Add-On Workshops This Summer!

Do you want to continue your child’s science education over the summer? Have you ever wanted to participate in one of our hands-on labs that you see through the classroom windows? Do you want a fun experience of discovery for your whole family? This summer, the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum is excited to offer hands-on workshops to the public in our ScienceWorks lab classrooms. You will get the chance to learn, discover, build and create with the guidance of one of our experienced educators. You can purchase an add-on workshop with admission for only $6 per participant for a standard workshop, or $8 for a premium workshop. Each participant must have a ticket, including caregivers—adults can play and learn, too!

Summer 2019 Workshops:

Maker Monday: Engineering Design

July 1st, 8th, 22nd

Engineer your way through multiple problems. Design solutions while you experience the engineering process through questioning, planning, building, testing, and analyzing your creation.

Cost: $8 per person in addition to admission. Ages: K-2 graders and their caregivers. Times: July 1st, 8th, 22nd at 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 2 PM, 3 PM.

Maker Monday: Force and Simple Machines

August 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th

Push and pull your way through an exploration of force and simple machines. We’ll learn the golden rule of simple machines and explore how levers and inclined planes can make your work easier!

Cost: $8 per person in addition to admission. Ages: 2nd-3rd graders and their caregivers. Times: 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 2 PM, 3 PM.

Boomerangs

June 18th

Explore the science of flight by designing and creating boomerangs.

Cost: $6 per person in addition to admission. Ages: K-4 graders and their caregivers. Times: 2 PM, 3 PM.

Paper Planes

June 25th

Explore the science of flight by designing and creating paper airplanes.

Cost: $6 per person in addition to admission. Ages: K-4 graders and their caregivers. Times: 2 PM, 3 PM, 4 PM.

Egg-pollo 11: Moon Lander Engineering

July 2nd, 6th, 9th, 16th, 20th, 23rd, 27th, 30th, August 6th, 20th, 27th

Can you land your egg-stronaut safely on the moon? Build your own moon lander in this fun twist on the egg drop challenge, then test your creation and see if your egg survives intact!

Cost: $6 per person in addition to admission. Ages: all. Times July 23rd: 10:30 AM, 2 PM, 3PM. All other times: 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 2 PM, 3 PM.

Water Cycle

August 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

Look beyond the four stages of the water cycle and get a first-hand look at the many paths of a water molecule. Where does the rain come from and where does it go after it hits the ground? With activities and movement, students begin to answer these and other questions about water.

Cost: $8 per person in addition to admission. Ages: 2nd-4th graders and their caregivers. Times: 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 2 PM, 3 PM.

Wild Wednesdays

June 19th, July 24th, August 21st

Looking for something to get past the mid-week slump? Want to meet some animals up close and learn in the process? Join us for Wild Wednesdays, a new summer program presented in partnership with Leslie Science and Nature Center! Each month, Leslie will have a different set of animals related to our monthly theme. Participants will learn about biology, have a chance to ask questions, and have a close up look at our animal visitors. See events page of our website for details on this month’s animals.

Cost: $6 per person in addition to admission. Ages: all. Times: 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM, 3:30 PM

Rockets

July 3rd

Become a rocket scientist as you design and build several different types of rockets. How high will your rocket fly? Reach for the Moon in this fun add-on workshop for the whole family.

Cost: $6 per person in addition to admission. Ages: all. Times: 10:30AM, 2PM, and 3PM. 

Makeup Breakdown

June 27th, 29th, July 25th, 27th, August 1st, 3rd

Learn though hands-on creation! Makeup Breakdown, an organization for youth education and empowerment, will be presenting a chapstick making event in partnership with the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. Participants will be able to create their own chapstick from all natural ingredients and customize it to their liking, including flavoring and packaging, while learning the science behind the process, including experiment procedures, basic chemical principles, and more. Workshop length is roughly 45 minutes.

Cost: $8 per person in addition to admission. Ages: 4th-8th graders and their caregivers. Time: 6:30pm.

Pre-K Learning: Senses

June 27th, August 1st, 15th, 29th

Explore four of the five senses. Can you see a sound? Smell a color? Come play with us and explore sight, sound, smell and touch.

Cost: $6 per person in addition to admission. Ages: 3-5 y/o. Times: 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM.

Pre-K Learning: Music

June 20th, July 18th, 25th, August 8th, 22nd

Young children explore science and music through pitch, tempo, beat and dynamics and learn how these blend to create music. Make your next preschool playdate a dance party!

Cost: $6 per person in addition to admission. Ages: 3-5 y/o. Time July 18th: 2 PM, 3PM. All other times: 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM.

Flying Toys

June 20th

Explore the science of flight by designing and creating flying toys. Participants will learn all about flying while making a variety of airborne toys.

Cost: $8 per person in addition to admission. Ages: 5th-8th graders and their caregivers. Time: 6:30pm.

Cow-Eye Dissection

August 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

Investigate how the eye works by dissecting a real cow eye. Students connect the functions observed to the structures within the eye.

Cost: $8 per person in addition to admission. Ages: 5th-8th graders and their caregivers. Time: 6:30pm.

Slime Time - Offered select Wednesdays and most Friday and Sundays

June 26th, 28th, 30th, July 5th, 7th, 19th, 21st, 26th, 28th, August 4th, 9th, 11th, 16th, 18th, 23rd, 25th, 30th

Investigate the states of matter by measuring and mixing ingredients for slime. Is it a solid, a liquid or something in between? Use your senses to find out and get ready to get messy!

Cost: $6 per person in addition to admission. Ages: all. Times Wed and Fri: 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 2 PM, 3 PM. Times Sundays: 1PM, 2PM and 3PM

S'mores

July 6th, 20th, August 10th, 17th, 24th

S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y S'MORES! Stop by the museum on Saturday nights during our special extended summer hours and join us in making s'mores and learning about energy, chemistry, and why crispy marshmallows are the best.

Cost: $8 per person in addition to admission. Ages: all. Time: 6 PM.

Workshop Participant Guidelines:

  • All people age 2 and up entering the lab must pay the lab fee.
  • Children under the age of 12 must attend the lab with a caregiver age 16+.
  • Participants must follow all safety guidelines outlined by lab staff.
  • The Museum is unable to offer refunds for labs unless the program is cancelled by the museum. No exceptions.
  • Labs must be purchased along with museum admission or when presenting a membership card for entry to the museum.

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