I'm not a chocolates and jewelry kind of girl. This year we attended the Minne Maker's Fair in St. Paul, Minnesota.
J. playing life-size Operation. The fellow who made this found the idea in Make Magazine and put it together the night before so the kids would have something to do. We appreciated it.
The Minne Maker's Fair was held at a place called The Hack Factory. Basically it's a building with all kinds of tools and stuff open 24hrs a day for people to come work on their projects. It's a club for people who like to make things. This guy likes homemade replicas: light sabers, guns, helmets, all kinds of things.
This guy rewires old toys so that you can play them like instruments.
This guy created this huge one-man electronic band. He had CDs. He also had an homemade electric cello and made all kind of weird noises with this thing.
It made the guy across the way with the spirit-catcher a little more creepy but the boys went over anyway. His was just a recreation of a 1903 spirit-catcher and he told them it wouldn't work but it was interesting.
Then, because that wasn't really a great reason to drive 3.5 hours for boys in the 5-11 set, we went to Mall of America for dinner and entertainment.
Valentine's Day for my husband? The Minne Maker's Fair. Valentine's Day for my children? Fast food, people watching, the giant Lego store, and video games.
Valentine's Day for me? Staying in my pajamas all day Sunday, baking, reading, puttering around.
I think everyone was happy. Sometimes ya just gotta know how to love someone.