Make Something: Saturdays

Special Event at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation™

  • January 5 - May 25, 2019
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Location: Near Mathematica

Free with Museum admission. Some supply fees may apply.

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Motivate your kids to be the next great inventors or entrepreneurs with stories of past and present-day change makers at this weekly program in Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation.  Explore the innovations —  big and small —  that make the world what it is today, and learn by doing with hands-on, minds-on activities designed for youth ages 8 - 12.

Bring practical problem-solving to life with pop-up talks and demos from real-life inventors who share how they turned their ideas into action. Engage young tinkerers and hackers with design-thinking skills, and connect to the trials and achievements of history’s boundary pushers. 

Let’s roll up our sleeves and make something together.

Featured Activities

February – Explore the Model I habit “Challenge the Rules” as we explore the innovative work of African American artist, Aminah Robinson. Rather than simply writing her stories on paper, Aminah shared stories that combined her written words with traditional art materials, found objects, and everyday materials such as beads, buttons, cloth, leather, twigs, and shells to illustrate her work. Join us as we create paper beads and other objects as we write and illustrate our own one-of-a-kind story board. Recommended for ages 7+ with adult helpers.

  • Guest Maker on February 16th – Kristan Chanel from Sankofa Detroit - A Detroiter Doing Detroit Things.
March – Join us as we explore the Model I habit “Collaborate.” Celebrate Women’s History Month as we learn about amazing women innovators & inventors and what they accomplished through collaboration. Piece together your vision for the future as you create a puzzle. 

  • Guest Maker on March 30th - Polished Puckers by Devani
April – To “Learn from Failure” may seem frustrating but it is a Habit of an Innovator that Thomas Edison embraced as necessary to success. He famously said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Join us as we learn from other’s famous failures, and their perseverance, and then join our quest to build the longest bridge together.

May – "Take Risks" is an important Habit of an Innovator. The crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise took risks as they explored the galaxy on Star Trek. To celebrate the opening of the Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds exhibition, we will look at the props and futuristic devices used in the original TV series, its spinoffs and the films and create some space-age props of our own. 


Ticket Prices

Parking is $6 per vehicle for nonmembers, free for members.

*some supply fees may apply

Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

    Member Non­member
Senior (62+) Free $22.00
General Admission (12-61) Free $24.00
Youth (5-11) Free $18.00
Children (4 & Under) Free Free

* Ticket prices are subject to change.