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TinkerLab Book Launch Party

Thank you, thank you to all of my friends, both old and new, who came out to the launch party for TinkerLab: A Hands-on Guide for Little Inventors last weekend at Helix Los Altos. In case you’ve never heard of it, Helix is the Peninsula arm of San Francisco’s famed Exploratorium.

As soon as I stepped foot into Helix earlier this year I knew that this was the spot for my book launch. Helix celebrates the intersection of science and art, and experiments and exploration are at the heart of their mission.

TinkerLab book launch party at Helix by the Exploratorium

Big, big thanks to the education specialists at Helix, and especially to Kerrick, Anne, and Amisha for bringing my tinkering vision to life. I’d also like to send a shout-out to Kendra and Ching-Yee from Sprogs for feeding everyone delicious rice scooters. Yum yum.

TinkerLab Launch Party at Helix, sponsored by Sprogs | TinkerLab.com

*Thanks to Chrissy from Bloggy Law for sharing this photo collage with me!

After the guests arrived, we kicked the party off with a short talk and some hands-on oozy, gooey slime. The full recipe is in the book on page 152. In case you don’t have the book, you can download a free copy of the DIY Slime here.

TinkerLab book launch party at Helix by the Exploratorium

If you have seen the book, you might recognize my daughter’s strawberry dress!

TinkerLab book launch party at Helix by the Exploratorium

After making up a couple batches of slime, the museum was open for exploring and more hands-on fun. Helix and the Exploratorium are well-known for their interactive exhibits that demonstrate scientific phenomena in a hands-on way, and families were free to explore all of the thoughtful exhibits.

TinkerLab book launch party at Helix by the Exploratorium

We also set up the workshop room with a long table where kids and adults were invited to make Marker Explosion bags (page 146 of the book).

TinkerLab book launch party at Helix by the Exploratorium

TinkerLab book launch party at Helix by the Exploratorium

TinkerLab book launch party at Helix by the Exploratorium

TinkerLab book launch party at Helix by the Exploratorium

And then, of course, there was a book signing! It was so much fun to talk with everyone who came the event and I especially treasure those of you who braved the line to meet with me.  Thank you again for coming out to play.

For more photos from the fun day, Sally at Little Hiccups captured it all so perfectly.

TinkerLab book launch party at Helix by the Exploratorium

Special Thanks to my Sponsors!

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Helix by the Exploratorium, a community science center in Los Altos, CA provided the perfect setting for the event. Their staff is incredibly knowledgeable and everyone raved about the engaging hands-on science exhibits.

Sprogs provided everyone with delicious Rice Scooters. My family loves these healthy, gluten free snacks. If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, they deliver, and you can also find them in many local markets!

Join me next time!

If you couldn’t make it to the book launch, my next event will be on October 5 at the San Jose Museum of Art! You can find all of my past and upcoming events here.

If you’d like to check out TinkerLab: A Hands-on Guide for Little Inventors, there’s more info here.

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