Fun Fairs are everywhere with neighbours gathering in schoolyards across Toronto to celebrate the end of the year with games, food and lots of community love.

Over on the east end, a group of creative minds is coming together to inspire friends and family to become makers at the Duke of Connaught Public School’s first-ever Duke Make It! Fair this Saturday, June 13th from 11 am to 3 pm.

The Maker Movement – often described as the “Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth” – has been gaining momentum all over the world by individuals inspired by the idea of turning people into makers instead of just consumers. In our own city, Toronto’s Mini Maker Faire  – its 4th edition coming up in 2015 –brings together hundreds of inventors and DIY-ers of all ages to show off what they’re making and share what they’re learning. Or, in many cases, to just plain play.

Maker Faires are family-friendly and always interactive, educational and engaging. Duke Make It Fair has all of the above where little minds (and fingers) can participate in activities like bottle rocketship demos, stem lab 3D printing, wood and cardboard creating and robotics.

You will likely catch us building something – a camera perhaps like the one above – at the LEGO hack table.


Getting there: Duke of Connaught PS is on Woodfield in between Dundas St. W and Queen St. W. (It’s a one-way running south.) Free residential parking in the hood. The Duke Make It! Fair is free – all donations collected will be used by Duke of Connaught’s digital lab.

What to bring: Your imaginations (plus all the typical stuff you need when you’re out with kids — water, snacks, sunscreen, umbrellas, etc.)

Food: Lazy Daisy Café will have their yummy grilled cheese sandwiches for purchase.

Arrive on Wheels: Decorate your bike, trike or scooter for a parade around the park. Bike drop off is 11 am if you’ve decked out your wheels for a chance to win prizes (categories are: school colours – green &yellow, rocketship, animal and the most outrageous). Parade is at 1:45pm.

Saturday, June 13th
11am – 3pm
Duke of Connaught Jr. & Sr. Public School
70 Woodfield Road