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NJ Childrens Museums, Aquariums, Art, Science Museums in NJ

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Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Dr., Camden, NJ 08103, 844-474-FISH (3474)
    Daily 10-5. Adults $29, ages 2-12 $21, under 2 free. 4D Theater $3 (riders must be at least 36" tall and at least 5 yrs. old). Advance tickets available online.
    Aquarium exhibits include Hippo Haven, an immersion into life on an African River with hippos, crested porcupine and other animals; Caribbean Currents reef exhibits; shark exhibit with a 40-foot long walk-through tunnel and rope bridge; penguin island; 760,000-gallon Ocean Realm exhibit; Stingray Beach Club, touch exhibits featuring jellyfish, lobsters, sharks, spider crabs, stingrays and other sea creatures; and interactive KidZone designed for ages 6 and under. Shows and feedings daily, live entertainment. Group and scout programs; sleepovers; homeschool and scout discount days; summer Sea Camp.
Ongoing
     
Aquarium Adventures, hands-on behind-the-scenes aquarium experiences include swim with the sharks, up-close encounters with penguins, hippos or sea turtles. Call 800-616-5297 for reservations and information.
     Waterfront Connection links Adventure Aquarium and Battleship New Jersey on the Camden waterfront with Philadelphia's Penn Landing. Riverlink Ferry offers daily service May-Sept. An inexpensive connection to Philadelphia historic and cultural attractions is offered on the purple Phlash Trolley for $2.

Adventure to Health
CentraState Healthcare System Ambulatory Campus
901 W. Main St., Freehold, 732-308-1850
    Weekdays 11-4 when schools are not in session, weekends by appointment. To schedule class trips or scout groups, call 732-308-1850. Adults and ages 6 and older $8. Visitors enter a human torso and learn about the human body through 19 interactive stations focused on body systems, safety, fitness and healthy food choices. Recommended for ages 6 and older. Birthday parties.

Aljira
591 Broad St., Newark, 973-622-1600.
         Wed.-Fri. 12-6, Sat. 11-4. Contemporary visual arts center promotes the work of emerging artists.

The Center for Contemporary Art
2020 Burnt Mills Rd., Bedminster, 908-234-2345
      Mon.-Sat. including evening hours. Open to the public free.
         Housed in an historic c. 1912 former schoolhouse, the Center presents exhibitions of contemporary art by emerging, mid-career and under-represented artists as well as its members. Studio classes for children, teens and adults; summer art camps; birthday parties; lectures; and community outreach programs are offered.

Franklin Mineral Museum
32 Evans St., Franklin, Sussex County, 973-827-3481
    Open daily April-Nov. Open weekends only in March. Admission fee. Educational and hands-on fun, great for kids of all ages! Learn all about fluorescent rocks and minerals found in New Jersey's "Fluorescent Mineral Capital of the World," view thousands of minerals and go collect your own. Put your hand into a dinosaur's footprint and tour through a two-story mine replica. Go prospecting for fossils and gem pan for gemstones. Groups accommodated. Guided tours offered.

Garden State Discovery Museum
2040 Springdale Rd., Cherry Hill, 856-424-1233
        Mon.-Sun. 9:30-5:30, open Sat. to 8:30 Oct.-April. Open Mon.-Thurs. until 8:30pm during July and Aug. ($5 after 5pm). Admission $13.95, srs. $12.95, under 12 months free.
     Hands-on museum for infants to 10 yr. olds offers twenty interactive exhibit areas with special activities and performances most weekends. Workshops; parties; teacher workshops; outreach programs; museum store; snack area.

Grammy Museum Experience
Prudential Center, 25 Lafayette St., Newark, 973-757-6000
    Tues.-Sun. 11-6, open 11-8 on event nights. Adults $10, college students $9, srs. $8, ages 3-17 $7.
    Interactive exhibits explore all forms of music, the creative process, the art and technology of the recording process and the history of the Grammy Awards. Learn to drum with Max Weinberg, rap in the studio with Wyclef Jean, make your own music at Roland Live, and learn about some of the many iconic artists from the Garden State. Visit website for upcoming live performances, talks and special events. Group and school tours.

