|With over 100 makers, performers, speakers, and educators, Vancouver Mini Maker Faire is this city’s largest show-&-tell for all ages.
Meet Make.Family.Fun, a Vancouver family of five who like to make things and want to inspire other families to dare to get a little messy. Parents, Sarah (an elementary school teacher) and Julian (a software developer) both love to create, and now with their three kids, Tristan,11, Liam, 9, and Xavier, 4, they can often be found in the middle of creations, wires and chaos. Whether it’s a potato launcher, crafts or a catapult, Make.Family.Fun is always working on some kind of Maker project.
VMMF: How did you get inspired to start making with your family?
Make.Family.Fun: Julian grew up as a computer and electronics fanatic on an orchard in New Zealand, with a father who was a carpenter, and a mother who was an avid sewer and cook. Sarah grew up with do it yourself parents who sewed, canned, fixed, built and more. Sarah made kites, go karts and stop motion animations with her father, and puppets, stuffed animals, gardens and her own recipes with her mother. It was just second nature for us to start offering our own sons chances to create. We have been subscribers to Make magazine since its inception, so we have watched the Maker community grow. We are surprised how many families don’t even have scissors and glue available to their children, and we would love to help other families start on a making journey.