The 4th Annual Maker Faire is coming up this weekend, May 30 & 31 at the San Mateo Fairgrounds. This family-friendly event is entertaining & educational for all ages, with robots and moving artwork roaming the fairgrounds between the different pavilions featuring interactive demonstrations in science, craft, art, technology, electronics, culture and the proverbial "more". It is really a unique & wondrous experience - imagine the Exploratorium meets Mythbusters meets Martha Stewart meets Burning Man. Last year with only a couple of hours to spend on site, I met R2D2, learned how to needle-felt, admired the Steampunk aesthetic of a giant outdoor contraption, stood aside to let a giant walking 4-legged robot pass and got a close-up look at an actual jetpack (though I didn't take a ride). I highly recommend getting tickets online in advance, and look for street parking rather than waiting to pile into one of the jam-packed parking lots so you can maximize your time. Also check the site for the detailed schedule of events - there are a number of free hands-on workshops for adults & children to learn about everything from time-lapse animation to metal arts basics. More info & tickets at the Maker Faire site.