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5 Interactive Events for Creative Kids

5 Interactive Events for Creative Kids

Creative kids are tough to keep engaged– they’re always on to the next thing! This can be a challenge for many parents who want to fill their students’ lives outside of school with relevant, educational activities.

Beyond your kid’s regular extracurriculars, contests and conferences are a great way to explore your kids’ interests! If you missed our post on STEAM contests for kids, check it out here. Today, we’ll cover six events that make a great enrichment activity for creative kids.

1. LEGO Kids Fest

What? LEGO Kids Fest is a 3-day event filled with fun interactive, creative and educational activities for the whole family. It’s a hands-on event where kids of all ages can make awesome creations with LEGOs and participate in other activities like rock climbing, art projects, and feats of engineering.

Who? LEGO Kids Fest is great for kids and families of all ages!

Where? When? The Fest travels around North America each year. Check their schedule to see when it stops in a city near you.

Why kids will love it: LEGO Kids Fest brings a hands-on approach to creating creators. Through the various activities offered at the Fest, each kid is sure to create something awesome during the event.

2. Young Innovators Fair

What? The Young Innovators Fair is an event that brings science, technology, engineering, and math to the forefront for kids. The Fair offers ten distinct Innovation Worlds focused on themes like robots and coding, with a variety of exhibits, activities, and experiments for kids.

Who? Young innovators ages K-12 are encouraged to attend!

Where? When? The Young Innovators Fair just passed but stay tuned to their website to see when the next event will happen!

Why kids will love it: With over 40 exhibits and attractions, kids are sure to find an activity that appeals to their interests. From launching their own rocket to learning about dinosaurs, there’s something for everyone!

3. Maker Faire

What? Also known as the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth, Maker Faire is part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new! According to their website, Maker Faire is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.

Who? Maker Faire gives people of all ages a chance to be makers of art, technology, or whatever sparks their interest. They also sponsor the Young Makers program, which gives kids ages 8 to 18 a space to be makers in their own communities.

Where? When? Started in 2006 in San Francisco, Maker Faire has quickly become a national phenomenon, with approximately 150 Faires all over the country last year! Find an upcoming fair near you here.

Why kids will love it: At the 10th Annual Maker Faire, there were ten workshops designed specifically for kids, including a chance for kids to create their own electronic circuit, as well as a station for kids to try their hand at woodworking. Each Maker Faire offers a new, unique experience to inspire kids and adults alike to become Makers.

4. Kids Hack Day

What? Kids Hack Day is a global series of events that give kids the chance to be creative and innovative as they invent new technologies. It’s a one-day event where kids come together to hack and make new uses of everyday items.

Who? Kids of all ages!

Where? When? Kids Hack Day has held events all over the world, from San Francisco to Sydney! The next one is happening in Sweden and you can check out their website for upcoming events.

Why kids will love it: Kids Hack Day encourages kids to think differently about the uses of items they encounter every day. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience for kids globally!

5. USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo

What? The USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo is a national science fair that aims to put the spotlight on STEM subjects. At this free event, over 1,000 STEM organizations will present hands-on science and engineering activities for people of all ages.

Who? All ages!

Where? When? The Expo will take place on April 16-17, 2016, in Washington, D.C. Find out all you need to know about attending here!

Why kids will love it: As one of the largest STEM events in the country, the USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo, is a dream come true for creative kids. It’ll take the two full days to experience all of the activities and exhibits available for kids, so plan accordingly!

Events and fairs are a great way to encourage kids’ creativity and empower them to become creators. Any of these events is sure to be a great experience for the whole family!

How to Raise a Future Entrepreneur

How to Raise a Future Entreprenuer

Whether you dream of running a coffee shop or creating the next popular social network, many people aspire to start their own business one day. And while plenty of us will not realize that dream, parents can still inspire an entrepreneurial streak in their kids. So how do you raise your kids to be an entrepreneur? Continue reading “How to Raise a Future Entrepreneur”

Parents and Technology Education: Challenges and Opportunities

1Gone are the days where education was as simple as reading, writing, and arithmetic. Today, students are expected to learn a variety of skills and subjects to keep up with our changing world. From foreign language to technology, expectations for what kids should learn in school have been drastically altered in the digital age.

One critical component of the new curriculum for students is technology. Not only is the internet a critical tool for learning, but almost all careers require knowledge and use of some sort of technology. As an emerging trend, technology education presents numerous challenges for students, parents, and educators, but it also provides a unique opportunity for students. Continue reading “Parents and Technology Education: Challenges and Opportunities”

5 Ways to Celebrate Creativity This Holiday Season

shutterstock_340151969The kids are out of school, parents have time off from work, and everyone’s getting together to celebrate. That makes the holiday season a great time to encourage creativity with your kids, as there is plenty of time outside the classroom for kids to embrace their creative side.

Since creativity is something that needs to be nurtured and encouraged– even celebrated! — we’ve compiled a list of ways you can do exactly that this holiday season. Continue reading “5 Ways to Celebrate Creativity This Holiday Season”

5 Tips to Help Your Kid Succeed in an Online Technology Course

Harper KucikOnline technology courses present an unknown challenge to their first-time students, as well as the students’ parents. Besides offering a learning experience that is radically different from a traditional classroom, online courses have their own unique teaching style and requirements. However, parents can help kids can be successful in their online technology courses with a little planning and continued commitment throughout the course.

Here are five helpful tips to help your kids get the most out of an online technology course. Continue reading “5 Tips to Help Your Kid Succeed in an Online Technology Course”

The Upside of Screen Time

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From smartphones to game consoles, kids today are spending more time than ever in front of screens. A 2013 study by Common Sense Media, a nonprofit based in San Francisco, found that kids under 8 years old were spending about two hours a day in front of a screen. While the risks of too much screen time have received a lot of attention in the press, not many studies have been done on the positive aspects of screen time for kids. Continue reading “The Upside of Screen Time”

How to Keep Up with Your Tech-Savvy Tween

girl smartphoneThe lightning speed with which technology is evolving makes it near impossible for parents to keep up with their tech-savvy kids. It’s a constant battle to stay informed of what technology is safe and age-appropriate, but with open communication and a little research, parents can empower their kids to become educated, thoughtful tech consumers. Continue reading “How to Keep Up with Your Tech-Savvy Tween”

The Right Tech for Kids of Any Age

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It’s common for kids today to have technology at their fingertips. Toddlers play on iPads, tweens tote their first iPhones, teens spend hours holed up on their laptops. And while technology appeals to kids of all ages, it’s ultimately up to parents to decide which gadgets their kids can use.

As kids are becoming technophiles at younger ages, parents must cut through the noise to figure out what technology is appropriate for their kids as they grow up. With the seemingless endless options of devices, apps, and games that kids crave, it’s important for parents to be informed of what exactly they’re giving their kids access to.

Here are some helpful insights to help you discern the right technology for kids of any age. Continue reading “The Right Tech for Kids of Any Age”