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    Enjoy a huge range of entertainment, dining, shopping and sightseeing opportunities, all within an easy, eye-catching 10-minute walk.
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    Grand Rapids Children Museum

    The Children's Museum celebrates childhood and the joy of learning by providing an interactive, hands-on experience that encourages self-directed exploration.

    Eighteen permanent exhibits include Aunt Daisy's Farm, Mom & Pop Store, Treehouse, Giant Lite Brite, Wee Discover, Wee Bank, Puppet Stage, Buzzy Buzzy Bees and Bubbles, Bubbles, Bubbles!

    These are supplemented with rotating featured exhibits that engage and encourage young minds and bodies.

    The Children's Museum is located in downtown Grand Rapids, just a short walk from hotels. The 1916-era building is hard to miss: large expanses of plate glass give passersby a view of the fun inside and one exterior wall is covered with a large mosaic that was originally installed for ArtPrize 2009.

    Accessibility

    • Family Restrooms:
    • Wheelchairs:
    • ADA Doors:
    • Accessible Restrooms:
    • Signs with Braille:
    • ADA Compliant:
    • Lower Counter:
    • Lactation Room:
    • Large Print Materials:
    • Getting Around the Venue: The main entrance along Sheldon Avenue has push-button activated powered doors, and is flush with the sidewalk.

      There are Men’s and Women’s multi-user style Restrooms available with accessible stalls. There is also a Family style Restroom.

      The paths through the exhibits are wide and level.

      The interior spaces are very well lit. Bench seating is available.
    • Accessible Parking Options: Ellis Parking Lot at 9 Library Avenue NE. — 0.08 miles from the venue.

      The Gallery Parking Ramp at10 Commerce Avenue SW. — 0.1 miles from the venue.

    Grand Rapids Children's Museum

    • 11 Sheldon Ave. NE
    • Grand Rapids, MI 49503
    • (616) 235-4726
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