DEARBORN (CBS Detroit) Maker Faire Detroit, billed as “a celebration of unbridled creativity and unconventional imagination,” returns to The Henry Ford Saturday and Sunday.

It’s a weekend of fun and games that proves there’s more to having fun than playing video games. Since 2010, more than 40,000 people have attended the two-day family-friendly festival that features more than 300 makers, tinkers and hackers displaying their wares, fares, ideas and inventions.

Participants can build robots, buy unique local wares, watch homemade race cars, check out dazzling mechanical wonders, and basically enjoy it while others stretch the limits of imagination.

“The success of the 2010 and 2011 Maker Faire Detroit events has proven the possibility of what ordinary individuals can do, right here in a region brimming with doers, thinkers and makers,” said Patricia Mooradian, president of The Henry Ford. “We’re excited to bring this festival back  to The Henry Ford to ignite creativity and innovation in those who love to tinker.”

Maker Faire Detroit offers everything from robots, flame shooters, animatronics, solar-powered mechanical sculptures, fashionable finds, to musical performances, fire arts and hands-on  activities. Back by popular demand are some Faire favorites including The LifeSize Mousetrap, Cirque Amongus, i3Detroit Hackerspace and Handmade Detroit.

One day tickets are $27 for adults, $17.50 for those 5 to 12 years old, and $24 for seniors. Children under 4 are free. Members of the Henry Ford Museum get discounted tickets of $10 each for adults, and $5 for kids.

For tickets and other information call 313-982-6001 or visit

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