GLCM’s 2020 A-Ha! Event!

Thank you, Traverse City for another phenomenal

A-Ha! Fundraiser! Until 2021, friends!

 

CLICK HERE for photos of the 2020 Event!

 

Annual Hands-On Learning Auction Event Program

 

 

Annual
Hands-On Learning
Auction

Please be our guests at the Great Lakes Children’s Museum’s Annual Hands-On Learning Auction – our 2020 A-HA! Fundraising Event! This year’s theme- A Night of Wonder!

On Saturday, February 22nd, the elegant evening will consist of dining and drinks paired with laugh-out-loud entertainment for grownups by the incredible Ben Whiting! Of course, there will be many exciting silent and live auction items thoughtfully curated toward families and grand-families with young children.

The A-Ha! Event conveniently takes place at the Traverse City Golf & Country Club, 1725 S. Union St. in Traverse City.

Tickets: Only $85 per person, or $150 per pair

– Ticket price includes dinner, dessert, beer and wine!

This exciting event will sell out again, so do mark your calendars and get your tickets early!

Evening Timeline:

6:00 pm Guest arrival and Registration; time to peruse and bid on silent auction items, enjoy drinks and appetizers

7:15 pm Dinner and Dessert

7:45 pm Live Auction and wrap up of Silent Auction

8:30 pm Entertainment by Ben Whiting of Ben Whiting Productions!

9:30- 10:00 pm Auction Checkout, Drinks and Dancing!

The Great Lakes Children’s Museum’s Annual Hands-On Learning Auction – A Night of Wonder – our 2020 A-HA! Fundraising Event- don’t miss it!

Dress is cocktail attire- come looking like your fabulous self!

Don’t wait- the A-Ha! always sells out!                                  Click here to reserve your seat today

Please Sponsor and/or Donate Items for the event!

Want to sponsor the event or donate an item for the silent or live auctions? We truly NEED your help! There are marketing opportunities detailed here as well as customizable packages. All money raised goes to our wonderful nonprofit children’s museum, and all donations are tax deductible. Please contact:

Lisa Pointe
Development and Events Director
231.932.4526 x19
lisapointe@glcm.org

 

 

Parallel 45’s The Alphabet Experience Giveaway!

Hey Great Lakes Children’s Museum members and friends! P45’s The Alphabet Experience has donated a FREE family four pack of tickets to their debut performance Saturday, November 30th at 11:00 am!

To be entered to win:

Visit the Museum’s Facebook page, click on the pinned post at the top. Then answer in the comments below which of the Museum’s 3-D words you like best- then like and share the post!
Winner will be chosen at random on Tuesday morning! Good Luck!

Museum Members CLICK HERE to get 10% off!

Challenge Island Events Partnership with GLCM!

Challenge Island is an incredible program offering two types of FUN in the Children’s Museum:

Family Fun Nights and Kids Night Out (AKA Parent’s Date Night!)

Read on for more info and be sure to sign up before we sell out!

 

Thankful for Family, Saturday, November 9

Join Challenge Island for a fun family night of exciting challenges designed to get everyone creating together and cheering for their island tribe on Saturday, November 9 from 6 to 8 pm at the Great Lakes Children’s Museum.

Holidays are great times for reflection. Our November Challenge Island activity transforms family time together into laughing, learning, playing and problem-solving all in a fun, party atmosphere to inspire creativity! Challenges are designed for all ages, child to grandparent, and are as hard or simple as your family makes them. Create your family’s favorite meal – whether it comes from passed down family recipes or anonymous recipes your family has come to love.

Did you know Presidents have been pardoning turkeys this time of year for decades? In honor of that tradition, your family can take part in a Pardon My Turkey challenge. Come learn about the adventures of some of the pardoned turkeys while enjoying family time together and conquering incredible challenges using only the materials in your treasure chest and the power of your imagination! At Challenge Island, we are dedicated to ensuring a brighter future for our kids and our communities by helping you prepare your child to succeed in the 21st century.

