Paging All Doctors & Nurses!
If your kids are anything like mine, a visit to the doctor’s office always has me saying something along the lines of, “Don’t touch that!”
On April 25, your kids will finally get to explore all the things they’ve ever wanted to at the doctor’s office through Grand Rapids Children’s Museum’s new and exciting exhibit–Diagnosis: Fun!
In partnership with Spectrum Health and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, the exhibit will run through the end of August and will feature a fully equipped doctor’s office, a nurses’ station, an operating room with realistic equipment, and much more!
As your kids practice triaging patients, giving shots, working together to operate an MRI machine, and gearing up for surgery, they will have the unique opportunity to explore the medical field in their own way, asking questions and making deep connections with a field that can be both intriguing and, at times, a little frightening.
Experiencing Medical Tools Helps Kids Today, and in the Future
“The purpose of this exhibit is two-part,” says Adrienne Brown-Reasner, Director of Communication and Events at GRCM. “First, to get kids interested in health sciences–what are all the different people involved? Not just doctors and nurses, but surgeons, technicians, people who run the MRI machine, people who make the MRI machine, etc. Second, it’s to make it less scary…children will know what to expect at the doctor’s office or hospital, and it won’t be quite as intimidating because they’ve had a little bit of experience with it before in a less scary way.”
I’ve found that it’s definitely true that play and pretend are powerful tools for not only encouraging interests, but also in helping kids to overcome fears. Diagnosis: Fun is for every child, whether they love the doctor’s office or are afraid of it. Either way, your kids are sure to have a blast, learning new things and exploring to their heart’s content!
Learn Your Options at GRCM’s Community Health Resource Fair
In celebration of the exhibit’s opening, Grand Rapids Children’s Museum (GRCM) will host a Community Health Resource Fair on April 27 during their $1.75 Family Night.
Enjoy the reduced admission fees as you check out the exhibit and explore the many different health resources available to families in Grand Rapids, all gathered conveniently together in one room! A wide variety of health practices and services will be featured, including various doctors and nurses, chiropractic offices, Cherry Street Health, and Grand Rapids Urban League, just to name a few. Come meet the staff, ask questions, and learn about what each practice offers!
Tips for Visiting GRCM
If you’ve never been to the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum (or if it’s been a while!), here are a few tips you should know.
- Due to its downtown location, parking can be tricky sometimes. There is plenty of street parking available around the museum, especially by the public library. You can also click HERE for a map of nearby parking structures.
- You’ll want to pack a snack and/or meal, or explore nearby restaurant options (and there are many!), as the museum itself does not have a cafe or restaurant.
- With new exhibits each season, daily craft times for kids, and special holiday events, it pays to have a membership if you think you’ll be visiting often. You will also receive special member-only discounts, including for camps and classes.
- Before you go, be sure to check out their calendar of events to see what programs and activities are scheduled for the day!