Inaugural Holidazzle Raises Nearly $8,000

Recap of Thursday, December 4, Holidazzle Fund Raiser at the Great Lakes Children’s Museum

  • Hosted by: Teri Gorsline, Kristy Kurjan, Erica Mohr, Hesper Smyth, Marissa Wege, the entire Great Lakes Children’s Museum Events Committee, and the Great Lakes Children’s Museum Trustees

105 turned out for the inaugural event raising nearly $8,000 in under 3 hours.  Music, food, wine, and champagne framed a celebration of past, present and future successes for the Museum.  Thanks to all who attended.  Thanks, also, to the sponsors and volunteers who made it a success.

Holiday Market Vendors included;

  • Sweetwater Threads
  • Portenga Bay
  • The Perfect Paperie
  • The Elf Cafe
  • CUPS
  • Stella & Dot
  • Arbonne
  • Celadon Road
  • Hazelnut Kids

Prize Providers

Allure Salon, Arbonne, Bay Cabinetry, Bob Sandtveit, Brengman Brothers Crain Hill Vineyards, Bright Blooms Kinderplay, Celadon Road, Cherry Tree Inn, Dan Brady Painting, Darling Botanical, Federico’s Design Jewelers, Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, Great Lakes Children’s Museum Gift Shop, Hazelnut Kids, Hydrangea BLU Handbags, Imagine Health, James C Smith Fine Jewelry, Kathy Strugala, Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association, Meadowsweet, Nifty Things, Old Town Playhouse, Portenga Bay, Quality Inn, Salon Verve, SIlikids, Stella & Dot, Stewart-Zacks, Studio-415, Sweetwater Threads, TC Bling, The Elf Cafe, The Perfect Paperie, Silikids, Yen Yoga & Fitness, West Bay Beach

Event Sponsors



Red Ginger

Bowers Harbor Vineyards_logo Bowers Harbor Vineyards

Bridge Building Challenge Cancellation!

The bridge building challenge, scheduled for Saturday, 9/27 has been cancelled.  There were no registrations made in advance so we did not schedule programming staff to cover the event.  Enjoy the weather.  Perhaps we’ll schedule this again but later when it’s cold and dreary out!

New Program launched September 19

On Friday, September 19th,  the Museum launched ‘Discover With Me!’

‘Discover With Me!’ activities are designed to directly involve both adult caregiver and child. As the adult you will be playing, pretending, exploring and discovering right along with your little one(s). When we wrap up each session of ‘Discover With Me!’ parents will be offered information and activities which will aid in continuing the fun and learning at home.

Starting promptly at 11:00am there will be guided activities for adult caregivers and child(ren). We will begin with a short discussion/presentation highlighting a particular developmental skill followed by activities that support that information.

From 10am until noon the museum will be open to all families. School groups will not be scheduled during this time to allow our youngest patrons access to all museum exhibits.

‘Discover With Me!’ differs from our previous Toddler Time in a couple ways. There will be a definite start and end time for each session. The content covered in the Fall will be repeated with some new materials during the winter/spring session. Occasionally there will be a small fee for special materials.  The materials covered by the fee will always go home with parents and their child(ren).