Fee: $20 per family; when registering PLEASE MARK IN THE NOTES FIELD HOW MANY FAMILY MEMBERS ARE ATTENDING

REGISTER HERE

Time:
6:00 – 8:00 pm – Your family may take as much or as little time to complete the challenges as you want.
Location: Great Lakes Children’s Museum – Great Lakes Activity Room The museum will be closed at the time of the event. The museum exhibits & store will not be open for use.
Snacks & beverages: Will be provided. Ingredients will available for allergy reference.

 

STEM Wars- Endor, Saturday, December 14

In anticipation of the 9th STAR WARS movie opening December 2019, Challenge Island invites your family to come join us in STEM WARS with challenges geared around the beloved Ewoks and Droids.

In our unplugged event, you can design & build your own family droid and giving it the personality fitting for your household. You will also be able to make an Ewok catapult and try your catapult skills at our Seize the Stormtrooper Game. STAR WARS trivia and prizes are sure to get everyone excited about the new movie! Come enjoy family time together in all things STAR WARS while conquering exciting challenges using only the materials in your treasure chest and the power of your imagination!

At Challenge Island, we are dedicated to ensuring a brighter future for our kids and our communities by helping you prepare your child to succeed in the 21st century.

Fee: $20 per family; when registering PLEASE MARK IN THE NOTES FIELD HOW MANY FAMILY MEMBERS ARE ATTENDING

REGISTER HERE

Time: 6:00 – 8:30 pm – Your family may take as much or as little time to complete the challenges as you want.

Location: Great Lakes Children’s Museum – Great Lakes Activity Room. The museum will be closed at the time of the event. The museum exhibits & store will not be open for use.

Snacks & beverages: Will be provided. Ingredients will available for allergy reference.

 

Kid’s Night Out! – Autumn Owl Prowl, Saturday, November 16

It’s Kid’s Night Out! (AKA Parent’s Date Night!)

In the cool Autumn nights, the owls take flight. Come prowl with us as we learn about Michigan owls and build owl ziplines for your owl to keep an eye on the critters below. We’ll create owls, frogs, and games which involve both. We’ll also play a Michigan Animals Trivia game with crazy animal prizes.

Come join us for island-style crazy challenges using only the materials in your treasure chest and the power of your imagination! In our unplugged programs, kids receive all 5 aspects of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) AND have opportunity to develop their soft skills (life skills) in Communication, Collaboration, Critical & Creative Thinking, Flexibility, Sociability, Initiative, Leadership, and Perseverance Through Difficulty. At Challenge Island, we are dedicated to ensuring a brighter future for our kids and our communities by helping you prepare your child to succeed in the 21st century.

Event open to kids K-7th grade. Kids are grouped in teams (island tribes) by grade with others of their same grade or one grade above/below.
Fee: $25 per child; includes 3 hours of STEAM programs, take-aways, snacks & beverages.
Sibling Discount: $10 off. Register your first child and then email Renee at rallen@challenge-island.com with number of additional siblings. She will register each at the discount price.

Date: November 16th, 2019
Time: 6:00 – 9:00pm
Location: Great Lakes Children’s Museum – Great Lakes Activity Room

The museum will be closed at the time of the event. The museum exhibits & store will not be open for use.

Snacks & Beverages: Will be provided. Ingredients will be available for allergy reference. 
Registration Deadline:
Sunday, November 10th
REGISTER HERE
PLEASE NOTE: If the event fills to capacity before the registration deadline, registration will close.


Kid’s Night Out! – Icy North Pole, Saturday, December 7th

It’s Kid’s Night Out! (AKA Parent’s Date Night!)
Island Tribes will redesign the chute which transports the packages from the post office to the sleigh (think Polar Express). We’ll also be creating icy labyrinth maze games and making some icy treats. Come join us for island-style crazy challenges using only the materials in your treasure chest and the power of your imagination!

