A few weeks ago we caravaned a group of family and friends down to the Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire.
This was my first Maker Faire, and we went as a trial run for the Detroit Maker Faire (http://www.makerfairedetroit.com/). It was everything I had hoped: there were plenty of robots, 3d manufacturing devices and other things to touch and play with. My oldest daughter (with help from her papa) even got to do her first soldering using one of the "learn to solder badges" from the maker shed (http://www.makershed.com/Learn_to_Solder_Skill_Badge_Kit_p/mkls01.htm). I heard a lot about this kit and it was better than I thought it would be:
I really like the size and the enthusiasm at the event and am looking forward to the Detroit Maker Faire.