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Join the Grand Rapids Children's Museum for their 24th birthday during the Day of Play Celebration on Saturday, July 31st 2021! Four years ago, Mayor Rosalynn Bliss declared July 31st as the official Day of Play for the city of Grand Rapids. We’re celebrating this special day with a FREE week-long community outreach initiative that is designed to encourage children and families to get outside and PLAY! This year's Day of Play will feature an interactive play experience throughout the city of GR, virtual content, AND prizes!

July 26-July 30   •   Look for GRCM Bubble Hunts popping up at the following parks throughout the city: Martin Luther King Jr. Park, Joe Taylor Park, Garfield Park, Roosevelt Park, and Plaster Creek Family Park. Keep your eyes peeled for the special prize tags on the bubbles, just like the golden egg at Easter Egg hunts, in order to win an extra special prize!

July 26-July 30   •   Don't miss our playful virtual content on social media that highlights the many different ways to get out and play.

July 31   •  4-6pm   Stop by the museum from 4-6pm on July 31 to pick up a FREE Play@Home kit! Kits are first come, first served for the first 500 children. Did you find bubbles with a golden tag during our week-long Bubble Hunt? Bring your golden bubbles with you to the museum to redeem your extra special prize!

The Day of Play Celebration is free and open to the public. This is a walk up event, so please walk by the museum to claim your kit. Join us!


Details for the perfect playdate

Where do I park?

There are several parking lots available within walking distance to the museum. View the Downtown Visitor Mobility and Parking Guide HERE.

Will the museum be open for play during the Day of Play Celebration on July 31?

The museum will be open on Saturday, July 31 from 9am-3pm for regular admission. The museum will be closed for our outdoor Day of Play Celebration outside of the museum from 4-6pm. This will be a walk-up event with free kits available on a first-come, first-served basis.

What happens if it rains?

This event will happen rain or shine! We’ll have Play@Home kits to hand out walk-thru style right outside the museum doors should mother nature bring a shower. In the event of severe weather such as thunderstorms, Day of Play will be cancelled. Check our website for the most up-to-date details.

How do I sign up to be a Day of Play sponsor?

If your business wishes to sponsor the event, please contact Natalie Hall at  

How do I sign up to be a Day of Play volunteer?

Day of Play could not happen without dedicated volunteers! If you are interested in volunteering please contact Lianna Tagle at  


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