2016 Salem Mini Maker Faire wrap-up

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We’d like to thank all of the fantastic Makers who spent the day showing off their creativity and making awesome things with our visitors!

We had a wonderful time with everyone who came out for the Salem Mini Maker Faire! Kids programmed robots, learned about rockets, built catapults, kazoos, and dabbled in calligraphy and the creative arts. Check out some of the highlights above!

Thanks again to all of our Makers and attendees. We had a great day!

Salem Mini Maker Faire is almost here!

The Salem Mini Maker Faire is almost here! On Saturday, August 13th from 10am-2pm, local makers will converge at Gilbert House Children’s Museum  for this special event to show and teach about the things they make.

“We are proud to showcase Salem’s unique personality at the Mini Maker Faire,” says Gilbert House Outreach Coordinator, Ryan Kinnett, “The makers really want to support and inspire the children of Salem to become passionate makers in their own right.”

Gilbert House is so excited for the makers who have signed up to be a part of this year’s Mini Maker Faire! There is a wide range of talents and arts that will amaze and amuse kids and adults alike. Young magicians will demonstrate their magical skills, there will be calligraphy and paper arts, as well as LEGO challenges and electronics programming. In the true tradition of Maker Faires and Gilbert House Children’s Museum, there will be plenty of hands-on fun to be had as well!

Some of the participating makers include: Microportal Electronics Club, Oregon Virtual Academy, CCTV, Capital Calligraphers, Salem Art Association, and more!

Tickets for this special event are $5 for Gilbert House members, and $10 for nonmembers/general admission.

If you’d like to work as a volunteer at the Salem Mini Maker Faire, please contact Ryan by email at outreach@acgilbert.org.

The Salem Mini Maker Faire 2016 Call for Makers is Open!


Attention all makers, inventors, scientists, and DIY-ers, the 2016 Salem Mini Maker Faire is looking for you! Gilbert House Children’s Museum is hosting our 3rd annual Salem Mini Maker Faire and we can’t do it without you! We’re especially looking for exhibits that are interactive and focused on the process of making. From artisan cheeses to robotics, come show off your homemade brilliance! We believe everyone is a maker and has something to share. The Maker Movement is about sharing, learning and exploring new things together. For more about the Maker Movement and MAKE, see our About page.

To apply, click the Makers Apply Here button to the right, or email outreach@acgilbert.org for more information.

Salem Mini Maker Faire 2015: Success!

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Countdown: 2 days to go!

We are counting down to Salem Mini Maker Faire: only 2 days left! We couldn’t be more excited for all of the fun activities and new learning experiences that will happen here Saturday, August 8! 

What to expect:

We’re expecting to have absolutely beautiful weather (upper 70s-low 80s) Saturday, and most activities will be outside, but shaded. You can enjoy lunch, coffee, and snacks from FUSION food truck that will be on-site, or bring your own picnic to enjoy. There are plenty of picnic tables and eating areas in our Outdoor Discovery Center.

All ages are welcome; this is a family-friendly event! The Faire will be focused in the parking lot just in front of the Museum, and the Museum of course will be open as well! No pets please; service animals are welcome.

Tickets: Gilbert House members $5, General admission $10. Ages 2 and under are free. No other admission discounts apply for this special event.

We can’t wait to see you there!