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Tinkerfest gets better every year and 2017 will be no different! Tinkering will take over the entire museum and neighboring streets for a day-long event (Saturday, September 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) with more than 40 hands-on, interactive activities. Each activity engages children and adults, teaches visitors how everyday objects such as cars and computers work, and provides opportunities to explore the engineering and science behind building objects.

2017 Activities 

Crazy Straw Felt & Washer Stringing

DIY Robot Hands

Squishy Circuits

Shrinky Dinks/Jewelry Making

Tiny Drawings

501st Legion (Empire/Dark Side Star Wars characters)

Rebel Legion (Star Wars characters)

Lego Garverville

Lego Balancing Sculptures

Lego Pinball

Lego Art Bots

Lego WeDo

Lego Battle Track

Lego Rover Build Challenge

Harding Robotics Team

SPP – Circuit Blocks & Energy Grid

Dassault Falcon Jet – Airplane Design

Amazeum – Makey Makey

ASC – LED Flower/Skull Pins

ASU – Finger Knitting

AMNR – Blinky Bugs

Car Take Apart (Two Cars!!!)

East Harding – Construction

Kiewit – Climb in a Construction Rig & Kappla Blocks/Connectors

Cardboard Creations

Welspun – Spiral Pipes

Mr. Plastic – Acrylic Sculptures

Baldwin & Shell – Making Connections with Materials

Dowel Rod Geometric Structures

Giant Lincoln Logs

Water Play (Four Stations – Great for small children)

Newspaper Domes

Make Your Own Gondola – Zip Line

Stomp & Shoulder Catapults

Giant Rubber Band/Yarn Art

Pan Flutes

Sound Exploration/Grammaphone

Spin Art


Natural Dyes

Tinkerfest is included in regular museum admission ($10 for adults, $8 for children 12 and under and free for members and under one.)


Purchase tickets at the door or online in advance here!

We are very thankful for our corporate sponsors.