Tinkering for Tots

Pre-School Program

Special Event at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation™

  • Second Monday of each Month
  • Time: 10am - noon

Free with Museum admission.

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Monthly Themes

Each month we'll offer a new theme.

April - Let’s Learn About Plastics 

Plastic, is a man-made material that can be molded to make thousands of everyday items. Bottles, toys, and even packing materials are all made of plastic. Plastic can be used in so many ways that we would have a difficult time living without it. This month, we’ll investigate this miraculous material, discover it’s many uses, and ways we can recycle plastics. 

Hands-on Activities

  • On the Path of Plastic Scavenger Hunt - Museum Plaza
    There are many innovations in the museum that were made with plastic. Your search for these objects begins in the Plaza and ends with a special plastic holiday treat. So, hop to it! 
  • How Durable Can It Be? - Dymaxion House
    There are many kinds of plastic. Some are soft and flexible while others of hard and strong. Build with various plastic materials to test its strength and durability. 
  • What Is Plastic? How Is It Made and Used? - Museum Plaza
    Plastic is a man-made material used to make all kinds of everyday objects. From our toothbrushes to car parts, plastic is all around us. Explore the ways plastic is formed and it’s many uses. We’ll also explore how we recycle and sort our plastics accordingly. 

Inspiring Stories - Dymaxion House
Join our story teller who will read stories to inspire your Tinkering Tot. This month, in honor of Earth Day on April 22, we’ll focus on Michael Recycle Meets Litterbug Doug.

Artifact of the Day
Mold-A-Rama Machines
Plastics are molded by heating small pellets of plastic and injecting or blowing the melted plastic into molds. The Mold-A-Rama machine, which injects hot plastic into a 2-piece mold, was first introduced at the 1962 Seattle’s World Fair. The Henry Ford Museum has several of these plastic figure making machines that can mold several different figures, including a Weinermobile. .

Program Guide

Coming in May

Explore other materials as we delve into pre-engineering with preschoolers in the coming months. Next up, May 8, takes use into Greenfield Village to investigate The Rocks Around Us.

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.

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Tinkering for Tots

Second Monday of each Month | 10am - noon

Imagine, create, iterate. Set little minds and hands in motion second Mondays, with playful learning and storytelling.

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Tinkering for Tots

Second Monday of each Month | 10am - noon

Imagine, create, iterate. Set little minds and hands in motion second Mondays, with playful learning and storytelling.
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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™!

 Event Greenfield Village   Get Details

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™!
  Get Details