Emma and I had to rush our way through, since we only had an hour before we had to meet back up with Mike (he took the other kids to play with my brother and nephew), but we managed to see a lot! Emma’s favorites were these inflatable space plants from O Yeah Toys and the incredible Electric Giraffe which I didn’t manage to get a photo of, but which has a lovely site.
My favorite was this marble run – partly because of its simplicity, and partly because of the beautiful junk model of San Francisco landmarks. I am still searching for the name of the group that made it – if you know, tell me in the comments?
I only took Emma to Maker Faire because I knew it would be chaotic and you can see just about anything there. I took Emma rather than going on my own because I think it’s a wonderful way to get kids interested in inventions, crafting, and technology (especially technology – I saw a lot more technology-based making than traditional crafting, although they had a booth with sewing machines that a bunch of guys were playing with, and that was pretty cool). Emma loved it, and Johnny is already planning his visit to Maker Faire in 2015! There were a lot of free activities for kids, and we could have easily spent the entire day there, wandering around. Traffic was crazy getting in and out – Emma and I wound up being dropped off and picked up about a mile away and walking the rest of the way in. I wouldn’t really recommend bringing babies and toddlers, but if you do, the setup is very stroller-friendly.
From Maker Faire, the entire family went to a blogger event at Great America (we were offered free entry to the park to celebrate their grand opening), where the carousel was a big hit. We also enjoyed the cable ride where you could get a view of the entire park, as well as much of Santa Clara.
My kids aren’t big thrill seekers and some of them struggle with crowds, but they adored the local magic show – and I was impressed by the enthusiasm of the performers, even on the second time round of watching the magic show! I’m sure my kids would enjoy the Broadway shows once they start running as well. We didn’t bring swim suits, or I’m sure they would have jumped into the water park section.
The kids were so worn out by the end of the day that they opted to sit in the car with dad while I ran into Costco for groceries, but we made it through a very busy day meltdown-free! It was a nice way to end a week of too-hot-for-no-AC days and a mostly-sick (feeling better now!) mom.
2014 After School Party HOSTS
The Educators’ Spin On It
Planet Smarty Pants
Boy Mama Teacher Mama
Coffee Cups and Crayons
Little Wonders’ Days
Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational
The Measured Mom
This Reading Mama
What Do We Do All Day
How was your afterschooling week? When does your summer vacation start? My kids only have two weeks of school left, and I am very excited to be done with school drop-offs and pick-ups! Please share you elementary school aged activities in the linky below (by doing so you are giving the linky hosts permission to feature your post and to pin it to our After School Activities board on Pinterest). I loved these spring flowers from ArtClubBlog from last week’s linky!