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schedule your field trip & learn through play!


The Grand Rapids Children’s Museum is a great place to have fun and learn through play. The Grand Rapids Children’s Museum is dedicated to building minds through play. GRCM is a place where children rule, and all are welcome to play, imagine, create and collaborate. Research shows that play is critically important to the healthy emotional and physical development of children. At GRCM, children can learn through open-ended, hands-on play through interactive exhibits. Field trips include use of the entire museum for a 2-hour period. Please note lunch rooms are not available, and field trips must be scheduled two weeks in advance.

  • $8 per student

  • Field trips are 2 hours, AM & PM time slots available

  • Days Available: Wednesdays

  • Must be scheduled 14 days in advance


museum manners

Help us ensure that all of our guests have fun! You can do your part by:

  • using inside voices

  • using walking feet

  • staying together - grown-ups and children need to stay together at all times; especially when riding the elevator and in our gift shop

  • staying in the age appropriate areas of our museum; our Wee Discovery Zone is for our littlest friends (3 and under) 

    *please note that if groups are not able to follow the museum manners, they may be asked to leave early.

Fall 2023

educator resources

Educator Resources

Take the learning further with these resources from Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum: The Exhibit

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Educators, start here! Start planning how to use these flexible resources from Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum with this teacher’s guide to support the learning in your classroom.

Go in depth & get the most out of your visit to the museum with this Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum exhibit guide.

Get the most out of the flexible resources from Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum with this teacher’s guide to support students’ literacy, social studies, and social emotional learning.

Grown-ups, talk about Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum with your children with these resources.

Be deliberate when inviting your student to watch a PBS KIDS show. These activity starter resources can help by adding meaningful conversation and easy activities to their experience.

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Use these PBS Learning Media video clips, teaching tips, and historical figure biosketches to support students’ social-emotional, literacy, and social studies skills.

Click for games, videos, & activities to continue the learning through play outside of the museum!

Download printable activity sheets and extension activities.

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