The Montclair Art Museum, cited by the New York Times as “putting a new emphasis on ‘family friendly,’” offers a wide variety of programs that encourage children and families to explore, understand and enjoy the Museum’s collection and exhibitions. Programs such as MAM Park Bench, Home School Days, Family Art Adventure and Free Family Days provide various approaches for audiences to experience art together as a family.
Children especially enjoy their renowned collection of Native American Art and the Family Learning Lab, an interactive space that changes themes according to current exhibitions. The Yard School of Art at MAM is a leading regional art school that offers an array of classes for children, including drawing, painting, illustration, ceramics and digital media. It was named the #1 Art Camp in the 2015 Discover Jersey Arts People’s Choice Awards.
Hours of Operation:
Wednesdays - Sundays, Noon - 5 p.m.
Free First Thursdays Nights: The Museum offers extended hours from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. the first Thursday of the month (October–June).
Admission Cost: $12 nonmember adults, $10 for seniors (65+) and students with I.D., and free for members and children under 12. Museum galleries are free for everyone the First Friday of every month and during Free First Thursday Nights.
Family Membership: Family memberships start at only $70 per year and provide the benefits of unlimited free admission, discounts on every art class and public program, and the ability to host a Birthday Art Party. For more information about memberships, please visit montclairartmuseum.org.
Explore History and Make Lasting Family Memories
Morris County and Morristown NJ offer much in the way of cultural and recreational opportunities for the whole family. Boasting four national historic landmarks, kid-friendly museums, and plenty of open space, Morris County is a great educational trip idea. Why not come for the day or even the weekend? Annual events include Revolutionary Times, Pumpkin Illumination, Christmas Festival at the Morristown Green and Historical Walking Tours. Download their free Visitors Guide on their website. Ideally located 25 miles west of New York City, Morris County makes a perfect location to experience a diverse vacation with your family and friends. Call 973-631-5151 or visit www.morristourism.org for more information on events and attractions happening throughout the county!
Kidz Village 131 South 31st Street, Kenilworth, NJ 07033
507 King Georges Rd, Woodbridge, NJ 07095 908-445-7220 (Kenilworth) & 732-826-8577 (Woodbridge)
Kidz Village is an enchanting indoor play center designed for children 10 years and under and adults are always free. Filled with pretend businesses where children pretend to work and play, a huge multi-level indoor playground, ball-launching castle, arcade and restaurant. Children are learning in our edu-tainment rooms (diner, supermarket, beauty salon, tool shop, ect.) while they have fun. We offer open play all day every day, 7 days a week.
In addition, Kidz Village throws very special birthday parties in private party rooms that are filled with interactive activities and are personalized for each birthday child. Kidz Village can host small and very large school/organization groups. Socks are required to play. No outside food or beverage. Call 908-445-7220 (Kenilworth) or 732-826-8577 (Woodbridge), visit our website www.kidzvillage.com or see our full page listing!
Hours: 7 DAYS A WEEK
Friday and Saturday 10m-9pm
What’s new at Liberty Science Center? Amazing experiences! Try the Infinity Climber hanging gym where you can climb up to 35 feet high on 64 small platforms…if you dare! Challenge your navigational skills in the pitch-black Touch Tunnel maze, and then walk across a steel beam 18 feet above the floor in the Skyscraper exhibit. Check LSC.org for show times to catch the stunning two-million-volt Nikola Tesla Lightning Show. The traveling exhibits change several times a year and include options for scientists ages 2-8 to adults. Isolate plant DNA; enjoy mini experiments with roaming science presenters; see live action science shows; and in the summer months, go wild on the outdoor Wildlife Challenge obstacle course. Children ages 2-5 will love I Explore, the gallery just for them – no big kids allowed! And LSC has the nation’s largest IMAX Dome Theater with constantly changing family-friendly films. See LSC.org or Facebook.
