Make Something: Saturdays

Special Event at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation™

  • September 8, 2018 - May 18, 2019
  • Time: 10am - 3pm
  • Location: Near Mathematica

Free with Museum admission. Some supply fees may apply.

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Inspired by the stories of past and present day change makers, this weekly program in Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation will motivate your kids to be the next great innovator or entrepreneur. This is the place you explore the innovations big and small that have made the world what it is today, and step into the stories of the real-life rule breakers and boundary pushers who created them.

Join the Innovation Nation movement during our Saturday hands-on, minds-on activities targeted for youth ages 8 - 12 and engage in “learning by doing” experiences that bring practical problem-solving to life, and to consider how, they, too can have a stake in shaping the future. Be inspired with monthly Innovator Demos, talks by entrepreneurs who share how they turned their ideas into action, and learn side by side with engineers and inventors who are changing our world. All while being surrounded by and connected to the stories and achievements of innovators over time.

Build design thinking skills, like animation fun, circuit board-building and skitter bot-animating, will engage young tinkers and hackers. Demos and visits from inventors that have appeared on featured on The Henry Ford’s Emmy Award-winning TV series, Innovation Nation, turn a bot-project into a passion for learning, showing what is possible if you start now. Pop-up talks in the galleries and Live Skype session in the Giant Screen Experience immerse future leaders in this rich heritage.

Let’s make something together.

Monthly Themes

Each month we’ll offer a new project!

September – We're kicking off a new season of Make Something: Saturdays by incorporating Habits of an Innovator from the Henry Ford’s Model I learning framework. This month we’ll Challenge the Rules as we explore the art and math of spheres and create symmetrical shapes. Join us September 22 as we host special guests Camp Pencil Point.

October – Apply the Model I’s Habits of an Innovator as we Stay Curious and investigate the movement of electricity and create an awesome Halloween-themed game. Join us October 20 with special guests Poor Man Props.  

November – Learn to Collaborate, an important Habit of an Innovator, as you help us create a Green City using recycled materials. Join us November 10 along with the Tribute Rosies from the Yankee Air Museum.

December – Join us as we align our Model I’s Habits of an Innovator’s Be Empathetic with our December toy making theme. Play Doh is fun and a good learning tool as well. Add glitter and we’ll make it even better! Recommended for ages 4+.

January – Stay Curious is the Model I theme of the month. Join us and create your own jittering machine. Recommended for ages 7+. 

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 $21.00
General Admission (12-61) Free $23.00
Youth (5-11) Free $17.25
Children (4 & Under) Free Free

* Ticket prices are subject to change.