The Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire helps kids get creative

If you ever feel like your life is just one big #PinterestFail, you definitely should stop by the Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire this month.

Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire

10 a.m.-4 p.m.

May 7

Schurz High School, 3601 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago


Where else could you walk a robotic spider, blow monster-sized bubbles, build a working circuit or ride around in a cupcake car fit for a king?

The free fair, now in its sixth year, is a celebration of the do-it-yourself spirit, bringing together educators and makers from all walks of life, whether they’re professional scientists or run-of-the-mill tinkerers. This year’s makers include well-known names like the Chicago Children’s Museum, the Chicago Public Library, FIRST Robotics and Schurz Food Sciences Program, plus local makerspaces, farmers, beekeepers, artists, scientists and engineers. They all bring the type of independent, hands-on activities that kids go crazy for (is there anything kids say more than ™I can do it myself∫?).

And while your kids are having the time of their lives building and soldering and catapulting, moms and dads can know that their mini makers are also learning some important STEAM skills that just might help them do their homework all by themselves.

After all, it’s a DIY world, and we’re just living in it.

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