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Grab Your Hard Hats and Head to Grand Rapids Children’s Museum

Posted at 5:09 AM, May 29, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-29 05:46:06-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.- Kids can let their imagination and energy unwind at the new Kidstruction Zone! exhibit at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum. The vibrant, hands-on display will allow kids to build a PVC pipe maze, sharpen masonry skills by creating a foam brick wall, and  move wheelbarrows full of gravel.

Keeping to that theme, the Grand Rapids Public Library and the GRCM are hosting a Construction Truck Petting Zoo on Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sheldon Avenue and Library Street.

Thanks to the Kent County Road Commission and six cities—Grand Rapids, Walker, Kentwood, Wyoming, Grandville and East Grand Rapids—there will be a wide variety of construction vehicles for kids to see up close and learn more about. Families can enjoy hands-on activities along with snacks.

The event is a part of the library’s Summer Reading Challenge, which encourages babies, kids, and teens to dig into reading. The Construction Truck Petting Zoo launches the new Summer Reading Challenge at the library. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, children ages 18 and under can log hours reading or listening to books. The more minutes a child reads, the more levels they complete. Prizes are won at certain levels. Everyone who reads 600 minutes or more will receive a pass to attend the finisher party at John Ball Zoo on September 14.

Kids who sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge at the event will receive a hard hat. The event is free and open to the public.

The fun doesn’t stop there! What kid doesn’t love to get messy? GRCM’s  Imagination Laboratory, will be every Wednesday and Friday beginning June 5. Some of the experiments include mixing sand with water, sculpting play dough, finger painting with shaving cream, exploring dirt and mud, black light sensory play, and so much more! Each week, children and grownups will get to experience something different on their own terms, in their own time, with the freedom to experiment, discover, and explore.

The Imagination Laboratory will be open every Wednesday and Friday between 9:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. For more information, contact Adrienne Brown at 616-235-4726 or visit