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Address: 13240 S West Bay Shore Dr, Traverse City, MI 49684-5570
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
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Traverse City, Michigan
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Spring Lake, Michigan
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37 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great stop for us on a rainy day. Site was clean, with lots of education on local history. Overall location was small, but plenty of running room on a busy day. Our 4 year old had a blast, our 7 year old enjoyed it but was ready to go much quicker. Overall I'd say it's a solid 2 hours of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Kids has a blast! Very fun and good learning experience! The entire family enjoyed it. The staff was wonderful.

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Thank Melanee W
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70 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016 via mobile

We brought our 4 year old and 15 month old here on a hot July day. It's small but has plenty to keep the kids busy. Both of our kids loved the giant water table the best. Lots of cute activities to keep little ones busy for a few hours on a hot or rainy day.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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43 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

This museum is clean and quaint. There is nothing wrong with it, however it is made for kids about 5 and under. Toddlers mostly I would say. Price is $7 for ages 1 and up.

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Ortonville, Michigan
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188 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016 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 9 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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26 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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118 reviews
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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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43 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 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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