Great Lakes Children's Museum

★★★★☆
  • 13240 S West Bay Shore Dr

    Traverse City, MI 49684

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  • 231-932-4526

About Great Lakes Children's Museum

Hours
Mon-Sat 10am-5pm

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The Great Lakes Children Museum is a wondeful place to take your children on a rainy day. They offer a variety of activities, all of which are educational. However, the kids see them as just plain fun. They also have a wonderful room available to rent for parties. It's a great way to have a party: you bring in your cake/pizza or whatever you want to serve. The kids can be in the room to eat and open presents and then they are allowed to play in the museum. My son was invited to a party there and he didn't want to leave. They also have a great little gift shop where you can pick up keepsakes (or disposable cameras...you'll want to capture it all on film, it's so much fun!)

PROS: Great rainy day activity, convenient downtown location
CONS: parking is sometimes tricky

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★★★★★

The Great Lakes Children Museum is a wondeful place to take your children on a rainy day. They offer a variety of activities, all of which are educational. However, the kids see them as just plain fun. They also have a wonderful room available to rent for parties. It's a great way to have a party: you bring in your cake/pizza or whatever you want to serve. The kids can be in the room to eat and open presents and then they are allowed to play in the museum. My son was invited to a party there and he didn't want to leave. They also have a great little gift shop where you can pick up keepsakes (or disposable cameras...you'll want to capture it all on film, it's so much fun!)

PROS: Great rainy day activity, convenient downtown location
CONS: parking is sometimes tricky

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This children's museum seems to be directed at preschoolers, and while it is fun, the educational information is way over their heads. One trip to this museum is sufficient, return trips offer no excitement. The parking area is small but I've never seen it full, so it's not a problem The gift shop is never a fun experience as my children view it as an extension of the museum and the clerk does not! They have never been particularly friendly there. I would like to avoid the gift shop entirely, but the layout does not make that possible. I would not go out of my way to take a trip there.

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CONS: Price limited activities

3
★★★☆☆

This children's museum seems to be directed at preschoolers, and while it is fun, the educational information is way over their heads. One trip to this museum is sufficient, return trips offer no excitement. The parking area is small but I've never seen it full, so it's not a problem The gift shop is never a fun experience as my children view it as an extension of the museum and the clerk does not! They have never been particularly friendly there. I would like to avoid the gift shop entirely, but the layout does not make that possible. I would not go out of my way to take a trip there.

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CONS: Price limited activities

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If you are looking for a place to get away with your kids, this is a educational alternative to the usual -- the mall. However I'm not going to lie, this place is small, i.e. fun for its size and they will charge children two and up as well as parent (s) an admission fee.

4
★★★★☆

If you are looking for a place to get away with your kids, this is a educational alternative to the usual -- the mall. However I'm not going to lie, this place is small, i.e. fun for its size and they will charge children two and up as well as parent (s) an admission fee.

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This museum is small, but fun. Every time we visit Traverse City from downstate we go there. It is certainly not an all day thing to do. We usually only stay about an hour or so, maybe a little more. But the kids really enjoy it.

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This museum is small, but fun. Every time we visit Traverse City from downstate we go there. It is certainly not an all day thing to do. We usually only stay about an hour or so, maybe a little more. But the kids really enjoy it.

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