7/19/2024: Some downtown St. Joseph streets and parking areas are blocked/restricted today for a car show happening on Lake Blvd. this evening.

YES!!!!!!!!      WE REQUIRE ONLINE RESERVATIONS.       It’s Summer in St. Joe, make sure to plan for parking! 🙂

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We're open today! Please, CLICK link above for location hours and required online reservations.: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Curious Kids’ Museum

First Floor

Farmer's Market food stands: Exhibit at the Curious Kids' Museum & Discovery Zone

This simulated kid-sized apple orchard and farmer’s market introduces young visitors to the magic of Michigan agriculture. Pick apples from trees, fill an order by loading them into a special hand-cranked conveyer, and learn the difference between a bushel and a peck. What will the market special be today?

Child playing vet: Exhibit at the Curious Kids' Museum & Discovery Zone

Curious Kids’ Veterinarian Clinic includes mini-operating tables, kid-safe operating tools, real X-rays to read and all kinds of educational animal-related activities. Kids learn to treat animals in a respectful, caring way while exploring science in an educational and memorable manner.

Climb on the volcano and slide down the side of it… but watch for the next eruption! Assemble a kid-sized triceratops.

Forecast the weather using your best TV weatherman voice (or announce your favorite football team is going to the Super Bowl) in our new TV STATION, complete with sound effects! And the crowd goes wild! WKID is now on air and ready for you to announce the biggest events, newest M&M flavor or latest Abominable Snowman sighting! Remember- you heard it here first!


Face painting exhibit: Fun things to do in Southwest Michigan at the Curious Kids' Museum & Discovery Zone

An old favorite, face painting allows kids of all ages to express themselves artistically by using their faces as canvases. Face paints are now in admissions area, so be sure to ask when you’re there!

Toddler Farm: Exhibit at the Curious Kids' Museum & Discovery Zone

This gated room is dedicated to children from infancy to 4 years of age. Designed as a 1940’s style Michigan farm, children can play in the barn and slide down the silo into the corn crib. New to Toddle farm is Buttercup, a cow you can actually milk! (It’s really water, mom, but pretty cool!) Plant and harvest vegetables! Children can use the hand pump and send water rushing into the duck pond complete with waterfall. Interactive murals along the walls depict beloved Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes. Infants will be safe while they explore the fish pond and tadpole pond. Books and toys related to farming are also available, encouraging interactive learning between children and adults. A rocking chair located behind the barn provides Mom with a semi-private nursing nook. Baby changing table also conveniently located behind the barn.

Second Floor

Construction Junction: Exhibit at the Curious Kids' Museum & Discovery Zone

Imagination Playground… let your inner architect run wild!! With these large easily maneuvered building blocks the sky is the limit! Blocks, chutes, and channels can be formed into, oh, so many designs!

New for Fall 2023- “Forts!” Use commonly found household items (tables, chairs, etc.) to make a super cool fort…or a series of forts!


Who doesn’t love watching wind keep a kite in the air or make the tree branches dance? Here you’ll find 2 new exhibits!

Amazing Airways is a custom-made circular room created specifically to feel the force of moving air around you.

Is it magic? No… it’s science! The Bernoulli Table allows you to suspend lightweight spheres and objects on streams of air.


A full-scaled Lighted Peg Board! The possibilities of what you can create are endless!

Howdy, pardner! Welcome to Old St. Joseph! Before packing up your wagon to head west, you’ll want to mosey along the boardwalk to stock up on sundries for the trip, send mom and dad a telegraph and check your mail before hitting the dusty trail! Maybe buy a new saddle!

Our Philosophy

  • Exhibits should be interactive; actively engaging visitors’ interest and encouraging participatory learning.
  • Exhibits must convey a better understanding of the principle through multiple examples of important ideas.
  • Exhibits should be self-explanatory and provide immediate feedback to the user.
  • Exhibits should appeal to a wide age range and be accessible to young children and the handicapped.
  • Exhibits should provide unique experiences and make clearly evident what is happening, dispelling the notion of “magic.”
  • Exhibits must be designed for constant handling and kept in working order at all times.
  • Exhibits will be designed, whenever possible, so that they can be dismantled, easily transported and stored for future use or loan. Workshops, promotional materials, signage, and publicity will be simultaneously developed to support new exhibit topics.
  • Exhibits will be continually evaluated, augmented, and improved to assure visitor appeal.
  • The main theme of exhibits will focus on science and technology, history, culture, and/or human perception.

Curious Kids' Museum & Discovery Zone