Grand Rapids Children's Museum

Grand Rapids Children's Museum

Grand Rapids Children's Museum
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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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Mandi Brown
Fowlerville, MI119 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
We tried to go later in the day when it wasn’t so busy. Parking was a joke and when we finally did find a place to park, there was a huge line outside to get in. We tried calling to see how long of a wait we should expect and there is no way to reach anyone there. I’m assuming it was just too full? I’m not really sure. After waiting almost an hour in the freezing cold we had enough and just left since it was closing in an hour anyway. We drove an hour and a half to get here so I’m very disappointed and frustrated.
Written 24 February 2024
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Destination2517
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Grand Rapids Children's Museum is just the right size not too big and the staff made my kids feel real special. Check out the bubbles, the bees and the VW bug. My kids loved the stage area complete with dress-up. They also really liked the Rapids River with covered bridge and waders. If you need to watch the pennies, Thursday nights are just $1. It's on the top of our list when visiting GR, compared to other activities this is the greatest place to play.
Written 11 July 2003
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COAPHOTO
Boyne Falls, MI14 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Family
Let's me start by saying I wanted to really like this place so we gave it a second chance. So both times we visited the Grand Rapids Children's Museum my boys had fun... but mostly just playing in the block area. My son has to go to Helen Devos Children's Hospital a lot and my kids always ask to go to the GRCM. Two times we have gone and both times I about had a panic attack at how messy the floor got... and how crowded it was. There's pro's and con's to every place and I wish I could rave about it but unfortunately I can't.
Written 15 January 2019
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jpete02
Lansing, MI902 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018
Every time I come here my kids have a lot of fun, so they must be doing something right. First off, this museum is geared towards ages 3-8. Older kids may not find a lot to do here or may be bored.

After you come here a few times, you realize this isn’t that big of a museum. The little GR exhibit, which contains a grocery store, bank, and a restaurant takes up more than 1/2 of the first floor exhibit space. The kids love playing in this area but it does get crowded and chaotic. The rest of the first floor has a space for building with foam blocks and a little kids area, that is in desperate need of updating.

The second floor has a new hospital exhibit that is well done, a fun area with bubbles, and some musical instruments. Overall, you can spend 2-3 hours here, which is probably good enough if you have little kids.

Parking is an issue. Museum does not have its own parking lot. If you come on a weekend, you should be able to find metered street parking within a couple blocks. Weekdays are tougher and the closest public parking garage is three or four block away.
Written 28 May 2018
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Ayelet Sror
Skokie, IL165 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Family
I guess this is not unique to this museum but I don’t understand why parents need to pay to accompany their kids somewhere kids wouldn’t go alone anyway.
That aside, it was absolutely fascinating for our 2.5 year old, our 1 year old, and us. Unfortunately we went on the same day as two schools on field trips.
We were there 2.5 hrs and probably could have stayed more.
The first floor is for infants to 5 year olds. The second floor is more suited to older kids.
Written 24 May 2018
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540gm
Grand Rapids, MI16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Friends
This museum has ongoing and changing areas so you can repeat going with the same children. There are things to do and places to play for children with all kinds of interests. Excellent place to take your family.
Written 6 February 2018
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NicoleMJR
United States20 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Family
My children are 10 and 11 but we've been to other children's museums that they've enjoyed so we thought we would try this one. I would not recommend this museum for children older than 8. My kids were not impressed because all of it was geared to a much younger audience, and the place was extremely messy and noisy. I'm not sure that I would have been extremely happy with this museum even if my kids were a little younger but if you are looking for an indoor activity for young kids and are in the area, it might be worth checking out. There were a few staff members on the floor that were knowledgeable about the displays and that did help to make it more interesting for my kids.

There is a parking lot ($2.50/hr -- can pay by credit/debit or cash) behind the museum or if you're lucky, there is limited parking (parking meters) on the street out front of the museum.
Written 30 June 2017
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thevinoman
Mishawaka, IN453 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2016 • Family
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 is much more worthwhile.
Written 4 October 2016
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SKSmith
Grandville, MI49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Couples
We have had a membership since we became grandparents. Our grandchildren are 3 years and 1 year. They love going to the Grand Rapids Children's Museum to blow giant bubbles, 'drive' the bright yellow VW Bug, play doctor, paramedic or firefighter, go grocery shopping or run a pizzaria, watch a puppet show or play musical instruments. Of course we always end with a stop in the museum store. There is metered street parking.
Written 29 April 2015
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Eiregirl
169 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is one of the better children's museums that we've ever been to. They have a wonderful range of exhibits that will appeal to toddlers and older kids...plus the space is well proportioned and it's easy to keep an eye on everyone as they fan out! We spent close to 3 hours on our first visit...my 5 year old was thrilled with the number of things to climb on and pound and my 7 year old spent at least a half an hour creating 'magnet monsters'.

We visit Grand Rapids at least once a year and never pass up a chance to visit the GR Children's Museum. It's always worth another trip, as they are constantly playing host to travelling exhibits and do a good job refreshing the displays to keep things new and interesting. If you're visiting Grand Rapids with children, don't pass it up!
Written 21 March 2006
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