WOW! Look at that! - You can often hear these words from children and families exploring interactive exhibits at Imagine That!!! – A New Jersey Children’s Museum which has won the 2014 New Jersey Monthly award for “Best Children’s Destination” in New Jersey. Over the past 26 years, hundreds of thousands of visitors have enjoyed discovering, learning and exploring more than 50 unique exhibits in Imagine That’s 16,000 square foot space. With over 50 hands-on learning exhibits it allows for each visit to become a new adventure, including a pirate ship, an art studio, and a firefighter on our life size fire truck. Children can even have the opportunity to pilot our real plane! Imagine That was specifically designed to stimulate the child’s imagination and intellect while providing a fun and exciting day for both the children and their families! At Imagine That, children are encouraged to touch, discover, learn and explore!
With high expectation for safety and cleanliness Imagine That has created an environment that many families and schools enjoy coming to on a daily basis. Our museum offers play for all children, all day, every day, 7 days a week. Imagine That hosts birthday parties in private party suites that are customized for each birthday child. Every party guest enjoys interactive activities and unlimited open play in our museum!
Step Into Earth Science
Most everything manmade has something to do with mining. At the Sterling Hill Mining Museum we'll show you just how it's done. From drilling and blasting to the processing of the ore, we’ve got it all! Come take a ¼ mile underground walking adventure into the 4th oldest mine in the country and the last working underground mine in NJ.
Along the way you will see a mining equipment history display, a drilling and blasting demonstration and the world famous fluorescent “Rainbow Tunnel” where everybody gets to take home a fluorescent mineral specimen. Right here in NJ is one of the worlds richest zinc ore deposits. This area boasts over 350 minerals, about 70 of which fluoresce, that's about 10% of the known minerals in the world right here in NJ. As well as the richest fluorescent mineral deposit in the world. You can collect minerals from all over the world, including fluorescence, yourself 7 days a week when the museum is open. Great museum for kids and adults alike.
Want to hang out with lizards, snakes and other creatures? Welcome to Rizzo's Wildlife World! Their 4,700 square foot facility houses over 100 animals. Meet Butterscotch the albino Burmese Python, Rico the chinchilla, Spike the alligator snapping turtle and all of Rizzo's animal friends at this wildlife and nature center. Their mission is to bring parents, children and people of all ages together to appreciate and learn about our natural world through live animal shows.
Rizzo's Wildlife World is a unique museum for kids and adults of all ages to spend the day learning, exploring and having fun in Morris County, NJ. All animal lovers are invited to Rizzo’s Wildlife World to interact with all types of fascinating creatures. The adventure starts in the Animal Gallery, where guests will observe animals from around the world in authentically recreated habitats. Then, head to the Snake Den for a lively animal presentation featuring the stars of the show: Rizzo's reptile friends! Rizzo's Wildlife World offers birthday parties, as well as special programs for schools, camps and scout groups.
Can't make it to Rizzo's Wildlife World? Rizzo's Reptile Discovery can bring a live animal show to your location! Click here for more information, or call 973-586-0444 or 201-230-2415.
Visit Macculloch Hall Historical Museum to experience 19th century New Jersey history through exhibits, historic gardens and period rooms. The former home of George Macculloch, the “father” of the Morris Canal, the Museum features the nation’s largest collection of original artwork by 19th century political cartoonist Thomas Nast. Nast is known for popularizing the Republican Elephant, Democratic Donkey, and America’s image of Santa Claus. The museum offers a diverse schedule of changing exhibits which complement ten period rooms furnished with fine English and American decorative arts. Public and family programs, group tours, and a pre-school nature programs are available. Education programs include fall and spring workshop series for homeschooled children ages 7-12 years old and themed school vacation day and summer programs.
Kidsbridge Tolerance Museum in Trenton, NJ focuses on teaching children acceptance and equality. Created in 2006 as an extension of the Kidsbridge program, this museum expands the knowledge of visitors and transforms the way in which people treat others. Children who visit this museum will be taught the impacts of bullying, what tolerance, diversity and prejudice are and, most of all, how to respect peers and create a better social environment for everyone.
Kids will enter the museum unaware of the various stereotypes that exist in this world and leave more knowledgeable and hopefully leave more accepting of the people around them. They have programs for children in elementary, middle and high school because this NJ museum believes you are never too old to learn about the effect of harmful words or actions.
