Second Saturdays for Families

Location: Second floor, Michigan History Museum, Lansing
Time: Drop-in, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Have you ever wanted to make your own Silly Putty? Your own model hovercraft? How about your own wearable art that lights up? Now, it's your turn!

The Michigan History Museum presents these Second Saturdays for Families programs about futuristic technologies in celebration of our special exhibit, Minds of Modernism. Explore the materials and technologies that inspired modern designers during the mid 20th century, and still captivate our imaginations today.

Adults and kids will love these creative hands-on activities:

  • April 8: MarkerBot Mania
    What's more futuristic than a robot? Automated, "intelligent" machines vacuum floors, mow lawns and even fold laundry! Make your own MarkerBot, a tiny machine that will draw for you and create colorful works of art.
  • May 13: DIY Lava Jars
    Funky and "Space Age," lava lamps are still popular, more than 50 years after their debut. Learn about liquid viscosity as you make a modern lava jar!
  • June 10: Bringing the Outside In
    Mid 20th-century architects often incorporated natural elements into their building designs. For example, here at the Michigan Library and Historical Center, there is a real White Pine tree planted right in the middle of the building. Make a "chia pet" and you can bring a little piece of nature into your own home, just like a 20th-century modern architect.
Each Second Saturdays for Families program is included with museum admission. You can save on admission and receive other great benefits when you become a Michigan History Center member.

The Michigan History Museum—flagship of the Michigan History Museum System—is located in the east wing of the Michigan Library and Historical Center. Sunday admission and weekend parking are free. Read more Michigan History Museum visitor information.

We invite you to explore our online calendar, where you'll find all Michigan History Center events throughout the state.

Updated 03/15/2017