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.

Toddler Time
Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00 am – noon Toddler Time is offered throughout the summer – even though everyone is crazy busy.  No matter how busy mom or dad or the caregivers are, making time for toddlers to interact with each other, fire up the synapses and sharpen their motor skills is really important to the development of a child.  Toddler time does just that through fun-filled free-play activities designed for rapidly growing and developing toddlers, which encourage their curiosity, enhance fine and gross motor skills, guide appropriate social behaviors, and facilitate essential cognitive growth. No reservation is necessary to participate in Toddler Time; just drop in with your little one.

For more information see the Toddler Time tab or check the calendar.

InterActive StoryTime
Every Wednesday and Friday 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.  The story of choice changes each week.

Mad Science Mondays
Every Monday from 1:00 to 3:00 pm
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Don your Einstein wig and lab coat join in on the madness as participants age 6 and up explore science in a way only the Great Lakes Children’s Museum could.  Mini-mad scientists (i.e., children under 6) are encouraged to participate with the help of a “lab rat” oops – their “lab partner” – (i.e., caregiver). Mad Science Monday is included with Museum admission.  For more information see the Summer Programs tab or check out the calendar.

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