Grounds for Sculpture
18 Fairgrounds Rd., Hamilton, 609-586-0616
    Tues.-Sun. 10-6. Memorial Day-Labor Day: extended hours Fri.-Sat. until 9pm. Online: Adults $16, srs. $13, ages 6-17 $10, 5 and under free. Timed tickets are required. Purchase online; only a limited number of timed tickets are available per hour on site.
     A 35-acre sculpture park and museum on the site of the former New Jersey State Fairgrounds exhibits the works of emerging and well-known artists. Over 270 contemporary sculptures can be found throughout the natural landscaped grounds and gardens. Children must be supervised by an adult, but the park is very family-friendly and sculptures marked with a green tag are touchable. Workshops for adults, children, families and private groups; gallery talks; poetry readings; book club; cooking classes; dining events; concerts and special events are scheduled throughout the year. School tours, group tours and Touch Tours for visually impaired by appointment. Gazebo Cafe (open seasonally), The Van Gogh Cafe, Peacock Cafe and Rat's, a full-service gourmet restaurant, are on-site for dining. Reservations suggested at Rat's, 609-584-7800. Outside food is not permitted; picnics can be pre-ordered, 609-890-6015.
Apr- Oct
         Free Walk-in Tours, sign up in the Visitor's Center upon arrival.
Ongoing
         GFS Event Guide Online, register for art and photography workshops, artist and wellness walks and talks, programs for kids and families, and special events inspired by the season's exhibitions. 609-586-0616 x243.
Sat: Jan 20, Feb 10, Mar 17, Apr 28
         Tots on Tour, storytelling and art for ages 3-5 with one adult 11am and 1pm on select Saturdays per month. No reservations, first come-first served. Free with park admission.
Selected Family Events
         Visit website link online for adult art and photography workshops, artist talks, signature tours and dinner at Rat's Restaurant, garden lectures, book club, wellness walks, food and wine tastings, special events and professional development programs.
Jan 21
         Ice Sculpture Demonstrations.
Mar 24
         Artists in Action, working artists open their studios. 11-4.
Apr 14
         Slow Art Day, global event to help more people discover the joy of art.

Hunterdon Art Museum
7 Lower Center St., Clinton, 908-735-8415
    Tues.-Sun. 11-5. Suggested admission $5, ages 12 and under free. Gallery and exhibitions of contemporary art in a 19th century gristmill on the Raritan River. Exhibition-inspired workshops, events and studio classes are offered for adults, children and families seasonally; summer art camp; birthday parties; docent-led tours; scout programs.
Open
         Artzone, child-friendly space on third floor is open for hands-on art projects, free.
Jun-Aug
         Summer Art Camp.

Imagine That!!! Discovery Museum for Children
4 Vreeland Rd., Florham Park, 973-966-8000
    Reopening January 2018.

InfoAge Science Learning Center
2201 Marconi Rd., Wall, NJ 07719, 732-280-3000
    Wed., Sat. & Sun. 1-5pm. $5 ages 6 to adult.
       Located at the old Camp Evans base and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Science Museum and its member groups strive to preserve the history of the site and honor the communication pioneers of wireless, WWI, WWII, space exploration and the cold war through displays and hands-on exhibits.

Insectropolis, The Bugseum of New Jersey
1761 Lakewood Rd. (Rt. 9), Toms River, 732-349-7090
    Tues.-Sat. 10-3. Closed Dec. 24-Jan. 1. Admission $8, ages 2 & under free. The Koerner family, owners of Ozane Termite and Pest Control, has created a unique, interactive bug museum housing thousands of pinned specimens from around the world and hundreds of live specimens. Visitors can interact with touch-screen computer games, hands-on exhibits and view exotic specimens in themed display areas. Bug store; birthday parties; overnights and badges for scouts; group tours by appointment; Bugs on the Go outreach.
Ongoing
         Touch Presentations, Tues.-Fri. Sept.-June 12:30 & 2pm; Sat. every hour, last one at 2pm.
        Night Crawl, overnight for scouts ages 7-12.
        Scout BugOut, open 4-6pm on the third Wed. of the month Oct.-May for scouts to work toward badges. Reservations required.
               Jan 17, Feb 21, Mar 14, Apr 18, May 16
Jun TBA
        Annual Bugfest, cockroach races, facepainting, scavenger hunts, special guests. All proceeds benefit Rotary's scholarship fund. 10-3.

