We went to Maker Faire yesterday, our second annual visit. Lots of fun but also LOTS of stress, since it was extremely crowded (and I don't do all that well with crowds). All in all, though, the day was a success.
The kids enjoyed the R2-D2 robots very much. The guys in the back had the robots zooming around their little roped-off area, interacting with the crowds. Too cute.
Alas, BB continued to be nervous about many of the exhibits, especially in the Fiesta Hall where it was dark and LOUD. BJ wasn't nervous at all. He especially loved this "Land Shark" light up robot and tried to wave and talk to it just like he had with the R2s.
Both kids were enchanted with the ball chain sculpture, which hung strands of ball chain from a platform and encouraged folks to walk/dance/twirl through it.
BB was much happier outdoors, where there were plenty of other things to see and do. We spent a good amount of time at the make your own underwater ROV area, where the kids created vehicles from PVC pipe and foam floaties. By this time, we'd met up with our friends J and J and were spending good time together. Nice to have another adult and someone BJ's age to hang around with!
The Mentos and Coke show was still going on when we went back to find the boys (and J). Crowded much? The stage is up there between the red robots.
There was so much more that I wish we'd had time to see and explore -- so many more pics I wish I could have taken! This is why people get a weekend pass, right?
But no way are we up for two full days like that. Not yet. We hoofed it back to our parking (a good 15 minute walk away) and grabbed some dinner before heading home. A long, tiring day, but all told, I'm very glad we went. (Especially since I'd scored free tickets for me and S, so it wasn't nearly as ridiculously expensive as it might otherwise have been!) I'm hopeful that this can become a tradition for our family, and one of these years I'll probably give it a go with a Mama's Magic Studio booth at the Baz Biz section. Just think: someday, the kids will be old enough to help me out in such an endeavor! Something to look forward to.