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Book Preview and Giveaway: Geek Dad’s Guide to Weekend Fun


Dads who have avoided all things remotely related to Arts and Craft will take solace in Ken Denmead’s “The Geek Dad’s Guide to Weekend Fun.” Inspired by trends in popular geek culture, the book ambitiously sets forth on providing fun, hands on, do-it-yourself type projects which will challenge as well as delight kids and the young at heart. In addition, most of the projects involve an introductory level of science, math, and computer skills in order to successfully complete the task at hand. In other words the book offers the elusive combination of learning made fun. Read on for more examples of projects from the book as well as an opportunity to enter to win a copy of “The Geek Dad’s Guide to Weekend Fun.”

Most parents can relate to schedule overload during the school year. Yet the Summer months tend to free up everyone’s schedule for family time, at least on the weekends. That’s what caught my interest about “Geek Dad’s Guide to Weekend Fun.” Below is a list of projects from the book which sparked my interest. In the coming months, I’ll follow up with a detailed account of my family’s experience actually working to complete a project.

  • Skitterbot!
  • Backyard Zip Line
  • Toy Candy Molds
  • Alien Drums
  • Create Stop-Motion Movies
  • Geeky Art Prints

The Giveaway

You can win a copy of Ken Denmead’s The Geek Dad’s Guide to Weekend Fun” by simply entering a short comment below about any fun project you’ve worked on with your kids. (i.e. baked a special birthday cake, built a go cart, made hero costumes, etc.) One commenter will be chosen at random to win the book.

Extra Entries

For an extra entry, please retweet the following via twitter and leave a comment along with your original comment that you’ve done so:

Win the Geek-tacular GeekDad’s Guide to Weekend Fun book from @CuteMonsterDad http://bit.ly/joxuw2

You can also obtain an extra entry by “liking” CuteMonster.com and Geek Dad on Facebook and leave a comment along with your original comment that you’ve done so.

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Dates and other important information you should remember:

The contest ends at 11:59 pm EST on Wednesday, June 15, 2011. The winner will be notified via email or twitter by Thursday June 16, 2011. The winner has 24 hours to respond after notification. If no response is made another winner will be randomly drawn.

Check out this promotional video for “Geek Dad’s Guide to Weekend Fun”:

UPDATE: Congratulations to Tara Lazar for winning The Geek Dad’s Guide to Weekend Fun. And thanks to everyone who entered!

  • Carin

    This looks great! At the end of last summer my son was so sad to have to give up running trucks in the dirt that he started to turn a plant into his new construction sight.  He killed the plant and I let him enjoy it for a while than I decided to fill a large cake pan with un-popped popcorn and he dug and scooped all winter long.

  • MSH

    We could always use new suggestions for entertaining and occupying the kids.  My son loves playing in the mud.  As a special treat we made a mud pie, mud robot and mud mountain for Grandpa.  Complete with flowers and vegetables picked from Grandpa’s garden.  Grandpa didn’t even mind the mud prints on his floor when my son ran inside to share his surprise

  • MSH

    We could always use new suggestions for entertaining and occupying the kids.  My son loves playing in the mud.  As a special treat we made a mud pie, mud robot and mud mountain for Grandpa.  Complete with flowers and vegetables picked from Grandpa’s garden.  Grandpa didn’t even mind the mud prints on his floor when my son ran inside to share his surprise

  • MSH

    We could always use new suggestions for entertaining and occupying the kids.  My son loves playing in the mud.  As a special treat we made a mud pie, mud robot and mud mountain for Grandpa.  Complete with flowers and vegetables picked from Grandpa’s garden.  Grandpa didn’t even mind the mud prints on his floor when my son ran inside to share his surprise

  • MSH

    We could always use new suggestions for entertaining and occupying the kids.  My son loves playing in the mud.  As a special treat we made a mud pie, mud robot and mud mountain for Grandpa.  Complete with flowers and vegetables picked from Grandpa’s garden.  Grandpa didn’t even mind the mud prints on his floor when my son ran inside to share his surprise

  • digitalman2112

    We recently made a Solar Powered battery recharger for my son to take to Scout camp with him. Part of the fun was building it in the Hardware store parking lot to avoid return trips. People looked at us like we were crazy, but we had fun. Pics & video @ http://www.raisinggeeks.com

  • digitalman2112

    My 11 y/o and I built a Solar battery recharging setup to run a tent fan & light while he is at summer camp. We built the stand for the solar panel in the Lowe’s Home Improvement store parking lot to avoid a bunch of return trips. People gave us strange looks – which made it that much more fun. Photos & video at http://www.raisinggeeks.com

  • Anonymous

    Retweeted (@digitalman2112), Retweeted (@raisinggeeks), Liked WiredGeedDad on Facebook, Liked CuteMonster on Facebook…

  • The latest project that I did with my son was a homemade lightsaber.  It rocks and he even took it to Kids theater with him today to make sure the tiger didn’t eat his mum (it was the tiger that came to tea show)!
    Check out the awesome picture! http://www.blendingtime.com/?attachment_id=77

  • Seattledad

    We just built a kick board that he can jump on and a ball will soar up for him to catch, working on coordination.

  • Seattledad

    I also liked both FB pages.  Sorry this is a separate comment.

  • Tara Lazar

    WOW. My husband and kids will LOVE this book! Our latest project together was painting rocks (see, we NEED this book). RT’ed on Twitter! Liked GeekDad on Facebook!