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Parents' Night Out

Take the night off and give your children a fun, educational evening at LSNC our or partners the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. Once a month we offer these exciting drop off programs for children in Kindergarten through 5th grade. Rain, snow, or sunny skies—we go outside! This program includes a Panera sandwich box with PB&J or Turkey as well as a light-night popcorn snack. Parents' Night Out programs fill up quickly so we encourage you to register early. We accept registration via online registration below, or by phone at 734-997-1553.

All Parents' Night Out programs run from 5:30pm-10:00pm at the designated location.

Location Dates  Camp Grades
Leslie Science & Nature Center 10/20 Whoooo's There  K-5th
Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum 11/16 Pop, Fizz, Bang (registration coming soon) K-5th
Leslie Science & Nature Center 12/15 Wild Winter Woods (registration coming soon) K-5th
Leslie Science & Nature Center 1/19 Critters that Squirm in the Night (registration coming soon) K-5th
Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum 2/23 Simple Machines (registration coming soon) K-5th

More information on registration for Parents' Night Out programs is coming soon including dates and themes for our March and April programs. 


Please read this important information before you register for PNO. Click on each header for more info.

Dinner and Snack

  • Each child is provided with a Panera box lunch for dinner with a choice of a peanut butter and jelly or turkey sandwich. Participants are also allowed to bring a dinner from home. We also eat a late night snack of popcorn. 

Typical Schedule

  • 5:30     Camper Sign In and Welcome Stations
    Families sign campers in at the drop off location. While we are waiting for everyone to arrive, campers will choose from several different activities like art making, exploring specimens, or playing with blocks, Legos, and other manipulative toys. They will have the chance to explore the "big ideas" of the day's theme.

  • 6:30     Dinner and Free Time
    Dinner is held eating picnic outside (weather permitting) or on the floor in our program space. Participants, staff, and volunteers stay seated and focused on eating and drinking water for 20 minutes. Campers are encouraged to recycle and compost. After dinner participants will have free time to play games or explore

  • 7:15    Evening Activities
    Participants will spend this time exploring the evening's big ideas through guided activities like experiments, hikes, games, and other activities. Activities might be done in various places around the site. Parents looking to sign their child out early will need to call the number provided at drop off to locate participants. 

  • 9:00    Quiet Free Time and Snack 
    Participants will eat a snack of popcorn while doing self guided quiet activities like playing board games or doing art. Parents are welcome to pick their child up during this time. 

  • 10:00  All Campers Picked up and Signed Out
    All campers must be picked up and signed out by someone on their Emergency & Release form with photo I.D. by 10:00. 

Packing List

  • Weather-appropriate clothes and layers (we go outside in all weather, so please come prepared)
  • Backpack to hold everything
  • Dinner if not eating Panera Sandwich (nothing that needs refrigeration or warming please)
  • Refillable Water Bottle
  • Extra Clothes (including socks, underwear, and extra layers) and a plastic bag for wet or dirty clothes
  • Winter and Rain Clothing (in colder months) including rain coat or warm winter coat, boots, snow pants, hats, mittens/gloves and a scarf. LSNC has some rain and winter wear available for campers to borrow while at camp. Please contact the program manager if you need items to keep your child comfortable at PNO, 734-531-6052.
  • Slippers or Indoor Shoes (optional—to protect our buildings, we do not wear outdoor shoes inside our buildings when it is snowy, muddy, or salty outside.
  • Book(s) to read
  • Sleds (optional—when it is snowy, we may go sledding at PNO. particpants must be willing to share sleds with others. Sleds should be labeled with campers’ names. LSNC does not allow inflatable sleds or sleds with metal runners.)

Not Allowed at Parents' Night Out

  • Cell phones, mp3 devices, tablets, electronic games, cameras, or other electronic devices are not allowed at camp. Please do not bring knives and weapons of any kind, or anything you can’t afford to lose. LSNC is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Prohibited items will be held in the camp office until the end of the day and must be picked up by a parent or guardian.