Hands-On Holidays – All About You

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Date(s) - 01/01/2020
Cost: Free with Museum Admission ($12.50 for ages 2+, or a membership)


Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
Region: Kerrytown
220 E. Ann St, Ann Arbor

Event Description

Stop by the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum for Hands-On Holidays 2019: All About You and learn about biology and our amazing human bodies in a series of hands-on activities and workshops.

There will be fun for the whole family!


Hands-On Holidays returns to the Museum from December 21 – January 5th. Most activities and all performances for Hands-On Holidays are included with admission. Please note: The Museum is closed from December 24th to 25th and is open January 1st from noon to 5pm.


“We are excited to welcome audience favorites back to perform, and also welcome some new performers into the Museum this year including Cuban and Middle Eastern music, and Latinx Mythology through theater! Personally, I’m also looking forward to all of the hands-on workshops we are offering each day, giving families a chance to learn and explore new topics together” – Cristina Tamer, Museum Program Manager


During Hands-On Holidays, continue your child’s learning over the break with engaging add-on workshops every day! Workshops are $6 per child ($4 for members) in addition to admission and run for 30-40 minutes. Come explore DIY Bath Bombs, Bridge Building, Slime Time, Music and Movement, and more! For a full list of our workshop topics and times, check our events webpage.


Keep your child’s learning and enthusiasm for science going with additional fun, education activities throughout the museum included with your admission, that are focused on All About You!  Activities will include: X-Ray Vision, Fingerprinting, Skeletal Scale, Joint Olympics and many more!


Featured performers throughout Hands-on Holidays are all free with a paid museum admission:

The Music Lady

Dec 27th from 11am-2pm and Dec 29th from 12pm-3pm

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


Mr. Dan’s Music

Dec 21st, 23rd, 30th and Jan 2nd at 11am and 2pm

Join Mr. Dan for an interactive and educational musical presentation. Have fun learning about music from near and far with unique instruments and hands-on activities.


Music of the Middle East

Jan 3rd from 12-4pm

Ara Topouzian is an Armenian-American musician whose proficiency at the Kanun (Middle Eastern harp) has made him a nationally-recognized artist. Topouzian’s traditional music style keeps to his Armenian heritage but has expanded to include music from around the Middle East with jazz, fusion, and new age influences.

Tumbao Bravo

Dec 28th from 1pm-4pm

Formed in August 2003 by reedman Paul VornHagen and conguero Alberto Nacif, this exciting Cuban jazz combo has been featured on all the major jazz public radio stations throughout the U.S. Come join us for an afternoon of music and movement to this live band!

Magical Rain Theaterworks

Dec 26th at 1pm & 3pm

Magical Rain Theaterworks creates moments of discovery with a mix of theater, myths, stories, innovative teaching techniques, guided discussions and creative arts activities. Encounter mystery, energy, and more in a performance that’s sure to be engaging for all!

Professor Ray’s Everyday Science

Jan 4th and 5th at 1pm & 3pm

Heads up! Watch out! We’ll be launching a tray of eggs with a broom (safely!), among other experiments, while we explore why and how objects move… or do not move! We will discover facts about gravity, inertia, air resistance and Newton’s laws of motion in many ways.

Lastly, don’t miss the final days of A World Without Ice, a unique and innovative exhibit at the Museum only through January 6th! A World Without Ice brings together the work of artists Michael Gould, Stephen Rush, and Marion Tränkle in collaboration with climate scientist Henry Pollack (co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with IPCC colleagues and Al Gore) to create a multimedia exhibit focusing on Earth’s changing climate.


They are also offering Hands-on workshops during Hands-on Holidays. The workshops have an additional fee and have limited capacity.

  • December 21
    • 1p DIY Lip Balm
    • 2p & 3p Bridge Breakdown
  • December 22
    • 1p, 2p, & 3p Bridge Breakdown
  • December 23
    • 11a, noon, 1p, & 2p Human Body
  • December 26
    • 11a, noon, 1p, & 2p Critters in the Cold
  • December 27
    • 11a, noon, 1p, & 2p Music and Movement
  • December 28
    • 11a, noon, 1p, & 2p Habitat Building with LSNC
    • 11:30a, 12:30p, 1:30p, & 2:30p  – Slime
  • December 29
    • 1p, 2p, & 3p Habitat Building with LSNC
    • 12:30p, 1:30p, & 2:30p  – Slime
  • December 30
    • 11a, noon, 1p, & 2p Human Body
  • December 31
    • 11a, noon, 1p, & 2p Habitat Building with LSNC
  • January 1
    • 1p, 2p, & 3p Slime
  • January 2
    • 11a, noon, 1p, & 2p Critters in the Cold
  • January 3
    • 11a, noon, 1p, & 2p Music and Movement
  • January 4
    • 1p DIY Lip Balm
    • 2p & 3p Egg-Pollo Moon Lander
  • January 5
    • 1p DIY Lip Balm
    • 2p & 3p Egg-Pollo Moon Lander
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