60-90 minutes ǀ Limit: 8-10 guests ǀ Families & Individuals

Make something new using old-time skills and materials!  Join us for socially-distanced, small group format mini-workshops. All supplies are included.

Call or scroll to the bottom of this page to register online up to 2 weeks in advance of each workshop. Can’t make any of the listed Mini-Workshop dates? No problem! We are happy to schedule a private Mini-Workshop just for your family or friend group. Fill out the interest form below, call 248-524-3570 or email AKonieczny@thvmail.org

Workshops are held outdoors unless otherwise noted. Masks are required. 

All mini workshop sessions have ended for the season but you can still request a visit!  See form below.  

Corn Husk Doll (or ‘Action Figure’)
Use corn husks and string to create a classic kids’ toy or harvest-themed decoration for your mantle or fall centerpiece. Ages 6+ with adult. Members: $8/corn husk doll; Non-Members: $12/corn husk doll.

Tin-Punch Lantern & Beeswax Candle
Use one of our templates or design your own tin-punch pattern. You’ll also dip a beeswax taper candle to go inside of your lantern. Ages 7+ with adult. Members: $12/lantern; Non-Members: $16/lantern.

Thaumatropes and Optical Illusions:
A great blend of history and science!  Make and take home a simple thaumatrope, a 19thcentury spinning toy which has two pictures that appear to blend into one!  We’ll also show you other old-fashioned toys that play tricks on your eyes, such as stereoscopes, Jacob’s Ladder, and buzzsaws.

Age 6+ with an adult.  Members:  $5; Non-Members: $7


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