International Science Center and Science Museum Day Celebration, Scout Events, and More
The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum is hosting a range of events in November designed to inspire curiosity in people of all ages! Join us for the International Science Center and Science Museum Day Celebration, the David Sharpe Concert, Scout events, 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: Spinning Things - Saturday, November 5 and Sunday, November 6 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!
Girl Scout Cadettes: Wind Energy Workshop for Breathe Journey - Saturday, November 5 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- How does a wind turbine generate electrical energy? What is the best design for a wind power generator? What does an anemometer do? Observe alternative energy in action as you discover how wind can be harnessed to make electricity. Pre-registration required: $15 per scout and $8 per adult.
Tiger Cubs: Stories in Shapes - Sunday, November 6 from noon to 2 p.m.
- Explore and use chemistry, math, and natural science as you create art. You’ll be amazed at all the connections you’ll discover between art and science during this workshop. Plus enjoy a museum scavenger hunt! Scouts will complete their Stories in Shapes Adventure Loop during this workshop. Pre-registration required: $15 per scout and $8 per adult.
Wolf Cubs: Code of the Wolf - Sunday, November 6, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Play calculator bingo, decipher a coded message and build a bridge as you explore math, codes, measurement and more! Plus enjoy a museum scavenger hunt! Scouts will complete their Code of the Wolf badge during this workshop. Pre-registration required: $15 per scout and $8 per adult.
Yo-Yo Master Zeemo - Tuesday, November 8 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
- School is out! Be amazed by yo-yos! 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!
International Science Center and Science Museum Day Celebration - Thursday, November 10 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Join us for a special $5 after 5 as we celebrate International Science Center and Science Museum Day! In addition to exploring our 250+ interactive exhibits, you'll have the opportunity to learn all about wind energy through hands-on activities, demonstrations, and our brand new wind exhibits. Make a mini-wind mill and experiment with generating 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. This project was funded with the generous support of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, Wind Program. Special recognition also belongs to U.S. Representatives John and Debbie Dingell.
Critters Up Close - Saturday, November 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, November 13 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 owls!
Cub Scouts: Science After Sundown - Saturday, November 12 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
- Join Southern Shores and the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum for an evening of science and engineering. Work on earning your Nova Swing! Award as you investigate the six simple machines, design and build an invention, and discover all of the exciting exhibits AAHOM has to offer. Cub Scouts and their families will enjoy exclusive after-hours access to the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum and its 250+ exhibits, plus dinner and a 2-hour Nova Swing! Award Workshop. Pre-registration required: $30 per scout and $25 per adult/siblings.
Pop-Up Makerspace - Saturday, November 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, November 20 from noon to 4 p.m.
- Design - Build - Test! Discover your inner engineer in our Pop-Up Makerspace. Today’s Challenge: Bridges
David Sharpe Concert - Saturday, November 19 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
- Don't miss this extraordinary concert put on by Grammy nominated artist David Sharpe! Sharpe is known for his albums Are We There Yet?, All the Things You Can Dream and more! His music is educational, interactive, upbeat, silly, and fun, but also teaches children about relationships, health, our environment, and the world around us. His goal is also to create children's music, which children, their parents, and grandparents can enjoy. Join us for this one-time-only event!
Girl Scout Brownies Senses Workshop - Sunday, November 20 from noon to 2 p.m.
- Does sound travel better through a gas, liquid, or solid? Can you use only your nose to distinguish between substances? What happens in your brain when you see an optical illusion? Find out the answers to these questions and lots more. Plus enjoy a museum scavenger hunt! Brownies will complete their Senses badge during this workshop. Pre-registration required: $15 per scout and $8 per adult.
Bear Cubs: Forensics Workshop Sunday, November 20 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Examine fingerprints, learn about chromatography, analyze evidence and immerse yourself in the intriguing world of forensic science. Scouts will complete their Forensics badge during this workshop. Pre-registration required: $15 per scout and $8 per adult.
ScienceFest: Space Odyssey - Friday, November 25 and Saturday, November 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, November 27 from noon to 4 p.m.
- 3….2…..1…..blast off! Join us for an unforgettable odyssey through the wonders of space. From rocket science to astronomy, engineering to astrophysics, we’ll explore what lies beyond our own world. With hands-on activities, demos, and more for preschoolers to grandparents, there will be plenty for the whole family to enjoy.
The Scout events cost $15 for scouts and $8 for adults, except Science After Sundown, which costs $30 for scouts and $25 for adults/siblings. The International Science Center and Science Museum Day Celebration has a special admission rate of $5 after 5 p.m. 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.