Plan Your Visit

Fun at the Children's MuseumThe Great Lakes Children’s Museum offers hands-on, inquiry-based, educational FUN for people of all ages.

Conveniently located less than 2 miles from downtown Traverse City, with plenty of free parking, captivating exhibits and activities, special programs, and nearby parks and child-friendly eateries, the Museum makes a wonderful all-season destination for families and groups.

The Museum is located on the campus of the Discovery Center ~ Great Lakes, a collaborative educational facility that offers displays of historic boats, watershed ecology, and more.

Come pilot a Freighter, become a raindrop in the Water Cycle, make a weather report in the Weather Station, engineer the aqueducts in the Water Table, dress up in the Lighthouse Keeper’s Quarters, try some arts and crafts, explore Toddler Beach, and more … all at the Great Lakes Children’s Museum!

Plan to spend at least an hour and a half in the Museum, or more if you’re attending a special program.

Your admission fee entitles you to enjoy the Museum all day, so it’s okay with us if you leave and come back.

We provide waterproof smocks for use with our Water Table, but some young water workers play with such enthusiasm that they get quite wet, so you might want to bring an extra shirt.

And, of course, there are changing tables in both the men’s and the women’s restrooms at the Museum.

We have an Activity Room where you can enjoy your own sack lunch or snack, unless the room is reserved for a birthday party or a meeting.