Grand Rapids Children’s Museum Parking Tips Parking is available throughout the area surrounding the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum. GRCM is a private, non-profit, and as such does not have access to city funding, city ramps or dedicated parking. However, we do continue to work with the City to make parking convenient for you. In the meantime, we suggest the following options: • Bring quarters! Meters surround the park, library and the Museum. Time limits vary. You can secure two hours in most locations. Meters are free after 5pm. Feel free to make change from your dollars at our admission desk. • Bring $5.00. Parking is often available at the lot belonging to Park Church for $5.00. If the church is not hosting an event, parking is available at this lot. The church will occasionally lift the gate at night and on weekends for free parking, as will St. Cecilia Music Society on Ransom and Fulton. • There is an Ellis lot on the corner of Library and Division. Rates vary. • There is a lot behind the library. If it only available to library patrons. GRCM visitors can park at the library only if they will be conducting library business as well. • The City operates a fairly convenient lot at Ionia and Monroe. Enter on Ionia Avenue between Fulton Street and Monroe Center. First 60 minutes are free before 6pm, $2/hour thereafter, no maximum fee. • GRCM finds that, barring any major downtown event, parking is most accessible on weekdays around 9:00-9:40am and after 2pm. There are days when the parking is widely available and days when time is needed to hunt for a spot if you are looking for a meter. • We encourage car-pooling and GRCM is also located on a bus-line. Visit ridetherapid.org for more information on public transportation. The Grand Rapids Children’s Museum is committed to its downtown location. We know that parking-or lack thereof- can set the tone for a visit, and we want that to be positive. Please call 235-4726 with questions or comments.
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