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“GREAT FUN - Educational as well”

Great Lakes Children's Museum
Ranked #29 of 108 things to do in Traverse City
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Owner description: Hands-on interactive creative play. Water Table, Light House, Freighter and more...
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102 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“GREAT FUN - Educational as well”
Reviewed 4 January 2014

Don't tell the kids this is an educational facility - it is just chalked fun of FUN and wonderful activities. They will get some interesting facts and fun about the Great Lakes. Wonderful hands-on experience for those youngn's. I think ideal for 3-6 year olds.

Visited July 2013
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Corpus Christi, Texas
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149 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Fun, but don't have high expectations”
Reviewed 19 October 2013

I visited the Great Lakes Children's Museum with my two year old and four year old grand daughters. It was rainy and cool outside so we opted for an inside activity to spend the day with the kids. Although at first glance it seems to have a lot to do, after a closer look, several things did not work or were not well maintained. It seemed more like a very large play room instead of a Museum. The water table that allows kids (and adults) to create currents by moving and adding panels to stationary pegs was the highlight of the visit. The kids and adults spent more time on that than anything else. Several areas were nothing more than kitchen play sets, Lincoln logs and foam blocks that are not even as nice as the ones most kids have at home in their rooms. Many of the displays appeared to be interactive until the kids started playing and then you realize all they are is toggle switches that do nothing but light up. The interactive display that deals with recycling, compost and trash was a great concept but not well maintained, the green screen camera was not working and other displays were just not interesting enough to get or keep the kids attention.
The staff seemed to be board and less than concerned about maintaining the displays. The gift shop does not even sell t-shirts!
The $18.00 we spent to get the four of us in was not a lot of money, but if the weather is nice, just take the kids to the park.

Visited October 2013
Thank Darryl M
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Howell, MI
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A Fun Time!”
Reviewed 25 September 2013

If you are expecting this museum to compare to something like the Ann Arbor Hand's On or other large children's museums, you will be disappointed. It is a great little place for toddler aged kids though. It was kind of cold and blah weather for part of our stay so we stopped in here to let our toddler burn off some energy. He really loved the water table and the little ball maze. He is under 2 so we only paid admition for the 2 adults. I don't think it would be worth paying for multiple kids and adults though. There just isn't a lot there for $6 per person.

Visited September 2013
Thank Jennifer G
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Rochester, Michigan
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Good for toddler age”
Reviewed 8 September 2013 via mobile

As others have mentioned, I would not exactly call this a "museum". It is more of an indoor play area. It was a lot of fun for my 21 month old on a rainy day. The indoor slide, water table, and ship were fun. We spent about 1.5 hours there which was enough. It is perfect for young children- I don't think children over 6 would find it very exciting.

Visited September 2013
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2013

If you have been to Children's Museums in major cities then do not even bother wasting your money here... you will be extremely disappointed. This "museum" is nothing more then a glorified indoor playland. It is extremely small and most of the "exhibits" are non-functional. I have been taking my kids here since they were babies, mainly in the winter as it's the only indoor playland that isn't a part of a fast food chain. It is not a place you can spend the entire day at exploring with your kids. It is however, ok for a rainy or winter day for the under 5 set.

Visited June 2013
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