Jenkinson’s Aquarium
300 Ocean Ave., Point Pleasant Beach, 732-892-0600
        Mon.-Fri. 9:30-5, Sat. & Sun. 10-5. Summer hours: Daily 10-10 (school and camp groups visit Mon.-Fri. 9:30-2). Adults $14, srs. $9, ages 3-12 $8, 2 and under free.
        Small aquarium on the boardwalk features tropical fish, alligators, penguins, seals, sharks, rays and touch tank. Outreach programs; workshops; behind-the-scenes tours; Junior Keepers program; birthday parties.
Summer
         Activities include beach walks, Aquarium Explorers Camp, Junior Keepers and more.

Jersey Shore Children's Museum
Hamilton Mall (2nd level by Sears), 4403 Black Horse Pike
Mays Landing, 609-641-5726
    Mon.-Thurs. 10-4, Fri.-Sat. 10-6, Sun. 11-6. Non-profit hands-on discovery center, developed by two local teachers with the state's science core curriculum standards in mind, features a space station, shipping port, bank, country store, dino dig, medical center, weather station, Lego building, Tot Lot and more.

Kidsbridge Tolerance Museum
Ewing Senior & Community Center, 999 Lower Ferry Rd., Ewing, 609-771-0300
    Open to groups only, by appointment. Docent-led small group discussions and interactive exhibits focus on anti-­bullying and anti-cyberbullying, diversity appreciation and tolerance. Pre- and post-curriculum materials available. In-school and field trip programs available pre-K-middle school. Volunteers always needed.
Jun TBA
         Annual Kidsbridge Walk2Stop Bullying.

Liberty Science Center
Liberty State Park, 222 Jersey City Blvd., Jersey City, 201-200-1000
    Fall-spring: Tues.-Fri. 9-4, Sat.-Sun. 9-5:30. Summer: Mon.-Fri. 9-4, Sat.-Sun. 9-5:30. General admission: Adults $22.75; srs. & ages 2-12 $18.75; teacher discount; under 2 free. Combination tickets available for premium exhibition, giant dome and 3-D Theater. Member discounts.
    Interactive science and technology exhibitions include Skyscraper! featuring artifacts from the World Trade Center; Eat & Be Eaten where live animals are used to explore how they catch prey and avoid being caught; Infection Connection helps visitors understand germs, viruses, parasites and other life forms; Our Hudson Home explores the Hudson River; Energy Quest takes visitors on a journey through the major sources of earth's energy; Honey Bees exhibit features a working hive to view up close; the Touch Tunnel, navigate a pitch-black maze; and I Explore, an age-restricted exploration area for children 2-5 yrs. old and their caregivers. Other interactive experiences include a rock climbing wall and seasonal outdoor obstacle course. Live science demonstrations are scheduled daily with additional special events on weekends. Student programs include MakerLab weekend series, family science workshops, overnight group camp-ins, summer camps, scout programs, home school programs for ages 4-14, birthday parties, college internships and in-school assemblies and workshops.
Ongoing
         Activities for Families with Young Learners, include I Explore exhibition for ages 2-5; We Explore science demonstrations and hands-on activities; kids' cinema; and story time.
3rd Thurs
         LSC After Dark, cocktails, food, music, dancing, laser shows for guests 21 and over on the 3rd Thurs. of the month. 6-10pm.
Jul-Aug
         Science Camps, for grades 4-9. Young Learner Camp for grades K-1 with adult.
Family Weekend Series
Hands-on sessions for families with children ages 4-11. 10-12:30. $25 per participant includes museum admission. Call 201-253-1310 or email sales@lsc.org for reservations.
Jan 27        Ready for Robots.
Feb 24       Me and My mBot.
Mar 10       It's Morphi Time!
Apr 14        Oh No, Oil Spill!
May 5         Bridging the Gap.
Jun 2         Aviation Destination.
Selected Special Exhibitions
Open
         Infinity Climber, climb, crawl and leap up to 35 ft. above the floor, open to adventurers 42 in. and taller.
         Action Zone, sports simulator.
         Family Fitness Route, pick up a "Get Up, Get Active!" passport from the Welcome Desk and complete six activities in the Museum.
Thru May 28
         Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience, discover the science behind the science fiction in an interactive, immersive exhibition.
Thru May 13
          Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails, learn, play and solve problems while visiting locations from the beloved TV series.

