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Flint Children's Museum in Flintmarker, Michiganmarker was inspired by a visit to a Washington D.C.marker children’s museum in 1979. Local educator Mary Newman began Flint Children's Museum.

Looking for a fun-filled experience with the children? Explore the Flint Children's Museum! Over 40 hands-on educational and fun exhibits are tucked into every corner. Each visit is a new experience with monthly themes, special programs, and daily activities. It's a great destination for a school field trip, daycare outing, or a scouting trip. There are three party rental rooms which are perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, baby showers and any other special occasion.

Hours:Tuesday—Friday 9 am to 5 pmSaturday 10 am to 5 pm

Admission:$4/person$3/person in groups of 20+

Located on the campus of Kettering University at 1602 W. University Ave. (Formerly Third Ave.) in Flint.

Background

In 1980, a hands-on antiques and crafts exhibit for children was installed at Flint’s Sloan Museum. By 1986, the exhibit had grown so significantly that, with community support and additional grants, the Flint Children’s Museum’s first permanent location was established at NorthBank Center in downtown Flint, operating there for 7 years.

An anonymous gift in 1990 created the Mary Newman Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Flint. That fund, named for the museum’s founder and first Executive Director, has since grown to over 1 million dollars, and the proceeds from that fund continue to provide support for the museum.

The current facility was donated by Kettering Universitymarker, designated to house the Children’s Museum through a long-term lease. The Museum has been operating at this location since 1993.

Exhibits & Programs

Educational hands-on exhibits for children:

  • Mr. Bones - showing how our skeletons work
  • The Discovery Zone - a rotating exhibit space where there is always something new
  • Our Town - where they can shop for groceries or visit Frac-tions Pizza Parlor
  • Recycled Rhythms - where they can develop their musical skills ona variety of unconvenetional instruments
  • Center Stage - where young performers can act out anything they imagine
  • The Tot Spot - a safe space with activities for our visitors ages 0–3


Monthly Themed Activities

Month Activity
January 2009 Why, Why, Why
February 2009 Brainstorms
March 2009 Bookworms
April 2009 Recyclists
May 2009 Curious Critters
June 2009 Grow to Know
July 2009 Oh, Yuck!
August 2009 Get Going, Get Fit
September 2009 People Movers
October 2009 Sense-sations
November 2009 Lights, Camera, Action
December 2009 Going Global


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