July 2016 Events

Including A Family Workshop on Roller Coasters and More What if…? World

The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum is hosting a range of events in July designed to inspire curiosity in people of all ages! Join us for The Ups and Downs of Roller Coasters, The "What if...?" World, The Raisin Pickers string band and more.

The "What if...?" WorldFriday, July 1 through Sunday, July 31 (except July 4, when the Museum is closed) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., except Sundays, from noon to 4 p.m.

  • What if the ground was made of foam? What if we communicated exclusively with movement? What if humans had tails? From our physical space to everyday tasks, entertainment, and communication, there are many ways our world could be different. Get creative as we explore all kinds of “what if...?” questions through building, animating, sculpting, 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.

Critters Up Close - Saturday, July 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, July 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 insects!

The Ups and Downs of Roller Coasters - A Family Workshop - Thursday, July 14 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Thursday, July 28 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Become amusement park designers for an evening!  Engineer a roller coaster by combining loops, turns, and hills into the wildest ride you can imagine. Experience the physics and challenges of roller coaster design as your marble zooms down the track – but make sure it doesn’t fall off! Adults, be ready to jump in and engineer right alongside the kids. Registration is required.

The Raisin Pickers - Saturday, July 16 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 17 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

  • This summer, we are teaming up again with the Great Lakes Performing Artist Associates to bring you a series of very unique performances by top musicians! For our July event, the Manchester, Michigan based string band The Raisin Pickers will be here for a weekend of rustic Appalachian music, old time swing, bluegrass, and swamp driven Louisiana sounds. Performance included in admission.

Professor Ray's Everyday Science: Mind Over Matter - Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

  • Solids and liquids and gases — we’ll explore these three states of matter in all sorts of crazy ways. We’ll see gas in solid form, watch as liquid expands 700 hundred times to produce explosive consequences, and figure out how cold matter can get.


All July 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 July 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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