It’s time! This weekend, April 21 and 22, the Albuquerque Mini Maker Faire returns, with fun and fascination for the whole family. Never heard of it before? Well, Maker Faires celebrate human curiosity and ingenuity, with interesting projects that hobbyists, parents and children, can all do to explore the wonders of science and technology by making stuff. Fun stuff to make you smile, scratch your head and inspire you.

Maker Faires are a nod back to the great Worlds Fair’s of the turn of the century, making it a great Show and Tell of the world of Makers.

This is the 7th Annual Albuquerque Mini Maker Faire. Don’t let the word ‘Mini’ fool you, As a part of the world network of Maker Faires, all the ones smaller than the huge ones in keystone cities are called mini. But there’s nothing small about the enjoyment and learning to be had at this family- and kid-friendly event.

This Earth Day weekend out at the Balloon Museum grounds, there will be a half-dozen tents as well as indoor displays on both levels of the museum containing around 300 interactive exhibits, vendors,  games, and more.  See Albuquerque and New Mexico’s fine Crafters, Makers, and Inventors demonstrating their exciting skills and creations! SWCP’s own mad chemist, “Adric”, will be there representing Quelab, Albuquerque’s premier makerspace.

Some highlight activities:
Learn to solder electronics, Build and launch rockets, Have fun taking apart electronics at the Take-a-part(y),  enjoy Interactive games and music, see a Human-powered Wood Lathe, Flame-throwing Art, a Wheelbarrow Go-cart, lots of Robotics, giant Lego building areas, plus Recycled Crafts, Vendors, Food Trucks and much much more.

Maker-submitted exhibits will be there for exhibitors to share their quirky, offbeat, and really cool projects. Check them out here: Maker Exhibits

Ticket price for the event is $5 for kids, and $10 for adults, and includes Balloon Museum admission. Click the above link for more information, or find it on Facebook, or on Twitter: #makerfaireabq.