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General Events

general events

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Worldwide Day of Play at GRCM
September 30, 2023   *   10am-3pm
Grand Rapids Children's Museum


GRCM and the Association of Children’s Museums are excited to partner with Nickelodeon on the Worldwide Day of Play. As a day dedicated to experiencing joyful learning through play, this event is focused on getting kids and their families up, out, and playing around.

🌈 Experience the Fun:

  • 🧪 Slime Factory: Dive into the slimy world of fun!

  • Hands-On Activities: Engage in interactive and educational experiences.

  • 🎈 Balloon Artist: 10 AM - 12 PM - Get creative with balloon artistry.

  • 🌟 Special Slime Event: Witness someone special getting slimed at 11 AM!

  • 🏃 Obstacle Course: 1 PM - 3 PM - Hop and roll your way through an exciting obstacle course.

  • 🧪 Make Your Own Slime: Available all day from 10 AM to 3 PM.

All activities are free with general museum admission. Come and celebrate the incredible power of play with us!

Friends Just Like Me
October 6, 2023   *   5pm-7pm
Grand Rapids Children's Museum


Friends Just Like Me is a free social gathering for children with Down syndrome and their families at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum. Join us for fun activities and to meet other families with children with Down syndrome at this private event!


If you plan to attend, please register here!

Trick-or-treat at GRCM
Thursday, October 26 • 4-7pm
Sunday, October 29 • 12-4pm
Tuesday, October 31 • 10am-2pm
Grand Rapids Children's Museum

No tricks, just treats! Join us for 3 spooktacular trick-or-treating events at the Grand Rapids Children's Museum. Get dressed up and celebrate Halloween at the museum! Get ready for themed crafts, trick-or-treating and lots of silly not-too-spooky fun inside the museum walls, all included with regular museum admission.

Costumes encouraged!

member events

member events

Members-only Boo Bash
October 9, 2023   *   9am-12pm
Grand Rapids Children's Museum


Get ready for a fab-boo-lous time at the Grand Rapids Children's Museum on Monday, October 9, from 9AM to 12PM! Join us for a spook-tacular Halloween-themed Member Morning that's perfect for your little ones. Dress up your little witches and goblins and let the Halloween festivities begin!

Activities include:

  • Halloween-themed crafts

  • Decorate treat bags

  • Go trick-or-treating and collect yummy treats & fun prizes

  • Experience lots of silly not-too-spooky fun throughout the museum

  • Decorate a pumpkin & take it home with you

  • Complete the Halloween scavenger hunt & win a prize

  • Explore mystery sensory boxes

  • Play Halloween games that are a scream

  • Travel through time in Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum: The Exhibit

  • And more!

Best of all, these fang-tastic activities are all included with your GRCM membership.

fundraising events

grown-up events

GRCM Holiday Market
Grand Rapids Children's Museum
November 13, 2023

Get in the holiday spirit at the GRCM Holiday Market on November 13: an exclusive grown-ups-only evening of shopping, where you can explore the museum after hours, sans the little ones. 🌟

🛍️ Discover a curated selection of unique, locally-sourced gifts that are sure to delight everyone on your list.

🌠 GRCM members enjoy a merry 20% off their purchases, making it the perfect time to stock up on holiday cheer. 

🎁 Memberships make great gifts! For one night only, get 20% off all membership levels!

🎉 But that's not all! Throughout the evening, we'll sprinkle in some holiday magic with fantastic giveaways, adding an extra dash of excitement to your shopping experience.

🌲 So come, sip on some festive cheer from our neighbors, explore the museum, and shop local while you support the museum's mission of inspiring PLAY! Your purchases make a difference, and money spent in the GRCM gift shop goes back to supporting our programming, exhibits, and access initiatives.

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