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
Every Friday from 10:00 am – noon Toddler Time at the Great Lakes Children’s Museum is more popular than ever! Toddlers interact with each other and learn through a variety of participatory games and special activities. Museum Educator Anne Drake leads fun-filled free-play activities designed for rapidly growing and developing toddlers, to encourage their natural curiosity, enhance their 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.

InterActive StoryTime
Every Wednesday 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.

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!

Summer Programs

  1. Make it Mondays each Monday from 1-3 p.m throughout the summer, the Museum offers a special new craft for you to make and take home. Gyotaku, Pine Cone Critters, Tie Dye, Solar Prints, Concrete Creations, and more! Make it Mondays is included with admission to the Museum.
  2. Fly Fishing Classes

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
  5. Kids Safety Day