Monmouth Museum
Brookdale Community College
765 Newman Springs Rd., Lincroft, 732-747-2266
    Tues.-Sat. 10-5, Sun. 12-5. Admission $8, under 2 free. The Becker Children's Wing features changing exhibitions that offer interactive learning experiences geared to elementary school age children ages 6-12. Call ahead for hours for Wonder Wing, a creative play environment with an undersea theme for ­children 6 and under. Group tours; birthday parties; Travelling Trunks rental program, 732-224-1992.
Ongoing
         MMKids Weekly Children's Programs, for toddlers to school-age children, include hands-on art, science, math and history programs, planetarium shows, preschool story times and crafts, after-school activities, family movie nights, planetarium shows and special events. Check website for the day's programs and times.
        Ancients to Astronauts: How We Communicate, Becker Children's Wing exhibition includes hands-on, interactive displays and activities on different topics: Changing Climate: Changing Weather; Ancient Egypt; Explore Space includes StarLab Planetarium; and Green Arts Studio features craft activities.
Sat
         MMKids Saturday Programs, preschool story time, 11am; preschool craft, 11:30am; planetarium show for ages 7+, 1:30 and 3pm.
Sun
         MMKids Sunday Programs, preschool story time, 12:30pm; preschool craft, 1pm; planetarium show for ages 7+, 1:30 & 3pm; Art Hour in the Green Arts Studio, all ages, 2pm.

Montclair Art Museum
3 South Mountain Ave., Montclair, 973-746-5555
    Wed.-Sun. 12-5pm. Adults $12, srs./students with ID $10, members and under 12 free. Admis­sion is free 5-9pm the first Thursday Oct.-June. Students and seniors (age 65+) are free the first Friday of the month 12-5pm. Special needs groups are also free on the first Friday. Call 973-259-5136 to coordinate group visits. Strollers permitted.
    Permanent collection dedicated solely to American and Native American art encompasses painting, works on paper, photography, and sculpture by American artists from the 18th-century to the present, as well as traditional and contemporary Native American art. Studio art classes for adults and children (973-259-5139), teen programs, teacher training workshops, school tours, gallery talks and tours, summer art camp, special family events, birthday parties.
    Register for programs online, in The Store at MAM or by calling 973-259-5137.
Ongoing
         MAM Family Learning Lab, drop in for self-guided family art activities on the 3rd floor.
         Yard School of Art, year round classes for adults, children and teens.
2nd Wed
         MAM Park Bench, 9:30-11:30am on the second Wednesday. Bring your stroller inside for an artistic social outing for adults with young children. Art projects for children, guided tours and storytelling. Program themes are posted online. $18, members $6.
Thur
         Teen Space, work on projects among peers in a professional studio space. 7-9pm Thursdays.
1st Thur
         Free First Thursday Nights, 5-9pm. Full-service bar, art activities, live music, kids' art workshops.
1st Fri
         Free First Friday, 12-5pm, for students, seniors and special needs groups.
3rd Thurs
         Home School Days, gallery tour and art project for ages 4-10 and ages 11+. 12-2pm. $18, members $6. Register online, call 973-259-5137 or email tours@montclairartmuseum.org.
3rd Sat
         MAM Family Art Adventure, drop-in gallery program for ages 6-12 with adult 2-3:30pm on the third Saturday of the month. $18 per family, member family $6.
Sun
         Drop-In Studio, drop-in art 1-4pm Sundays.
Jun-Aug
         SummerART, art camp for children ages 5-12
and studio classes and workshops for teens and adults. Unpaid internships available.
Selected Exhibitions
Thru Jul 1

         Undaunted Spirit: Art of Native North America.
Feb 3-Jun 17
         Kay Walkingstick: An American Artist, first major retrospective of one of the world's most celebrated artists of Native American ancestry

