Los Angeles has been labeled the city of dreamers for decades, and while the sentiment continues to ring true, it’s beginning to take on a new persona amongst younger generations. For mini trailblazers in the area, the Southern California metropolis is space for innovation, art and science that’ll help shape the future.
This shift is giving way to exciting local events that help budding scientists, engineers and creators flourish and grow. Most notably, the City of STEM, LA’s largest festival of science, technology, engineering and math, and the Los Angeles Maker Faire, the region’s biggest family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness.
On Saturday, April 1 at the Los Angeles State Historic Park, both gatherings are joining forces to bring forth one massive extravaganza—that’s free! Happening all day, the event will bring together innovators from all over the world and provide hours’ worth of activities for aspiring doers of all ages.
The fun and excitement don’t stop there. The City of Stem + La Maker Faire event is also kicking off an entire month-long celebration of STEM experiences. Local museums and partners across Southern California will continue to offer activities throughout all of April to help keep little ones’ wheels constantly turning.
Check out why you should save the date for this major festival in your calendar right now.
3 Reasons City of Stem + LA Maker Faire Is a Must-Visit
1. Inspire Your Kids with Day-Long Activities
From 9 a.m. through 5 p.m., explore 200 unique experiences that bring ideas to life. Interactive learners will appreciate the events’ hands-on activities and workshops, while your tiny da Vinci’s can create fun masterpieces during crafting sessions and meet with maker exhibitors.
Young thinkers will light up during live demonstrations and expert presentations hosted by NASA and major museums as well as leading scientists, engineers, artists and tech companies. When you’re in need of fuel to keep the learning going, stop by any of the food trucks—we promise, you won’t want to skip out on any of the excitement.
2. Meet Bill Nye IRL
Sorry, kids, but make room for all millennial parents who spent Saturday mornings watching the original Bill Nye the Science Guy episodes. Get the chance to meet the epic science educator and, of course, snap a photo for Instagram.
Stick around for live music and additional appearances from surprise special guests!
3. Unite with Future Thinkers from All Over the State
While LA may be the meeting ground for local makers, the festival will bring in families across the Golden State. Your kiddos can connect with others who share similar interests and learn more about their favorite subjects.
To further reflect the diverse profile of the state, City of Stem & LA Maker Faire will also include experiences in Spanish, so todos son bienvenidos or everyone is welcome!
Mark Your Calendar with These Event Details
- Who is hosting the special event: Columbia Memorial Space Center & Los Angeles Public Library
- What is the name of this awesome gathering: City of STEM Festival + LA Maker Faire
- When should I be arriving: Saturday, April 1 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- What address should I put in my GPS: Los Angeles State Historic Park, 1245 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
- How much does it cost: The event is free for all ages. Be sure to bring cash for food vendors
Head to City of STEM to keep up with even more free STEM experiences throughout the month of April, and learn more about their commitment to providing exposure to LA’s youth by uniting industry experts, museums, specialists, celebrities, and area STEM experts.