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Grand Rapids Children's Museum
Ranked #10 of 83 things to do in Grand Rapids
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed April 14, 2014

If I had a very young child - toddler to about 5, and I lived nearby, I would buy a pass to bring the child in to play. There is not much here for anyone over 5.
If I'm visiting grand rapids - there are a lot of better places to visit for the money.
Spending $10 a person to come here is not really worth the price paid, especially considering adults have to pay to enter. We spent close to $50 to come in and we were done within 90 minutes.
There are only two small levels and truly, this is not a museum, nor a hands on museum.
There is a small bubble area, some mirrors, play spaces, pretend grocery store - honestly I have been in public libraries that provide similar preschool areas. There is nothing to eat or drink here.
Kalamazoo, Ann Arbor, and many other Michigan cities have far superior kids museums.
Overall I was disappointed.

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Reviewed March 7, 2014 via mobile

We visited with our three children ages 5 to 10. Despite being a little older for a children's museum, they still found plenty of hands on activities to keep them occupied.

Bathrooms were clean and hand sanitizer was available throughout the building. Plenty of staff were seen actively engaging the children in play of various types, picking up the toys, and making sure the displays were always ready for more youngsters.

Parking was a little tricky. We needed a handicap accessible spot but the web site didn't mention where to find one. We ended up with street side metered parking, which gave us only two hours. Due to physical disabilities, it was not convenient to brave the snowy, uneven sidewalks (not shoveled or salted) to go back and add more time to our meter, so we opted to leave after only two hours. The kids would have liked to have stayed longer, and there were some areas they never had time to explore.

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Reviewed March 5, 2014

Our 4 & 5 year old grandkids thought this was like a big playhouse, but the two 17 year old girls we brought were too old for the type of fun here. It was very hands on which the smaller kids enjoyed.

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Reviewed February 24, 2014

Cons: Expensive to get in. Hardly any people working, mostly just front desk and at the top of the stairs. Other childrens museums we've gone to have had people working in all area's doing something special like a craft or sort of cleaning up an area (and yes, kids will destroy it again). General lack of interactiveness from the museum staff.
Pros: Lots of play area's. My kids especially enjoyed the construction zone and the market area where there was a bank and all sorts of foods to play with. The first floor had lots of 'parent' seating along the edges where we could sit and watch. There lots of things to do for my kids to do and they both were interested in the different types of play. Kids are 3 and 6. We brought water bottles but there were drinking fountains near the restrooms. Great way to spend an afternoon with the kids. They will become part of the ASTC membership circle very soon making it easier on the cost if you hold a membership at other museums (such as the GR public museum).

Thank rob-bu7
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Reviewed January 4, 2014

We decided to take our two year old here. We got there close to it opening in the morning. Good part was street parking was free on the weekend. Our little one was mesmerized by being able to explore the whole place and there was no worry for her to break anything. Highly recommend this for kids!

Thank regggit
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