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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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Traverse City, Michigan, United States
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30 reviews 30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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54 reviews 54 reviews
12 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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 It is TINY and a little outdated but is good enough if there's no other options.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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36 reviews 36 reviews
16 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 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
48 helpful votes 48 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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Michigan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This is a very entertaining place for kids of various ages, though it feels more like an elaborate play center than a museum per say. There is an area to climb up through clear tunnels and go down a slide, various things to climb on, a ship with interactive video to show how it is to steer the ship, a... More 

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This place is adorable. Our little girl loved it. She could climb, play in the water table, make art, etc. The staff was great. My one complaint was that some of the parents were not paying close enough attention to their children. They saw it as a break for them instead of an interactive experience for them to enjoy with... More 

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Petoskey, Michigan
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

I brought my boys here expecting a bit of educational fun. It would have been more educational if there was a person to talk about what the play areas represented. Parents are able to do this but not all can explain certain things without previous knowledge. The toys were fun, and the boys were occupied. In my opinion it is... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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70 reviews 70 reviews
26 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I was a tad disappointed. I enjoy taking my children to age appropriate museums for them to take in and learn from. However, this is a small indoor play area (slide, tunnel, dress up, ship). I was expecting more. As we had been to several major city children's museums and they had much more to do and see. We went... More 

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Traverse City, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

My daughter at 7 years old still asks to visit although I think she has outgrown their displays.They are the same year after year although that familiarity is what the children enjoy, like a much read children's book. It is an excellent young children's museum with much to learn and do.

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