Building Buddies: Lending a hand it loads of fun!

January 20, 2024 – September 1, 2024

Step into the vibrant world of Building Buddies! This captivating experience offers an educational adventure suitable for visitors of all ages, with a particular focus on our youngest learners, aged 2 to 8. Dive into the heartwarming story of the Waltons, a family embarking on a new chapter as they make their home in the museum. But here’s the twist – they need your assistance to complete various construction projects before they can settle in.

Building Buddies takes you on an immersive journey through a charming neighborhood where creativity and learning opportunities abound at every turn. From painting walls to tending gardens, from fixing leaky pipes to crafting doghouses, this exhibit empowers visitors to explore, collaborate, and innovate. It’s not just about constructing structures; it’s about constructing knowledge and skills. With each hands-on, open-ended activity, children and their families engage in enjoyable learning experiences. Designed to foster the development of science and process skills from an early age, Building Buddies is a dynamic playground of exploration that will ignite your inspiration and enthusiasm for the boundless possibilities of teamwork and imagination.

Building Buddies is Great for Field Trips!

Building Buddies is an ideal experience for early learners, ages 2-8, and it provides an immersive and educational environment that aligns seamlessly with STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) curriculum objectives. Designed to promote critical thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork, this exhibit offers students the opportunity to engage in hands-on activities that enhance their understanding of fundamental concepts while fostering creativity. By joining the Waltons on their construction journey, students not only learn about various aspects of building and design but also develop social skills as they collaborate with peers. The exhibit’s interactive nature encourages active participation, making it an enriching and memorable field trip destination.

Book a field trip today to see this exhibit as part of your Museum experience!

Dive Deeper with These Reading Recommendations From Kent District Library

The GRPM and Kent District Library have collaborated to expand your learning opportunities about the world of bugs, with a variety of English and Spanish book titles for all ages. Enter the bugs’ world, marvel at their talents, and check out these books today!

Sponsored By:



The Steve & Amy Van Andel Foundation