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Great Lakes Children's Museum

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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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KIDS LOVE IT

The Children's Museum is a hands on museum / play area with special story times & projects. Lots of things for little minds and hands to explore.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 15, 2016
shellysells
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Traverse City, Michigan
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Ortonville, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were here during Cherry Fest and expected crowds but that was not the case. This place has everything for preschoolers and older kids as well. Our 2 year old grandson especially loved the water table and I noticed older kids fascinated by directing the water flow. There is a boat to steer and a helicopter to climb into. Our... More 

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Thank Sue S
Traverse City, Michigan
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29 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

The Children's Museum is a hands on museum / play area with special story times & projects. Lots of things for little minds and hands to explore.

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Thank shellysells
Traverse City, Michigan
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23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

We recently visited the GLCM with or grandchildren, ages 7 & 4. We had heard so much about it. We were greatly disappointed. Not only was it smaller with less activities but I would say it is just a pre-schoolers play house. Do not take older children there. It is a "baby-sitting" place - and think that we had 3... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

It is small, but there is plenty to do. We were there for about 3 hours and our 5 year old granddaughter had a ball playing throughout the museum. The staff is very friendly and helpful.

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Thank Melissa W
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2016 via mobile

Wish we could have visited this place but they aren't open when they say they are suppose to be! Very upsetting for my kid and for me as well. No one is answering the phone or anything! This is just rude. Hopefully they can make it right some how especially since there are quite a few families waiting in the... More 

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Thank Cynthia R
Traverse City, MI, United States
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2016

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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Troy, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 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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108 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 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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Petoskey, Michigan, United States
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 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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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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