Every exhibit is an invitation to touch, explore and create. With 15 large interactive areas… including Bubble Trouble, the Silver Diner, Down the Shore and Action Newsroom, the Garden State Discovery Museum has lots of room for groups to spend an adventure-filled day together. Visit today and discover why we're recognized as one of the top 20 children’s museums in the country! Children love the fact that they can touch EVERYTHING!!! Garden State Discovery Museum wants your children to touch, feel, and experience everything that they possibly can.
Hours of Operation: Open year round Mon-Sun, 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Sat, 9:30 am – 8:30 pm (October through April)
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas day. Admission: $9.95 for adults and children 12 months and over $8.95 for seniors. All programs are free with admission unless otherwise noted.
This Museum is housed in a bizarre building that looks as if it's about to be destroyed by a wrecking ball, this eclectic museum has amongst its oddball treasures, a lock of George Washington's hair, a 27 room miniature wood carved castle and a host of the most amazing artifacts ever assembled under one roof! One of the best museums in Southern NJ. Definitely something to take the whole family to go see!!!
The Jersey Explorer Children’s Museum displays true-to-life, interactive exhibits that are the amazing handiwork of at-risk youth. Your children will enjoy coming to the museum and looking at all of the exhibits that are related to their world. It is a very interactive museum where your children can play in the different exhibits such as, the time traveler, the tombs of the ancient kings, stargazer, main street village, and their off the page theater. Bring you children to this wonderful interactive museum because they will learn something while they are having fun.
Hours of Operation: Saturday Open to the Public 10a.m.- 3p.m. Wednesday: Walk In (Call for Availability) Admission: $6 per person. Children 2 years and younger receive free admission
Children ages 1-10 can enjoy exhibits with hands-on activities. Exhibits are work place themed with authentic props and clothing to allow creative role-play. Children are doctors in the Pediatric ER, weathermen in the TV Newsroom, builders in the Construction Zone, NBA players on the Center Court, the Dental Office, the Puppet Corner and workers in the Car Factory! There is also a music wall, a dinosaur table and a tot area.
Hours of Operation: Mon- Sat 10a.m.- 5p.m.
Sun 12p.m.- 5p.m. Admission: Can be obtained by contacting the museum
The Jersey Shore Children’s Museum is a non-profit organization that is run by volunteers. There are all different exhibits for the different seasons. Outdoor exhibits could include a natural garden, weather station, animal exhibits, such as bees, butterflies or other insects. Another type of outdoor exhibit could be a themed play zone that would include climbing and other types of play equipment. Please see their website for more information on the many fun seasonal exhibits for kids and upcoming events.
The YBMLC is an engaging walk through the history of baseball, the New York Yankees and Yogi’s remarkable career. It houses an impressive collection of historic photos and artifacts, including Yogi’s 10 world championship rings, the most of any player in baseball history. There is also an intimate ballpark-like theater that shows films during Museum hours, and also serves as a classroom and venue for public programming.
Hours of Operation: Wednesday- Sunday- 12p.m.- 5p.m.
Insectropolis is a fun and unique insect learning center that dazzles visitors of all ages. There is plenty to see and do here! Our creative displays entertain guests as they learn about these fascinating creatures. View thousands of beautiful and bizarre exotic insects from all over the world. Play bug games on our touch-screen computers. Pretend you are a termite as you crawl through our mud tube. Watch ants forage for food and build tunnels in our live ant nest. Safely get up close to our observation hive and see our busy bees. Or spy on our many other live insects.
The Franklin mine is especially famous for mineral fluorescence, and variety of rare species. The Franklin Mineral Museum's mission is to preserve the mineral wealth, geology, knowledge, and history of "the greatest mineral locality on earth." The area is perceived to be one of the best of "Nature's Classrooms" by many prominent intellectuals and has much to offer science students and professionals. Bringing your children here is an exciting experience that the whole family will enjoy, getting to look at the formation of rocks and also looking for and collecting rocks is so much fun. Children will enjoy the fact that they will be able to play in the dirt and retrieve rocks.