Morris Museum
6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown, 973-971-3700
    Tues.-Sat. 11-5, Sun. 12-5. Open to 8pm on 2nd and 3rd Thurs. of the month. Adults $10, srs. and ages 3-18 $7, members and under 3 free. Pay-what-you-wish admission 4-8pm on 2nd and 3rd Thursday of the month. BAC/Merrill Lynch cardholders free first full weekend of month.
    Permanent exhibits, housed in the former Twin Oaks mansion, include galleries devoted to Native American history and crafts; antique dolls, toys and ­dollhouses; natural science with mounted mammal specimens; rocks and minerals; dinosaurs and fossils; model train exhibit. Adult art workshops, speakers and trips; children's art workshops and drop-in programs; scout and group programs; summer art, science and theatre day camps; school outreach; portable planetarium; school loan program. See Theatre for Bickford Theatre main stage and children's theatre and Music & Dance for jazz series and concert events.
Ongoing
          Studio Art, week-long classes and one-day workshops for ages 5 to adult are offered year round. For info, call 973-971-3740 or email studioart@morrismuseum.org.
          Family Discovery Center, relaxed family gathering space with hands-on activities.
          Home School Discovery Adventures, home school programs for ages 4-8. Call for new schedule, 973-971-3718.
Fri    
          Tot Tours, mini tour and art project for ages 2-5 and caregiver monthly on select Fri., 10am. Registration required. Free with admission.
Jul- Aug
          Summer Camps, week-long half-day camps explore art and science themes.
          Camp for a Day, one day camps for grades 1-4.
          Summer Studio Art Courses, week-long classes for ages 5-14.
Selected Exhibitions
Ongoing
          Musical Machines & Living Dolls: The Murtogh D. Guinness Collection, permanent exhibition of over 150 mechanical musical instruments & automata. Live demonstrations 2pm Tues.-Sun.
Thru Feb 18
         Museum Detectives: What Is It?, interactive exhibit examines unusual and intriguing objects from the Museum's collection.
Thru Mar 4
         Book Art: A Novel Idea, art composed of books.
Selected Special Events
Jan 15
         Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 12-2. Make an origami piece, 11-12:30 (advance registration required).
Feb 10
         Chocolate Family Day, craft and activities, performance in Bickford Theatre. 11-4.
Feb 19
         Presidents Day, patriotic craft and music. 12-2.
Mar 3
         Dr. Seuss Family Day, celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday, come dressed as your favorite character. 11-4.

Museum of Early Trades & Crafts
9 Main St. at Green Village Rd., Madison, 973-377-2982
    Tues.-Sat. 10-4, Sun. 12-5, closed Mon. and major holidays. Closed Sun. and Mon. during July & Aug. Adults $5; ages 6 and up, students and srs. $3; members and under 6, free; family maximum $15.
    Drawing on its collection of over 8,000 hand tools and their products, the museum, listed on the National Register of Historic places, interprets what life was like for a 19th century farm family and craftspeople who lived and worked in Madison before the rise of large-scale industrialization. Changing exhibits; gallery talks; drop-in crafts; children's discovery space. On-site and outreach programs; preschool and afterschool programs; homeschool programs; scout badges; summer camp-in-a-day.
Ongoing
           Scout Badge Programs, can be scheduled after school or Saturdays.
Selected Special Events
Registration required for most programs.
Jan 25
         Edison & the Origins of Electric Lighting, Professor Paul Israel. All ages. 7pm. $8.
Feb 1
         Groundhog Prediction Children's Party, ages 3-6. 4-5pm. $5.
Feb 10
         Stained Glass Drop-in Craft, all ages. 11-3.
Mar 10
         NJ Makers Day, all ages.
Mar 17
         St. Patrick's Day, all ages. 11-4.
Mar 23
         Stuffed Animal Sleepover, leave your favorite stuffed animal or doll for a sleepover. 4-5. $5.
Mar 31
         Felted Bunnies Drop-in Craft, ages 3-6. 12-3. $5.
Apr 3-May 22
         Museum Curators, series for ages 6-10 meets weekly on Wed. 4:15-5:15.

