Programs & Events

Funday Sunday: Twice each month in winter and spring, The Great Lakes Children’s Museum hosts a special activity on Sunday afternoon, like making felted egg shakers, music and movement with a developmental movement specialist, an exploration of all things slimy, and exciting visits from book characters like Curious George and Clifford the Big Red Dog! Our standard Museum fee of $6 applies to all programs offered at the Museum during regular hours, and anyone under age 2 is admitted free.

Discover with Me! - Starting this Fall, the Museum will offer new programming for adults and preschoolers on Fridays at 11:00 am.  Each week, moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas, aunts, uncles, and caregivers of all kinds will be able to explore a different aspect of child development through Discover with Me.  Basic format will include short discussion about an aspect of child development, followed by hands-on adult/child group and pair interaction, followed by information about how to continue the activity at home.

InterActive StoryTime - Wednesdays at 11:00am. InterActive StoryTime is a hands-on experience featuring great works of children’s literature, with coordinated activities and crafts led by Museum staff or trained volunteers. Young visitors will be active participants as a story comes alive with props, sounds, and movements, enhancing the story experience for children and deepening their understanding of the selected book. Interactive Story Time is included with admission to the Museum, and a different story will be read each week.

The Tentative Schedule is;

  • 9/17 Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus (Mo Williams)
  • 9/24 Little Beaver and the Echo (Amy McDonald)
  • 10/1 Pinkalicious (Victoria Kann)
  • 10/8 Moongame (Frank Asch)
  • 10/15 Fall is not Easy (Marty Kelley)
  • 10/22 Chicka-Chicka-Boom-Boom (Bill Martin Jr)
  • 10/29 The Little Old Lady Who was not Afraid of Anything (Linda Williams)
  • 11/5 Frederick (Leo Lionni)
  • 11/12 Barnyard Song (Rhonda Gowler Green)
  • 11/19 Time to Sleep (Denise Fleming)
  • 11/26 I’m a Turkey (Tim Arnoski)

After School Programming – Starting in November, the Museum will offer after school programming on Wednesdays.  Stay tuned for more information.

School Break Programs

  1. Brainstorm Challenges – Mondays when TCAPs is closed
  2. Nano Days – during spring break – the biggest event for the smallest scale of science! We’ll take part in this national program featuring activities of science and technology on a nano scale (nano=10 -9; a nanometre is one billionth of a meter)!
  3. Winter Break Programs include wacky science experiments with snow and ice, making munchies for our feathered friends, building a geodesic dome out of newspaper, and more!
  4. New Year’s Eve Countdown to Noon – For kids who can’t wait till midnight to celebrate the New Year! Make party hats, noisemakers, and time capsules, and count down 11:59 am to watch the ball drop!

Special Events

  1. New Year’s Eve Countdown to Noon
  2. Cherry Town Fun Night during Cherry Festival
  3. Kids Fest during Film Festival
  4. Kids Art Fair during Friday Night Live