Make Something: Saturdays

Special Event at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation®

  • September 7, 2019 - May 16, 2020 (Saturdays)
  • 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 changemakers 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:


Find out what you can build by breaking from the basic form of a Halloween mask. Create your own outrageous disguise by challenging the rules of the standard design. You can even take it up a notch by adding LED lights*.

*Please note: This is a free activity, but coin batteries for LEDs are not supplied.


Curious how simple circuits work? Get creative with conductive and insulating play dough for a fun way to learn about engineering and problem-solving. Then take the recipes for conductive and nonconductive dough with you for more fun at home. 

November 16: Bricks 4 Kidz will be our guest makers and help build on our theme of collaboration with cool building tips and opportunities to create.

November 23*: "Be Empathetic" is an important Habit of an Innovator. Join our guest makers Blankets 4 Kids, and help create fleece blankets for children in foster care. Learn about this organization and what you can do to help in the future.

*Please note: This is not a take-home project.


Collaborate to construct a real scale model of a special building right here at The Henry Ford* as we celebrate our limited-engagement exhibit, Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO® Bricks.

*Please note: Building your structure in the museum is a free activity, and structures will be available for purchase if you’d like to take it home when you’re finished.

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.