bn-makerfaire15-300x195As single moms we are always looking for affordable and fun events and activities that can engage and inspire our children.  And Barnes & Noble, national bookseller, is committed to delivering just that. The company has set a goal to build all forms of literacy for our children, not only through reading, but in art and technology as well.  To that end they’ve partnered with Make: Magazine to present a Mini Maker Faire at every single Barnes & Noble store across the nation Friday, November 6-8.

Maker Faires are community-based learning events that inspire everyone to become a Maker and connect with people and projects in their local community. Guests ages five and up can experience hands-on learning and making opportunities in creative thinking, art, design, construction, programming, coding, and 3D printing.

The Mini Maker Faires will consist of three main areas:
The Make Workspace: Attendees will experience the latest technologies in 3D printing, robotics, coding and programming, including: da Vinci Jr. 1.0 3D Printer from XYZprinting, Ozobot, The Slipstream Drone from Protocol, and Meccano Meccanoid from Spin Master.

Meet the Makers: Leaders and top brands will discuss the latest trends in designing, building, creating and making. Make & Collaborate: Guests can immerse themselves in the process of ideation, rapid prototyping, circuitry and more. Among the featured products for children are: Electronic Snap Circuits from ELENCO, littleBits, Maker Studio™ from ThinkFun, and LEGO® Bionicle Bricks

You can contact your local store to find out what special guests are participating during the Mini Maker Faire, or visit

We know its important to keep our children engaged and to expand their minds in new and wonderful ways, and the first-ever Barnes & Noble Mini Maker Faires provide an incredible opportunity for both children and adults to experience creativity and learning in an authentic, hands-on event.

PLUS I have a $50 Barnes & Noble gift certificate to give awalogoy to one lucky KZ reader. Simply fill out the entry form below by November 20, 2015 to win.

AND to win an additional bonus book for your child post an Instagram pic of you and your child at the faire with the hastags #BNMakerFaire @kerrizane #singlemom #read #myloverskeeper. Share your instagram URL in the comments section of this blog post to be officially entered to win the bonus!