Hours of Operation: Open Daily Apr- Nov Mon-Fri 10am to 4pm. Sat 10am to 5pm and Sun 11am to 5pm
Open only weekend in March
Admission: Museum Exhibits: Adults $7.00; Children (3-12) $4.00; Senior Citizen $5.00. RockCollecting: Adults $7.00; Children (3-12) $4.00; Senior Citizen $5.00. CombinationMuseum Exhibits and Rock Collecting:
Adult $12.00; Children (3-12) $7.00; Senior Citizen $8.00.
The Monmouth Museum designs its programs and exhibits with the goal of increasing curiosity and learning in children of all ages. The museum has developed strategies to make learning fun by employing hands-on activities which engage all young visitors. Visitors ages 6 years and under will have a magical undersea learning experience in their WonderWing exhibit. Their Ancients to Astronauts: How We Communicate exhibit explores the theme of communication through four exhibitions which feature hands-on, interactive displays and activities. The exhibitions' subjects include weather, Ancient Egypt, Space and crafting. The Monmouth Museum also hosts birthday parties and group tours! Visit the website for more information.
The Hunterdon Art Museum's goal is to connect people of all ages to contemporary art, craft and design in unique ways aimed to educate, challenge and inspire. In addition to the beautiful art exhibits featured year round, they also display work from local artists for several months at a time throughout the year. Hunterdon Art Museum's summer camps are aimed to ignite your child's imagination! Year-round classes for kids and teens range from Build It: Tech., Toys, LEGO to ColorWorks, Design and Comics. The museum also offers workshops that families can participate in together! Visit the website for more information on classes and exhibits.
49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ 07102
The Newark Museum, located in Essex County, is the state's largest museum. It holds a vast collection of American art, decorative arts and contemporary art, as well as arts of Asia, Africa, the Americas and the ancient world. The museum’s numerous programs are appropriate for young children, teens, families and adults of all ages. Interactive Galleries are appropriate for children toddler-age through pre-teen. Each gallery explores either a different part of the world, a different decade, even a different planet. Look/Touch/Learn: Tibet explores the museum's extensive and world-renowned collection of sacred and secular Tibetan objects. 1784 Old Stone School House teaches children about school days from long ago. The Planetarium and Planetarium Gallery set the stage for discovery and offer a spectacular platform for interactive learning about astronomy, space and planetary science. Toddlers can also take part in Creative Play, a program specifically designed for pre-school children to express their creativity in a safe environment. Creative Play takes place every Saturday and Sunday. Visit the website for hours of and information.
World of Wings is a Science and Nature Museum, as well as a family fun center located in Teaneck, NJ.
Let your journey begin by stepping into their LIVE Butterfly Atrium filled with different types of exotic butterflies from all over the world. Next, check out their butterfly hatching room where you can watch the butterflies emerge from their chrysalises. Visit the Exhibition Area where they have a unique collection of animals and insectsfor you to explore and observe.
Don’t let your adventure stop there! World of Wings has a soft-play area for toddlers, bounce house, ball pit, rock climbing wall, bubble room, play kitchen and so much more!
Come visit them any time for General Admission to explore their attractions freely at your own pace. (No reservations required).
WOW would love to host your next, birthday party, field trip, play date or group visit.
Visit their website for more information and let your imagination take flight!
MORE KIDS MUSEUMS IN NJ SUITED FOR FAMILIES
Whippany Railway Museum 1 Railroad Plaza, Whippany, NJ 07981 973-887-8177 Fun railroad memorabilia, exhibits, large operating Lionel train layout, gift shop, picnic grounds. And train rides with Santa during the Christmas season and Train rideswith the Easter Bunny depart during Easter season. Northern NJ
Stone Museum 608 Spotswood-Englishtown Rd., Monroe Township, NJ 08831 732-521-2232
A unique museum of minerals and fossils with a host of indoor and outdoor displays that are “hands on”, enabling visitors of all ages to actually touch specimens from 80 countries. One of their most popular exhibits is the Fluorescent Room, where visitors witness a display of hundreds of rocks (most from the Garden State) that glow in a vibrant array of colors. Recently we have acquired a dinosaur egg from China as well as a leg bone from one of the largest carnivorous dinosaurs—the African Spinosaurus. Kids also love their “recycled dinosaur”, Monroe, a giant twenty-foot-tall reptile replica who roars withreal ferocity.
