Each year thousands of children visit the Children’s Discovery Museum in Grand Rapids, which offers both permanent and changing educational exhibits. The new Children’s Discovery Museum opened in June, 2003 on Highway 169 South in Grand Rapids and is the perfect place for families with children of all ages to explore a mix of sciences, arts and humanities while sparking a joy of discovery about themselves, where they live and the larger world.

The Children’s Discovery Museum educational exhibits include the Geo Zoom – an interactive exhibit that introduces kids to the geography of North America; the Exchange City – a child-sized town square complete with ten different shops, a Dino Dig, a special Tot Park Maze – made especially for the preschool crowd; and the River Forest featuring Tree-sa, the talking forest tree. A new exhibit features the one-of-a-kind hand-crafted dolls of doll maker extraordinaire Faith Wick.

The River Water Table is a working replica of the Mississippi River Dam that is visible from the bridge on Pokegama Avenue in Grand Rapids. Children can learn about the fundamentals of hydro-physics as they increase the flow of water thru the dam, watching the lights in the hydroelectric plant get brighter and observing the effect on river current as they operate wing dams.  In addition to the many exhibits, the art room is open for birthday celebrations or other party events. The CDM Museum Store offers a wide variety of inexpensive kid-themed toys, books and materials as well as Wizard of Oz souvenirs.

HOURS: January – March, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April to Memorial Day the Children’s Discovery Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, Monday thru Saturday, and closed on Sundays. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, the museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In September, the museum is open Monday thru Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from Noon to 5 p.m. October thru December 31, the museum is open on Friday and Saturday only from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Museum is open on Memorial Day, July 4 and Labor Day. It is closed on Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Admission is $8 per person over the age of 1 and includes admission to The Judy Garland Museum. A special $4 per student school discount rate is available for groups of 20 or more.

The Children’s Discovery Museum is located at 2727 US Hwy 169 South (Across from Home Depot), PO Box 724, Grand Rapids, MN 55744. For more information call 218-326-1900, Toll Free: 866-CDM-KIDS (866-236-5437) or visit their website at www.cdmkids.org.