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Grand Rapids Children's Museum

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Address: 11 Sheldon Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone Number: 616-235-4726
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Description: Children direct their own learning at this hands-on museum with both...
Children direct their own learning at this hands-on museum with both permanent and changing exhibits, where they play with slippery bubbles, study a live beehive, learn the magic of mirrors and more.
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Kids night out, this is the place to check out.

I am never disappointed when I take my two smaller children here for different events. I can say that being in my 40's there is still a kid inside me that only comes out when I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Although I understand why people love this place- it's a giant playroom for kids of younger ages (the "Museum" label is a bit misleading, as other reviewers have stated) and the parents don't have to hover. However, we were surprised at the entry cost and probably wouldn't have gone in had we not had free passes (or maybe would have... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

I am never disappointed when I take my two smaller children here for different events. I can say that being in my 40's there is still a kid inside me that only comes out when I take my children here. A must to experience on a budget. And a great place for a kid to just be a kid.

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Manton, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We went on a really hot day and thought the kids would enjoy it and they did. They loved the phones probably more than anything else. Upstairs got a bit toasty but the kids didn't mind one bit. Lots of different things to do and it changes from time to time as well as this is not our first trip.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Annual pass worth the price. This museum has a kid-sized village with a bank, post office, restaurant, grocery store, vet office, etc., that will keep kids entertained for hours.

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Commerce Township, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

We stopped by the Children's Museum with our 3 kids (all 5 and under), and they had a blast! Prices are very reasonable for the hours of entertainment you'll get. We arrived at opening time on a summer Saturday and it was not busy at all. The kids had free reign over most of the first floor. There are tons... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Our daughter was a little old for the exhibits here but we had fun anyway. There's a bee hive inside that the bees come into from outside the building. That was cool. Lot of hands-on play for little kids. Expensive, though.

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Otsego, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

What a great place for children of all ages. It is nice to go to a place that is constantly evolving and coming up with new and exciting programs for students of all ages. This is a MUST do for families in Grand Rapids.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Great for children but nothing for adults, not even a cafe to get a drink. Entrance fee far too high for adults considering there is nothing in there for them.

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Langley, Arkansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Kids had lots of fun, the variety of activities was great, clean environment, safe, younger kids (5 & 6) found it more enjoyable than older (9 & 11). Activities were inviting even for adult involvement. We would go again if we were in the area in the future.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

The kids had a good time here. We on a Saturday as soon as they opened for the day. They really enjoyed the little play store and taking their own shopping carts to do "grocery shopping", also the magnet wheel was a hit, (with the adults as well). There were several areas of interest: bubbles, dominoes, musical, veterinarian, farm, beehive,... More 

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