August at AAHOM

I’ve had the Ann Arbor Hands On Museum’s August Calendar sitting in a tab on my laptop since the month started waiting for a chance to add it to the blog. Since there are activities this weekend, I am finally making it a priority.

One thing that I love about the Hands On Museum is that they make upgrades to the museum and hold so many events that there is almost always something new to see on each visit. We visited last month right after the opening of H2Oh! and just missed the opening of L is for Laser which we have yet to see. L is for Laser ends on August 24 so make plans to see it soon. My daughter is in camp for the next two weeks, so our opportunities are disappearing quickly. We were hoping to stop into see it yesterday after lunch with my husband. Unfortunately, as we were getting ready to leave to drop off her LEGO creation for the AADL LEGO Contest, a printer issue delayed us and we didn’t have time to drop off the LEGO creation before lunch and did not have time to visit the museum and still make the 3p drop-off deadline.

Each weekday this summer the museum has special kid friendly activities. The themes for June and July were Activity Remix and Pop-Up Makerspace. The August theme is Live and Local with different visitors from the community each weekday.

  • August 8 – 11a-3p – Kids Physics Kits by Patrick (designed by museum volunteer & Livonia High School Student Patrick Lawton)
  • August 12 – 1-4p – Nano Origami – led by artist Matt Shlian and a team of researchers from UM College of Engineering
  • August 14,15 – 11a-3p – Kids Physics Kits by Patrick (designed by museum volunteer & Livonia High School Student Patrick Lawton)
  • August 18 – 10a-4p – PNC Mobile Learning Adventure – see below for the description with the weekend event listings.
  • August 19 -10a-4p – Teddy Bear Clinic – Mott Children’s Hospital will help kids learn how the body works, about various healthcare professions, and about the science behind medical procedures
  • August 22 – 11a-3p – Kids Physics Kits by Patrick (designed by museum volunteer & Livonia High School Student Patrick Lawton)
  • August 28, 29 – 11a-3p – Kids Physics Kits by Patrick (designed by museum volunteer & Livonia High School Student Patrick Lawton

As the museum shares more activities to fill in the dates without activities listed, I will be sure to update the list.

This summer the museum is also keeping their regular weekend programming. This weekend is Critters Up Close, the monthly second-weekend visit from Leslie Science & Nature Center. They will be bringing live animals – last month it was spiders – to the Michigan Nature Gallery from 1-4p on Saturday, August 9 and Sunday, August 10. Next weekend the PNC Mobile Learning Adventure will be returning. The PNC Mobile Learning Adventure is part of the PNC’s Grow Up Great Program and will explore the “When I Grow Up” station where kids can dress up as different professionals. There is also an interactive kiosk. This program is geared towards preschool audiences. The last two weekends in August will feature the museum’s own Professor Ray with Mighty Motion on August 23/24 and Luminosity on August 30/31. Each day will feature interactive demos in the Legacy Gallery at 1p and 3p.


They are continuing their twice a week story times in the Preschool Gallery in August. There are story times each Tuesday morning at 9a when the museum opens early and on Saturday at 10:30a. Each story time is followed by a hands-on science activity geared towards preschoolers.

The museum is open until 8p on Thursday nights with $5 admission after 5p. If you aren’t a museum member, this is the most economical way to visit the museum.

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Ann Arbor with Kids is your go-to source for Ann Arbor Family Fun. It got its start in an activity list that I was compiling for the playgroup I ran at our church. When my daughter started preschool, the other moms were thrilled to hear about my list. I decided to take the list public in 2009.

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