Make Something: Saturdays

Special Event at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation™

  • September 2016 - May 2017 (Saturday)
  • Time: 10am - 3pm

Free with Museum admission.

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Monthly Themes

Each month we’ll offer a new project!

May - Unleash your Inner Entrepreneur

Makers and innovators are often also entrepreneurs who turn their ideas into businesses. All month the Make Something Team will offer hands-on activities that encourage you to tackle a problem, come up with a great business solution and create a unique brand identity. The month also includes two Saturdays with featured guests:

May 6: Celebrate Worldwide Intellectual Property Day

  • 10:00 am - noon, Museum Plaza
    Special guests from the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest US Patent & Trademark Office, the Michigan State Bar Intellectual Property Section, Harness Dickey and other local IP specialists will help kids and budding entrepreneurs decipher the ways they can protect their ideas. Programming is aligned for Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops working on business and IP related badges.
  • 10:00 am– 11:00 am
    Guest Speaker John U. Bacon: John U. Bacon is the author of seven books on sports and business, including Bo's Lasting Lessons: The Legendary Coach Teaches the Timeless Fundamentals of Leadership, Three and Out: Rich Rodriguez and the Michigan Wolverines in the Crucible of College Football, and Fourth and Long: The Fight for the Soul of College Football -- all national best sellers.His most recent book, Endzone: The Rise, Fall, and Return of Michigan Football was released September 1, 2015 and debuted at number 6 on the New York Times Best Sellers list.
  • 11:00 am – Noon 
    The Great Patent, Trademark and Copyright Hunt: Kids and families will explore the museum collections to find fun examples of IP in the collections. Discover more about great inventors including Thomas Edison, Lewis Latimer, Elijah McCoy and more. A custom scavenger hunt is available to make the most of Worldwide IP Day Celebration.
  • 11:00 am– Noon 
    How do I protect my great idea?: IP Attorneys will offer one on one, pro-bono consultation for budding entrepreneurs and inventors who want advice on how to protect their great idea.
  • Noon – 3:00 pm
    Hands On Activities: Continue to enjoy the Museum on your own or join the Make Something team near the Dymaxion House to design and make your unique brand identity stamp.

May 13: Build Institute

  • 10:00 am– 3:00 pm, near Dymaxion House
    Today’s special guest is Build Institute based in Southwest Detroit. Since 2012, Build Institute has helped over 1000 budding entrepreneurs aquire the skills and connections to help turn their ideas into businesses. Participate in a quick taste of Co.Starters Canvas, a Build Institute program that helps entrepreneurs turn an idea into a business model through a visual planning process. The full 9-week program has helped launched many successful businesses and will soon become a one of kind summer camp experience for young entrepreneurs. You can sample the fun ideation process between 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM and walk away with your own Co.Starters Canvas handout to keep moving your idea forward.
  • 11:00 am– 11:30 am and 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
    Join us for a 30-minute guided deeper dive into the Co.Starters Canvas business modeling process with Christianne Sims Malone, Build Institute Program Manager. Christianne is founder and CEO of urbanize(D), an urban marketing and design consultancy based in Detroit. The company works with local organizations to plan, design and market their brands and programs through the complexities and opportunities of the urban environment.

Ticket Prices

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

Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

    Member Non­member
Senior (62+) Free $20.00
General Admission (12-61) Free $22.00
Youth (3-11) Free $16.50
Children (2 & Under) Free Free

* Ticket prices are subject to change.

Day Out with Thomas

Day Out With Thomas™

April 29-30, May 6-7, 13-14, 2017

During Thomas’ annual visit to Greenfield Village, enjoy six days of family fun and entertainment. Ride Thomas around the village and meet Sir Topham Hatt™ face-to-face. Advance tickets are strongly recommended.

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Day Out With Thomas™

April 29-30, May 6-7, 13-14, 2017

During Thomas’ annual visit to Greenfield Village, enjoy six days of family fun and entertainment. Ride Thomas around the village and meet Sir Topham Hatt™ face-to-face. Advance tickets are strongly recommended.
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Railroaders Breakfast

Railroader's Breakfast

April 29-30, May 6-7, 13-14, 2017 | 8-9am; Doors open at 7:45am

After a hearty pancake breakfast, enjoy a memorable ride with Thomas the Tank Engine™. There’s music by the Picks & Sticks Stringband, too, along with railroad-themed storytelling and a visit with our very own Village Hobo and Sir Topham Hatt™!

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Railroader's Breakfast

April 29-30, May 6-7, 13-14, 2017 | 8-9am; Doors open at 7:45am

After a hearty pancake breakfast, enjoy a memorable ride with Thomas the Tank Engine™. There’s music by the Picks & Sticks Stringband, too, along with railroad-themed storytelling and a visit with our very own Village Hobo and Sir Topham Hatt™!
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Sensory Friendly Saturdays

Sensory-Friendly Saturday

March 25 | 9:30am - 5:00pm

Join us in Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation on Saturday, March 25, as a variety of accommodations, activities and more are put into place for our guests on the autism spectrum and with other sensory processing disorders.

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Sensory-Friendly Saturday

March 25 | 9:30am - 5:00pm

Join us in Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation on Saturday, March 25, as a variety of accommodations, activities and more are put into place for our guests on the autism spectrum and with other sensory processing disorders.
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