Newark Museum
49 Washington St., Newark, 973-596-6550
     Jr. Museum: 973-596-6616. 24-hr sky report and program info: 973-596-6529. Wed.-Sun. 12-5. Adults $15, children, srs., students with valid ID $8, members and Newark residents/college students, active duty military free. Attended parking in adjacent lot at corner of University and Central Aves.
    The state's largest museum features 80 galleries exhibiting American art; decorative arts and the magnificent 1885 Ballantine House, a restored National Historic Landmark; arts of Africa and Asia; an unparalleled collection of sacred and secular Tibetan art including a consecrated Buddhist altar; the Victoria Hall of Science; theater and planetarium. Grounds contain a 1794 schoolhouse, Newark Fire Museum and sculpture garden. Public drop-in gallery tours are offered daily. Educational programs include year-round fine arts and crafts workshops for adults and children, summer camp for ages 3-13 (973-596-6637), group tours, scout and school outreach programs. See listing under Planetariums for more information.
Selected Interactive Exhibitions
Ongoing
        Dynamic Earth: Revealing Nature's Secrets, explore 4.6 million years of the Earth's geological change through hands-on exhibits and activities.
        Fire Escapes: Danger & Survival, interactive exhibit at the Newark Fire Museum includes exhibits, films and displays in a replica burned-out house to reinforce safety education for children and their families.
        Look/Touch/Learn: Nature & Art, cozy hands-on art exploration area in American Art Galleries, First Floor North Wing.
        Look/Touch/Learn: Tibet, interactive space in Tibetan galleries to explore Tibetan culture.
Wed-Sun
         Drop-In Public Highlights Tours, 1pm. Check schedule of gallery and special exhibition tours upon arrival.
School Year Programs Sept.–June
Sat & Sun
         MakerSPACE Drop-In Programs, monthly themes inspired by the Museum's collections and special events are designed for visitors of all ages to drop in and experiment. 1-4pm.
        Planetarium Shows, weekends and holidays. See Dreyfuss Planetarium.
Sat
         Family Gallery Programs, new activities every week highlight a different Museum collection. 2pm Saturdays. Meet in the lobby.
2nd Sun
         Second Sundays, series for all ages showcases a special exhibition or collection each month. 12-4pm.
Thurs
         Late Thursdays, designed for adults to relax after hours with music, food, drinks, art and entertainment. Doors open at 5, 6-9pm.
Jul-Aug
         Camp Newark Museum, one-week sessions for ages 3-14. Registration begins in March.

New Jersey Historical Society
52 Park Place, Newark, 973-596-8500
    Museum: Tues.-Sat. 10-5. Library: Wed., Thurs., Sat. 12-5. Adults $3, library admission $5. Families can explore New Jersey's history through interactive exhibitions and research local history and family geneology through the society's extensive archives, library and online guides. Education programs and tours offered for schools, groups and teachers.

New Jersey State Museum
205 West State St., Trenton
Recording: 609-292-6464. Weekdays: 609-292-6308
    Tues.-Sun. 9-4:45, closed Mondays and state holidays. Suggested admission: Adults $7, srs. $1 off, ages 12 and under $5.
    A four-in-one museum offers distinct sections uniquely devoted to New Jersey's archaeology/ethnology, cultural ­history, fine art and natural history in a modern main building overlooking the Delaware River. Entertaining and educational programs are offered in a 150-seat planetarium and adjacent 400-seat auditorium. For a schedule of family and student programs and teacher workshops and information on scout merit badge days (it is not necessary to be a scout to enroll), visit the Museum's website. For planetarium information, see listing under Planetariums.
Ongoing
         Activity carts, family events, planetarium shows, storytimes, stop by the information desk upon arrival for scavenger hunts and a schedule of activities.
         Geology, Archaeology & Astronomy Merit Badge Days, scheduled on select days during the school year. Open to scouts and non-scouts, advance registration required.
         Paleontology Field School, adults and ages 14+ join museum paleontologists on a summer expedition to Montana and Wyoming.
         Discovery Den, science discovery space for ages infant-8 and their caregivers. Storytime and craft 10:00am on the 3rd Saturday of the month.
                  Jan 20:    Animal Hibernation.
                  Feb 17:    African American Artists.
                  Mar 17:    Dinosaurs!
                  Apr 21:    Space!
                  May 19:   Green & Growing.
                  Jun 16:    Explore the Garden State.
         SMASH Series,special days three times a year for families to explore science through hands-on activities, experiments, demonstrations, shows and opportunities to meet the Museum's experts.
                  Mar 10:   STEAM Trains! New Jersey Makers Day, 10-3.
Selected Exhibitions
Ongoing
          New Jersey's Original People: Interpreting the Archaeological Collection, the story of the Lenni Lenape.
          Pretty Big Things: Stories of New Jersey History, using some of the biggest artifacts from the museum's Cultural History collection.
          Written in Rocks: Fossil Tales of New Jersey, explores the geology of New Jersey.

