If you live in Ann Arbor, Michigan, you probably already know about the local gem Hands On Museum. If you are passing through or making a trip to Ann Arbor, you have to set aside a couple of hours and check this out! There is definitely entertainment for everyone in your family. And it’s truth in advertising: it’s very hands on.
Located in downtown Ann Arbor, in the Kerrytown district, you’ll have to park in one of the city parking lots. Fortunately it’s a very short walk to the museum.
The H2O room is a lot of fun. Definitely pack an extra t-shirt for whichever family members can’t keep themselves dry. Then you can play without worry.
While the majority of the museum is science oriented, the second floor also has this charming general store. There you can step back in time and recreate a different pace. I loved seeing the vintage packaging and I totally gawked at the price tags.
Many of the exhibits are engaging for all ages, but for the littlest visitors there is a dedicated toddler room for children aged 4 and under.
Complete approval from my three year old.
While my littlest was in the toddler room my older boys were just outside playing with the ferrofluid. We just can’t get enough of magnets. This station was especially mesmerizing.
Elsewhere we played with sound. Using a flip flop we played several songs including the Michigan fight song the pan pipes.
Was it worth standing in line to envelop yourself in a bubble? Yes. Yes it was.
The day we attended they were hosting a special event. A Teddy Bear Clinic. Each participating child had the opportunity to don a white coat, and the rest of the gear, and take a teddy bear through several medical procedures.
Here my son is working with a phlebotomist to draw his teddy bear’s blood.
My son also participated in taking the bear’s vitals and putting a cast on his leg. We skipped the surgery station because of the line, but I snapped a picture. What a cool way to expose children to some common (and some less common) medical procedures. Hopefully this would to take away some of the fear.
The museum occupies an old fire station. Even as you travel from floor to floor there are things that will catch your eye, teach you a little something, and spark your imagination.
For twenty minutes after we left my youngest was crying to return. We will return, I promise.