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Grand Rapids Children's Museum

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Address: 11 Sheldon Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3218
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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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Our kids loved it! We had a blast doing all the activities together and watching them learn was so fun! I love all children are able to play and take part in the activities... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Libby R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our kids loved it! We had a blast doing all the activities together and watching them learn was so fun! I love all children are able to play and take part in the activities. Keep in mind that your kids may max out at 1-1 1/2 hours. It is small but a lot of fun. If your kids are older... More 

Thank Libby R
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyed recently with my 7 yr old grandson. Gives a child a fun, interactive experience along with a much-needed chance to burn off excess energy! Observed children as young as crawler stage to kids 7-10. If traveling with youngsters thoroughly bored with the adult schedules..take this in! Quite creative and geared to how kids play and use imagination

Thank Sandra J
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our kids loved the museum. There are many, many things to do for kids of all ages. The facility was very well kept.

Thank Karmen B
Washington state
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I took my 2 year old daughter here when we were in town visiting family. They have a separate area for infants and toddlers so they won't get over-run by bigger kids. My daughter is really into playing kitchen and they have a large play kitchen in the toddler area with lots of pots and play food. She also enjoyed... More 

Thank msuvet2006
Lansing, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016

We enjoy taking my 4yo to this museum when we are in Grand Rapids! It's always clean and well-staffed, and the exhibits rotate out to keep things fresh! We love the "town" area located downstairs - they have everything from a car to drive to a full grocery store to shop at. We also love the bubbles! There is no... More 

Thank MRR48917
Detroit, Michigan
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37 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2016

Lots to see and do. Staff is very friendly and welcomes feedback. Different shows going on year round.

Thank davidrK5310LM
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2016

This museum is designed for hands on activities for toddlers to pre-teens. It's a bit expensive and there are not a ton of staff available, but it's a place for rainy or cold days when you have a bunch of kids that need to get out. Not quite a great place, especially when you've been to lots of other cities... More 

Thank RickMIusa
Grayling, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

With the changing displays and fun activities, the Children's Museum is always a new adventure. The staff is friendly and the museum is clean. It's a wonderful way to spend a cold, snowy day!

Thank Jamie F
Williamston, Michigan
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9 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

Great for kids up to about grade 3. After that, they might not be quite as interested. Below that age, they will have a ball with all the hands on things to do!

Thank John M
Mishawaka, Indiana
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016

I appreciate the fact that GR has a children's museum, but it could be much better, considering the quality of all of the other museums in town. Also overpriced, $35 for two adults (who do nothing but watch), and two kids, 5 and 6. Yes, there are some unique items and activities, but I wasn't really overly impressed. Meijer Gardens... More 

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