KIDfest, a free event from KID Museum, will be held Sunday, Sept. 23 from noon to 5 p.m. in the Silver Spring Civic Building.

The festival features hands-on activities and demonstrations of robotics, engineering, biotechnology and other subjects that give attendees a look at the future.

The event also includes two stages with live music, talks by local inventors, and other activities and demonstrations including:

  • Pet PARO, an advanced therapeutic robot, which looks like a baby seal and can respond to voices or touch
  • A portable, inflatable planetarium to investigate the night sky and constellations.
  • Alexander Kao-Sowa, a teenage blacksmith, will teach attendees how to set up blacksmith operations in the backyard and demonstrate ornamental iron making.
  • An exhibit from the Charles Koiner Center for Urban Farming Education where participants can learn how to use wildflowers from the farm to create water paints.  
  • Music Discovery Lab will provide instruction on playing handcrafted musical instruments.
  • An opportunity to build electronic circuits, modify codes, and observe a robot’s response at the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math After School Academy’s booth, and
  • A chance to drive a robot at the Blair Robot Project exhibit.

KID Museum is a Bethesda-based learning space that provides hands-on learning incorporating STEM, art, and culture with 21st century skills like creativity and critical thinking.

Kid-made robotics at KIDfest, photo by Edwin Remsberg Photography.

Mike Diegel

Co-Founder/Editor at Source of the Spring
Mike Diegel, a founding member of Source of the Spring, is a Silver Spring advocate who has been appointed by the county executive to several committees and task forces. He currently is a member of the Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment District Advisory Committee. His background is in journalism and he earned a bachelor of arts in communications from McDaniel College. He is self-employed as a communications consultant and is an active volunteer with Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue. He has lived for more than 20 years in Northwood/Four Corners with his wife Trish and multiple Great Pyrenees dogs. He is better known around Silver Spring as the Guy with the Big White Dogs.
KIDfest from KID Museum Set for Sept. 23 at Civic Building