Maker Faire 2015 | The Nerd Nest

One of our favorite events each year is Kansas City’s Maker Faire. It is basically nerd Christmas: artists, tech gurus, inventors, and makers of all kinds to share their passions. Here are a few highlights from this year’s event!

*Blurs are our foster baby.

Maker Faire 2015 | The Nerd Nest

Jake was excited to find fellow quad copter builders to talk to. These folks were REALLY serious about theirs. It was huge!

Maker Faire 2015 | The Nerd Nest

Maker Faire 2015 | The Nerd Nest

Maker Faire 2015 | The Nerd Nest

The kids always love the pop culture bits. There are many booths of costume builders, prop makers, and robot replica aficionados. It’s interesting to see how these ultra realistic things are made. It’s also a joy to grab a photo op with some favorite characters: K-9, R2-D2 (never gets old), a Dalek, Iron Man, and War Machine were top of the list this year. There was also a fantastic Groot walking around, but we never made it past the crowds. This is always my favorite part.

Maker Faire 2015 | The Nerd Nest

Maker Faire 2015 | The Nerd Nest

Maker Faire 2015 | The Nerd Nest

I love that there are plenty of activities for the kids so they can get their energy out. Taking a break from the booths and going outside definitely extends the amount of time we can spend at the event: we were there with our three kids for almost six hours this year, and everyone was happy the entire time. This is no easy feat. Eliza and Jonas enjoyed LARPing and bouncy houses. Eliza rocked a climbing wall.

Maker Faire 2015 | The Nerd Nest

There were lots of interesting things to see, but Jake and Eliza put trying out Oculus Rift (a virtual reality gaming device) at the top of the list.

Maker Faire 2015 | The Nerd Nest

Jonas was impressed with the Lego city.

Maker Faire 2015 | The Nerd Nest

Maker Faire 2015 | The Nerd Nest

Maker Faire 2015 | The Nerd Nest

I loved all of the make-and-takes this year: the kids made wooden cars, birdhouses, and a lightsaber.

Maker Faire 2015 | The Nerd Nest

This Maker Faire was bigger and better than ever before, expanding through more of Union Station than in previous years. I can’t wait to see what’s in store next year!

There are Maker Faires all over the world. Find one near you!