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Tinkerfest 2023 planned for September 16

Little Rock, Ark. – The Museum of Discovery will present its 12th annual Tinkerfest, a one-day festival that brings together makers, artists, engineers and crafters, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, September 16, inside and outside the museum.

Guests of all ages will have the opportunity to engage in more than 40 activities from using raw materials and tools to create unique machines to launching rockets, art exploration, plus numerous crafting and building options. Additionally, guests will be able to explore construction equipment and other construction-related activities provided by presenting sponsor Kiewit-Massman Construction.

More than 40 activities are planned, including:

  • Robot Races
  • Rope Making
  • Car Take-Aparts
  • Drone Demonstrations
  • Sand Pendulums
  • Pottery Making

Additionally, Museum of Discovery is partnering with Scott Family Amazeum in Bentonville, Ark.; Discovery Lab in Tulsa, Okla.; and Science Museum of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, Okla., to promote each institution’s Tinkerfest event, all being hosted one Saturday in September, with a Tinkerfest passport. Each organization will have a “book binding” station for guests to create their own event passport and get them stamped at each Tinkerfest they attend. Dates and information about each event are available at  

“Tinkering serves our mission perfectly as it encourages exploration and engineering,” says Museum of Discovery CEO Kelley Bass. “It’s incredible to see toddlers, grandparents and all ages in between problem-solving and innovating together.”

Tinkerfest activities are included in the museum’s regular admission: $12 for adults, $10 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 $10. SNAP recipients plus an additional five people in their party are admitted for $2 each.

In addition to Kiewit-Massman, the event is sponsored by Delta Dental, as well as Arkansas Children’s Nutrition Center; Arkansas Minority Health Commission; Dassault Falcon Jet; Entergy Arkansas; Galley Support Innovations; Garver; Southwest Power Pool; Women’s Transportation Seminar; Ace Glass; Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts; Associated General Contractors of Arkansas; Baldwin & Shell and Taylor & Taylor Law Firm.

For more information about Tinkerfest, visit


Founded in 1927, Museum of Discovery is one of the state’s oldest museums.  Its mission is to ignite and fuel a passion for science, technology, engineering, arts and math through dynamic, interactive experiences. 

We are very thankful for our corporate sponsors.