. December 20, 2012.


Somebody’s got to make all those games that your kids wear out their thumbs on. It might as well be …your kids. They’ll get a chance to do just that at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. Its new program, Experi-night, operates after museum hours from 7 to 11 pm on selected Saturday nights. “We wanted to do something especially for tweens,” says Ann Hernandez, director of programs. “We work to bring out our coolest technology and experiments, and you also have time to explore the museum after hours when there will be a lot less people. It’s pretty sweet.” Videos and gaming are the theme on Saturday, January 26. The evening will be structured, and participants will learn about the techniques of stop-motion animation and game creation, including writing, designing, and programming. Workshops are led by educational experts at the museum, and a snack is provided. Big groups, like Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, are welcome; so are families. Budding detectives can also check out CSI night on Saturday, January 12 from 7 to 11 pm to learn about fingerprinting, DNA testing, and other crime-solving techniques.

$15. 220 E. Ann St. 734-995-5439. www.aahom.org