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The Best Museums for Kids in New Jersey

Winter in NJ is brutal. There are only so many movies you can watch and so many art projects you can do before the kids start getting bored. Thankfully, New Jersey is home to many fantastic museums for kids; these spots offer entertaining, educational and super-fun exhibits for children to get their hands on.

The best museums for kids in New Jersey let the kiddos climb, play, create, and learn. In this feature, we’re putting together a list of our top picks that do just that.

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Garden State Discovery Museum

Museums for Kids, Garden State Discovery Museum, NJ

Address: 2040 Springdale Road, Suite 100, Cherry Hill
Price: $13.95 for adults and children (12 months and up)
Details: This Cherry Hill museum is geared toward the 10 and under set. You’ll find more than 20 different play areas where little ones can get busy remodeling homes, putting on plays, caring for pets or reporting the news. Kids with energy to burn can check out the rock climbing wall, indoor basketball court or two-story tree house. And dino lovers can view skeletons and dig for bones in the museum’s own “Dinosaurium.”
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.

Imagine That!!!

Imagine That, Museums for Kids, NJAddress: 4 Vreeland Road, Florham Park
Price: $9.95 for adults and $10.95 for children (12 months and up)
Details: Kids learn through play at this interactive museum where they can climb aboard a real-life airplane, firetruck and motorcycle, or step aboard a pretend pirate ship. They can sort mail in the post office, examine patients in the vet’s office, twirl around in the dance studio, and go shopping in the grocery store. An arts and craft area offers fun projects tied to seasonal or holiday themes.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.

Monmouth Museum

Address: 765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft
Monmouth Museum, NJ, Museums for KidsPrice: $8 for adults and children (2 years and up)
Details: The Becker Children’s Wing, geared to visitors between 7 and 12 years of age, currently features the exhibit “Ancients to Astronauts: How We Communicate.” Kids can learn how weather is broadcast, travel in a time machine and blast off to space. Children under six years can explore the WonderWing, an interactive seashore area complete with a pirate ship, tree house and lighthouse. Weekly art, math and science programs are offered, as well as planetarium shows in the StarLab.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.

Montclair Art Museum

Montclair Art MuseumAddress: 3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair
Price: $12 for adults, $10 for students, free for children under 12
Details: Drop in the third Saturday of each month for MAM’s Family Art Adventure, an hour’s worth of touring and activities throughout the galleries. Budding artists can find inspiration browsing the work on display in the Children’s Arcade on the first floor. Special programs like Home School Days and Park Bench for preschoolers are also offered monthly.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.

The Morris Museum

Morris MuseumAddress: 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown
Price: $10 for adults, $7 for children (3-12), free for kids under 3
Details: Museumgoers of all ages flock to the prestigious collection of mechanical musical instruments and automata (robotic figures of animals and people), but that’s just the beginning. Greet the Museum’s resident Grizzly Bear in the Mammal Gallery, check out the Model Train exhibit, view the rock and mineral collection, and hang with the dinos in the Dinosaur Den. Check out the buzzy, rotating schedule of children’s theater, family festivals, and interactive learning programs for kids.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.

Newark Museum

Address: 49 Washington Street, Newark
Price: $15 for adults, $8 for children (over 2 years)
Details: Creative play sessions within the arts and sciences wings include a gallery investigation, an opportunity to handle objects from the touch collection, and a family-designed project to take home. The Makerspace program enables budding builders the chance to explore and create models using a combination of low-cost, everyday materials and state of the art technology. If you’re hoping to catch a planetarium show, be sure to arrive early: tickets are only available in person and are sold on a first-come, first-served basis at the front desk.
More info: Visit the website or you can give them a call.

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