How To Plan Your Day For The Maker Faire

AH my inner geek is so happy right now! After a year waiting in anticipation, the Maker Faire is finally happening this Friday-Sunday at the San Mateo Event Center. Itโ€™s the perfect three day event for getting out with the entire family to celebrate the Maker Movement. Prepare yourself for some hands-on inspiration by over 800 innovative makers, exhibits, presenters, speakers and super cool stuff. 

After attending many Maker Faireโ€™s, I've taken one or two (or more) missteps. So here are my personal suggestions and tips for an AWESOME day at The Maker Faire!

Plan Your Day

If you haven't bought your tickets yet, stop here and get them ASAP

Phew! OK, you bought your tickets, now what? Expect to have the time of your life! Every nook and cranny has makers of all kinds, attractions and performances, presentations and hands-on activities to ignite the fire in you to become a Maker. Which is why I create a game plan in advance. No FOMO for my family. I have my personal plan to tackle the bounty of options to play, tinker & hack. Be sure to check out the Program Guide & Faire Map as well as the Schedule of Presentations, Performances, & Shows before the event.

Iโ€™m already feeling so empowered to create. Youโ€™ll want to see it all but humans still have severe limits and can't be two places at the same time. 

Be Prepared

A hot sunny weekend is in the forecast. In other words, with all of outdoor activities load up on the sunscreen and bring a refillable water bottle. Wear layers and leave the dress shoes at home - youโ€™ll be on your feet all day. And don't forget the camera!

There's plenty of delicious food options but if you have a restrictive diet plan to bring your own food. 

Transportation to the Maker Faire

Maker Faire Bay Area takes place at the San Mateo Event Center but there is limited onsite parking. Parking is available in specific locations with an inexpensive shuttle buses to the event. Click here for details on how to get to The Maker Faire in advance and avoid circling round and round which I would, er, um, never do.

Got Teen?

Me too! Join the Maker Faireโ€™s first-ever Career and College Day on Friday, May 18th, 9am-1pm looks at intersection of the future of work and the future of education, and how these changes could benefit those who see themselves as the makers of the future. The dayโ€™s program, designed for upper-level high school and college students, as well as makers, will provide insight into the skills and mindset needed to explore new kinds of jobs and find new educational opportunities. You will meet leaders in industry and education who will share their vision of the future, as well as individuals who will share their own story of finding a path to meaningful work.

Create, invent, play, explore and buckle up for the ultimate S.T.E.A.M. adventure!  See you at the Faire!

About Maker Faire
Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earthโ€”a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness, and celebration of the Maker Movement. It's a place where people of all ages and backgrounds gather together to show what they are making and share what they are learning. Save the dates for Maker Faire Bay Area 2018 at the San Mateo Event Center in San Mateo, CA, on Friday-Sunday, May 18-20, 2018. More information about Maker Faire can be found at http://www.makerfaire.com, Friend on Facebook, Follow on Instagram
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