Disclosure: I was provided a family pack of tickets from US Family Guide to attend the Young Innovators Fair in exchange for this post.
We’ve had a whirlwind of a holiday week. Between Christmas and New Years, family gatherings and playing with new toys, the kids have been bouncing off the walls. As much as having no set schedule can be liberating and relaxing, I must say I’m looking forward to our school routine starting once again. My boys, and our family in general, need structure. But, we ended our long winter vacation with a bit of fun by attending the Young Innovators Fair!
As we walked into the convention hall, the boys immediately spied a storm trooper so we headed to the right so they could check him out. It takes Bbear a bit of time to warm up to new places and people, but you can see both boys were super thrilled to run into a Star Wars character!
We wandered a bit to get a sense of the exhibits and stopped by this booth that was perfect for my little men. Bbear is always taking his LeapPad to make movies, so the idea of creating a green screen movie interested him greatly. Adding fun props like a mustache was also a hit and definitely kept my 5 and 7 year olds entertained!
After “filming” the boys were shown how they could change the background image because of the green screen to put them in a scene from anywhere! We talked a bit more and I discovered they had created a mini green screen in a pizza box and the booth staff mentioned the boys could use green straws to put on a show with their Lego minifgures. We’re definitely going to have to try this because my little filmmaker thought this was the best idea ever!
I was a little nervous that some of the activities might be beyond my kids, since they are on the younger side, but Cbear was enthralled with the idea of making his own video game controller (using play-doh, no less!) and then controlling the game on the screen. He could have sat here for hours!
Since the kids love animals, we moved our way to the back of the convention center to check out the Biologists Bay, where Adventure Aquarium had a big display. The kids loved touching the skins and skulls here, and learned the difference between an alligator and crocodile.
Of course no STEM even would be complete without products like K’nex or Lego. Bbear is our master builder, so creative with an engineering interest. He’s never seem K’nex before, but this first exposure has me thinking we may need suggest this product for a birthday present!
BGB was even interested in K’next, even at the young age of 3! She liked making “blue snowflakes” with the pieces before moving on to wheels.
I’m also sure my three would have stayed at the Lego wall for hours.
This product makes me wish we were an iPad family. Cbear isn’t one to sit and draw (that’s Bbear – forever creating his own adventurous story books) but he loved using the iPad to “trace” the T-Rex on paper. The kids watch the screen as they draw on paper – it was amazing to watch!
Overall, we loved the event. The lines were never too long and at most we had to wait for one or two other children to take a turn before my children would have a try. Everyone was patient and it was an educational family fun day before we head back to school tomorrow!