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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!

5 More Things Every Parent Should Know About Minecraft

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In case you missed it, this post is a follow-up to our post 5 Things Every Parent Should Know About Minecraft. Go check it out!

By now, we’re all familiar with Minecraft, the amazingly fun, never-ending sandbox game that has been popular with kids and people of all ages for more than five years. We also know that kids gain substantial benefits from playing video games. So let’s dive a little deeper into the world of Minecraft with five more things that every parent should know about their kid’s favorite game! Continue reading “5 More Things Every Parent Should Know About Minecraft”

Fashion Design 101: A Guide for Parents

Fashion Design 101 A Guide for Parents

Whether you’re an avid Project Runway fan or if you dread shopping for new clothes, fashion is an integral part of our everyday lives. Different styles, patterns, and colors are only a few of the choices we make when it comes to getting dressed in the morning. But have you ever thought about the process that creates fashion? It’s likely that more skill and effort went into the shirt and shoes you’re wearing than you presume.

Maybe you have a young fashion fan at home, or are simply curious about the technology and skills required to be a fashion designer. Today, we’ll be taking a look into the world of fashion design and why parents should nurture their kids’ interest in it. Continue reading “Fashion Design 101: A Guide for Parents”

3D Printing & Modeling: A Guide for Parents

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While you’ve probably heard about 3D printing in the news– they can even 3D print cars now! — you may not be familiar with the technology and skills that 3D printing requires. This guide is designed for parents to learn about this trending technology and understand kids’ growing interest in it. Continue reading “3D Printing & Modeling: A Guide for Parents”

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”

Servers 101: A Guide for Parents

Updating ServerAlthough it’s now the norm for everyone to be at least somewhat familiar with computers and the cloud, advanced technology concepts can be baffling if you don’t have extensive experience with computers. One such tech piece that you may not have familiarity with is servers, which is basically something that shares information among multiple programs or computers.

In our course Server Design 1, we teach students to create their own server using Java programming; however, we’ve heard from many parents that they aren’t quite sure what their student is creating, even by the end of the course! So we’ve compiled an informational guide to servers so that parents can better understand the purpose of a server, and the value kids get from learning to build one. Continue reading “Servers 101: A Guide for Parents”

Intro to Coding for Parents

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You’ve seen plenty of movies with a hacker typing rapidly on a black screen. You’ve heard about how kids should be learning to code. But what actually is coding, and why is it important for kids to learn?
Coding is defined as the symbolic arrangement of statements or instructions in a computer program in which letters and digits are represented as binary numbers, or the set of instructions in a program. In simple terms, coding is what makes it possible to create websites, software, and apps. Everything you use on a computer, from your browser to the websites you visit, was created using code. Continue reading “Intro to Coding for Parents”

5 YouTube Channels Kids Love – and Parents Should Too!

It’s no secret that kids love YouTube. From awesome Minecraft animations to funny animal antics, most kids would spend hours on the video streaming site if their parents would let them! However, many parents have concerns about the kind of content their kids are watching on YouTube.
YouTube videos can be a positive source of fun and learning! Here are five of our favorite YouTube channels for kids. Continue reading “5 YouTube Channels Kids Love – and Parents Should Too!”

5 Reasons Your Kid Should Learn to Code

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In today’s world, coding is the new digital literacy, and its importance will only increase over time. The rate at which kids are able to learn new skills and acquire new information is astounding, and it makes a good case that kids are perhaps the best subset of the population to learn to code. Just think of the technology they’ll be able to build in the future if they’ve been programming since childhood.
Regardless if your kid is destined to be the next Zuckerberg or not, a fundamental knowledge of coding will set them up for success in school and in life. Here are five reasons that your kid should learn to code. Continue reading “5 Reasons Your Kid Should Learn to Code”

5 Things Every Parent Should Know About Minecraft

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Many parents worry about their kids wasting time on video games, and also about the potentially violent or inappropriate content of those games. While it’s true that some video games aren’t suitable for kids, many games present a valuable learning opportunity and can be a productive use of your kids’ time.
One such game is Minecraft™, the explosively popular 3D block-based video game. Kids and adults alike spend hours building anything they can imagine in this game that pairs old-school looking graphics with a surprisingly sophisticated plot. Continue reading “5 Things Every Parent Should Know About Minecraft”