January 2016 Events

Join Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum for January Events Including Kids in the Kitchen and Many More

The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum is hosting a range of events in January designed to inspire curiosity in people of all ages! Come experience Kids in the Kitchen, The Little Scientist Club, Critters Up Close, and other exciting activities.

Hands-On Holidays -  January 1-3 (continued from December 26)

  • This year, we're featuring family favorites: All of our best experiments, make-and-take crafts, and most beloved performers. Our online calendar has all of the details, so be sure to check it out and make us part of your holiday season. And, a special thank you to The Broken Egg for supporting this year's Hands-On Holidays celebration!

The Music Lady - Friday, January 1, noon to 3 p.m.

  • Meet The Music Lady, Beverly Meyer, for a fun interactive performance! Using song, movement, props, and instruments, this show is sure to make you smile.

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.

  • Our youngest visitors will expand their sense of wonder 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: Spinning Things - Saturday January 2 and Sunday, January 3 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. 

  • Did you ever see a squash spin like a top? How about tops stacked 5 high? Some things only spin in one direction. "Spinning Things" will have these and much, much more.

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

  • NEW PROGRAM HOURS! Now you have more opportunities to see Critters Up Close every month! Our friends at Leslie Science and 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 mammals!

Tiger Cubs: Stories in Shapes - Saturday, January 9 from 1:30 to 4 p.m.

  • In this workshop, you'll earn a badge while discovering that art and science have a lot in common. Discover the beauty in microscopic crystals, explore colors while experimenting with chromatography, investigate shapes, and more. You'll also enjoy a museum scavenger hunt! Cost is $15/scout, $5/adult. Register here.

Brownies: Senses - Sunday, January 10 from 1:30 to 4 p.m.

  • Earn your Senses badge while exploring whether sound travels better through a gas, liquid, or solid. Learn whether you can use only your nose to distinguish between substances, and what happens in your brain when you see an optical illusion. A museum scavenger hunt is also included. Brownies will complete their Senses badge during this workshop. Cost is $15/scout, $5/adult. Register here.

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

  • Students in grades 5, 6, and 7 can discover the fundamentals of computer programming with the Huron High School Computer Science Club! Cost is $5 for members and $10 for non-members, pre-registration is required. Fee covers admission for one child and one adult. Participants must bring a laptop.

Pop-Up Makerspace - Saturday, January 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, January 17 from noon to 4 p.m. and Monday, January 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Design - Build - Test! Discover your inner engineer. This month's challenge: Build a ball, make a ramp.

ScienceFest: Snow Science - Saturday, January 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, January 24 from noon to 4 p.m.

  • Discover the science of snow! Learn about what has to happen for flakes to fall from the sky, explore different kinds of snowflakes (including some that never melt!), and make a snow gauge to see how much snow is at your house. Don’t miss this fun filled weekend!

Kids in the Kitchen - Thursday, January 28 from 5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

  • Kids in grades 1-5 can join the Junior League of Ann Arbor for an evening workshop, “Eating the ABCs” as part of the Kids in the Kitchen program. Do science experiments focused on the vitamin and mineral content of food, make a nutritious snack, and play games to learn that ABCs aren’t just for reading. Food will be provided by the People’s Food Co-op. Cost is $5 for members and $10 for non-members, pre-registration is required. Register here for the 5:45 p.m. workshop. Register here for the 7 p.m. workshop.

Yo-Yo Master Zeemo - Saturday, January 30 and Sunday, January 31 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!


Slithering Into Python and Kids in the Kitchen are $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Scout workshops are $15/scout, $5/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 January events, visit: http://www.aahom.org/events/whats_new/. You can also find event info on our free app, available in the iTunes store!

Visit Us

220 E. Ann St. 
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Hours June 11 - July 31st

Tues - Sun: 10am - 5pm
Purchase Tickets Here

Click here for Holiday hours

$16 for Adults and Children
Free for Babies 0-23 months
EBT/WIC discount info here.