The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum Presents Hand-On Holidays Hackathon – Games!

The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum Presents Hand-On Holidays Hackathon – Games!

The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum brings gaming to life during one of our most popular events, Hands-On Holidays. This year’s event, from December 26, 2018-January 6, 2019, will be filled with performances, new experiences, and a dive into the world of Gaming and Game Development.
Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum is proud to partner with the Michigan Chapter of the International Gaming Developers Association (IGDA) to create experiences, workshops and experts on site to talk about and demonstrate the amazing world of game development, from board games to virtual and augmented reality.
Visitors will have an opportunity to design and build their own game controllers, try out games of all shapes and sizes, and take a look under-the-hood at how games are made. There will be something for all ages.

“We are incredibly excited to work with the IGDA for the first time over the holiday break. Their membership includes professors at U of M, EMU, MSU, as well as internationally recognized game developers that call Michigan home. The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum provides an ideal venue to showcase the science behind game development.”  John Churchville – Public Programs Manager, Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

There will also be performances each day by local and nationally recognized artists including Beverly Meyer (The Music Lady), Dan Ripke (Mr. Dan’s Music), Ken Kozora (Electric Music Magic), Randall Moore (The Woodspeak Drum Experience), National Award-Winning Children’s Music group Gemini, and Professor Ray’s Everyday Science – ChemMystery. Performances are open to the public and included with the price of admission. Daily showtimes are listed on the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum event calendar:

Museum memberships are a wonderful gift, and they are effective immediately at the time of purchase. Memberships purchased in the month of December enter purchasers into a drawing for two seats on a B-17 Bomber flight at the Thunder Over Michigan Air Show in August:

Performance Showtimes

·         Wednesday, December 26: The Music Lady, 11am to 2pm

·         Thursday & Friday, December 27 & 28: Mr. Dan’s Music, 11am & 1pm

·         Saturday & Sunday, December 29 & 30: Ken Kozora’s Electric Music Magic! 1pm & 3pm

·         Monday, December 31: The Music Lady, 11am to 2pm

·         Tuesday, January 1: The Music Lady, 12pm to 3pm

·         Wednesday & Thursday, January 2 & 3: Woodspeak Drum Experience, 1pm & 3pm

·         Friday, January 4: Gemini, 1pm & 3pm

·         Saturday, January 5 & 6: Professor Ray’s Everyday Science, 1pm & 3pm 

Performer Information

The Music Lady

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

Showtimes: December 26 & 31 @ 11:00a.m., January 1 @ 12:00p.m.


Mr. Dan’s Music Show

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

Showtimes: December 27 & 28 @ 11:00a.m. and 1:00p.m. each day


Ken Kozora’s Electric Music Magic!

Composer, Improviser, Educator, Thinker and Doer Ken Kozora brings his Fun n Funky live interactive electro-acoustic percussion installation to AAHOM to help bring in the new year with a big bang! Always a favorite at Tech Twilight, kids of all ages can join in on the jams (some percussion provided and/or bring your own).

Showtimes: December 29 & 30 @ 1:00p.m. and 3:00p.m. each day


Woodspeak Drum Experience

Join percussionist Randall Moore (of Woodspeak Drums/The Ragbirds and more) for an interactive drumming experience. Explore and experience rhythms from around the world with Randall and his friends, featuring drums and instruments from the West African Diaspora. 

Showtimes: January 2 & 3 @ 1:00p.m. and 3:00p.m. each day



Gemini has been Ann Arbor’s favorite children’s/family music duo for more than 45 years. They are now playing for their third, or is it fourth, generation of fans. Sweet twin vocals, stage-full of instruments, and songs families love to sing together!

Showtimes: January 4 @ 1:00p.m. and 3:00p.m.


Professor Ray’s Everyday Science – ChemMystery

What’s a chemical? Do you think you’ve ever seen one before? Guess what?! You have! Today we’ll explore how items in your salad produce real chemical reactions and discover whether water really can explode.

Showtimes: January 5 & 6 @ 1:00p.m. and 3:00p.m. each day

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About Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum
The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum and its partners provide nearly 400,000 people annually with informal science learning experiences across Southeast Michigan and beyond. Together with the Leslie Science & Nature Center, the Museum creates moments of discovery that inspire curiosity, exploration, and respect for STEM and the natural world. The Unity in Learning partnership between the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Leslie Science & Nature Center, and Yankee Air Museum provides hands-on discovery, exploration of the natural world, and experiences that take flight to people of all ages through exhibits, programs and demonstrations.

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Dec 26 2018 - Jan 06 2019


8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Glenn Beck
Weekdays 9am-12pm
Dennis Prager
Weekdays 12-3pm
Thayrone X
Weekdays 3-6pm
Dana Loesch
Weekdays 6-8pm
Joe Pags
Weekdays 8pm-11pm
Steve Gruber
Weekdays 6am-9am