In our unplugged programs, kids receive all 5 aspects of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) AND have opportunity to develop their soft skills (life skills) in Communication, Collaboration, Critical & Creative Thinking, Flexibility, Sociability, Initiative, Leadership, and Perseverance Through Difficulty. At Challenge Island, we are dedicated to ensuring a brighter future for our kids and our communities by helping you prepare your child to succeed in the 21st century. Event open to kids K-7th grade. Kids are grouped in teams (island tribes) by grade with others of their same grade or one grade above/below.

Fee: $25 per child; includes 3 hours of STEAM programs, take-aways, snacks & beverages. Sibling Discount: $10 off. Register your first child and then email Renee at rallen@challenge-island.com with number of additional siblings. She will register each at the discount price.

Time: 6:00 – 9:00 pm – The program will start at 6:15 – you can pick up anytime up to 9 pm.
Location: Great Lakes Children’s Museum – Great Lakes Activity Room. The museum will be closed at the time of the event. The museum exhibits & store will not be open for use.

Snacks & Beverages: Will be provided. Ingredients will be available for allergy reference.
Registration Deadline: Sunday, December 1st
REGISTER HERE
PLEASE NOTE: If the event fills to capacity before the registration deadline, registration will close.

 

Learn about Food- Tasting Fun with Munson Community Health!

CLICK HERE to see the Shape Up North and GLCM Hands-On Nutrition Series Video!

The Great Lakes Children’s Museum and Munson Community Health Center are partnering in a new nutrition series aimed at providing hands-on experience and familiarity with healthy food. We invite you to attend the four family-friendly sessions ideal for preschool aged children and their caregivers. The drop-in sessions will involve a hands-on food art activity, healthy snack and take-home materials to help families “choose well” together.

September 25th 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

November 6th 10:30am – 12:00pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Music Together classes in the Museum!

GLCM is excited to debut a new type of program – Music Together with Christy Burich! Music Together is a research-based early childhood music and movement program for children from birth through kindergarten* – and the grownups who love them®

Classes are 45 minutes long for 9 weeks in Fall, Winter & Spring, and 6 weeks in Summer.​

Each class includes singing, creative movement, rhythm play & instrumental jam session. We explore and experiment with rhythm sticks, egg shakers, resonator bells, gathering drums & more. Our classes nurture the imagination, spark curiosity and use all of the senses.

Mixed-Age Family Class – begins Sept 19

(Newborn to 5 years old)

Tuesdays 9:30am or Thursdays 9:30am

Member tuition: $175 first registered child

Non-Member tuition:  $200 first registered child

Siblings 9 months – 5 yrs tuition:  $125 member of GLCM/$150 non-member;  Tuition includes materials.

Siblings age birth to 9 months: FREE! ​

Stay and play before or after class!  Admission is $7 per person (this includes adults).  Ages 1 and under are FREE!  Or, become a member and SAVE!

 

Babies Class – 8 weeks – begins Sept 27

(Newborn to 8 months old)

Fridays 12:30pm

$155 for the first registered child; $55 for each multiple sibling under 8 months

*No member/non-member prices for the Babies class as admission to the museum is free for infants under 1yr.  Tuition includes materials.

For classes held at the Great Lakes Children Museum, choose a class from the schedule that works for your family, and email your name, address, phone #, children’s names, dates of birth and your first class choice to  musictogethertc@gmail.com, or use the form.

We will then confirm class availability and check in with you to arrange payment.

Checks may be sent to 870 Kinross St, Traverse City, MI, 49686, or if you prefer, you can pay via Pay Pal.

Music Together of Traverse City full schedule

 

GLCM Selected for Traverse City Triathlon Charity Challenge!


TRAVERSE CITY CHARITIES COMPETE IN IRONMAN 70.3 TRAVERSE CITY

TRAVERSE CITY, MI: As part of the inaugural IRONMAN® 70.3 Traverse City, five local Traverse City charities will raise funds for their organization in the Traverse City Triathlon Charity Challenge.

