Blog: Innovation Destinations

Bay Area Fun for Kids this weekend: STEAM, Felt, and Tinkers

This is a big weekend for Bay Area STEAM fans! Both the highly anticipated STEAM Carnival and the Bay Area Science Festival's Discovery Day come to AT&T Park and the adjacent area. The STEAM Carnival runs Friday through Sunday and all ages are welcome to experience the interactive carnival that makes science fun. The three-day event includes high-tech games, build zones, stage shows, lab demos, artists, and more. Best of all: we'll be there! We'll have a Galileo booth showcasing work from our campers, including video games that can be tested, along with camp slide shows and giveaways where some lucky participants will win $100 off one week of camp! The STEAM Carnival has teamed up with the Bay Area Science Festival on educational programming for the event. The Saturday of the carnival coincides with the fifth annual Bay Area Science Festival's Discovery Day, which is held inside AT&T Park, a two-minute walk from the STEAM Carnival location on the pier. Discovery Day is free and runs from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Barnes & Noble Mini Maker Faires! This weekend, all B&N locations will be running Mini Maker Faires in partnership with Make Magazine. There will be a Make Workspace, a tech-educational expo, hands-on activities, product demos for 3D printers, drones, robots, coding, programming, and local makers will be on hand to discuss their work. The B&N Mini Maker Faires are free. For store locations and Mini Maker Faire times, check their website

Day of the Dead. See how local artists are interpreting Dia de los Muertos traditions in their work at the SOMArts Cultural Center in San Francisco. The exhibit, Today Is the Shadow of Tomorrow, includes colorful altars and multi-dimensional art installations interpreting the cycles of life and death. Families can tour for free through Nov. 7. You can visit (for free) during gallery hours, now through Nov. 7. Hours are: Friday 12 – 7p.m. and Saturday 11a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Felting nature! Make a potted felt California plant with Fiber Florist! UC Berkeley Botanical Garden is hosting a family-friendly workshop this Saturday where Fiber Florist Vivian Truong will teach participants how to make a forever-alive felt plant. Using eco-friendly felt made from wool, acrylic and bamboo, participants will hand cut, sew, and assemble their own potted plants, choosing among popular California flora including California poppies, nasturtiums, dandelions, and common yarrow. All ages comfortable with cutting and sewing welcome. The workshop is on Saturday from 10 - 11 a.m. and costs $15/nonmembers or $10/members.