Explorables: Handmade Science

Glove-A-Phones, Popsicle Stick Harmonicas, Rainsticks

Saturday, April 16, 2016 • 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Exploratorium, Pier 15, Phyllis C. Wattis Webcast Studio

Included with museum admission.

All Ages

Join Explorables for three classic activities exploring sound.

Glove-A-Phones are musical instruments you create with gloves, tubes, and straws. Some say they sound like saxophones, others think they sound more like bagpipes. What's indisputable is that playing your Glove-A-Phone is a unique and wonderful experience.

Popsicle Stick Harmonicas
These simple musical instruments make a range of sounds. Explore the popsicle stick harmonica to see how many sounds you can make.


Listen to the sound of rain falling—anytime, anywhere. Build a musical instrument using simple materials. Originated in South America, rainsticks are traditionally made of hollowed-out cactus branches that are filled with raw rice, dried beans, or pebbles, creating soothing sounds as they hit cactus spines.

Use everyday materials to create models and other tools for exploring the world around us. Run by a highly skilled, dedicated team of volunteers, these drop-in workshops mix classic activities with open-ended investigations, encouraging participants to follow their hunches to aha moments of scientific insight.

All materials provided; take what you make.

Explorables has been offering science to go since 1990.