April 2016 Events

Join Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum for April Events Including Spring Break and Earth Day Activities

The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum is hosting a variety of events in April designed to inspire curiosity in people of all ages! Come experience Spring Break and Earth Day Activities, Scout Workshops, Night at the Museum, and our ongoing monthly events.

CYGNSS: What it is, How it works, Why it matters - Saturday, April 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Join UM Research Scientist Frank Marsik, UM Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society, and the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) for a day of exciting activities! Learn about cutting-edge research with NASA’s newest meteorological tool, CYGNSS, see how wind-measurement has changed though history, and more! From demonstrations to make-and-take projects to hands-on activities, there is something for everyone during this day-long event.

Spring Break Activities: Boing, Bounce, Splat - Saturday, April 2 through Friday, April 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., except Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.

  • Bounce your way through Spring Break with the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum! From experiments to make-and-take projects, we’ll explore why and how some things bounce and some things splat. Don’t miss this fun event with activities for all ages!

The Little Scientist Club - Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

  • Encourage your child’s natural drive for discovery through observation and hands-on activities, science-themed stories, make-and-take projects, and much more. Older siblings are welcome, too. No registration necessary.

Walk This Way - Thursday, April 7 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

  • Explore the science of locomotion with UM Robotics and Motion Laboratory researchers. Put yourself in animals’ shoes and see how body structure affects movement. Investigate the difference between walking and running, collect data on how you move, and build your very own passive dynamic walker to take home. For students in grades 2-6. Parents are strongly encouraged to stay with their child and participate in the workshop. Participants under the age of 12 must have an adult remain in the building for the duration of the workshop. Cost is $5 for members and $10 for non-members, pre-registration is required.

Focus Group: Making Our Museum More Accessible - Thursday, April 7 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

  • The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum is hosting a focus group for families of children with disabilities. We are looking for ways that we can make our educational programming, and our Museum as a whole, more accessible to the entire community. Parents, siblings, caregivers, and families of children with any type of disability are welcome to attend. We will provide dinner starting at 6 p.m. and the discussion will run from  6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. For questions or to RSVP, please email nwright@aahom.org.

Critters Up Close - Saturday, April 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, April 10 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Now you have more opportunities to see Critters Up Close every month! Our friends at Leslie Science & Nature Center bring a selection of live animals to the Museum and we offer special animal-oriented hands-on activities. Animals will be meeting and greeting visitors from 10-4 on Saturday (with a mid-day “Animal Naptime”) and 1-4 on Sunday. This month the featured critters are frogs and toads!

Cadettes: Special Agent Workshop - Saturday, April 9 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

  • A crime has been committed and we need you to help us solve it! Explore the intriguing world of forensic science and detection and earn your Special Agent badge. Cost is $15 per scout, $5 per adult, and includes the 2-hour workshop and Museum admission. Register here.

Juniors: Detective Workshop - Sunday, April 10 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Dive into the science of detecting! Use real lab techniques to solve a crime and earn your Detective Badge. Cost is $15 per scout, $5 per adult, and includes the 2-hour workshop and Museum admission. Register here.

MSU ScienceFestival: Night at the Museum - Wednesday, April 13 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

  • Join us for a special free night at the Museum! In addition to exploring our 250+ interactive exhibits, you'll have the opportunity to learn all about wind energy through hands-on activities and demonstrations. Make a mini-windmill and experiment with how to generate the most power. Engineer a wind farm and see it in action! Make your own anemometer so you can continue the fun at home by measuring how windy it is in different parts of your neighborhood! Pre-registration required, registration opens to Museum Members March 25, and to the general public March 28.

Slithering Into Python - Thursday, April 14 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

  • Learn the fundamentals of computer programming from members of the Huron High School Computer Science Club! Participants will work in Python to create “Hello World” and learn basic logic such as conditional statements, loops, and data types. For students entering grades 5, 6, 7 and 8 (returning students welcome). Sponsored by the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation. Participants under the age of 12 must have an adult remain in the building for the duration of the workshop. Cost is $5 for members and $10 for non-members and includes Museum admission for one adult. Participants must bring their own laptop with a developing environment pre-loaded on the computer (link to download will be provided after registration). Limited laptops available upon request. Please fill out our Contact Us form (choose Evening Workshops as the Department) if you would like to inquire about the availability of a laptop prior to registering for the event. Class will run from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., with additional "open lab" time from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Pop-Up Makerspace - Saturday, April 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, April 17 from noon to 4 p.m.

  • Design - Build - Test! Discover your inner engineer. This month's challenge: Bridges.

Kids in the Kitchen - Thursday, April 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

  • Kids in grades 1-5 can join the Junior League of Ann Arbor for an evening workshop, as part of the Kids in the Kitchen program. Participate in science experiments focused on the senses, make a nutritious snack, and play games. Food provided by the People’s Food Co-op. Cost is $5 for members and $10 for non-members, pre-registration is required.

ScienceFest: Earth Day - Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, April 24 from 11.30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Celebrate Earth Day at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum! Make your own “plant-able paper,” explore life cycles of creatures we share the planet with, and get creative as we design inventions to help make and keep our Earth healthy. Don’t miss this fun weekend for the whole family!

Science Is For Everyone - Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, May 1 from noon to 4 p.m.

  • Science really is for EVERYONE! In this event for the whole community, we will showcase our favorite science activities with various adaptations for all abilities and disabilities, introduce adaptive technology, and provide resources for exploring science. We will also highlight our collaboration with Mott Children’s Hospital and other community partners.


Walk This Way, Slithering Into Python and Kids in the Kitchen cost $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Scout Workshops cost $15 per scout and $5 per adult. All other activities are included with Museum admission at no additional charge. Admission to the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum is free for members and children under 2 years old, and $12 for ages two and up.


For more information about the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum’s April events, visit: http://www.aahom.org/events/whats_new/. You can also find event info on our free app, available in the iTunes store!

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