If you haven’t been to AHA! Children’s Museum in Lancaster yet with the kids, you’re missing out! It’s full of hands-on, interactive, playful and educational fun that encourages everyone to explore and get their hands into everything – and they’ve moved to a new, bigger location this year for even more fun! There are climbing structures, play construction equipment, pretend businesses, musical fun, arts and crafts, gardening and fishing exhibits, a huge water table, and so much more.
Most of the exhibits are geared towards 1-8 years old (though older kids will find fun stuff to do), and there’s an enclosed play area for under 12 months with fun for even the littlest guests. This place is definitely worth the drive from Columbus. My 4 year old asks to go back on a regular basis!
Pack a picnic and have lunch or a snack at the provided tables inside or outside. You can also take advantage of their “same day re-entry” and leave to grab a bite to eat. For a list of local downtown restaurants see the Destination Downtown Website. Bring a change of clothes if your child likes playing in water. They provide water resistant art smocks, but their shoes and pants may still get a little wet (or a lot if your kids are anything like mine).
General admission is $8, and 12 months old and under are free. Parking is free. There’s a Groupon deal right now too – admission for 2 is $10.50, and admission for 4 is $22. (you may have to search for the groupon, as links change).
This summer, they want to show appreciation to teachers for all of the work and dedication they give our kids through the school year. Every second Wednesday of the month through the summer, teachers get free admission, plus free admission for one child. You must show a current school I.D. in order to receive the discount.
- June 13
- July 11
- August 8
And if you’re a parent of multiples, Twins Day is August 3rd – twins and multiples are free! Parents must pay the $8 admission.
Check out all of the fun exhibits the museum has to offer!
Monday-Saturday: 10-4 pm (All Year)
Monday-Thursday: 12-4 pm (Nov. – Mar.)
Check website for holiday closures
AHA! A Hands-On Adventure, A Children’s Museum
708 River Valley Circle South
Lancaster, Ohio 43130
*referral link included
Looking for other Indoor Play Places? Check out this list of Over 45 Indoor Play Places and Activities for Kids around Columbus