Creature Feature, Scouting Events, and Much More
The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum is hosting a variety of events in October designed to inspire curiosity in people of all ages! Join us for our annual Creature Feature, Scouting events, Robotics Showcases, and much more.
Boy Scouts: Radio Merit Badge - Saturday, October 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- How does a radio wave carry information? What is the difference between amateur and broadcast radio? What kind of equipment are you likely to find at a radio station? Discover the answers to these questions as you explore AAHOM’s very own HAM radio station: WA2HOM. Boy Scouts will earn their Radio Merit Badge during this workshop. (Please note: this workshop focuses on amateur radio, and will not go in-depth on broadcast stations or public service communications centers.) Pre-registration required: $30 per scout and $8 per adult.
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.
Student Showcase: Go Like the Wind Montessori - Saturday, October 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Art, music, and computer science intersect in this amazing project created by Go Like the Wind Montessori students. Students will explain their creative and scientific process while you play music with this unique art and science experience.
Critters Up Close - Saturday, October 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, October 9 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- 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. Visitors will also learn more about our natural world through hands-on activities. This month the featured topic is Animal Diversity!
Creature Feature - Sunday, October 9 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
- One of our Signature Annual Events, Creature Feature, lets you experience animals of all shapes and sizes from your backyard and beyond. Interact with animals from Leslie Science and Nature Center, The Creature Conservancy, and more! Tickets are $12 for members and $15 for non-members. Tickets will be released on September 6 to members and September 12 to non-members. More information is available at creaturefeature.org.
Pop-Up Makerspace - Saturday, October 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, October 16 from noon to 4 p.m.
- Design - Build - Test! Discover your inner engineer in our Pop-Up Makerspace. Today’s Challenge: Towers
Girl Scout Juniors: Detective Workshop - Saturday, October 15 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- A crime has been committed, and it’s up to you to solve it! Become a detective, and follow the clues to catch the culprit. Explore fingerprinting, handwriting analysis, chromatography and much more. Juniors will complete their Detective badge during this workshop. Pre-registration required: $15 per scout and $8 per adult.
Girl Scout Cadettes: Special Agent Workshop - Sunday, October 16 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- Become a special agent at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. Examine fingerprints, learn about chromatography, extract DNA, and analyze evidence to eliminate or include suspects and crack the case! Cadettes will complete their Special Agent badge during this workshop. Pre-registration required: $15 per scout and $8 per adult.
ScienceFest: Forensic Chemistry - Saturday, October 22 from 10 a.m.to 4 p.m. and Sunday, October 23 from noon to 4 p.m.
- What do mystery powders, secret messages, and fingerprints have in common? Chemistry, of course! Join us for our annual celebration of National Chemistry Week as we explore how chemistry helps us solve mysteries!
Robotics Showcase: Eagle Imperium (FRC Team 3322) - Saturday, October 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, October 30 from noon to 4 p.m.
- Learn about robotics from the students in Skyline High School’s FIRST Robotics team! See Obot, Skyline’s 2016 competition robot, 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 http://www.skylinerobotics.org/. Don’t miss this wonderful showcase by local high school students!
Yo-Yo Master Zeemo - Saturday, October 29 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 Boy Scout event costs $30 for scouts and $8 for adults. The Girl Scout events cost $15 for scouts and $8 for adults. Creature Feature costs $12 for members and $15 for non-members. 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.