Hands-On Holidays

You and your family are invited to our 13 day celebration of imaginative learning at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum during Hands-On Holidays December 23rd through January 7th! Each day, experience our favorite science experiments, create our most requested make-and-take projects, and see some of our finest performers. All of our activities and performances for Hands-On Holidays are included with admission. The Museum is closed from December 24 to 25 and is open December 31 from 10am to 5pm, and January 1 from noon to 5pm.


Student Showcase: AIM High Flyers

December 23 shows at 11:00am, 12pm, and 2:30pm

Join the Aim High Flyers for a day music and fun. This talented group of students from Aim High School in Farmington Hills plays a variety of popular and rock songs. Their mission is to bring awareness of neurodiversity through music. They will play 30 minute sets at 11 a.m., noon, and 2:30 p.m.


Yo-yo Master Zeemo

December 26 and December 27, shows at 1:00pm and 3:00pm

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!




December 28 and December 29 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Calling all musicians! Whether you are a trained musician or a toddler banging on pots and pans, this interactive show is for you. Using hand drums, percussion, and simple drum circle games, Lori Fithian creates a positive, non-competitive experience for people of all ages and abilities to share. Stop by as long or short as you'd like and join in the music making!

This performance is funded in part by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Michigan Humanities Council.


Ron Loyd The Bubble Man

December 30 and December 31, shows at 1:00pm and 3:00pm

This December we welcome back one of our most popular performers - The Bubble Man! This hit show features bubbles of all shapes and sizes and never ceases to amaze. Ron Loyd had been performing at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum for over 20 years and it is always standing-room only. Make sure to get here early!


Little Creatures Co.

January 1 and January 5, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Come meet some of our favorite critters of all shapes and size by joining “Dan the Creature Man” and his menagerie of animals from The Little Creatures Co!




The Music Lady

January 2, January 3, and January 4, shows begin at 11:00pm and last until 2:00pm

Join Beverly Meyer, The Music Lady, for an interactive musical performances using song, movement, props, and instruments for a hands-on musical experience! 

This performance is funded in part by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Michigan Humanities Council.


Professor Ray's Everyday Science: Mind Over Matter

January 6 and January 7, shows at 1:00pm and 3:00pm

How can gas be solid? What is the coldest matter can get? What happens when liquid expands 700 times its previous size? Find out with Professor Ray as you explore states of matter in a wide variety of ways during explosive interactive demos!


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Monday: 10 - 5
Tuesday: 9 - 5
Wednesday: 10 - 5
Thursday: 10 - 8
Friday: 10 - 5
Saturday:  10 - 5
Sunday: Noon - 5

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