Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Review and Giveaway: The Geek Dad's Guide to Weekend Fun
Geek Dads are a special breed of parent. Sure, they'll teach you how to ride a bike just like any other dad, but they'll also teach you how to modify that bike with rocket boosters so you'll go faster that Lance Armstrong. That's the kind of dad that's going to love Ken Denmead's latest book The Geek Dad's Guide to Weekend Fun. As editor of the parenting blog GeekDad over at Wired.com, Ken has become something of an expert at helping moms and dads alike grown their little geeks. This is his second Geek Dad book and this time he has given us a fantastic bunch of new projects that parents can do with their kids. I was fortunate enough to receive a copy of this book for review, and had only one real complaint. Do I have to let my husband have all the fun with this or can I keep it for myself?
It's billed as ideas for things to do over a weekend, so nothing in here is going to require you to map out your days and nights for the next month. There's even a guide that covers the cost, difficulty, duration and reusability of each project so you know just what it's going to take to finish it up before Monday morning. I was hooked from the start by the Nerf Dart Blowgun, which has the potential to bury our lawn in Nerf darts all summer long. Actually, it has the potential to cover my lawn, my neighbor's lawn, and possibly a good portion of the neighborhood lawns because once the other kids see this coolness, they're going to be building one of their own.
If you aren't into Nerf battles (and if you aren't what is wrong with you?) there are plenty of other ideas that are sure to catch your eye. You could try projects like Death Star Temari Ball, Hack Your Own Sound Box or Measure the Speed of Light with Chocolate. Star Wars, hacking and chocolate. What's not to like? Even better, the publisher has set aside a copy of The Geek Dad's Guide to Weekend Fun for me to giveaway to one lucky reader. Just leave me a comment telling me about your favorite geeky kids activity or project and I'll pick a random winner next week. (Open to US residents only.) Now, who's up for a Nerf Battle?