The Museum of Discovery is tinkering with Tinkerfest to keep guests safe by breaking its most popular annual event, now in its ninth year, into four separate Saturdays. Tinkerfest 2020 will be presented from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. September 12, September 26, October 10 and October 24 along the 100 block of Sherman Street just outside the museum’s main entrance. The adjustment will prevent overcrowding and allow more staff to be devoted to ongoing sanitization efforts during each event.
Splashing & Tinkering will allow guests to explore and innovate with water (water will be flowing for sanitary purposes.)
Splashing & Tinkering Activities:
What Dissolves in Water?
Organic Potions Making
Water Bottle Upcycled Sculptures
PVC Water Towers
Build a Boat: Will it float?
Paper Marbling (Two ways)
Giant Frozen Ice Blocks
Water Painting on Cardboard
DIY Water Squirters
Sunlight Through Water Exploration
Giant Pendulum Sprinkler Sprayer
Tinkerfest is typically a daylong celebration of curiosity and creativity that allows guests of all ages to explore how things work through hands-on activities. While the goal of the event remains the same, Museum of Discovery has decided to present four smaller events to help keep participants safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The museum team that plans and executes Tinkerfest made the right decision to present smaller versions of this classic event across four Saturdays to prevent a large crowd gathering during one event,” says Kelley Bass, museum CEO. “And the fact the activities will all be presented outside – weather permitting – greatly increases our ability to keep our guests safe and promote social distancing.”
Each Tinkerfest will have a different theme, focusing on many of the favorite activities from years past while incorporating new ones as well. The September 12 Tinkerfest will be called “Splashing and Tinkering” and will be centered on water-related activities. The theme for the October 24 Tinkerfest will be “Spooky Tinkering” to celebrate Halloween. The Tinkerfests on September 26 and October 10 will involve technology and tinkering with tools to incorporate activities such as LEGO robotics and a car take-apart where guests use tools to disassemble a junked car.
Tinkerfest events are included in the museum’s regular daily admission: $10 for adults, $8 for children 1-12 and free for infants younger than 1. Seniors, teachers, Little Rock city employees and active and retired military are admitted for $8. SNAP recipients plus an additional five people are admitted for $2.
Tinkerfest is sponsored by Baldwin & Shell; Dassault Falcon Jet; Entergy; Garver; Mr. Plastic; Southwest Power Pool; Arkansas School for Math, Science and the Arts and Associated General Contractors Arkansas.
Thank you to our Tinkerfest Sponsors!
We are very thankful for our corporate sponsors.
About the Museum of Discovery
The Museum of Discovery is Arkansas’s premier science and technology center, and our mission to ignite and fuel a passion for science, technology, engineering, arts and math through dynamic, interactive experiences. Our museum is the oldest in the state of Arkansas, founded in 1927. We became the Museum of Discovery in 1998 when we moved to our River Market location. Thanks to a $9.2 million grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, we debuted 90 new, interactive, hands-on exhibits in 2012.