Kids Guide to The Maker Faire NYC 2011

We checked out day 1 of  The Maker Faire in NYC and we were impressed.If you don’t know what it is, it’s the largest DIY festival – a 2-day, family-friendly event to MAKE, create, learn, invent, CRAFT, recycle, think and play. My almost 6 year old son loved rocket making, lego robot building, the solar powered carousel, the Metrocard Robot and so many more things.

Going with kids? We’ve got some tips for you!

1. Parking – it’s recommend to park at CitiField and hop a shuttle bus to the Faire. Or park on a side street near the Hall of Science. The parking lot near the Queens Zoo/Playground for All Children was packed, but you may find a spot on a nearby side street.

2. Map out what you want to see. There’s an app for iPhone and android or take a few minutes to circle what you want to see on the map they give you. If you just wander around, you may miss certain things. We spent 3 hours there today and I felt we barely scratched the surface (we didn’t map things out).

3. If you have little kids, bring a stroller that can also handle grass. An ERGObaby type carrier will work well too. The Faire is huge and small children will not be able to walk the whole length of it. There is a lot of kid interaction, so be prepared to have a young child hop in and out of your stroller (a very tippy stroller may not be good). Kids are encouraged to touch and ask questions and there a lot of things they can make. The majority of activities and crafts were free or very low cost.

4. Bring lunch or snacks– or be prepared to spend some bucks. While the food offered was terrific and great quality it was also expensive ($3 for water, really?). You could get a delicious burger, but it’s $7. We splurged on $6 smoothies, which were all natural and yummy (but I did wince at the cost).

5. We may have seen one porta potty (and it was eco-friendly), but for those people who may not be comfortable with that —  you can use the restrooms in the Hall of Science (which is also hosting activities inside and right outside).

6. The Fire Breathing Dragon structure – may be a little scary for kids. It’s a really cool structure that kids can climb up in, but my son was scared by the fire that shot out of it (it was safe). It’s right behind the Hall of Science, going out the grass behind it.

So excited to ride the Solar powered Carousel



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