Sandcastles Children's Museum to Hold 10th Anniversary Party May 10

May 10, 2017

Sandcastles Children's Museum will hold an adults-only 10th Anniversary Party on Wednesday, May 10th from 6-10pm.

The event will feature music by Black Jake & the Carnies from 7-9pm, as well as Rock Painting and Wallet Making with Deb Borema and a scavenger hunt with prizes throughout the evening. Food will be provided by Table 14, The Blu Moon Bistro, The Q Smokehouse, and Cops & Doughnuts.

The cash bar will be stocked by Starving Artist Brewing Company and the evening's signature cocktail is called the Sandcastles Beach Hammer.

Cost is a $10 minimum donation and RSVP's are requested by e-mailing with a deadline of April 24th.

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.


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.

Summer Hours
Summer hours begin on June 1st and are Monday-Saturday 9:30am-5pm and Sunday 12pm-4pm.

Special Activities

Sandcastles Children's Museum offers special activities on Fridays and Saturdays during normal business hours. Current hours are Fridays from 9:30am-1pm, Saturdays from 9:30am-3pm, and Sundays from 12-4pm. They'll also offer Meijer Messy Mondays throughout the summer.

Fun Fridays

Friday, April 21st - Earth Day Handprint Craft
Friday, April 28th - Paper Plate Color Wheel Craft
Friday, May 5th - Sombrero Craft for Cinco De Mayo
Friday, May 12th - Mother's Day Handprint Craft
Friday, May 19th - Badger Boat Project
Friday, May 26th - Windsock Craft
Friday, June 2nd - Create Angel Wings to be displayed in the Museum windows
Friday, June 9th - Bee Kid Craft
Friday, June 16th, 11am-12pm - Bagpipe Demonstration with Cherie Hockenberger
Friday, June 23rd, 11am-12pm - Birds of Prey, Live Animals Outdoor Discovery Center
Friday, June 30th, 11am-12pm - Maker Workshop: Make & Take With Real Tools
Friday, July 7th, 11am-12pm - Bee Keepers of Mason County Demonstration
Friday, July 14th, 11am-12pm - Maker Workshop: Make & Take With Real Tools
Friday, July 21st, 11am-12pm - Music on the Ludrock Sound Stage with Chad Rushing
Friday, July 28th, 11am-12pm - Bunny Day
Friday, August 4th, 11am-12pm - Floracraft Creations
Friday, August 11th, 11am-12pm - Music on the Ludrock Sound Stage with John Merchant
Friday, August 25th, 11am-12pm - Maker Workshop: Make & Take With Real Tools

Super Saturdays

Saturday, April 22nd - Sprout House Science Project
Saturday, April 29th - Create Your Own Clay Project
Saturday, May 6th - Colorful May Day Baskets Craft
Saturday, May 13th - Mother's Day Craft
Saturday, May 20th - Clothespin Airplane Craft
Saturday, May 27th - Newsprint Flower Craft
Saturday, June 3rd - Angel Paper Plate Craft to celebrate "Be Someone's Angel" Event
Saturday, June 10th - Create a Welcome Sign
Saturday, August 19th, 11am-12pm - Conga Workshop with Thomas Ronquillo

Meijer Messy Mondays

Monday, June 12th - Seed Bomb
Monday, June 19th - Dish Soap Silly Putty
Monday, June 26th - Cupcake Liner Ice Cream Cone Craft
Monday, July 3rd - Firework Salt Painting
Monday, July 10th - Kids Mud Pie Creation
Monday, July 17th - Bubble Paint Creation
Monday, July 24th - Handprint Art
Monday, July 31st - Cloud Experiment
Monday, August 7th - Make Take Home Clay
Monday, August 14th - Marshmallow Painting
Monday, August 21st - Soap Foam Printing
Monday, August 28th - Jungle Slime

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

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


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.
    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.



    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.

    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!

    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 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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