Michigan Adventures to Ann Arbor Hands on Museum
During our recent Michigan adventures we spent a day in Ann Arbor. One of the highlights of our day was our visit to the Ann Arbor Hands on Museum. The museum is a great place for children of all ages to explore and learn while having fun. The museum exhibits are divided up into different themes and spread out on several levels.
The first exhibit in the museum is the Concourse. In the Concourse you will find the whisper dishes, a tornado, an inside look at building a building, and the super popular water table room. My daughter enjoyed the water table room so much that we stopped by on our way out to have another visit.
In the All About You exhibit discover unique facts about the human body, explore a real life ambulance, hear your heartbeat and measure your physical fitness. If you have children 4 years and younger, you will want to check out the preschool gallery dedicated just to them. This area is enclosed so they can safely play and explore with things like water tables, a child sized fire engine and dress up like a fire fighter.
Learn through hands on experiments in the Legacy Gallery. Here you can get hands on with simple machines and see how things such as the internet work. Next to the Legacy Gallery is the Michigan Nature exhibit. Listen to the sounds of Michigan nature, check out the interactive nature wall, discover native lake fish and geology samples.
My daughter also loved the World Around You Gallery with super fun hands on activities like the Bubble Capsule, Climbing Wall,and Magnets. She was so interested in the magnets that she purchased a set from the gift shop when we were leaving.
Next to the World Around You Gallery you will find the Lyons Country Store. Here you take a trip back in time to the 1930s and discover what a country store would have looked like at that time. You can also take a break and play a game of checkers. After you have played a game or two of checkers head on up to the 3rd floor to check out the DTE Energy Foundation Light and Optics.
The Light and Optics exhibit highlights the many forms of light thru displays and interactive pieces such as the stringless Laser Harp. We had my infant niece with us on our visit and she was fascinated by all the lights around her. My daughter spent some time playing with the Laser Harp and enjoyed creating her own music.
Our last stop on our tour of the Ann Arbor Hands on Museum was the Media Works exhibit. Here you will discover the science behind television and telecommunications. Some favorites here were the pixelation station and the green screen. Make sure to check out the gift shop on your way out for cool science related books, toys and more. If you want a souvenir without spending a lot of money make sure to stop by the Penny Press Machine.
We had a super fun time at the Ann Arbor Hands on Museum and as a parent I loved the educational aspect while having fun. This is a great way to help introduce your kids to the STEM field and build their interest in STEM related activities. The museum is very family friendly and nursing friendly. They do offer a private nursing nook on the second floor if you want a quiet place to nurse.
Visit them online & make your plans to visit the Ann Arbor Hands on Museum today!