Sandcastles Children's Museum Will Hold Special Hours and Activities During Spring Break

March 24-April 9, 2017

Sandcastles Children's Museum will have extended hours during the spring break weeks. Special Spring Break Hours are Friday, March 24th through Sunday, April 9th, Monday-Saturday from 9:30am-5pm and Sundays from 12-4pm.



Special Spring Break Activities


Friday, March 24th - PJ Day
Tuesday, March 28th, 11am-1pm - Rock Painting with Deb Borema
Wednesday, March 29th - Exercise Your Heart with child-sized exercise equipment
Thursday, March 30th, 11am-1pm - Mini Kite Craft with Deb Borema
Friday, March 31st - Finger Painting
Saturday, April 1st - Lorax Paper Plate Craft
Monday, April 3rd - Robot Creation Craft
Tuesday, April 4th, 11am-1pm - Clothes Pin People Craft with Deb Borema
Wednesday, April 5th - Make Your Own Drums Craft
Thursday, April 6th, 11am-1pm - Rocking Painting with Deb Borema
Friday, April 7th - 3D Umbrella Rainy Day Craft
Saturday, April 8th - Bird's Nest Craft

Other Special Activities


Friday Fun


Friday, February 17th - Preschool Winter Mittens
Friday, February 24th - Paper Plate Elephant Craft
Friday, March 3rd - Green Eggs Kids Craft
Friday, March 10th - Traffic Light Color Matching Craft
Friday, March 17th - St. Patrick's Day Craft
*Sensory Table and Parachute Play available every Friday*

Super Saturdays


Saturday, February 18th - Felt Owl Craft with Deb Borema from 11am-12pm

Saturday February 18th - Live Animal Presentation on Owls by Outdoor World, with opportunity to dissect an owl pellet, 1-3pm. Cost is $10 per person for non-members and $8 for members, which includes admission to the museum. Space is limited and reservations are suggested by calling the museum during open hours or e-mailing sandcastleschildrensmuseum@gmail.com.

Saturday, February 25th - Create Your Own Mardi Gras Mask

Saturday, March 4th - Healthy Eating & Yoga With Kendra Gibson, 1-3pm. Discuss healthy eating and prepare a healthy snack in the new downstairs kitchen. Yoga to follow with mats provided. Cost is $10 per person for non-members and $8 for members, which includes admission to the museum. Space is limited and reservations are suggested by calling the museum during open hours or e-mailing sandcastleschildrensmuseum@gmail.com.

Saturday, March 11th - Pom-pom Pets Craft with Deb Borema, 1-3pm in the downtstairs birthday room. Cost is $10 per person for non-members and $8 for members, which includes admission to the museum. Space is limited and reservations are suggested by calling the museum during open hours or e-mailing sandcastleschildrensmuseum@gmail.com.

Saturday, March 18th - Q-Tip Willow Craft
Saturday, March 25th - KEVA Plank Day!

Unless otherwise noted, special activities are free with regular museum admission.

The Story of Sandcastles Children's Museum

Sandcastles Children's Museum has been in operation since 2006, and first began as a "summer sampler museum." Visitation to the Museum has grown from 1,500 its first year to more than 20,000 annually since 2011. They first occupied a small building on South James Street, then moved to a larger facility four times bigger on West Ludington Avenue.

Now they have found a permanent home in the former Elks Lodge, at the corner of North Harrison and Ludington Avenue. Through donations and many volunteers, the building has been renovated to transform it into a kid-friendly and sought after destination.

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Seasonal Hours


Fall/Winter/Spring Hours
Fall/Winter/Spring hours begin after Labor Day and are Fridays from 9:30am-1pm, Saturdays from 9:30am-3pm, and Sundays from 12-4pm.

Special Spring Break Hours
Special Spring Break Hours are Friday, March 24th through Sunday, April 9th are Monday-Saturday from 9:30am-5pm, and Sundays from 12-4pm.

