Dad of Divas' Reviews: The Geek Dad's Guide to Weekend Fun

Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Geek Dad's Guide to Weekend Fun

About the Book
It’s Friday! (Ok, not quite, but you know you want it to be!) Jump in the car, rush home, throw your briefcase behind the couch, and get out your science goggles! It is time for THE GEEK DAD’S GUIDE TO WEEKEND FUN: Cool Hacks, Cutting-Edge Games, and More Awesome Projects for the Whole Family (Gotham Books Paperback Original, May 3, 2011, $18.00) by Ken Denmead.

Ken Denmead continues his widely successful Geek Dad series with a second book guaranteed to add some jolt in your weekend (more the electric kind than the soda kind). Last year, DIY projects made a comeback. We were wood-crafting and coloring book making. This year, we get serious. How about a game of Pun Wars? Or creating a stop-motion movie?

Some projects include:
  • A Nerf Dart Blowgun                                                                     
  • Measuring the Speed of Light with Chocolate    
  • Make Homemade Root Beer
  • Make Your Own Mini Me
  • 21st Century Super Hero Cape

Here is a video of Ken (from the last book):
And here is Ken’s blog:

For those unfamiliar with Geek Dad and his friends, the ingenuity began as a blog on and quickly grew into a sensation. Soon, it had a massive following and a New York Times bestselling book Geek Dad: Awesomely Geeky Projects and Activities for Dads and Kids to Share. In Geek Dad, Ken shared some of his favorite and most fun projects with dads and kids everywhere. Now, he has gathered some of his friends and geeky cohorts to do the same in an all -new book. THE GEEK DAD’S GUIDE TO WEEKEND FUN includes some guest appearances by Chris Anderson, editor of WIRED, Patrick Norton of Techzilla, and Ken Jennings of Jeopardy.

So join the fun.
Break out the glue gun.
Let’s get this party started!

My Take on the Book
Another awesome book from the Geek Dad. I loved his first book and this one continues on the same note, but focuses on weekend fun, and not on projects that will take huge amounts of time. This book is full of fun activities, gadgets and the like that will make your weekend go from fun to awesome!

There were so many great ideas, I loved the idea of Dry Ice Ice Cream as well as Making Your Own Ray Gun. All of the activities were ones that were easy to follow and most did not require huge amounts of money or supplies (Which was great)!

All-in-all this is a one of a kind book that will make any dad look like a mechanical genius as well as pretty cool himself. If you like to tinker and make fun stuff that you and your kids will have a blast with, look no further than this book!

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