Ready to party?Mardi Gras (also known as Fat Tuesday) is a time of fun and celebration before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is celebrated throughout the world with parties, feasts, dances, and more. The most famous celebration is the United States takes place each year in New Orleans, Louisiana. With parades, bead throwing, and masquerade balls, it sounds like one wild event. You can also feast on the traditional king cake (see an example below), a pastry resembling a giant cinnamon roll, and hope that your slice features a lucky trinket. You may receive special privileges for finding the trinket!
Brazil celebrates Mardi Gras as Carnival. For several days each year millions of people take to the streets to party. Rio de Janeiro’s celebrations are the largest in the world and feature an annual competition known as the Samba Parade. Social clubs known as Samba Schools put together elaborate performances for the parade, which takes place in the appropriately named Sambodromo. Each performance is judged on its samba song, band, chosen theme, costumes, props, and more. (Read more about the judging here.) Sounds like this would be a fantastic experience!
Here at Northgate, we are not quite so elaborate. We are celebrating with a colorful display featuring books, a recipe for king cake, and masks to take home and color. Take a look:
Want to get involved? How about making your own mask? Find some printable templates here or go freehand for even more possibilities.
It’s a 3D printer! Want to use one? You can at a Makerspace!
Makerspaces are like community labs where people or groups can come and use available materials, like electronics, printers, machine tools, hand tools, or sewing machines to create projects and collaborate with others. Some makerspaces charge a membership fee and some just a usage fee. Some have special programs and pricing for youth.
Here are 3 you can try out in Seattle. Go ahead and make something!
I know, I know. It’s September (sorry, November!). Time to buckle down, and abandon the joys of summer for chemistry, geometry, and Faulkner. But once you realize how awesome this handmade paper looks on practically anything, you will be forced to get blending. Plus, it’s much, much easier to make than you would imagine. Continue reading →
That’s not just the temperature dropping, that’s Death slowly taking center stage. Halloween, or All Hallow’s Eve, marks the passage of the season–harvest is over, plants are withering, and the leaves, despite their colorful defiance, are dying. Many cultures have believed in this night when the dead walk the earth, and different practices evolved into the jack-o-lanterns, costumes, and trick-or-treating of today. We can’t keep winter away, but don’t let this day of spooky revelry pass you by. Start Halloweening!
Here are some ideas:
1) Take this Zombie Bite quiz. Then make your friends take it. This is good for figuring out which friends you really want on your team in case of a zombie apocalypse – which is even more likely to occur on or near Halloween.