The Hands-On Museum has Making Stuff, Critters Up Close, and Science is for Everyone in February

The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum has a host of special events planned for February. They have special events scheduled for each weekend in February as well as special daily activities for the week of mid-winter break (February 17-21).

The month started with a Hands-On Hodgepodge of activities. It continues this coming weekend with Critters Up Close, the partnership with Leslie Science & Nature Center that started this fall. On the third weekend of the month, Science for Everyone will showcase adaptations that bring science to everyone as part of their collaboration with C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital at UM. Finally, they will celebrate Making Stuff beginning on President’s Day (February 17). Making Stuff will run daily during Ann Arbor’s Mid-Winter break and the following weekend (ending on February 23). They also have a Making Stuff workshop on Thursday evening.

We love the Hands-On Museum, and I am definitely taking note of these events to see if they fit in our schedule.

The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum Hosts MAKING STUFF events,
Critters Up Close and Science Is For Everyone in February!

The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum is hosting five engaging events in February. Come enjoy MAKING STUFF workshops, Critters Up Close and Science Is For Everyone with your friends at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum!


  • Hands-On Hodgepodge: You never know what fun we’ll offer, but you know it will be fantastic!
  • Critters Up Close: Every month, our friends at Leslie Science & Nature Center bring different live animals into the Museum so visitors can experience Critters Up Close. There will also be special, animal-oriented hands-on activities. While you’re here, pick up the Critters Up Close passport and start collecting stamps for this yearlong series. Make sure to visit Leslie Science & Nature Center on Sundays from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. to get additional stamps and see more Critters Up Close!
  • Science Is For Everyone: Join us for a weekend celebrating learning diversity! We will showcase our favorite science activities with various adaptations for all abilities and disabilities, introduce adaptive technology, and provide resources for exploring science. We will also highlight our collaboration with Mott Children’s Hospital and other community partners. Join us for this great event for the whole family!
  • ScienceFest: MAKING STUFF: The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum has been selected as an official MAKING STUFF outreach site! NOVA is collaborating with 75 sites nationally to provide the material and media to “make stuff” colder, wilder, safer, and faster through a series of projects that include hands-on activities and design challenges based on the four themes from MAKING STUFF. We will kick off our Making Stuff series during National Engineering Week, including a pop-up “maker space” designed for innovators.
  • Workshop: MAKING STUFF Wilder! We will offer the full MAKING STUFF: Wilder Workshop, as an official MAKING STUFF outreach site. During this workshop, we will dive into and take inspiration from nature as we build and test “Wild-Inspired Robotic Arms” to take home. Recommended for ages 6+ (must be 12 years old to attend without an adult).

Hands-On Hodgepodge will be offered Saturday, February 1 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and on Sunday, February 2 from 12-4 p.m.

Critters Up Close will be offered Saturday, February 8 and Sunday, February 9 from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. in the Michigan Nature Gallery.

Science Is For Everyone will be offered Saturday, February 15 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and on Sunday, February 16 from 12-4 p.m.

ScienceFest: MAKING STUFF will be offered February 17-23, National Engineering Week, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

MAKING STUFF: Wilder will be offered Thursday, February 20 from 6:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. The cost to attend is $5 for members and $10 for non-members.

All February event activities except Making Stuff Wilder 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 $11 for ages two and up.

For more information about the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum’s February events, visit:

About the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum provides more than 250 interactive exhibits that spark the imagination. The Museum is a regional destination attracting over 250,000 visitors every year. The mission of the Museum is to inspire people to discover the wonder of science, technology, engineering, art and math. Visit or call 734.995.5439 for more information.

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