The Traverse City Tourism Foundation has awarded complimentary IRONMAN® 70.3 entries to five local charities. These charities will campaign for pledged dollars in completing the IRONMAN® 70.3, with all pledged dollars going directly back to the associated charity. The five local charities include Munson Manor Hospitality House, Food Rescue, a Goodwill of Northern Michigan program, The Father Fred Foundation, The Great Lakes Children’s Museum and TART Trails.

“Because IRONMAN is a brand promoting healthy lifestyle, we approached local organizations that together paint a diverse picture of community health — physical, emotional, educational, recreational,” explains Trevor Tkach, President/CEO of Traverse City Tourism. “There are a lot of local organizations that fit that bill and we hope this is just the beginning of annual charity partnerships surrounding IRONMAN 70.3 Traverse City.”

The iconic IRONMAN® Series of events is the largest participation sports platform in the world. Since the inception of the IRONMAN® brand in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines at the world’s most challenging endurance races. Beginning as a single race, IRONMAN has grown to become a global sensation with more than 260 events across 44 countries.

The Traverse City race consists of a 1.2 mile swim in West Grand Traverse Bay, a 56 mile bike originating and finishing in Traverse City, and a 13.1 mile run along Boardman Lake, finishing on Front Street in the heart of downtown Traverse City. Athletes and spectators will find a host of unique restaurants and a variety of wineries and breweries to enjoy during their time in Traverse City.

Great Lakes Children’s Museum is so proud to have Danny Martinelli from our partner 9&10 News representing the Museum- THANK YOU, Danny!

Follow Danny’s progress of the Traverse City Triathlon Charity Challenge and contribute to his success at traversecity.com/traverse-city-triathlon-charity-challenge.

FREE Visits to Michigan Children’s Museums for the month of October!

 

Hello GLCM Members! YOU can help us make GLCM even better! For the month of October, you can visit the following four Michigan Children’s Museums completely FREE! All you have to do is show your active membership card at the front desk. All we ask is that you bring back ideas for what you want your Great Lakes Children’s Museum to be!

Are you a member but don’t have a membership card? Just come in to the Museum during open hours and we will give you one!

Don’t have a membership yet?? Sign up Right HERE Right Now!

Check out these AWESOME participating Museums:

Kids ‘N’ Stuff Childrens Museum
301 S. Superior Street, Albion, MI

Grand Rapids Children’s Museum
11 Sheldon Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI

Forever Curious Children’s Museum
202 E. Main St, Fennville, MI

***Important- Be sure to go to the individual Museums’ webpage to verify open times and dates!***

2019 Power of Play Golf Fundraiser for the Great Lakes Children’s Museum

The Great Lakes Children’s Museum is teaming up with The Crown Golf Club in Traverse City for the 4th annual Power of Play Golf Fundraiser on Friday, May 17th, 2019. Proceeds support cultivating curious children through the Museum’s hands-on programs and exhibits. Every year, the Museum provides free or subsidized admittance to thousands of low income and at-risk local children, supported through generous community members like you.

Special thanks to sponsors C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Sam’s Club, Jets Pizza (Chum’s Corners and Garfield Rd. locations) and 9&10 News for making the event happen!

A foursome is just $440, and an individual is $110. There are GREAT RAFFLE PRIZES from Museum partners The Crown Golf Club, Crystal Mountain, Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, Bahle Farms Golf Course, Traverse City Golf and Country Club and Elmbrook Golf Course! Prizes will be awarded for closest to pin, longest drive and lowest score overall (male/female). Get excited!

There will be exciting twists available- raffle tickets, mulligans and other games, so come ready to have FUN! Yes, there are even the Museum’s famous “Chance Cards”, playable within holes 1 through 6, 7 through 12, and 13 through 18. To understand “Chance Cards” – think monopoly. They might move you to the nearest green, or the nearest hazard! They might let you swap with the best ball in the foursome, or you might have to swap with the worst ball in the foursome! They might give you a hole in one – or automatically give you a double bogey! You never know until you open the chance card whether it will improve your standing or add a new challenge to an already fun game!

An average of 34,000 children and adults visit the museum each year. Each year, roughly 40% of the museum’s admissions are free or subsidized for low-income and at-risk groups.

