Orlando really has a lot of great nerd events, all you have to do is seek and you shall find. This weekend the Maker Faire Orlando was set up at the Orlando Science Center. We didn’t get to stop by on Saturday, but got there as soon as it opened Sunday and had a great time.
Of course we were immediately sucked in by Legos. There was a huge cube near the entrance for kids to put Legos all over. We also discovered the Lego quadcopter drones which were awesome. Pretty sure I may have to convince my husband to figure out how to make one of these.
They had a ton of great stuff for kids (and adults) to do. We time travelled back to the 90’s and took apart old-school phones and computers. I honestly had no clue that my son would be so into this, so now I want to hit up some thrift stores for old, non-working stuff and let him have at it. Plus he got some cool goggles made by Google, not to be confused with Google Goggles, to protect his eyes while disassembling.
An R2D2 came out for a visit for a while. Nothing more fun than watching it chase kids around and beep at them.
They even had a robot parade, which we didn’t see, but we caught this person/puppy on their way down the hall. Crazy cuteness, right there.
There was so much stuff going on we didn’t even get to see everything. There were vendor booths and sponsor booths. I had to hit up the vendors to find something cool and was happy to find some awesome buttons – got a Ron Swanson one because I love him in so so many ways, but had to resist the matching hair bow. You can also see the World’s Largest Arcade Game to the back left – we had to climb stairs to get up there and play.
We stumbled upon an R2 build group, which was all kinds of cool. I honestly never such a thing existed (I just assumed people spent some serious cash to have an R2) and it was amazing to watch them work.
We decided to give screen printing a try and make a shirt. I never really knew how this worked, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to try this at home and see what I could create. Hello, future Etsy shop.
Nugget was pretty proud of his new t-shirt. Who could blame him though, as it’s awesome.
Next year I plan to go alone with my husband for one day and then we’ll all go as a family for the second day. There was so much to do, and many things I wanted to do, but didn’t have time for like chocolate making, soldering, and nerdy fashion. I had hoped to get more time to learn more about all of the amazing things these people were making and creating, but a 3-year old doesn’t allow much time for stopping and chatting. Until next year…