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

The children will love this lovely little museum. It gets crowded on a bad weather day and why shouldn't it. When you can't take the kids to the beach, take them to this darling... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 14, 2014
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Carmel, Indiana
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

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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Cincinnati, Ohio
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

This place is perfect for younger kids. Our toddler (22 months) absolutely loved it. We were a little worried when we pulled up and saw the small building, but were amazed once we walked in the door. Plenty of things to do, and very welcoming staff. Of course our son screamed when it was time to leave, but any parent... More 

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Oxford, Michigan
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

This is a place to take the younger kids. There are many hands on activities for them to explore. There is also a water table that the kids can seem to play with for hours.

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Zeeland, Michigan
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8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

We've visited many children's museums across the country and this is astounding. Our children spent the better part of a rainy day discovering the exhibits and reading with a group. Great.

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Traverse City, Michigan, United States
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

This was a great place to take our kids to visit on snowy/rainy days while growing up in TC. It is clean. The workers are friendly. There are plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained. Not nearly as big as the sister museums in GR or AA, but still every bit as nice.

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Bourbon, IN
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59 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

If the weather is cold or rainy and you have nothing else to do, the children's museum is a good place to go. It is TINY and a little outdated but is good enough if there's no other options. I wish they'd change their displays around a little. We've been going for years and very little has changed.

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Traverse City, Michigan
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21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

This was an okay place for young children to hang out on a bad weather day, but there really isn't a lot to do and much of it needs updating.

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Harbor Springs, Michigan
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This museum is very "kid" friendly. There are many different activities to stimulate children's imagination and skills. The entrance fee is $6.00 per person.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

The children will love this lovely little museum. It gets crowded on a bad weather day and why shouldn't it. When you can't take the kids to the beach, take them to this darling little museum, you won't be disappointed. It's really good for preschoolers.

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Address: 13240 S West Bay Shore Drive, Traverse City, MI 49684
Phone Number: 231-932-4526
Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Grand Traverse County  >  Traverse City

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