Golf for a cause!

And please- when you do make choices with your dollars, please support the local businesses that give back to our community.

We LOVE our local investors!

9&10 News, Bay Masonry, C.H. Robinson, Classic Rock 98.1 & 95.3 The Bear, Flight Path Creative, Jet’s Pizza, National Cherry Festival, Parker Harvey Law Firm, Sam’s Club, Spence Brothers Construction, The Ticker, Northern Express and TC Business News, Window World of Northwest Michigan!

December 15th-31st, 2018 – Festival of Trains is BACK!

 

YES it’s that time of year again!! The Great Lakes Children’s Museum, the Northern Michigan Railroad Club and the City of Traverse City are pleased to announce the return of the Festival of Trains for 2018! The Festival starts Saturday, December 15 and runs through December 31 at the Crooked Tree Arts Center at 322 Sixth Street in Traverse City.

-Admission is $5 per person (children 4 and under are free) and are sold on arrival.
-Festival Household Passes allow unlimited entry for two adults and all children living in the same household and can be purchased at the door for $30.00.

-Groups of 10 students or more (and their chaperones) are welcome – reservations are required in advance. Information on scheduling reservations can be found by calling 231.932.4526.

**PLEASE NOTE*** THE FESTIVAL IS NOT AT THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM- It is at the Crooked Tree Arts Center at 322 Sixth St.***

Hours:
Monday – Saturday 10 am to 6 pm
Sunday – 12 to 4 pm

Special days/hours:
December 24th 10 am to 4 pm
December 31st 10 am to 4 pm
Closed on December 25th

Special Events:
Swap Meet December 15th and 16th from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Volunteers are needed for all days! Information on volunteering and an online sign up can be found HERE!

 

And if you’re coming into town to see the trains- why not head over to the Great Lakes Children’s Museum to make a whole family day out of it!?

Trains and Bridges exhibit in the Great Lakes Children’s Museum!

Great Lakes Children’s Museum’s Executive Director Mike Long says, “If it’s been more than a year since you have visited the Children’s Museum, there are LOTS of new things to check out.”

Please direct questions about the festival hours, field trips, or volunteering to 231.932.4526 or impact@glcm.org.

A-Ha! Annual Hands-On Learning Auction 2019

Annual

Hands-On Learning

Auction 2019 –

the GLCM A-Ha! Event!

Please be our guests at the Great Lakes Children’s Museum’s Annual Hands-On Learning Auction – our 2019 A-HA! Fundraising Event! This year’s theme- Dare to be FUN!

Saturday, February 23rd, the elegant evening will consist of dining, drinks, silent and live auctions, as well as laugh-out-loud entertainment for grownups by our local gamemaster J. Pine of Professor Qwbli’s.
The A-Ha! Event conveniently takes place at the Traverse City Golf & Country Club, 1725 S. Union St. in Traverse City.
 
Tickets: Only $75 per person 
– Ticket price includes dinner, entertainment, beer and wine!
 
This exciting event WILL sell out again, so mark your calendars and get your tickets early!
 

Thank you for an AMAZING event!

Check out photos from the event HERE

 

Evening Timeline:

 
6:00 pm Guest arrival and Registration; time to mingle and bid on silent auction items, enjoy drinks and appetizers
 
7:15 pm Dinner
 
7:45 pm Live Auction and wrap up of Silent Auction
 
8:30 pm Entertainment by J. Pine of Professor Qwblis
 
9:00- 10:00 pm Dancing, Trivia and Auction Checkout
 
The Great Lakes Children’s Museum’s Annual Hands-On Learning Auction – our 2019 A-HA! Fundraising Event!
 
Dress is cocktail attire- come looking like your most fabulous self!
 
Want to sponsor our event or donate an item for the silent auction? We truly need your help! All money raised goes back to our wonderful non-profit children’s museum, and all donations are tax deductible.
 
Please contact:
Lisa Pointe
Development and Events Director
231.932.4526 x19
lisapointe@glcm.org