Get Your Tickets Early and Save!


We’re just five weeks away from Maker Faire! As we kick it into high gear, getting your tickets now will not only save you 20%-40% off the gate price, but you can head straight to Will Call and avoid long ticketing lines – leaving more time for you to get your hands on all a manner of tech, crafts, and fun activities! Tickets include all Maker Faire San Diego exhibits and general admission to the following 10 museums:

Currently an Annual Balboa Park Explorer? Your valid Annual Explorer card gets you into all Maker Faire San Diego activities. Hurry though! Ticket prices go up on September 1st and again on October 3rd!

Buy your tickets now!


Making an Impression: We’re Cupcakes

Family with Cupcake car

It was a warm and busy day downtown, Comic Con was in full swing, but I was rushing on over to the FabLab, where an adorable pink cupcake car awaited. Test drivers were invited to come and learn to drive the cupcake car as well as just learn more about it. It was an immensely fun experience! What was really amazing, however, was seeing one family in particular become as enamored with the cupcake car as I was. Continue reading


Hands-on: A Maker Faire Experience

At Maker Faire 60% of attendees will participate in hands-on projects or demonstrations. It’s part of the experience. When you go to Maker Faire you make things and Maker Faire San Diego will be no different except in one important way: we intend to offer more!

The video above is an example of our Learn to Solder activity.  Other classics include Compressed Air Rockets, Marshmallow Shooters, and Nerdy Derby. We’re considering these and others and we’d welcome your input. Watch for an upcoming series of posts which feature other projects under consideration and being tested. Our goal is to supersize our hands-on experiences offerings!

Got a favorite? Know of a simple and interesting project? Add your ideas and suggestions to this post in the comments below. We’ll read ’em! Interested in in helping? If so then come join us at a meetup or become a volunteer.


Meet the Maker – Doug

"The Cupcake Car and Batteries Guy"

“Once, as a kid, a road repair crew left blasting wire out on our street…”

We wanted to learn what makes a maker, so we sat down with Doug, one of our local Makers who works out of the FabLab and is the resident “Cupcake Car and Batteries Guy” there. He was working on stripping wire for a battery load using a string of light bulbs when we sat down with him to talk a while.

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Cupcake on Parade!

Cupcakes at the Pride ParadeFour months of Saturdays by a team of loyalists has produced two complete cupcake cars and two in-process. While the finished cars were on display and driven at the Mayor’s announcement of Maker Faire, they’d never been tested in a full-scale parade. Saturday’s Pride Parade with it’s torrential downpour and extended course was our big test … and we passed with flying colors! Continue reading


Butterflies for Self-confidence and Joy

Butterfly CloseupRecently I attended my first meetup of the Makers of San Diego Central Library to learn to use the Silhouette Cameo cutting machine that they have available at the library’s Maker Lab. Subsequently I used it on my own to cut butterflies out of card stock and cellophane. However, this project was not for me but for a much more important cause.

I conduct a weekly art class with physically and/or mentally challenged elderly adults in a memory-care assisted-living home. They are very limited in what they can do and most can not even cut a straight line. The majority have Alzheimer’s or dementia and won’t remember what we did even five minutes after we finish. Continue reading


Playing a Game of Real-life Battleship

Battle pond in action!
When Rob Wood was a young boy, he decided to read the encyclopedia. For a curious kid with an inquisitive mind, this was his idea of pre-internet fun.

When he got to “G” volume, he stopped at the word glider. He was intrigued. Young Rob convinced his dad to help him build a model glider and thus began his life-long love of model-making. His passion for his modeling eventually led him to a group that builds radio-controlled, historically accurate robotic ships that engage in simulated naval combat.  “Once I found out about it, I couldn’t get enough of it.”

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We Are Makers – A Talk

Curious about the Maker Movement and our need to make, create, tinker and experiment? Here is Dale Dougherty, the founder of Maker Magazine and one of the heralds of the Maker Movement, giving a TED talk in which he describes the importance of making and what makes us all makers.



Making an Impression: Makers All Around

I thought if I tried this, it would explode.
I have three confessions to make: 1) I don’t know how to change a car tire, 2) it’s a miracle I know how to check for malware on my computer, and 3) I was exceptionally lucky to pass physics in high school (thanks, Mr. Teachworth, you really are a credit to your name). I see tinkerers and think, “It would probably explode if I tried that.”

So here I am, learning about Maker Faire and the “Maker Movement” that inspired it. Maker Faire is tricky enough to describe. Making robots? Cars? Soldering circuit boards? Making sparkly things? Who on earth am I to try and participate in all that or to try and articulate what the “Maker Movement” is?

But here’s the big secret I’m about to let you in on: we’re all makers.

We just haven’t realized it yet.

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Bike Tinkerers Wanted

We love to see bike hacks at Maker Faire. You may have seen a double decker or extended frame bike around town. Maybe at night you’ve seen bicycles lit with wondrous lights or been to an event with a wide variety of unique bikes. It’s great to see maker creativity applied to the standard two wheeler and we want to see great examples of this in Balboa Park in October.  Continue reading