Children’s Museum of New Hampshire
Contact: Neva Cole, Communications Director
6 Washington Street
Dover, NH 03820
(Dover, NH – August 14, 2018) – The NH Maker & Food Fest in downtown Dover is the perfect all-ages festival to cap off the summer. Not only is it affordable, with discounts available for EBT cardholders, Children’s Museum of New Hampshire members, library pass holders, and military families, but it is also the area’s largest showcase of local maker talent. On Saturday, August 25 from 10am-4pm, visitors can play with robots while eating ice cream frozen with liquid nitrogen. They can indulge in authentic Chilean food, and then launch ice into the Cocheco river with a giant trebuchet. Guests can get their faces painted, and then go meet Santa, the Ghostbusters and some pirates!
“Describing this festival is a challenge, to say the least,” shared Neva Cole, Children’s Museum of New Hampshire Communications Director. The Children’s Museum, celebrating its 35th birthday this year, has been organizing and hosting the NH Maker & Food Fest (formerly the Dover Mini Maker Faire) for the last 6 years. “The biggest misconception I run into is that people think they have to be an established ‘Maker’ to come enjoy the event. That couldn’t be farther from the truth.”
The Museum gathers together close to 60 Maker presenters for this event, but what makes them “Makers” varies greatly. “Some are individual artists or inventors, some are organized groups of hobbyists, some are non-profits, some are businesses, and some are looking to sell their creations,” said Cole. “The common thread is that everyone just wants to share what they know.”
Visitors agree that this knowledge sharing is what makes the Fest such a unique event. “I loved the diversity in the exhibits, and the ability for my son to create things and bring them home,” shared a visitor to last year’s Fest. “He loved the robots, and being able to use his hands to make something grown-ups make.”
Makers participating in the 6th NH Maker & Food Fest include a puppet maker, a father-son comic book duo, a non-profit group that creates epic costumes for kids in wheelchairs, a local makerspace doing a robot build and custom laser cut creations, an A Capella group, and even a young 8th grade maker who makes furniture decorated with Lichtenberg figures, which are patterns created using high voltage electricity!
A schedule of free-with-admission activities is something else that makes the NH Maker & Food Fest unique. Workshops led by makers and museum educators vary in theme from “Make a Shrink Sculpture Necklace,” to “How to Publish a Book,” and even an old-school egg-drop challenge. “It’s great that there are so many free activities to participate in,” shared another visitor. “So often when one goes to these events, there is an entrance fee and then a charge for participation at each event inside!”
The food aspect of the festival might be the only place visitors have to open their wallets. Food offerings will range from American comfort food, Jamaican BBQ, kettle corn, and desserts of all kinds ranging from cupcakes to root beer floats! “This year, we’re inviting all our guests to vote for their “Fan Favorite Food Vendor” and we’ll announce the winner at the finale at 4pm, said Cole.
More information, volunteer forms, and tickets to the New Hampshire Maker & Food Fest can be found online at www.childrens-museum.org. The Fest is sponsored by The Unique College Investing Plan, managed by Fidelity Investments, Prime Buchholz, Alexander Technology Group, Dover Emergency (A Campus of Portsmouth Regional Hospital), Great Bay Community College,
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About the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire
The not-for-profit Children’s Museum of New Hampshire is located at 6 Washington Street in Dover and offers two levels of hands-on, interactive exhibits for children from newborn to middle school. Children can explore a wide range of subjects, from dinosaurs, music and aeronautics to world cultures, art and natural history. Open year-round, the Silver LEED-certified museum specializes in creating memorable family learning experiences and works closely with schools, social service agencies and educators. The museum also hosts a variety of live performances, workshops, classes and special events for families. For more information, please call the museum at (603) 742-2002 or visit www.childrens-museum.org
NH Maker & Food Fest
A grand finale to summer in Dover, NH