Hands-On Holidays at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

Families can learn more about science during the holiday season at this Washtenaw County annual event, running Dec. 26, 2016-Jan. 8, 2017.


Besides celebrating St. Nick and the start of the New Year in the upcoming weeks, families can celebrate creativity and imagination at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum’s Hands-On Holidays event.

“Every single day, we will have hands-on activities that will run until 4 p.m., and every single day there is also a special performer of some sort,” says Nichole Wright, public programs and volunteer manager at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

Dec. 26, 2016-Jan. 8, 2017, families can participate in 14 days of various activities, projects and science. Kids can experience the coolest STEAM-focused make-and-take projects, including a chance to make their own hand warmers (or ice packs, depending on if you heat or cool it).

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“Kind of in that realm, we’re going to play with what keeps us warm,” she says. “We’re also going to really get into that ‘A’ of STEAM with a couple of activities that are on the art side,” Wright says. Kids will participate in making a sculpture by weaving materials. Forget clay! Use fabric, dowels, hoops and yarn to create this masterpiece.

Enjoy performances each day including Yo-Yo Master Zeemo, The Dreamland Puppet Troupe, “The Music Lady” Beverly Meyer, Bubble Man Ron Loyd – plus Professor Ray’s Everyday Science returns this year with Good Vibes.

Join in the family friendly events – and of course, the hands-on fun! Admission is $12 for adults and kids 2 and up. The event times are as follows:

  • Dec. 26, 28-31 and Jan. 2, 4-7: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Dec. 27 and Jan. 3: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Jan. 1 and 8: noon-4 p.m.

For more details on the Hands-On Holidays, visit the Metro Parent calendar.

This post was originally published in 2013 and has been updated for 2016 by Megan Krueger.