Creative sparks will fly.
Magic will happen!
Creativity will flow in the Build It! Make It! exhibit open now at Discovery Center this fall. Visitors will design, create and construct whatever they can imagine as we fill the 5,000 square feet of Woodward Exhibit Hall with all kinds of building items. The hall is a creative space to play with ideas, explore materials and tinker with tools!
Admission: Free for members / $2 for public in addition to $8 museum admission.
In the Build It areas, Thinker Linkers, Legos, K’Nex, and our Imagination Playground giant foam blocks are just the beginning of the imaginative construction zone. Make It areas provide opportunities for children to explore and invent using real materials and real tools.
Discovery Center is excited to jump on board with the Maker Movement, the art of designing and making really cool things. The Maker Movement is quickly gaining popularity across the country. We know that this kind of play—messing around with materials and assembling structures—fosters creative thinking and promotes an intuitive understanding of mathematics and physics as children learn balance, geometry and collaboration while they play. Making encourages a deep engagement with content, critical thinking, problem solving and collaboration while sparking curiosity.
Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are embodied in the Maker Movement. The Build It! Make It! exhibit is another way Discovery Center strives to provide fun and engaging opportunities to foster much-needed interest and enthusiasm in children for STEM fields.
Build It! Make It!
All workshops included with
Build It! Make It! admission
Build It Bonanza
Sat., Sept. 26 & Sun., Sept. 27;
10 am – 4:30 pm
Foam blocks, cardboard and LEGOs are only the beginning as you build it bigger during opening weekend of Discovery Center’s special exhibition, Build It! Make It! Fabricate what you can imagine using recycled materials, real tools, real materials, and having real fun!
Fantastic Plastic Fusing
Sat., Oct. 3; 11 am-2 pm
Create amazing fabric by fusing plastic from grocery bags, and make really cool things with it!
Sat., Oct. 10; 11 am-2 pm
Learn how to fix a bicycle! The friendly crew from Kegel’s Bikes will be here to show visitors how to make simple repairs and adjustments, fix flat tires and more!
Make a Trick-or-Treat Bag
Sat., Oct. 17; 11 am-3 pm
Just in time for Halloween: use recycled materials from our Make It! shop to create your own trick-or- treat bag.
Learn to Solder
Sat., Nov. 7; 11 am-2 pm
Learn a valuable skill and have fun doing it! We’ll show you how to solder, and how you can use your new skill for electronics and art projects! For ages 6 and older.
Sun., Nov. 15; 1-4 pm
Everybody loves boats! Use recycled materials from our Make It! shop to design and build your own boat and try it out in our wading pool.
Sat., Nov. 21; 10 am – 4:30 pm
Your favorite science geek from America’s Got Talent will be building two super-cool kinetic structures at Discovery Center and detonating one at Noon and the other at 4 pm.
Building with Food
Nov. 27, 28 & 29
Create structures and sculptures using food as your building material!
Make It Minecraft
Sun., Dec. 6; 1-4 pm
Assemble cubelets, construct a village out of newspaper, get your hands on real rocks and minerals, make a torch that lights up, blow away zombies, and dabble in pixel art.
Make Musical Instruments
Sat., Dec. 12; 11 am-2 pm
Build your own guitar or drum using recycled materials from our Make It! shop.
Sun., Jan. 3; 1-4 pm
Join us in celebrating the work of Rube Goldberg: cartoonist, sculptor, author, engineer, and inventor. Learn about his crazy Inventions and create your own! Help us create a giant chain reaction and then say goodbye to Build It! Make It!