Explorables: Handmade Science

Saturday, December 17, 2016 • 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Exploratorium, Pier 15, Phyllis C. Wattis Webcast Studio

Included with museum admission.

All Ages

Join us for classic activities exploring sound and motion.

Head Harps
Vibrations on a string can be hard to hear. Use your body as an amplifier and explore the surprising sounds of the head harp.

Hidden Bells
After making your head harp, explore the unexpected sounds you can hear by attaching a metal hanger to it and bouncing it on objects.

Glove-A-Phones
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.

Climbing Bear
This classic toy never gets old. Use friction to make your bear climb up a string.


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.