Spring Break Activities, FestiFools Procession, A Nanoscience Night at the Museum, and Many More
The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum is hosting a range of events in April designed to inspire curiosity in people of all ages! Join us for Spring Break Activities, Kids in the Kitchen, FestiFools Procession, A Nanoscience Night at the Museum, and many more events.
Spring Break Activities: Spectrum Sensation - Sunday, April 1 to Sunday, April 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., except Sundays, from noon to 4 p.m.
- Create, learn, and experiment with the spectrum of color around us during spring break! We will explore the hues hidden in our everyday light, discover how scientists use the color spectrum to learn about the world around us, and delve into how people perceive different shades. We also team up with Wondfool Productions to build a colorful contraption to bring to FestiFools – Ann Arbor’s own public art spectacular – on April 9th!
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.
Kids in the Kitchen - Thursday, April 6 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Kids in grades kindergarten through 4th can join the Junior League of Ann Arbor for our "Eating our Colors" evening workshop as part of the Kids in the Kitchen program. Do science experiments focused on the color of food, make a nutritious snack, and do an activity. An adult is required to stay in the building and their admission to the museum is included in the ticket cost. Food provided by the People's Food Co-op. The cost is $5 for members and $10 for non-members and pre-registration is required.
Critters Up Close - Saturday, April 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, April 9 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Every month, our friends at Leslie Science & Nature Center bring live animal interactions directly to Museum visitors! Animals will be meeting and greeting from 10-4 on Saturday (with a mid-day “Animal Naptime”) and 1-4 on Sunday. Visitors will also learn more about our natural world through hands-on activities. This month the featured critters are frogs and toads!
FestiFools Procession - Sunday, April 9 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Join the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum as we take the contraption we have built over the past 9 days and bring it to the FestiFools procession. Meet outside the Museum at 3:30 p.m., or join us en-route to Main Street!
MSU Science Festival: A Nanoscience Night at the Museum - Wednesday, April 12 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 nanoscience through hands-on activities and demonstrations. We will explore capillary action and non-Newtonian fluids, investigate new nano products and materials, and imagine what society might be like if we all wore invisibility cloaks! This event is free, but pre-registration is required. This event is part of the MSU Science Festival. For information about the rest of the festival, visit sciencefestival.msu.edu.
Pop-Up Makerspace - Saturday, April 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Design - Build - Test! Discover your inner engineer in our Pop-Up Makerspace. Today’s Challenge: Bridges
Computer Coding for Elementary School Students - Thursday, April 20 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Back by popular demand! Learn Scratch computer coding from the Huron High School Computer Science Club. For students in grades 2 through 6. Class is from 5:30-6:30 with open lab time from 6:30-7:00. This is a repeat of the February beginner class. Participants must bring their own laptop. Limited laptops available upon request. 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. Pre-register.
Professor Ray's Everyday Science: Air Apparent - Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
- What is air pressure? What does air pressure do? We’ll explore principles of air pressure while we apply them in all sorts of interesting ways, like crushing a can and levitating objects. Interactive demos at 1:00 and 3:00 in the Legacy Gallery.
ScienceFest: Museum Favorites - Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, April 30 from noon to 4 p.m.
- Join us for a fun-filled weekend as we highlight all that makes our Museum local, quirky, and unique! We will break out our favorite hands-on activities and highlight exhibits beloved by our staff, volunteers, and of course, visitors!
Kids in the Kitchen and Computer Coding for Elementary School Students cost $5 for members and $10 for non-members. All other April 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.