December 2016 Events

Hands-On Holidays, Scout Events, A Sensory Friendly Time with My Turn, and More

The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum is hosting a range of events in December designed to inspire curiosity in people of all ages! Join us for Hands-On Holidays, a Robotics Showcase, Scout events, A Sensory Friendly Time with My Turn, and more.

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.

Professor Ray’s Everyday Science: Electron-eek - Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

  • This interactive demo features shocking displays of charge and discharge. There will be hundreds of thousands of static volts produced. This show could make your hair stand on end. May the electric force be with you.

Critters Up Close - Saturday, December 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, December 11 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 hawks and falcons!

Robotics Showcase: Hammerheads (FRC 266) - Saturday, December 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Learn about robotics from the students on Troy's FIRST Robotics team! The Hammerheads team is made up of students from Troy High School and Athens High School and has been competing in FIRST competitions for 18 years! See their 2016 and 2014 competition robots, in action and talk with students about the design, engineering, and building that went into this robot. For more information about the robotics team, visit Don’t miss this wonderful showcase by local high school students!

My Turn: A Sensory Friendly AAHOM - Sunday, December 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

  • Hosted by trained museum educators with help from area Autism support providers, My Turn offers a private, less-stimulating time to experience the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum with other families with similar life experience. We’ve turned the lights and the noise down and are providing splash protection, sunglasses, and ear protection to help children with ASD enjoy the amazing exhibits and learning experiences the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum has to offer. Registration is required, please visit for more information.

Girl Scout Brownies: Inventor Workshop - Sunday, December 11 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Let your inner inventor loose as you problem-solve in three dimensions. Create an invention uniquely suited a need that you see, and then take your creation home with you. Brownies will complete their Inventor badge during this workshop. Pre-registration required: $15 per scout and $8 per adult.

Pop-Up Makerspace - Saturday, December 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, December 18 from noon to 4 p.m.

  • Design - Build - Test! Discover your inner engineer in our Pop-Up Makerspace. Today’s Challenge: Make It Float

Webelos: Adventures in Science Workshop - Saturday, December 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Launch a rocket, experiment with circuits and learn about famous scientists. Plus enjoy a museum scavenger hunt! Scouts will complete their Adventures in Science badge during this workshop. Pre-registration required: $15 per scout and $8 per adult.

Girl Scout Brownies: Home Scientist Workshop - Saturday December 17 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Do you know how to make oobleck using ingredients you can find in your kitchen? Can you distinguish between salt and sugar by looking at them both under a microscope? You don’t have to wait until you grow up to be a scientist! Brownies will need to do Step One: Be a Kitchen Chemist on their own in order to complete this badge. Pre-registration required: $15 per scout and $8 per adult.

Hands-On Holidays - Monday, December 26 - Saturday, December 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Join us for a 14-day celebration of unique, creative, and imaginative learning at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum! You’ll get to do our favorite science experiments, create our most requested make-and-take projects, and see some of our finest performers. Don’t miss this fun event for the whole family!

Yo-Yo Master Zeemo - Monday, December 26 and Tuesday, December 27 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

  • While just about everybody has played with a yo-yo, few master the variety of tricks required to be a yo-yo pro. Zeemo has "The World on a String" as he can perform over 200 different yo-yo tricks. In addition to yo-yos, Zeemo is also adept with other spinning toys such as hula-hoops, spin tops, frisbees and the amazing Chinese diabolo. Don’t miss this fun-filled performance that includes lots of audience participation!

The Dreamland Puppet Troupe presents: The Border - A Mad Lib Puppet Show - Wednesday, December 28 and Thursday, December 29 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 

  • The audience will help finish the script in this Mad Lib marionette puppet show. Be sure to come prepared with lots of nouns, verbs and adjectives! After the show the puppeteers will hold a hand puppet making workshop where you can make your own hand puppet to bring home with you.

The Little Creature Co. - Friday, December 30 and Saturday, December 31 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Join "Dan the Creature Man" for a meet-and-greet with animals of all shapes and sizes!


The Scout events cost $15 for scouts and $8 for adults. 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 December events, visit: You can also find event info on our free app, available in the iTunes store!

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