Emerging Inventors Early Learning Classes

Edison Ford's Emerging Inventors Program for one- to five-year-old children and their parents, grandparents or other adult caretakers resumes in September. Program includes story and music time, socializing with others, educational activities, science experiments, and exploration of the homes, gardens and museum at Edison & Ford Winter Estates.

Each class has a different theme and introduces science and art through engaging activities, along with time to tend the Emerging Inventors Vegetable Garden! Participants are encouraged to bring snacks or lunch to enjoy on the grounds after the program.

Emerging Inventors 2016-2017

SEPTEMBER 7 • GARDENING

Emerging Inventors get their hands dirty while tending to our community garden, creating their own planter, and learning what makes plants grow.

SEPTEMBER 15 • BUGS & BUTTERFLIES

Emerging Inventors experience the beauty of our butterfly garden and become bug detectives as they learn what makes a spider a spider and how to tell a butterfly from a moth.

OCTOBER 5 • PUMPKIN PARTY

Emerging Inventors get in to the spirit of the season with fun fall activities including pumpkin painting, learning why leaveschange color, and so much more.

OCTOBER 20 • HALLOWEEN TRICK OR TREAT

Emerging Inventors dress up in costume and enjoy a festive trick or treat walk around the Edison & Ford Winter Estates, delight in a spooky science show, and make their own glow-in-the-dark slime.

NOVEMBER 2 • ELECTRICITY

Emerging Inventors experiment with electricity and energy through hands-on activities and demonstrations that will make theirhair stand-up and "paper dance."

NOVEMBER 17 • SOLAR ENERGY

Emerging Inventors experience the power of the sun and explore how solar energy is able to power a museum, create art, and even cook a special treat.

DECEMBER 7 • HOLIDAY FUN

Emerging Inventors delight in the wonder of the season by creating an array of festive crafts, holiday treats, and discovering how Thomas Edison helped light-up the holidays.

DECEMBER 15 • VISIT WITH SANTA

Emerging Inventors become Santa’s elves, experiencing the magic of the season making presents, holiday ornaments, and >enjoying a visit with Old Saint Nick.

JANUARY 4 • SENSORY SCIENCE & ART

Emerging Inventors engage their five senses as they learn how they perceive and react to their environment through an exciting series of activities and experiments.

JANUARY 19 • PHONOGRAPH MUSIC FUN

Emerging Inventors explore the world of music by learning notes through song, and crafting simple instruments with demonstrations featuring historic phonographs and a live harp performance.

FEBRUARY 1 • LEGOS

Emerging Inventors build with LEGOS and engage with one another to practice teamwork while creating animals, rockets, trains and more.

FEBRUARY 16 • ENGINEERING

Emerging Inventors explore the engineering process as they learn about simple machines and engage in hands-on design activities.

MARCH 1 • FLOWERS & TREES

Emerging Inventors enjoy the beautiful and diverse gardens at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates as they learn about plants through interactive art and scientific exploration.

MARCH 16 • ART WITH NATURE

Emerging Inventors express their inner creativity through crafts inspired by nature, such as painting a coconut, fish printing, and leaf design along the shore of the Caloosahatchee River.

APRIL 5 • EDISON CHEMISTRY

Emerging Inventors learn about mixtures and solutions as they participate in multiple experiments featuring slime, making polymers and colorful "exploding milk."

APRIL 20 • KITCHEN CHEMISTRY

Emerging Inventors celebrate spring with exciting edible experiments, like making root beer, ice cream, and other delights as our classes come to a close.

Registration Information: 

  • Register for individual classes or save with 16 class series. 
  • Cost: Edison Ford members: $10 per class or $140 for entire series (one adult; one child); non-members: $15 per class or $220 for entire series (one adult; one child).  Each Additional Child: $5  
  • Class time: 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  
  • Two classes per month; 1st Wednesday and 3rd Thursday; September through April  
  • Registration required and subject to availability  
  • Payment required at time of registration; no refunds permitted 
  • Classes led by Edison Ford faculty  
  • Viewing of the homes, gardens & laboratory included

For information and registration, contact Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419 or LCriswell@EdisonFordWinterEstates.org