Family Fun at the 2014 Vancouver Mini Maker Faire

Robo Snake @ the 2013 Vancouver Mini Maker Faire Photo credit: Emily Smith

Robo Snake @ the 2013 Vancouver Mini Maker Faire Photo credit: Emily Smith

Brothers and sisters start your 3D printers, grab your crochet sticks or bring your lego skillz.

The Vancouver Mini-Maker Faire is back this weekend and has a lot super fun stuff to look at, try out or buy for the sibling set, the inventor set and localista shopping set.

Held at the PNE Forum (2901 East Hastings Street) on June 7 & 8, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., this year’s faire features food, workshops and makers showing off their mad making skills including a couple sets of siblings.

This year’s Mini Maker faire keeps it’s fun in the family with a few uber-creative siblings displaying their talents. Sublime Sisters Design (Kelsie, age 13 and Natalie, age 11) will be selling their lovely jewellery while Gearbots program participants Joshua and Jessi Langager share their Robo Lego expertise. 

Photo credit: Emily Walsh

Photo credit: Emily Smith

Other family friendly happenings at the Mini Maker Faire include the Growing with Lego and Crochet for Kids workshops. Be sure to register in advance, as seats fill up in these super interactive workshops.

Whether you want to take part in a little bit of craftivism, have a lesson in upcycling, or learn some old-school letterpress skills, the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire’s workshops run from 11:00 to 5:00 each day of the event.

You don’t have to just be into robotics or technology to have fun at the faire. Foodie makers can visit the food-focused exhibitions from the likes of the Strathcona 1890 Urban Seed Collections and Truck Farm, Living Lotus Food & Nutrition, Make Cheese, and Chickadee Family Bakery.

If you’re more of a shopper than a maker, be sure to visit the Maker Faire marketplace where you can purchase wares from local crafters and designers like Kukubee, Locomotive Clothing and Devil May Wear.


Photo credit: Emily Smith

The Vancouver Mini Maker Faire ticket prices are: $14 for adults, $11 for students aged 13-18 or seniors, $9 children aged 5-12 or $38 for the whole family (two adults and up to three children under 19). Purchase tickets here or at the door.

Are you going to the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire? Which makers are you most excited to see? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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