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The Geek Dad's Guide to Weekend Fun: Cool Hacks, Cutting-Edge Games, and More Awesome Projects for the Whole Family Paperback – May 3, 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham; 1 edition (May 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592406440
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592406449
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #458,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book is packed with delightfully fun projects for a rainy day or romping in the sun. The ratio of building and playing is just right."
-Chris Anderson, Editor in Chief, Wired

About the Author

Ken Denmead is the editor of GeekDad, a blog on Wired magazine's Web site. A professional civil engineer, he lives near San Francisco with his wife and their two sons, who are both geeks in training. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Ken is a husband and father from the San Francisco Bay Area, where he works as a civil engineer. He's also the publisher of GeekDad, a parenting blog where along with a group of other dedicated, geeky parents he posts projects, book and movie reviews, weekly podcasts, and more about being a parent and being a geek.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By M. Parks on May 4, 2011
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"Geek Dad's Guide To Weekend Fun" (GTWF) is the second book from Ken Demead who is of Wired's Geek Dad fame. GTWF shares a ton of fun, geeky, and educational activities parents can do with their kids. As with the first book, "Geek Dad's Awesomely Geeky Projects and Activities for Dads and Kids to Share", the new book keeps the same spirit of offering activities that vary in both complexity and cost, that help kids get hands-on learning experiences. What I most enjoy about the GTWF format is that it gives you enough of the project details that you can get it to work but still is open enough that you and your kids are free to use your imagination to customize each project to satisfy your own particular geek tastes. The new book, in my opinion, has definitely upped the geek factor without sacrificing simplicity and clarity. My personal favorite in this new book layouts the framework for a high tech scavenger hunt that involves installing Apache servers, mobile computers like an iPad or iPod Touch, and HTML/Javascript! Now that is some good geeky fun! I will highlight this particular project because it reinforced for me the importance of projects like the Geek Dad books offer up. Though I did a lot of the legwork to get the initial Apache server up and running and the initial HTML, my daughter took over and customized the plain vanilla scavenger hunt to one that focused on her current fascination with My Little Pony. The learning experience was masked just enough to make it fun; so that learning a few basics of HTML and Javascript was not a burden but rather a chance to express her creativity. When learning is fun and accessible it's never a chore, and the "Geek Dad's Guide To Weekend Fun" definitely gives us geek parents enough great ideas to ensure learning is a great experience for both child and parent alike.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Corey Hansen Joseph on June 7, 2011
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I bought this as a birthday gift for my son who has everything. He opened his gift on the morning of his birthday, called to say thank you and said he couldn't wait until the kids got home from school so they could all play "mad scientist" together. It was a pleasure for me to see my middle aged son acting like a teenager again. It sounds like all the kids on the culdesac now come over to see the "scientist dad" on the block do cool tricks. I would say the book was a great success. Most of the experiment/tricks required no special materials as most experients are done with regular household stuff.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Adam Sweeny on November 27, 2011
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I liked this book as well (I got it and the original together), though I thought it was a LITTLE lighter on content than the first. For example, I didn't think a superhero cape (take cloth, make it a cape ) was really necessary to do.

But the very cool projects like the trebuchet, steadycam, custom lego minifigs, are all great design ideas.

This book does require a lot more components however (LOTS of legos, Arduino Circuit Board, RC Cars), so be prepared to spend more on these projects.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Blonda on December 28, 2012
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For Dad's who REALLY love to invest in their Children....
Great choice for Christmas - my son and sons-in-law really were happy with the set of these "Geek Dads" books!
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12 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Me on November 2, 2011
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I'm pretty handy but after reading this book and one of his similar books I shelved them both and haven't done a single project.

The ideas are:
really expensive unless you already have the components,
require WAY too much empty space, like an empty room in the house (yeah right!),
WAY too much work
Etc...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeri Alleman on May 24, 2012
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My son and his wife are very involved in their children's lives. They are home schooled and this is a perfect book for different activities they can all be involved in. I also bought the other two "Geek" books for them.
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Not just for dads - this book is great for the whole family. I thought I new most of the good hacks out there for kids, but Ken has collected and dreamed up a whole new batch.
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By Joshmindseye on March 10, 2014
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Fantastic book with a lot of activites!!!

Only thing I wish it had, would be projects for slightly younger children. My son is only 5 and most these projects are for 10 and up.
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