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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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Fun little kids museum.

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Holland, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

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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Traverse City,
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

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

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

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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Holland, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 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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Carmel, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 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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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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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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