Visitors to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers will enjoy 20 acres of historical buildings, historic gardens, the Edison Botanical Research Lab and the Edison Ford Museum. The newly restored buildings include the Edison Main House, Guest House, Caretaker's House and the Ford House.
Etiquette at the Edison Ford
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Historical records in the Edison archives show Mina Edison, wife of legendary inventor Thomas Edison, as a gracious hostess and interested in the well-being of children and the community. Following in this tradition, Etiquette at the Edison Ford, includes a one day (two hour) lesson in timeless etiquette and social skills.

Etiquette at Edison Ford
Regular Price: $95.00
Member Price: $85.00

Lessons in Manners for the Generations.
All sessions: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Students ages 6-12 will gather at the Edison Caretaker's House for a two hour lesson in good manners. This class teaches children proper introduction, handshakes, and dining etiquette during a three course meal. Each student will receive a workbook and certificate of completion.

The classes are taught by Suzanne Willis who teaches similar classes at Ritz-Carlton hotels throughout the nation. Willis is a graduate of the Protocol School of Palm Beach and a Fort Myers native. Willis created her etiquette classes in honor of her grandmother, Florence "Mimi" Black.


COST: Edison Ford Members $85    Non-Members $95

Session May 20, 2023: Saturday, May 20, 2023 11:00AM - 1:00PM WAIT LIST


This popular class fosters collaboration and challenges students with themes related to science, history, engineering, and more.

Grades 1-3: 2nd Weds. of every month, 10am-12pm

Grades 4-6: 2nd Thurs. of every month, 10am-12pm

Members: $15/$105 for series, non-members: $25/ $175 for series

Month 7: Engineering Systems
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $15.00
  • Month 7: Engineering Systems: Students solve problems by creating and iterating a system of technology. 

Month 8: Robotics Crash Course
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $15.00
  • Month 8: Robotics Crash Course:  Students learn about code and mechanics as they solve challenges and compete against other robots.

EMERGING INVENTORS 2022-2023 Program
EMERGING INVENTORS • Ages 18 months to 5 years old
Children will play, learn, and gain valuable social skills as they explore the hands-on Wizard's Workshop space. Each session, children will interact with different hands-on activities and challenges. 1st Tuesday of every month Sept-April, 9am to 10am; one adult and one child

Members: $10/$70 for series, non-members: $15/$105 for series
Emerging Inventors dates:
  • 9/6
  • 10/4
  • 11/1
  • 12/6
  • 1/4
  • 2/7
  • 3/7
  • 4/4

Emerging Inventors
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00
1st Tuesday of every month Sept-April, 9am to 10am; one adult and one child
Ages 18 months to 5 years old