There is always a lot to see and do at a Maker Faire and Benicia Mini Maker Faire 2016 is no exception. This year we have some exciting new additions to our lineup.

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The Bay Area Engine Modelers will be bringing some of their scale models of unique and interesting engines to the Faire this year.  They are a group of enthusiasts who make, discuss, and share information on collecting and building miniature engines. The engines they work on are a wide variety of internal combustion, stationary, historic, and steam. They are garage machinists, meaning most of their members are NOT machinists by trade. You can see some of their engines in action here.


Riveropolis will be bringing a huge water exploration exhibit to the Faire that is fun for everyone. The water moves swiftly in play rivers where young makers design and re-design boats, rafts, bridges, islands and towers as well as sculpting and shaping the stream bed to direct the movement of floating objects. Play rivers are ultra-accessible and have an almost instantly transformative effect on children as they see how their creations behave as they float down the stream.


Tapigami will be demonstrating how to build sculptures using nothing but masking tape and a little imagination. Tapigami’s motto is TOUCH THE ART! This core principle comes from the belief that art is better shared than just seen. Through the exploration of creativity and imagination, Tapigami is proof that we are all capable of being artists.


Benicia Makerspace has built a 8 foot by 16 foot laser maze and Benicia Mini Maker Faire will be it’s big debut. Participants will have to crawl through the maze in an effort to avoid the crisscrossing lasers while trying to get the best time possible. Lines are sure to be long for this attraction, but we hope everyone gets a chance to try it.

And of course, all of your favorites will be back as well. Make giant bubbles, launch paper rockets and learn to solder, too.

Tickets are on sale now and will be more expensive at the door so take advantage of our early bird discounts and buy yours today.


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