Pierro Gallery of South Orange
Baird Center, 5 Mead St., South Orange, 973-378-7754 x3.
    Mon.-Thurs. 11-4 and by appointment. Free. Contem­porary art gallery exhibits regional, national and international artists with special interest in supporting emerging artists. Exhibitions change approx. every six weeks. Group tours and scout programs.

Princeton University Art Museum
McCormick Hall, Princeton, 609-258-3788
    Tues.-Sat. 10-5, Thurs. 10-9, Sun. 12-5. Closed Mon. and major holidays. No charge. Permanent collections range from ancient to contemporary art. Group tours for preschoolers to adults can be arranged. Gallery talks; films; concerts; family events; museum shop. Teacher resources, exhibition talks, videos, activities, mobile campus art tours all available online. Check online calendar for schedule of events. Internships, docent and volunteer opportunities.
Ongoing
         Family Activity Guides, pick up an activity guide at the Museum information desk or download guides before you visit for self-guided tours and family activities.
         Art for Families, drop in on Sat. 10:30-1 for self-guided tour and related art project.
Sat & Sun
         Highlights Tour, meet at the entrance every Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. Free.
Jan 30-Feb 2
         Homeschool Week, self-guided, interactive tours followed by related art projects for all ages. 11-2, no reservations necessary.

Rutgers University Geology Museum
Geology Hall, Old Queens Section, College Ave. Campus
85 Somerset St., New Brunswick, 732-932-7243
    School year mid-Sept.-mid-May: Tues.-Thurs. 10-5, Fri. 10-4, Sat. 10-2. Mid-May-June 30: Thurs.-Fri. 10-4, Sat. 10-2. July: Fri. only 10-4. Aug.-mid-Sept.: Closed. Closed holidays and school breaks. Free.
    Exhibits on geology and anthropology, with an emphasis on the natural history of New Jersey, include a dinosaur trackway from Towaco, a mastodon from Salem County, mineral exhibits featuring the zeolite minerals of Paterson, and the zinc minerals of Franklin. Group tours; birthday parties; geology field trips; Paint Along sessions; rock shop.
School Year Events
1st Wed
         Late Nights at the Museum, activity stations for children and adults from 4-8pm the first Wed. of the month during the school year. Bring specimens for identification.
                Feb 3:   Anthropology.
                Mar 1:   Biodiversity.
                Apr 5:    Earthquakes & Volcanoes.
                May 4:   TBD.
3rd Sat
         Saturday Tour Day, guided tours for groups of 10 or more are offered on the third Sat. of the month (and during business hours Tues.-Fri.). Pre-registration is required.
Jan 27
         50th Annual Rutgers Geology Museum Open House, lectures, mineral sale, kids lectures (ages 8+), mineral and fossil identification, hands-on activities. 9-3. Free, all ages.

Sterling Hill Mine Tour & Museum
30 Plant St., Ogdensburg, Sussex County, 973-209-6463
    Public tours daily at 1pm; July and Aug. tours at 10am and 1pm. Adults $12, srs. $11, ages 4-12 $9, ages 3 and under free. Group discounts with advance notice.
    Take a 1⁄4-mile walk into the fourth oldest mine in the country and the last working underground mine in New Jersey. The 2-hr. tour includes a tour of the mine, the Warren Museum of Fluorescence and the 5,000 sq. ft. Mining Exhibit Hall. Also available are Rock & Fossil Discovery Centers and an on-site observatory. You can purchase or collect minerals yourself any day the museum is open. Collecting in the Mine Run Dump is open to adults and children ages 7 and up, $5 plus $1.50 per pound. Sturdy shoes and protective eyewear are necessary; bring your own sledge hammers and carrying bags.

Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center
1 Memorial Lane, Homdel, 732-335-0033
      Tues.-Sat. 10-4. Adults $7, srs./students $5, veterans, active duty, and under 12 free.
         The story of the Vietnam era is told through photographs, timelines, films, interactive displays, personal letters and artifacts. The New Jersey Vietnam Veteran's Memorial is nearby featuring a circular black wall engraved with the names of more than 1,000 New Jersey ­soldiers who lost their lives in the war. Free guided tours of the Memorial are offered the first Sat. of the month and every Sat. Feb.-April at 11am and 1pm during scholarship season. Group tours by request; Traveling Trunk available for rent.

Visual Arts Center of New Jersey
68 Elm St., Summit, 908-273-9121
    Mon.-Thurs. 10-8, Fri. 10-5, Sat. & Sun. 11-4. Recommended admission: Adults $5, srs./students $3, under 12 free. Docent tours available for school, family and community groups, ages pre-K to adult.
    Contemporary art exhibitions change every three to four months. Classes for all ages and abilities; birthday parties; art camp for children and teens; art educator programs; art road trips.

Watchung Arts Center
18 Stirling Rd., Watchung Circle, Watchung, 908-753-0190
    Tues.-Fri. 12-5, Sat. 10-3. Summer: Mon.-Fri. 9-2.
       Non-profit, volunteer-run center offers new art exhibitions each month, jazz, improv and other performances and classes for children and adults. Birthday parties; children's summer art camp.

Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center
Montclair State University, 8 Yogi Berra Dr., Little Falls, 973-655-2378
     Wed.-Sun. 12-5pm. Closed major holidays. Adults $6, students under 18 $4.
        Artifacts from the life of the ­legendary catcher, exhibits on the history of the Yankees, Yankee Stadium, baseball in New Jersey, baseball equipment and baseball during World War II. Guest speakers; book signings; group and school tours; seminars for coaches, parents and leadership; afterschool programs; baseball clinics; baseball/softball and sports broadcasting summer camps

Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University
Rutgers University, 71 Hamilton St., New Brunswick, 848-932-7237
    Tues.-Fri. 10-4:30; Sat. & Sun. 12-5; first Tues. of the month 10-9. Closed Mondays, Aug. and major holidays. Free general admission.
    Housing more than 60,000 works of art ranging from ancient to contemporary art, the Zimmerli Art Museum's permanent collection features particularly rich holdings in 19th-century French art; Russian art and Soviet nonconformist art from the Dodge Collection; American art with notable holdings of prints; and original illustrations for children's books. Visit website for schedule of lectures, films, concerts, performances, and classes for children to adults. Teacher workshops; group tours; summer camps.
Ongoing
         Studio Z: The Adi Blum Learning Center, self-guided family activities during museum hours.
Sun
         Passport to Art, family-friendly art activities are offered select first Sundays of the month. Drop in anytime between 1-3pm.
         Drawing Club for Children & Young People for ages 7-14; Drawing Society for Adults; fall and spring sessions.
Sun: Jan 7, Feb 4, Mar 4, Apr 8
         Art Together, family-friendly art activities are offered first Sundays of the month Oct.-April. Drop in anytime between 1-3pm.
        Music at the Museum, monthly weekend concert series, 1:30-3:30.
                Feb 18:    Cello Adventures in French Music.
                Mar 11:    French Romanticism–Music of Franck and Faure.
1st Tues
        Art After Hours: First Tuesdays, activities, performances, refreshments, guided tours, 5-9pm the first Tues. of each month. All ages. Free.
Jun-Jul
        Summer Art Camp, weekly sessions for ages 7-14. Registration opens in February.
Selected Exhibitions
Ongoing
         Duvoisin Gallery, family-oriented gallery, showcases original children's book illustrations and offers a glimpse into the labor-intensive creative process of designing books prior to the use of computerized illustration techniques.
         The Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union, 1956-1986, the world's largest collection of its kind.
Thru Jun 24
         Cats vs. Dogs: Illlustrations for Children's Literature, a selection of drawings from the Zimmerli's collection.