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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Review of NuLu Festival and Mini-Maker Faire in Louisville, KY

 photo nulu1_zpsf21eb442.jpgThis was a very family friendly event that had many fun things all in two blocks of East Market Street. This year’s NuLu Festival  was the 5th one and had a new element: the first ever Louisville Mini Maker Faire. With this addition it really opened it up to being a great day of family fun. 

As you walked up to the festival it was hard to miss “The Device” from Newtown Attic. “The Device” is a roller coaster of sorts that works without electricity. It is all science and fun. Kids of all ages enjoyed this ride. We hope to see it back next year. Also in the Mini Maker Faire was a dedicated section to Lego creating. Two costume designed tables full of Lego’s were available for creating. This was a very popular area and kids were helping kids make amazing Lego projects.

 photo nulu_zpscc301adf.jpgEver heard of a Nerdy Derby? Well we had not either but now that we know what it is we are all about it. Maker Faire set up a soapbox derby track that allowed you to race a soapbox car that you built that day out of materials that were provided to you. It was cool to watch how the different cars raced down that track and how creative they were. Do you sense a theme yet of the Maker Faire?

If you and the kids are not into roller coasters, Lego design, or car racing, there were many more hands on activities. The American Printing House for the Blind had Braille typewriters on hand to help learn how Braille is created. There was a 3D printing zoo inside the Local Speed where you could see the different ways 3D printers work and see them all in action. DIY Louisville was on hand with several different take home crafts for all ages. This is just a small list of what went on at the Louisville Mini Maker Faire from 12-6pm. Over 85 booths were set up and all were kid-friendly. We very much hope this event returns next year bigger and better. I have heard from the organizers that is the plan.

 photo nulu_zps3b7b6936.jpgThe NuLu Festival also had several vendors that were passing out fun free things. At Why Lou Two, you could spin the big wheel of fun and win a prize. They also had a few fun attractions, like Colonel Sanders himself. The Louisville Water Company was teaching event-goers how to purify water and giving it out for free. The kids corner was open from 1-5pm with many activities that were suitable for younger children. They had a face painter, a bounce house, The Bubble Truck, and the Kentucky Science Center on hand making cool crafts.

All of the vendors were friendly, engaging and fit in well with the festival. There were several food options but not really great for kids. I hope this is something that is worked on for next year. If you did have to pay for something the prices were very reasonable. You did not come across cheap toys and dust collectors.
This event is getting bigger and better every year. It is recommended that if you have little children to go early before the loud music gets started. I hope to see a bigger kid's area and hope they get a vendor that will have “kid-friendly” food, but over all this was a great family friendly event. 

By guest contributor: Christine

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