Located in the geographic heart of America, Kansas City is a unique destination featuring almost as many water fountains as Rome (212 and growing), more boulevards than Paris (135 miles worth), and at least 100 barbecue joints. Much more than a confluence of fountains, the city offers an excellent selection of parks, museums, attractions, and more. Those in search of fun and family-friendly attractions will love visiting the Kansas City Zoo, SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium, and Science City. Known as the “Barbecue Capital of World,” the city is sure to deliver mouthwatering smoked meats. Travelers can get a taste for themselves at favorite establishments such as BB's Lawnside Barbecue, Arthur Bryant's, and Gates Bar-B-Q.
Maker Faire Kansas City is Missouri’s premier celebration of creativity, invention, and the maker movement, and it will take place June 23-24 at Union Station Kansas City. Attendees will encounter a family-friendly gathering of creative and fascinating people showcasing their hobbies, experiments, and projects. The event features a variety of demos, workshops, talks, and live performances all centered around specific projects and interests. Some of the demos include a Liquid Nitrogen Demo (showcasing the power of liquid nitrogen), ArtBot Petting Zoo (where patrons can make drawings alongside specialized drawing robots), and 3D Printer Demos (demonstrating what 3D printers can build). The workshops are great for all ages and include fun activities like making bouncy balls from household items, constructing crafts out of old plastics, red chocolate modeling, building flying machines, and more. Those looking to listen and learn can partake in the Biomimicry Chat, which will highlight how humans can use nature to solve problems. The Faire also has a selection of interactive, informative, fun live performances including the Science in the Movies Stage Show, Magic Tree House: Space Mission, Power Racing Series, and more. ResortsandLodges.com interviewed Assistant Marketing Manager for Union Station Kansas City, Margaret Hoang, to learn about this exciting and educational family experience.
RAL: Tell me a little bit about the event.
MH: Maker Faire Kansas City celebrates things people create themselves from new technology and electronic gizmos to urban farming, and “slow-made” foods to homemade clothes, quilts, and sculptures. See what others are making and be inspired to tap into your creativity!
RAL: How long has the event been running?
MH: This is the eighth year of the event.
RAL: How many annual attendees do you draw?
MH: We welcomed over 17,000 attendees in 2017.
RAL: What demographic does your event attract? Children? Families? Couples?
MH: It is a family-friendly event that demonstrates what and how people are inventing, making, and creating.
RAL: What makes this event unique?
MH: It brings together makers, crafters, inventors, hackers, scientists, and artists for a faire full of fun and inspiration.
RAL: Take me through a day at the event. What can I expect as an attendee?
MH: Throughout the weekend, attendees will experience hundreds of hands-on, interactive Maker Booths, featuring a local indie craft fair, Strawberry Swing with over 70 Local Craft Makers, interactive fire installations, community art projects, kids zone, robotics, art, and so much more! New and featured this year, discover the science of movies with “Science in the Movies” featuring high fall jumps, pyrotechnics and the magic of movie rain and snow. Fan favorites include power wheels racing and our Lowrider car show and competition! There’s plenty to do to keep you busy all weekend long! Tickets include access to Kansas City’s favorite family-friendly attraction, Science City, and the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium. Follow the link to purchase tickets.
RAL: What dining options will attendees encounter?
MH: There’s plenty of food options from a wide variety of Kansas City’s favorite food trucks to restaurants inside Union Station!
RAL: What can an attendee expect to find for local lodging?
MH: There are quite a few lodging opportunities around Union Station. It's as easy as walking across the street to the Westin and Sheraton to jumping on the streetcar line.
RAL: What does this event mean to the community?
MH: Maker Faire Kansas City is indeed a community event. People of all ages can come together to get inspired and start making Whether you want to learn about woodworking, or robotics, or sewing, or fine arts, there is something for everyone.
For more information about Maker Faire Kansas City, please visit the event website.