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Great Lakes Children's Museum

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Address: 13240 S West Bay Shore Dr, Traverse City, MI 49684-5570
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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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Nice little museum

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... read more

Reviewed October 10, 2015
Emactravels
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Royal Oak, MI
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Royal Oak, MI
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120 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
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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29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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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Japan
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161 reviews
115 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
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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Thank Emily L
Traverse City,
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed August 24, 2015

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

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2 reviews
Reviewed August 7, 2015 via mobile

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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33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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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49 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
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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Thank Deb K
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed July 29, 2015 via mobile

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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Thank gopogotom
Cincinnati, Ohio
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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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12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed July 2, 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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