Ten Reasons Why the Grand Rapids Public Museum is Grand…Even for Toddlers

Carousel at Grand Rapids Public Museum 3Okay, so what about the 3 and under set? Grand Rapids Public Museum. King Tut If you go to discover King Tut or take in a show at the Chaffee Planetarium,
what do you do with the smallest fries? Skeleton of Whale at Grand Rapids Public Museum I really recommend taking along a nanny or a granny (like me) to keep babies occupied elsewhere, but I did a little research during my last visit so I could give you some tips on Grand Rapids Public Museum’s Top Tot Attractions!Baby at a museumAfter running some experiments on the somewhat esoteric minds of tiny tots, Carousel at Grand Rapids Public Museum 2I’ve concluded that the #1 Top Attraction is always the carousel! Carousel at Grand Rapids Public Museum 5 Kids feel “all grown up” because they can ride by themselves pretty young.  Carousel at Grand Rapids Public Museum 4But, kids are never too young for a carousel ride …Carousel at Grand Rapids Public Museum. nor are they ever too old! Display of dolls at the Carousel at Grand Rapids Public Museum 2#2. There’s an entire room devoted to dolls and doll houses near the restrooms. Playing with dolls at Carousel at Grand Rapids Public Museum 2If it’s not rated #2 for boys, it’s definitely #2 for little girls with dads in tow. Playing with legos at the Carousel at Grand Rapids Public MuseumJudging by its ability to keep children concentrating and busily occupied, Playing with legos at the Carousel at Grand Rapids Public Museum 2I would say the #2 attraction for boys and #3 attraction for girls is the lego table.Playing with legos at the Carousel at Grand Rapids Public Museum 3Amélie worked like a beaver until she’d covered her entire board in neatly arranged single blocks, although Sophie wasn’t nearly as particular! 🙂 Puppet Theater at the Grand Rapids Public Museum#4. Attraction is the Puppet Theater Puppet Theater at the Grand Rapids Public Museum 2You have to go all the way to the end of the natural history exhibits to find it, Puppet Theater at the Grand Rapids Public Museum 3but it’s a great place to give tots a chance to relax and have some hands-on fun, Club house at the Grand Rapids Public Museumand it’s right next door to the kids’ clubhouse, rated by my sample as #5.  Astronaut cut out at Grand Rapids Public MuseumThere was no statistically significant difference between the two contenders for the #6 Attraction, so I deemed it a tie. Buggy Cutout at Grand Rapids Public MuseumGirls seem to have a slight preference for the colorful bug cut out, Astronaut cut out at Grand Rapids Public Museum 2but there was a slightly longer wait for the chance to pose as an astronaut. Playing with Musical Instruments at Playing with legos at the Carousel at Grand Rapids Public MuseumThe #7 Attraction was making music…definitely worth some time! Bird calls at the Grand Rapids Public Museum#8 is like unto it: Pressing buttons to hear the sounds of various birds singing. Grand Rapids Public Museum Learning bird songsAs an added bonus for adults, even the smallest children can push the buttons without adult assistance, so your kids can fight together in peace.   🙂 Children playing with giant chess pieces. 2 This is also true of Top Attraction #9, which includes a giant chess set Grand Rapids Public Museum  …and all sorts of fun stuff to play with Grand Rapids Public Museum 2 and sit on  Grand Rapids Public Museum 3 in the main hallway.  Natural History Exhibits at Grand Rapids Public Museum 3 The #10 Attraction for Tots is really the #1 Attraction for Adults. Natural History Exhibits at Grand Rapids Public Museum Bears There is a wonderful natural history exhibit filled with stuffed animals  Natural History Exhibits at Grand Rapids Public Museum 2many in natural settingsNatural History Exhibits at Grand Rapids Public Museum with helpful information to identify the common birds Natural History Exhibits at Grand Rapids Public Museum 6  mammals, fish, insects, plants, Natural History Exhibits at Grand Rapids Public Museum 4…and just about everything else living under God’s bright sun in this area! Children playing with giant chess piecesAs an added bonus, if you play the game right Child asleep on couch your toddler will conk out and have a great afternoon nap!Natural History Exhibits at Grand Rapids Public Museum 5“All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.”
(by Cecil Frances Alexander)

“We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done” (Psalm 78:4).

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