My sister, her husband and their two children have been visiting the Columbus Ohio area this week. We arranged for Hannah and I to meet them at Ash Cave in Hocking Hills State Park today for a pack lunch and some hiking – let the kids play and visit.
That was a great plan until we all woke up to thunder, lightning, rain. Yea, well, not going to the Hocking Hills area in that. I had heard about the AHA Children’s Museum in Lancaster, Ohio from many of our Kindermusik families but had not been there. We decided to try it out instead of just scrapping our plans all together.
Hannah is 11, she said on the way home “that was a good way to spend $5.00.”. While I don’t think she would have had great fun if we had just gone there without some younger children with whom to play, she had a great time digging in sand, playing in the water table, climbing through the honeycomb, and dressing up to play on stage. For children 0 – 7 this is an amazing play area.
As someone who works with small children in a hand’s on environment, I was impressed with the space – lots of room for children to move without sharp edges to bump into or things to trip over. They also asked each of us to use some hand sanitizer as we entered, and I observed the workers continually cleaning up the areas and sanitizing toys that were being handled or mouthed.
I have attached a slideshow of our children playing so you can see just how much fun they had.
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The museum is open from 10:00 – 4:00 Monday through Saturday and costs $5.00 per person. I brought some fliers back to share in the studio. Here is their website http://www.aha4kids.org/