Since 2006 we've been thinking about your kids...

Mission Statement

Educating children in a world of discovery, curiosity and imagination through hands-on play.

HistorY & Mission

In in the fall of 2006, a group of parents and grandparents decided to explore the possibility of creating a hands-on, interactive children's museum for Lancaster, Ohio. After research, meetings, and assessment of community interest, the group decided to go forward with their idea of opening a museum. In January of 2007, AHA! A Hands-on Adventure, A Children's Museum, joined the Association of Children's Museums as an Emerging Member. In March of 2007, the museum received 501(c) (3) non-profit status with the Internal Revenue Service  and fundraising efforts began in April of 2007.

A site for the museum at 315 S. Broad Street was selected soon after and, an Executive Director was hired in December. The museum opened to the public on March 2, 2008. 

The sole mission of AHA! is to surround children and the adults in their lives with a hands-on, interactive, playful and educational environment that invites curiosity, allows exploration, encourages participation and celebrates the child-like wonder in us all.



Board of Directors

Ben Swain, President

Jennifer D'Onofrio, Past President

Jennifer Miller, Secretary

Jennifer Sitterley Baum, Treasurer

Michael Williams

Molly Bates

Jennifer Friel

Jeff Spangler

Michele Ritchlin



Wendy Gregory, Executive Director

Andrea Robinson, Facilities Assistant

Elise Probasco, Early Childhood Education Coordinator

Josie Garcia, Operations Assistant

Our Partners

Roto Studio is a full-service design and production firm specializing in first-hand experiences for museums and entertainment venues. With an award-winning design team and their own in-house exhibit engineering group, Roto Sudio's work includes interactive gadgets, immersive themed environments, content-rich interpretive exhibits, and dramatic story-driven attractions. With more than 15 years of proven excellence, Roto Studio delivers visitors to AHA! a world class experience.

Creative Cabinets, a local Lancaster company, specializes in the fabrication of children's museums nationwide. Creative is enthusiastic about having their hand crafted exhibits stay in Fairfield County where local children and visitors can enjoy them. They have collaborated with Roto Studio on numerous exhibit projects in the past, installed throughout the US and Canada.