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Address: 13240 S West Bay Shore Drive, Traverse City, MI 49684
Phone Number: 231-932-4526
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Hands-on interactive creative play. Water Table, Light House, Freighter and...

Hands-on interactive creative play. Water Table, Light House, Freighter and more...

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Great place for young children to explore and have fun!

I took our son to this place many times while he was young. We had the annual pass for families including grandparents which was a great deal! We had a birthday party for our son... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Heidi G
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Traverse City, MI, United States
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Traverse City, MI, United States
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32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I took our son to this place many times while he was young. We had the annual pass for families including grandparents which was a great deal! We had a birthday party for our son there and went to a few as well. They have some really neat displays and things for young ones to do/see. I wish they could... More 

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Thank Heidi G
Troy, Ohio
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49 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

Nice visit for a day, you can spend an hour or 5 hours, but it is expensive for a family. good exhibits and there was a hands on program when we were there but THIS IS A SELF LEARNING EXHIBIT. I went there once but would not go again for the price and value.

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Thank Alan C
Royal Oak, MI
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95 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015 via mobile

This museum is a great spot for kids. We went on a cold day. I am sure it is packed on a rainy day in the summer. It kept our son occupied for a few hours. They also offer kids programs. Check the website for types and times.

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Thank Emactravels
Petoskey, Michigan, United States
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21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015 via mobile

Went with my three-year-old son and my dad. We all had fun. It was raining outside and my kid needed to run around and play. There was a lot of kids there of all ages so it was fun for my son to be able to play with other children. There's a lot of really great educational things to do,... More 

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Thank Jillian H
Japan
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122 reviews
88 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

I'm very surprised by how small this children's museum is. They have a very cool water table that lets kids manipulate currents and float down boats but other than that nothing stood out. Fine for a rainy day if you're on vacation with the kiddos but not a place I'd frequent if I were a local.

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Thank Emily L
Traverse City,
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6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Not much to do. Only stayed an hour tops. only thing that had the kids attention was the water table.

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Thank Amanda R
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015 via mobile

My 22 month old loved this museum. He loved the water table and hampster tunnel. They recently increased their price to $7/person for kids over 1 year. Well worth the visit.

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Thank Demetra P
Holland, Michigan
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24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Neat little place! My kids loved it. It's not huge, but has some neat things. The table with the water is awesome. I think I played with it more than my kids.

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Thank Bryan L
Carmel, Indiana
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27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

We visited the museum on a cooler weather day with our grandchildren, ages 2 and 4 years. We were very impressed with all of the learning activities. The kids had a great time with so many things to do. We all enjoyed the water table, the puppet stage, large legos and the telescope. The kids really liked the big slide... More 

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Thank Deb K
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 via mobile

It looks small from the outside because it is. The activities were good but limited because of size. If you are expecting an experience like larger cities' hands on museums, then this is not the place. Good for killing an hour or so.

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