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under 1

ages 1-64

seniors (65+)

school faculty members (with i.d.)

active military family members (with i.d.)

thursday family night (5 to 8pm)

museums for all (EBT or WIC card holders, up to 12 people per card)









museums for all

Museums for All is a national initiative to encourage museum attendance 

among low-income and underserved families. EBT/WIC cardholders qualify

for a reduced GRCM admission rate of $1.75 per person for up to twelve people. 

This discount is available during all normal operation hours, all you need to

do is show your EBT/WIC card when purchasing admission.


gift passes

Give the gift of play! Purchase passes for entry into our museum. BUY NOW


sensory support

Need a little extra sensory support? We want to ensure that everyone can enjoy playing at the museum! If you find that your child needs some extra support, we have sensory tool kits available to check out at the front desk. Kits include noise reduction headphones, a weighted vest and suspenders, emotion recognition flashcards,

a Therapy Tangle, a Squigglet bracelet, a copy of the GRCM social story, and a set of three stress balls. The vest is available in sizes

XS-M, which can fit children 2-12.


Read our Social Story before you arrive!


field trips

Discovery Field Trips are self-guided and allow students and their chaperones to experience the museum at their own pace. Groups are greeted by a facilitator who will provide a short overview of the museum and other important information.


  • Field trips are 90 minutes.

  • Chaperones are required a minimum ratio of 1:5 elementary and 1:3 preschool students

  • Chaperones are admitted free of charge

  • Cost of $4 per child, a minimum of $60 per group (15 children)


To schedule, please submit a FIELD TRIP REQUEST FORM

educator resources

field trip scholarships

Scholarship programs provide play opportunities for underserved populations in the Grand Rapids metro area and beyond at no charge or a minimal fee. To apply, complete the application form below (one form per field trip). Discovery Field Trip Scholarships are funded thanks to the generous support of Wells Fargo. 



lunch rooms
  • You can reserve a lunch room with your field trip reservation for an extra $1 per child.

  • A lunch room reservation is for 30 minutes and extends a field trip to 2 hours.

  • Lunch room costs are not covered by scholarships.

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 - chaperones and students 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.


unaccompanied visitor policies

Adults are not permitted to enter the Museum without children. Adults wishing to visit the Museum can request a brief tour based on staff availability. Business visitors must check in with the front desk staff.

Children under 18 are not permitted in the Museum without adult supervision. Adults are classified as anyone 18 and older. The Museum asks that adults stay with children at all times.

group visits


Want to plan some playtime for a large group?

Bring them into the museum for a day of play!

  • Must be scheduled two weeks in advance

  • Cost of $6 per person, with a minimum of 10 guests


To schedule please submit a GROUP VISIT INQUIRY FORM 

Grand Rapids Children's Museum
11 Sheldon Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
phone: 616.235.4726
fax: 616.235.4728
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