8 Best Children's Museums in Michigan, USA

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During the summer, Michigan experiences searing heat, which almost makes it unbearable to have any outdoor activity. Never the less, visiting indoor museums comes in handy during such a time. These places offer educational, recreational, and fun things that you and your family can enjoy. This Great Lakes State has several museum selections that sound fun and can replace the outdoor activities canceled or made unbearable by the hot weather. The problem, however, comes from selecting the ones to visit and having the most fun or learning experience. Scroll down for these nine best children’s museums in Michigan, USA to make an informed choice when planning what museums should you prioritize in your next visit.

1. Curious Kids’ Museum and Discovery Zone

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It is all about fun when it comes to this gorgeous museum. You and your entire family will definitely have something to enjoy while at this museum. The place is packed with facilities such as pretend ambulances, cafes, and even a radio station to give children ample joy. This place tailors everything to fit into a child’s play life. It is an interactive place where every person gets to have fun with their kids without limitations. Hands-on and activities follow each other all throughout the museum. Follow your child around and take part in the fun activities.

Curious Kids’ Museum and Discovery Zone

Address: 333 Broad St, St Joseph, MI 49085, United States

Website: Curious Kids’ Museum and Discovery Zone

Opening hours: Thu: 4pm - 8.30pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 5pm; Sun: 12 - 5pm (closed on Mon - Wed)

Price: 6 USD

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2. Grand Rapids Public Museum

Grand Rapids Public Museum
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This museum is an ideal place to spark the imagination of your child. Children will have fun watching the museum’s giant bubbles, make-believe storefronts, costumes, and more. It is a place for recapturing the ancient in a fun way. Let your child have an adventure through early history, culture, and science exhibitions. Plus, they pack an enormous selection of exhibitions, including legendary dinosaurs. Also, they do not only offer fantastic activities only to kids but also to adults.

Grand Rapids Public Museum

Address: 272 Pearl St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504, United States

Website: Grand Rapids Public Museum

Opening hours: Sat - Sun: 10am - 5pm; Mon - Fri: 9am - 5pm

Price: 8 USD for Adults; 7 USD for Senior Citizen; 3 USD for children under 17 years old

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3. Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

Hands-On Museum Ann Arbor
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Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum has embraced technology, substantially matching the old with the modern to give your child maximum fun. They offer almost everything to provide exceptional levels of fun and value for the money. An app is available to guide you on the best things that your children can do here during their visit. The safety and security of the kids are accounted for to ensure that they have loads of undistracted fun. An enclosed area for infants ensures that every kid — even the small ones — have something to enjoy. Better still, their hygiene practices are incredible, so don’t be overly worried about your kids while they play and move around.

Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

Address: 220 E Ann St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104, United States

Website: Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

Opening hours: Tue: 9am - 5pm; Sun: 12 - 5pm; Mon, Wed, Fri - Sat: 10am - 5pm; Thu:10am - 8pm

Price: 12.50 USD

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4. Sandcastles Children’s Museum

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Be prepared to go home extra tired and having a load of fun with your child after visiting this children’s museum. Every child has something that they will enjoy irrespective of their age. It has a relaxed layout that gives your child a warm feeling even at the reception. Their coloring, fun activities, lighting, and ambience keep the kids ever smiling. At every corner, there is something for a child. Every part of the building has something that makes the kids want to spend more time at the museum. Additionally, they have a grocery and a pizza shop.

Sandcastles Children’s Museum

Address: 129 E Ludington Ave, Ludington, MI 49431, United States

Website: Sandcastles Children’s Museum

Opening hours: Sun: 12 - 4pm; Sat : 9.30am - 3pm; Fri: 9.30am - 1pm (closed on Mon-Thu)

Price: 7 USD

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5. Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum

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Your kid will meet a whole new world of fun when they visit Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum. Kids will have the chance to explore and learn new things. The museum is interactive as well. Plus, it tries to provide every child — even the toddlers — with something to do for fun and education. Each time you visit this museum, expect to meet a new attraction or activity that will create a fresh experience for you and your little one.

Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum

Address: 315 W Genesee Ave, Saginaw, MI 48602, United States

Website: Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum

Opening hours: Tue, Thu & Sat: 10am - 4pm (closed on Mon, Wed, Fri & Sun)

Price: 7.50 USD onwards

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6. Longway Planetarium

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A whole brand-new world of fun and learning come alive when kids visit this children’s museum. They have stations to help stimulate the children’s imagination and make them feel that they are part of what they are learning. Children can have fun together with their parents or through the help of the museum’s attendants. Every historical, cultural, and scientific information is recreated through lively and entertaining platforms. The kids also get to explore and come into contact with astronomy and many more scientific topics that build their imagination. Also, they get to check out several exhibitions and participate in different occasions.

Longway Planetarium

Address: 1310 E Kearsley St, Flint, MI 48503, United States

Website: Longway Planetarium

Opening hours: Thu - Fri: 10am - 9pm; Sat: 11:30am - 9pm; Mon - Wed: 10am - 5pm; Sun: 11:30am - 5pm

Price: 9 USD onwards

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7. Kalamazoo Valley Museum

Best Children's Museums in Michigan
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It’s a lot of fun when it comes to this children’s museum. Kalamazoo Valley Museum dives deep into history, technology, and science in such a sweet and entertaining fashion. Expect to have everything playing smoothly when it comes to this museum. And what museum comes with free, fun activities in Michigan? This is one of those museums that will admit you and your kids for free. Plus, their hands-on activities are entertaining and educational. Their exhibits are attractive and highly educational as well, which is displayed in a simple, easy-to-understand language. Your kids are guaranteed to learn the universe’s history here. And, make sure that they visit the informative technology stands too.

Kalamazoo Valley Museum

Address: 230 N Rose St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007, United States

Website: Kalamazoo Valley Museum

Opening hours: Sun: 1pm - 5pm; Mon - Sat: 9am - 5pm

Price: Free

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8. Call of the Wild Museum

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Reconstruct the fun, old days with your kids during a visit to this remarkable museum. Each activity reconstructs the wild and precious past for the children to learn and get entertained. Their staff is very engaged in taking and answering questions from the kids. Go through the animal stands to learn different things that you and the kids might never have known. Plus, this museum also has a mini-golf, which is among other fun activities that will keep every visitor happy. This is a place that guarantees a ton of constant fun.

Call of the Wild Museum

Address: 850 S Wisconsin Ave, Gaylord, MI 49735, United States

Website: Call of the Wild Museum

Opening hours: Sun: 11am - 5pm; Mon - Sat: 9.30am - 6pm

Price: Adults: 7.50 USD; Children (from 5 to 12 years old): 5 USD; Seniors (aged 62 and up): 7 USD

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9. Kids ‘N’ Stuff Museum

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Posted by Kids 'N' Stuff Childrens Museum on Monday, 16 December 2019

Spark your child’s imagination and let them embrace nature, history, and science while at this museum. Kids can play in the water, act in costumes, and have tons of fun. The museum reconstructs their imagination to fit what they experience while visiting. It tales kids on a journey of learning through entertaining stands and activities. Their reception and hospitality are exceptional, ensuring that the kids are handled with love and care to give them a one-of-a-kind experience.

Kids ‘N’ Stuff Museum

Address: 301 S Superior St, Albion, MI 49224, United States

Website: Kids ‘N’ Stuff Museum

Opening hours: Tue - Sat: 10am - 4pm; Sun: 12 - 4pm (closed on Mon)

Price: Adults: 6.50 USD; Children (under age 1): Free

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The time for fun is here

Each of the discussed museums recreates ancient, current, and future history for fun. They also try to keep each visitor engaged in various activities. Visiting these museums not only assure you of fun but also an appreciation of what is around. Let your kids learn and embrace the culture that these museums showcase.

Editor’s Note: Due to Covid-19, the business hours of the museums may differ from the stated timings in this article. Please be sure to check the updated hours from the websites.

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