Built for lifelong learning!
The museum is a place to explore, learn new things, and have fun!
We have big ideas and big goals!
Did you know that play is vital to children’s social and emotional growth? Plus, it contributes to fine and gross motor development and body awareness.* As PBS’s Mr. Rogers explained, “Play is really the work of childhood.”
Every day, we work hard to provide a hands-on, “Play and Learn” environment that engages and motivates children to use their curiosity and creativity to learn about the wonders of our world. We rely on talented staff, dedicated volunteers and generous community support to make our mission a reality.
Let’s learn about the museum!
- Big and bold: Our bright and friendly building – formerly a car dealership! – has over 16,000 square feet of gallery space. In addition, we have classrooms that we use for field trips, meetings, and birthday parties; and a gift shop focused on creativity and learning.
- Designed just for kids: We have 10 galleries designed specifically for guests age 10 and under. Each gallery was developed around Michigan school curriculum with input from children’s museum specialists, educators, and KIDS!
- Play for all: From our adaptive play web tool Museum4Me.org to day camp scholarships to admission assistance, we want to minimize barriers to play. Do you have an idea of how to improve museum access? We are always learning and we would be happy to hear from you!
We are privileged to serve a diverse community and we are excited for what the future will bring! Because, unlike traditional museums, the Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum is all about the future – future artists, future scientists, future engineers … future community members!
*Creative Thinking and Arts-Based Learning Preschool Through Fourth Grade, by J.P. Isenberg, M. R. Jalongo, 2006 edition, p. 53-55
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