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We hope you'll join us for the 7th Annual “Day of Play” Celebration on July 28, 2024. This community outreach initiative began with a proclamation by Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, and is designed to encourage children and families to celebrate PLAY! We're celebrating this special day by bringing together a group of community partners dedicated to children and the power of PLAY. This event is free and open to the public!


Interested in hosting a table and being a Day of Play partner? Bring your creative and interactive experiences and join us for a play-filled day! Please fill out the partner submission form below and include the activity you'd like to bring to the event. Partner submissions must be completed by June 27, 2024. Check this partner page for details and updates.  


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  • Each partner will be provided a 10x10 space

  • GRCM will provide 1 eight foot table and 2 chairs, available upon request. Make sure to check the box to indicate your interest in having a table and chairs set up for you.

  • Each partner must bring their own tent that fits in the 10x10 space if desired. GRCM will not be providing tents. Tent space must be requested in submission form and will be confirmed on a first come, first served basis as space allows.

  • Depending on your activity, your station may be located inside of the museum. We will communicate your station placement ahead of the event.

  • We anticipate 1,000 guests, so please plan your activity and giveaways accordingly.

  • Organizations must be able to provide staffing for entire event (11am-4pm)

  • Set-up will begin on July 28 at 9am.

  • Break-down begins at 4pm. Partners are responsible for cleaning up their activity stations.

  • Electricity is not available.

  • Prohibited materials:

    • temporary structures (ex. stage or ramp)​

    • bounce house or inflatables

    • balloons or confetti

    • foam, bubbles, or any other kind of liquid

    • fireworks or pyrotechnics


Partner Submission Form

Are you bringing a tent?
Are you a food truck?
Would you like us to provide 1 8-foot table & 2 chairs at your station?

All partners must provide a hands-on children’s activity that gives children the opportunity to interact with each other, make something creative or interact with a sensory or physical play experience.  If you need ideas for inspiration, please reach out to Lacey Ahmed, Director of Programs at Please note that activity materials will not be provided by the Museum.  Activities will be reviewed and may be declined in order to avoid duplication.

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Family Futures
Sensory based activity (would welcome suggestions, if there is a need for something "different"!)
GR Symphony
Straw Pan Flute
Grand Rapids Art Museum
Art Project
Grand Rapids Children's Museum
Grand Rapids Fire Department
GRFD Information Table, Assortment of Kid Friendly Items (pencils, stickers, etc.), and Freddie the Firetruck for interaction with the crowd.
Grand Rapids Public Library
Great Start to Quality - Kent ISD
Not sure yet!
Head Start for Kent County
Table and Giveaways
Hispanic Center of Western Michigan
Sharing Hispanic Center information/programs
John Ball Zoo
Matching game, coloring sheets & stickers
Kona Ice Of West Grand Rapids
Corn Hole Board
Main Event
Basketball, Connect Four, Bowling
Michigan Education Trust
Arts and Crafts
Read GR
Free Books and Bookmark Craft
Rock decorating!
United Parcel Service (UPS)
UPS truck, games, free stuff!
Vibrant Futures
Sidewalk chalk
i understand
Pink Heart Positivty notes
Partner Activity Chart
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