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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: $85.00
Member Price: $75.00

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

COST: Edison Ford Members $75    Non-Members $85

Session Saturday, May 22, 2021: Saturday, May 22, 2021 11:00AM - 1:00PM

 
Homeschool Program 2020-2021 Science Scholars
Homeschool Science Scholars (GRADES 1-8)

Homeschool students explore science, engineering, history, and the world of Edison and Ford in the outdoor River Pavilion. All classes are 11am to 12:00pm.

  • • Grades 1-3: 2nd Wednesday of each month
  • Grades 4-6: 2nd Thursday of each month
  • Grades 7-8: 2nd Friday of each mont

March: Electricity
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00
Students learn about the history and the fundamental concepts of electricity through dramatic demonstrations and hands-on work.

1-3 Wed, March 10th 11 am
4-6 Thurs, March 11th 11 am
7-8 Fri, March 12th 11 am
 

April: The Engineering Design Process
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00
What do you do, when you don’t know what to do? Students learn to navigate the “problem space” as they explore the engineering design process.

1-3 Wed, April 14th 11 am
4-6 Thurs, April 15th 11 am
7-8 Fri, April 16th 11 am

 
Emerging Inventors 2020-2021 Program
EMERGING INVENTORS (AGES 18 months to 5 years)

Children will learn, play, and gain valuable social skills exploring Edison Ford. 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month, 10 to 11a.m. Members: $10 or for $130 for series | Non-members: $15 /$190. Includes one adult (mask required) and one child (mask not required). Limit 6.

Energy & Electricity
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00
It’s time to turn on the lights. Play with conductive dough to complete simple circuits and set things in motion.

Ages 1-5

Fantastic Fish
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00
Set alongside the Caloosahatchee and enjoy a morning of fishy fun. Kids will delight in making Gyotaku fish prints and Koinobori windsocks to catch the breeze.

Ages 1-5

Bubbles Bubbles Everywhere
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00
It’s time to play in the garden. Concoct your own bubble solution, make a wand, and use a pulley to create bubbles both big and small.

Ages 1-5

Earth Day Celebration
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00
Earth Day is only two days away, but here at Edison Ford we’re celebrating early. Join us for the last class of the season as we make paper bag trees, coffee filter flowers, and bird feeders.

Ages 1-5