Drop-In Family Activities
Events and Activities
Adults and Families can drop in for special events and gallery activities that bring the collections to life. From storytime to gallery activity carts to big public events, there is always something new to discover at the New Jersey State Museum!
Look for Scavenger Hunts at the information desk upon arrival at the museum. We have many themes to choose from so your family can make a game out of visiting all of the galleries for clues! Look for in-gallery activities located throughout the museum including a Natural History Journal, making your own state seal, decorating a Paleolithic pot and much more!
- Colonial History
- Animal Teeth
- Art Cart
- And More!
Join us for hands-on fun at our Museum Activity Cart every Thursday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Cart themes and activities change often but always have fun, hands-on lessons related to the Museum’s collections. Cart activities are designed for families with children ages 5 and up. Call or email Terri Barlow to find out the theme of the week, 609-292- 1382 or email@example.com
Join us monthly for a story and craft activity. Stories relate to current exhibits and collections and are always entertaining. Crafts are simple and a great way to remember the fun you had at the Museum! Story time is designed for families with children ages 4 and up. For more information contact Terri Barlow at 609-292-1382 or firstname.lastname@example.org
How the Dinosaur Got to the Museum
March 22 & 23
This charming story explains how many people it takes to find, excavate, prepare and mount a dinosaur for exhibition. Did you know? The first full dinosaur skeleton was found in Haddonfield NJ! The Hadrosaurus foulkii became the New Jersey State Dinosaur in 1991. Make a dinosaur craft to take home. Visit Haddy in the new exhibit, Drawn to Dinosaurs before or after story time.
April 12 & 13
Follow Art and Max to learn about paint, watercolor and line drawings on an art-making adventure. Families will engage in art-making and gain tools to explore the Fine Art collection. This is a great way to engage your children in the focused observation of art.
May 17 & 18
Meet Rosie Revere! On a mission to create a flying machine for her aunt, Rosie teaches us about simple engineering principles, perseverance and scientific experimentation. Learn about New Jersey’s own Emily Roebling and become a bridge engineer yourself!
Look Up! Henrietta Leavitt
June 14 & 15
This picture book biography tells the story of Henrietta Leavitt (1868-1921), the woman who discovered more than 2,400 variable stars in addition to the "yardstick to the universe" used to make discoveries that changed the study of our galaxy and the universe. Kids will learn more about the stars with a take home craft. Don’t forget to visit the Planetarium for a show that is out of this world!
Ice Cream Cones for Sale!
July 12 & 13,
Learn about how the St. Louis World’s Fair popularized the ice cream cone in 1904 and the many people who took credit for the idea. There is a New Jersey connection! Visit the exhibit, New Jersey on Display: World’s Fairs and the Garden State to learn more about New Jersey at the St. Louis World’s Fair.
Join the Museum for days packed with performances, craft activities and hands-on exploration. Special Events are chosen to highlight new exhibits, national holidays or other important event. Sure to be fun for the whole family.
March 29, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
(2:00 pm Live Theater performance)
For families with children ages 8 and up
Theater to Go presents Emily Roebling: The Woman Who Saved the Brooklyn Bridge
Emily Roebling was known as the woman who completed the Brooklyn Bridge, yet very few people today know who she was. We will share the remarkable true story of Emily Roebling, who surprised 19th Century establishment by rising up in defense of her family’s dream and saving the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge.
This video and live-action dramatic performance, held in celebration of Women’s History Month, profiles a woman ahead of her time. Emily Roebling was a true pioneer who championed the abilities of women to excel in sciences and in industry, all while supporting the strength of the Roebling family’s mission to construct the Brooklyn Bridge.
Performance takes place at 2:00pm. Before and after the performance, visit the new Innovation Lab and Learning Center to learn the basics of bridge design and engineering with ConnectU. Families choose one of three bridge building activities to learn about suspension, web truss, and support towers. On display will be a few models of suspension bridges.
May 3, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
For families of all ages
Don’t miss the New Jersey State Museum’s largest single day event – Super Science Saturday! Mark your calendar to attend this entertaining, educational, and fun science event!
Visit Drawn to Dinosaurs: Hadrosaurus Foulkii to see full size hadrosaurus specimen and learn about the New Jersey State Dinosaur! While you’re there check out the new Innovation Lab & Learning Center to see fossils being prepared.
Don’t miss the new hands-on exhibit, NANO. This interactive exhibition engages family audiences in nanoscale science, engineering, and technology.
Grab your Passport to Science and collect your stamps at the participating NJSM booths - become a paleontologist and archaeologist in a mock dig, explore innovation in New Jersey and much more!
General admission is free; Planetarium shows are specially priced at $5. Check this website for updates, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to learn more. We look forward to seeing you for a day of science fun! Super Science Saturday is sponsored in part by the Friends of the New Jersey State Museum.
Celebrate New Jersey’s 350 Birthday
June 22, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
For families of all ages
Explore 350 years of New Jersey history and many more throughout the Museum. Highlights of the day include the new exhibit, New Jersey on Display: World’s Fairs and the Garden State and an activity cart highlighting New Jersey’s colonial past. Visit Pretty Big Things: Stories of New Jersey History to learn about the State Seal and put together a quilt pattern.