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11 Sheldon Ave NE

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$9 for adults and kids; free for infants 1 and younger
Tues-Wed, Fri-Sat 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. | Thurs 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

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A hit with visiting families and locals alike, the Grand Rapids Children's Museum features a variety of interactive exhibits to engage growing minds. Exhibits rotate frequently, but may include a replica of a Lake Michigan beach that allows kids to play in the sand, a dinosaur exhibit that features lifelike recreations of dinosaurs, and a "kidstruction zone" that encourages little ones to build a PVC pipe maze, create a foam brick wall and use a wheelbarrow to move gravel.

Past visitors reported spending several hours exploring the interactive exhibits, and praised the reasonable entry prices and convenient downtown location.

The Grand Rapids Children's Museum welcomes visitors from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Thursday. Admission costs $9 for adults and kids and is free for infants younger than 1. Admission costs $3 Thursday nights between 5 and 8 p.m. You'll find the museum in downtown Grand Rapids; street parking is available nearby but limited. If you don't have your own set of wheels, you can reach it via the DASH bus.

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