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Creativity and making things can be the one of the most fun things you do! With these exhibits we prove that — so visit and stay a while….

(This is just a small sampling of our planned line-up — more updates very soon)

  • Children’s Museum of Houston will have many (!) fun learning activities. They claim they’re for kids, but we often see grown-ups having a lot of fun there too!
  • Drive A Robot
  • Fly a drone — for real! — in the Drone Flying Zone by Drone Parks Worldwide. If you ask nicely they might even let you wear their FPV (first person view) video goggles….
  • Spend a few minutes at the BuniBox booth and make your own fun short video story that you can keep for ever!
  • The TexLUG LEGO Zone will have more LEGO displays than you can shake a Texas-sized stick at! Moving trains, a moving 10′ tall crane, custom minifigs — the kid (inside you) will be very happy here!
  • Minecraft Creeper Robot (by Techno Chaos)
  • R2GN3 Astromech Robot by R2D2 Builders Club
  • The loveable insanity of the Sashimi Tabernacle Choir art car
  • Make your own soap at Feto Soap
  • Play a real multi-player VR game at the ExitUS booth (very cutting-edge, and very free because this is Maker Faire!)
  • Do some VR (Virtual Reality) tourism of top tourist sites from around the world at the Google Expeditions exhibit at the Techno Chaos booth
  • Enjoy the very latest in VR games and applications, including some games developed right here in Houston, at the ITC VR Village
  • Try to pump water by hand just like many people do every day in “third world” countries — the go see how students are trying to solve problems like this at the Power Up Houston! Hackathon
  • Many fun activities at Idea Lab Kids
  • Fun learning activities at Engineers Without Borders
  • View distant worlds — even other planets — as you take a 3D tour at the Google Expeditions Virtual Reality demo.

Arts & Crafts

tqsetrex3We are amazed by all that technology is making possible these days, but Maker Faire also celebrates the many facets of creativity. Diving into arts and crafts is a great way to get hands-on with creativity — it also presents opportunities to express oneself uniquely, traditionally or unconventionally. You could spend a lot of time playing with arts and crafts — and we invite you to do just that!

There is more — a lot more — Arts and Crafts at this year’s Maker Faire than IMG_2841ever before. And PopShop Houston is in the house! Plan to buy some original, creative, hand-made holiday gifts at Houston Mini Maker Faire. Made right here in Houston, by real makers and artisans!

Planned exhibits include:

  • The Adventures of Queen Becky: Face painting.
  • Artlabs: 3D printing and items for sale.
  • new-updated-pop-shop-america-logo-craft-fair-handmade-modernBill’s Junk: An exhibition and sale of quirky handcrafted objects and hyper-real paintings that blend the wonder of art, science, nature, and technology. Bill will be working in the booth, and guiding visitors in their own hands-on book painting experience. tqsetrex2Items for sale.
  • Claire Drennan Knitwear will be offering demonstrations of the vintage knitting machines that I use to create my knitwear and hats, scarves and legwarmers. Items for sale.
  • Contemporary Handweavers of Houston: Looms, finished examples, projects for hands-on making
  • Creativity Shell: Interactive Sewing Station. Activities for attendees.
  • make-your-own-soapCrescent City Couture specializes in making unique, quality, and usable items from fun and fabulous textiles! Items for sale.
  • Dormalou Project: art gallery inside a suitcase.
  • Feto Soap: Make Your Own Soap — Learn how to make a bar of soap using a glycerin base you can easily melt and pour. You choose the color, fragrance & toy and go home with a completed soap! Nail polish too. [Items for sale.]
  • Fox & Wit: Humorous greeting cards, stationery and gift products for purchase. Come by make and design your own greeting cards with purchase of any item. [Items for sale.]
  • FREEDOES: Display of handmade cold porcelain and recycled material dolls. Items for sale.
  • Geekazoid!: We will be selling original artwork, vinyl decals, and we will be creating custom printed metal and plastic products on site. Items for sale.
  • It’s About Time: National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors promotes the science of timekeeping along the Texas Gulf Coast. Learn how clocks are made and maintained.
  • Koala and Rawr Soaps believes bath time should be fun for everyone! Our soaps are handmade and include fun surprises like handcrafted bracelets, earrings, and necklaces that can be enjoyed long after the soap is gone. Items for sale.
  • Linkster Love: embroidered good, hats, towels. Items for sale.
  • Lovely Madness has a madness to create lovely and unique items for all types of events. Items for sale.
  • Mellichamps Lego Compatible Military Miniatures: approximately 300 hand made military minatures and parts and material for building your own figures or dioramas. Will include some learning sessions. Items for sale.
  • Monster Dance Designs: Eccentric Etched Glassware. Items for sale.
  • Moonlit Soapworks: Handmade Artisan Soap & more… Items for sale.
  • Ooby Dooby Baby: Baby clothing and accessories. Items for sale.
  • Pigsey Art combines art and technology to create lasercut wood journals and home goods. Items for sale.
  • Protein Bracelets: Science Aces invite you to come learn the basics of how proteins are made while making a fun bracelet you can use to teach others about all that proteins do!
  • Puzzometry – The Hardest Puzzle You’ll Never Solve shows laser-cut acrylic puzzles. Originally funded on Kickstarter. Locally made. [Items for sale]
  • Reserved Only: we’re about the good stuff when it comes to nursery essentials. Our goal is to create handmade baby goods using quality material without sacrificing style. With a little bit of handmade magic and high quality fabrics, we provide modern moms the authentic and functional baby items they have been looking for. Items for sale.
  • Quilting Your Quilts: Long-Arm Quilting and Custom T-Shirt/Memory Quilts. Items for sale.
  • Sew Houston and Kimberly’s Stitchery and Mercantile: “A Stitch In Time” will present sewing machines though time and offer hands on experiences.
  • Turquoise T-Rex: Handmade jewelry from upcycled materials, various metals, and locally sourced crystals. Items for sale.
  • Tyrannosaurus Crafts: Crafter sales. Items for sale.
  • WildBloom Boutique: Handmade jewelry, soaps and candles with DIY jewelry station! Items for sale.

Our “Power Play”: Building For Houston’s Future At Maker Faire

BuyTicksWe’re so pleased with how the Houston Mini Maker Faire (11/12-13 @ GRB) is shaping up — it’s going to be so — GOOD! This event is dedicated to the concept that (1) learning is a basic human need and is good for people of all ages; (2) being creative with our imagination, gifts and skills is one of the most fulfilling things humans can do; and (3) and “making” (building) our creations helps both ourselves and the community.

hacking-eduThis is our 4th annual event, and we’re using the theme “Power Up Houston!” to take a big step forward in awareness and impact throughout the Greater Houston Area. The Houston Mini Maker Faire will be full of interesting and important things to learn and do, covering such a wide range of topics that we simply can’t describe them all here (but check back regularly here, in the Event Info and About sections, and on Facebook for updates about our exhibits). We’re gearing up for 10,000 attendees with over 200 exhibits over 2 days! And our strategic goal is to attract more than 25,000 annually to Houston Maker Faire by 2020 — come be part of this growth story! There are things here for everyone — ranging from kids to seniors, and artists to engineers.

hcc-sharesThis is the Maker Movement’s exhibition for Houston. The Maker Movement is positive and constructive, and it’s already had significant impact (learn more about that here).  It’s changing education, corporate waterafrica1innovation and development methodologies, entertainment, startup businesses, medicine and many more fields. And at this year’s Houston Mini Maker Faire, we have large exhibits dedicated to innovation, reducing the barriers to tech and business startups to foster more entrepreneurs, getting inventions and products to market, and showing how creative mindsets can be leveraged now to solve real-world community challenges!

But it can be just for fun too — one of the best things about making is it’s what you want it to be, as long as you’re active, creative and constructive! Perhaps the most important point is — making, and therefore Maker Faire — is for everyone. And yes, it’s GOOD for you! Come join us at the GRB on 11/12-13.