Summer Hours
Summer hours are Monday-Saturday 9:30am-5pm and Sunday 12pm-4pm.

Have your child's next birthday party at Sandcastles Children's Museum!



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2017 Memberships


Memberships for 2017 are available! There are 3 options for memberships in 2017 that will get the family members on the membership in anytime during Sandcastles open hours:

  • Regular Family Membership - two adults and four children from one family - $100


  • Just Two! - One adult and one child - $75


  • Grandparents Membership - Two adults and four of their grandchildren. All of the grandchildren may be listed on application, but only four children may enter each visit - $100


  • Call or visit Sandcastles during open hours to purchase your membership!

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    Sandcastles Attractions


    Baby Nursery


    The newest exhibit at Sandcastles was added in February of 2017 and is a Hospital Baby Nursery sponsored by Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital!

    LGB Electric Train


    The exhibits at Sandcastles keep growing, thanks to local volunteers. The exhibits invite hands-on interaction for children from birth to 12 years old. John Bloomquist of Chicago has donated an LGB electric train to Sandcastles.
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    It adorns the rim around the dome of the upper play level of the museum, so children can see it, but not get hurt. There is even a train whistle that kids can pull.

    Stream Table


    At the Stream Table, children can see how erosion occurs and how rivers are shaped and changed. In another area, they can make animal tracks in wet sand and a plaster mold of them to take home. The exhibit is made possible by a grant from the Great Lakes Energy People Fund.

    Puppet Theater


    The Little Castles Puppet Playhouse is a puppet stage sponsored by the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs. During the museum's Summer Hours, Puppet Shows are held at 11am Tuesdays and Puppet Playtime is from 10am-12pm Thursdays in the lower level.

    Take Flight


    In 2013, an actual 1958 Cessna 172 was purchased and then donated to Sandcastles by the Mason County Pilots Association. To go along with the Cessna is a Control Tower, where kids can use radios, lights, and sounds to communicate with whoever is "flying" the plane. Kids get their own passports and experience going through customs and a baggage claim area.

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    Egypt


    Another exhibit, "Egypt", features sarcophagi and a station where kids can create their own hieroglyphics. An archeological dig with sand and pulleys complete the "Egyptian" feel of this exhibit. The West Shore ESD career tech program donated its own exhibit to Sandcastles. They also built a two-story bilingual dollhouse, where half the house is labeled in Spanish and the other half in English.

    Other Exhibits


    Exhibits added in 2012 were the Bouldering Wall, a horizontal climbing wall presenting a new kind of challenge and fun for Sandcastles visitors; a Saltwater Fish Tank Watch with new fish and other sea life added throughout the year; and Construction Zone, where children can build creations of all kinds using less common building toys as well as some old favorites.

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    Check out the Badger Play Ship modeled after the S.S. Badger carferry and featuring a slide. Children are captivated by its many attractions, including real instruments, a wheelhouse, space to drive cars on and off, plus nooks and crannies to play in. A telescope is used to find the hide and seek animals along the top of the climbing wall, located across from the playship Badger.

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    Fun Activities!

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    Other great activities for kids include the Vet Center, Discovery Bins, Post Office, Theater Stage and Dressing Room, Art Center, Ice Cream Parlor & Pizza Restaurant, and Grocery Store. At the Planting Gardens, children can pick and pull vegetables and learn how they grow. The bubble table lets kids create giant bubbles, perfect for popping!

    Contact Sandcastles or Make a Donation

    If you would like make a donation to Sandcastles, you may write a check to the Community Foundation for Mason County and send it to Sandcastles at P.O. Box 595, Ludington, MI 49431. Or go online to mason-foundation.org to make a credit card donation directly to the Sandcastles Capital Campaign fund.

    For more information, contact:
    Sandcastles Children's Museum
    129 E. Ludington Ave.
    Ludington, MI 49431
    (231) 233-9326



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