looks like – awesome!

    1. My hubby and step-daughter had a really fun-filled day!

  12. This s such an interesting event! It looks like you guys had a lot of fun!

    1. Yes, it always fun exploring and building new things.

  13. I have never heard of a Maker Faire. I love this idea and I know my kids would love this!

    1. Kirsten, you will need to visit your local Barnes& Nobles! Plus be on the lookout for the large annual Faires. I am sure there must be one in the Chicago area. I first heard about ours years ago from students. The kids just love it.

  14. what a fun festival for the kids. Love that the girls are getting involved in building too.

    1. Yes, me too! The girls are finding their way as more opportunities are available to them.

  15. I never been but I want to go. My oldest would LOVE this!

    1. I hope you can make it!

  16. This looks so fun! My kids would love this!

    1. I know! It looks like a lot of fun hands-on activities.

  17. This looks like so much fun! I have no idea if there is one in my area, but I would love to go if there is!

    1. Oh, I hope you have a Barnes & Noble near you!

  18. My husband subscribes to make magazine so I hear all about the maker fares. The one time we had one locally we were away on vacation!

    1. Bummer! The Maker Faires have a huge following!

  19. Looks like fun! I will have to look this up and see when it will be near me 🙂

    1. It will be lots of fun this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at your local B&N!

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