For the 10th year, Museum of Discovery will present Tinkerfest from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, September 18. The one-day festival celebrates innovation, exploration and discovery while uniting technology with craftspeople, artists and families.
Guests of all ages will have the opportunity to engage in more than 30 activities, from using raw materials and tools to create unique machines to launching rockets and exploring art, plus numerous crafting and building options. Additionally, there will be a number of construction activities such as a large-scale bridge build thanks to presenting sponsor Kiewit-Massman.
Other activities include:
As Covid-19 continues its impact on the state, Museum of Discovery is taking measures to provide for a safe event. To prevent overcrowding, there will be a limited number of tickets available in two-hour increments for the Tinkerfest activities, all outside, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets will permit guests admission inside the museum all day.
“Tinkerfest is the biggest single day of the year at the Museum of Discovery, and we’re happy to present it in an outside-only, safe event with restricted attendance,” says Kelley Bass, museum CEO. “We hope everyone will come out to explore all the activities Tinkerfest offers and also to see the many upgrades inside the museum that were done during our six-month closure following mid-February’s flood.”
Tinkerfest activities are included in the museum's regular daily admission: $10 for adults, $8 for children 1-12 and free for infants younger than 1 and for members. 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 each.
In additional to Kiewit-Massman’s presenting sponsoring, Tinkerfest is sponsored by Ace Glass; WTS Arkansas; Dassault Falcon Jet; Entergy; Galley Support Innovations; Garver; Southwest Power Pool; and Association of General Contractors – Arkansas.
For more information on Tinkerfest, visit www.museumofdiscovery.org.
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North of the Arkansas River is the city of North Little Rock. Little Rock’s neighbor has a fun downtown vibe in its Argenta Arts District. It is home to the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum, the only museum in the intercontinental United States to have World War II bookends. The USS Hoga tugboat was instrumental at Pearl Harbor, and the USS Razorback submarine was present at the Tokyo Bay surrender. Step further back in time at the Old Mill, the Gone With the Wind opening scene backdrop. Standing on the river bank is Verizon Arena, home to concerts and sporting events.
People often refer to a city’s downtown as its heartbeat. Little Rock’s is certainly alive and well, and celebrating with much fanfare. This revitalized area has been one of the city’s crowning jewels. Situated on the Arkansas River banks, downtown Little Rock is anchored by a beautifully restored and renovated Robinson Center Performance Hall and the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Center and Park. In between, you’ll find layers of history and heritage mixed with culture and contemporary style.
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