Great Lakes Children's Museum
The Great Lakes Children’s Museum creates hands-on, interactive, and informal educational environments for children and the adults in their lives that invite curiosity, allow exploration, encourage participation, and celebrate the child-like wonder in all of us.
The Great Lakes Children’s Museum is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization with the demonstrated ability to create high-quality, hands-on, educational experiences for the youth and families of Northern Lower Michigan, as well as for the many visitors to our area.
Great clean place for kids around 1-9 years old. Staff is very friendly. The exhibits are all very hands on will feel like a playground to kids. The place isn't huge but they fit a lot in without feeling crowded. Only downside is it costs $7 each for both children and adults, which adds up fast for a family. They're a non-profit though so I doubt they would charge that if they didn't need to.
We were in Traverse City on vacation, and it was a cloudy day with spotty rain showers and we needed to keep our 3 and 5 year old occupied. we spent $35 to admit my wife and myself, their grandpa, and both kids to basically play in an indoor playground. This place is more play cafe (without food) than museum. The water flow table is pretty cool, but that's about it. Not worth the $35 and they were bored within an hour. If you are hoping to educate your children don't enter this place with high expectations. If you just need to keep them busy you might achieve that but you will overpay.
Museum is quite the stretch. It's more of a play area with a few informational posters. They charge $7 for both adults and children. We went on a weekday there were easily 100 people inside so $7 a pop seems exorbitant for a non profit. It's very small, geared towards toddlers and very young children. Customer service was poor also, after expressing surprise about the fees the woman at the front presented me with a logical fallacy about paying to bring children to a movie theater. If it's pouring rain out and you have toddlers who really need to burn off some energy this might be your spot, otherwise I would not recommend it.
This is a great place for kids 0-6 year's of age. The museum is small, only two rooms. With that said, a lot of hands on activities to keep kids busy for a few hours. Some things they have are a lighthouse, boat, water table, climbing area, train table and a couple of outdoor things.
It's definitely more of a play area than museum. Quite a bit smaller than I anticipated with the name of "museum" Geared towards very little kids. My 2 year old had fun... But it's a bit expensive when you have to pay full price for each adult and child.