Newark Museum 49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ 07102 973-596-6550
The Newark Museumfeatures dozens of exhibits and events for the entire family toenjoy. It is the largest museum in New Jersey with 80galleriesof impressive collections including American, Asian, African and Classical. They have also completely updated their planetarium, adding a "full dome" digital video, surround sound system and exciting new programs. Northern NJ
Morris Museum 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown, NJ 07960 973-971-3700
The Morris Museum offers special events for all ages and all interests -- from young children to seniors, from hands-on art and science workshops to discussions of significant historical events, and theatrical and other performances. The Morris Museum showcases Art, Science, Theater and History. Permanent exhibits include galleries devoted to Native American history and crafts; antique dolls, toys and dollhouses; natural science with mounted mammal specimens; rocks & minerals; dinosaurs and fossils. Northern NJ
Museum of Early Trades and Crafts 9 Main Street, Madison, NJ 07940 973-377-2982
The mission of the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts is to enhance the understanding and appreciation of America's past by presenting and interpreting the history, culture and lives of ordinary people through educational programs, through preservation and stewardship of our collection, andthrough exhibition and demonstration of the trades and crafts practiced in New Jersey from its earliest settlement. Exhibits change all the time. They offer many cool family workshops, gallery talks, drop-in activities and have a fun children's discovery space. Northern NJ
New Jersey State Museum 205 West State St., Trenton, NJ 08608 609-292-6464 (recorded information), 609-292-6308 (weekdays)
The New Jersey State Museum boasts a brand new High Definition Planetarium! Soar through the skies in the Museum’s spacious Planetarium, featuring precision projection of more than 6000 stars. The largest planetarium facility in New Jersey. Made possible bya grant from The Prudential Foundation. Central NJ
The American Indian Heritage Museum Rancocas, NJ 08073 609-261-4747
Our American Indian Heritage Museum offersa unique, multifacetedlook at American Indian culture. Professional staff will take you on a guided tour of our exhibits. In addition to viewing contemporaryAmerican Indian artwork, visitors will learn about American Indian history, culture and traditions.Guided tours are geared specifically to ourvisitors. Knowledgeable American Indian staff provides detailed and fascinating explanationsof our numerous exhibits, as well as information about American Indian history! September through June: Tuesday and Thursday by appointment. First and third Saturday of the month, 10:00am till 3:00pm. No appointment required. For additional information or to make a weekday reservation, please call 609-261-4747 Central NJ
Battleship New Jersey 100 Clinton Street, Camden, NJ 08103
866-877-6262 Experience the Battleship New Jersey. America's most decorated Battleship isnow the area's mostexciting museum, open for tours, events and overnight encampments. Exploring “BB62” is experiencing history in a whole new way. Not only do you see exhibits of artifacts from the ship’s past, but you are put into the exhibit as you go through the tour route. Sit in the chair from which Admiral Halsey commanded the fleet. Stretch out on the bunks where the sailors slept. Climb into the 16” gun turret and learnhow the projectiles were loaded. Fromthe moment you step across the ship’s brow you will understand that this is a museum where visitors take an active role. From strolling across forecastle to climbing the original ladders up to the bridge, and beyond, each step in your journey brings you closer to understanding what life was likefor a sailor on the Battleship New Jersey. Welcome aboard! Great museum for children in Southern NJ. Southern NJ
Northlandz 495 US Highway 202, Flemington, NJ 08822
Northlandz is home to the Great American railway, Doll Museum and Art Gallery. Northlandz is a world of wonder that everyone should experience. It includes the World's Largest Model Railroad, a doll collection, several dollhouses including a doll housewith 94 rooms and much more. Northlandz hold many fun children's events throughout the year.
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