Thursday, May 14, 2015

THIS WEEKEND - Austin Mini Maker Faire

This weekend down in Austin one of my favorite events of the year is happening--The Austin Mini-Maker Fair.  This is a chance for you and your kids to get hands on creating everything from stuffed animals to Lego Robotics.   Don't let the "mini" fool you...there is more than enough to do to fill a whole day.

There was so much to do last year.   Here's a sampling...

They always have some amazing mechanical creatures, like this bird who
moved his head, claws, and beak.

There were fun robots to play with.

And a lobster car (all those lobsters dance).

But the best stuff is the hands on stuff, like this marshmellow shooter.

We didn't get to keep it, but we did get to try it out.

But there was lots of other stuff we made and did get to keep.

My son worked diligently to finish a stuffed rocket that, because it used conductive thread, could be used as a pen for an iPad or iPhone!  How cool is that!  We still have it but not sure where it is now, so unfortunately I don't have a picture of the finished piece.  This is why we didn't get to all the exhibits.  There's just a lot of them that you could sit at and create for a long time.  If you have several kids you'll want to either split up or agree beforehand which projects everyone wants to do. 

This was a nice touch.  When you have young kids that have been walking around for a while, the Happy Hut is a nice quiet place to sit and cool off with a book and just chill for a while.  Whoever thought of this...thank you!

I didn't even get pictures inside...where my husband spent most of the day with our older too kids.  We  get in there in time to enjoy the planetarium, and to do some building with lego mindstorms. 

It was a fun, fun day....well worth the price ($15 for adults, $10 for kids).  This is going on THIS Saturday and Sunday, May 16 - 17.  

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Waco Vacation Bible School Guide - 2015


Meadowbrook Baptist Church  
Theme: Everest
Ages:  3 yrs - Grade 6
Dates: June 7 - 11
Time: 6:15 - 8:30 pm
Location: Waco, TX,
More Info Here

Lorena United Methodist Church 
Theme: G-Force
Ages:  4 yrs - Grade 6
Dates: June 15 - 19
Time: 9 am - 12 noon
Location: Lorena, TX,
More Info Here

First Baptist Church of Waco  
Theme: Everest
Dates: June 14 - 18
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Waco, TX,
More Info Here

First Baptist Church Woodway
Theme:  Backstage With the Bible
Ages:  Age 4 - 6th Grade
Dates:  June 15 -19
Time: 9:00 am - noon
Location: Woodway
More Info Here 

St. Albans Episcopal Church
Theme: Camp Discovery
Ages:  Age 3 - 5th Grade
Dates: June 15 - 19
Time: 9 am - 12 noon
Location: Waco, TX,
More Info Here

Highland Baptist Church
Theme: Camp Kilimanjaro (Journey through Proverbs)
Ages:  K - 5th Grade
Dates:  June 15 - 19
Time: 9:30 am - 12:15 pm
Location: Waco
More Info Here 

Trinity Lutheran Church at Badger Ranch
Ages:  3 yrs - Grade 5
Dates: June 21 - 25
Times:  (Light supper served before VBS each night at 5:45 pm)
VBS Times: 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Location: Woodway
More Info Here 

St. Jerome Catholic Church
Theme: Everest
Ages: 5 yrs - Grade 6
Dates:  June 21 - June 26
Times:  6 - 9 pm 
Location:  Waco
Cost: $20 per student + $5 for a T-Shirt
More Info Here

Woodway 1st United Methodist Church
Theme:  Wilderness Escape
Ages: Age 4  - entering 6th Grade
Dates: June 28 - July 1
Time:  6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location:  Woodway
More Info Here


Brazos Meadows Baptist Church
Theme: Thailand Trek
Ages:   Completed KG - 6th Grade
Dates:  July 6 - 9
Times:  6:30 - 8:30 pm
Location:  Hewitt
More Info Here 

Western Heights Baptist Church
Theme: Jouney Off the Map
Ages:  Age 4 - 6th
Dates:  July 6 - 10
Times:  9 am - Noon
Location:  Waco
More Info Here

First United Methodist Church of Waco
Dates:  July 10 - 23
Location:  Waco
More Info Here

Peace Lutheran Church
Theme:  Journey Off the Map
Location:  Hewitt
They have a Water Festival Kick-Off With Inflatables, carnival games, face painting, and prizes the first day, and Dinner before each VBS session.
Ages: Pre-K — 6th grade 
Dates: July 12 - 16
Times:     6 -  8:30 pm each night
            Water Festival Kick-Off: 3:00 pm, July 13th only
More Info Here 

Central Christian Church
Theme: LOVE - A Groovy Kind of VBS
Ages: 4 - 5th grade
Dates:  July 20 - 24
Times:     9 am - Noon
Location:  Waco
More Info Here

Columbus Avenue Baptist Church

Dates:  July 20 - 24
Location:  Waco
More Info Here 

Evergreen Baptist Church
Theme: Camp Kilimanjaro 
Ages: 4 - 12
Dates:  July 20 - 24
Times:     6:15 pm - ?
Location:  Waco
More Info Here

If you would like your Church VBS info added to this list, please leave me a message with the details in the comments below.

Thanks to pixabay for the bead pic used for the header.