Families looking to plan a short trip within driving distance of Cherry Hill should look no further than the Garden State Discovery Museum. Here little ones from bouncing babies to kids up to 10-years-old will have a blast learning all about science, art, culture and other fascinating subjects through 20 hands-on, interactive exhibits that they will long remember.
Over at the Dinosaurium, you’ll learn about an actual dinosaur that was discovered eight miles from the Garden State Discovery Museum in South Jersey. There’s also a replica of a skeleton of a Tyrannosaur Rex that youngsters will enjoy climbing, as well as an excavation site where they can dig all day. Another awesome animal-themed experience is the Wildlife Area complete with Red-eared Slider Turtles at the Turtle Bog, Chinese Water Dragons and snake. Meanwhile, the Down the Shore exhibit showcases the best of New Jersey giving visitors the chance to explore life under the sea, fish for flounder and be a lifeguard.
The younger kids in the bunch–infants to four-year-olds–will want to head over to Little Discoveries where they will get to play in the Baby Barnyard, home to a slide, pig pen and other attractions. Afterwards, make some time to check out the Goodwill Dressing Room filled with cool costumes and a working theater. Those who want to see what it’s like to be behind the camera have the News and Weather exhibit, which features live broadcasts throughout the museum. There’s plenty more including the Flyers Mini Rink, where active types can work on their hockey skills or report on the action from the press box, as well as a Tree House, Bubble Trouble and Storybook Castle.
Along with its enriching exhibits, the Garden State Discovery Museum regularly hosts special events throughout the year. Children can hone their creativity with programs such as Come Sail Away, Say It with Clay, Land of Sand: Fresh Dirt, to name a few.
For an extra memorable time, you can even host a Museum Birthday party with awesome activities that range from making your own stuffed animal to partying with Captain Sandy Hook during museum hours, and spectacular Sleepover Parties that let you spend the night at the museum, where guests will get to sleep in a tree house, hear stories and sing karaoke.
Party themes range from Pirate Party to Spectacular Science, Princess Party and Incredible Edibles.
When hunger strikes, the Garden State Discovery Museum is home to J-Dogs Cafe featuring all the popular kiddie standards such as pizza, burgers, hot dogs, French fries, grilled, cheese, chicken nuggets and much more.
The Garden State Discovery Museum is open Monday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. From October through April, Saturday hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. In July and August, the museum is open from Monday through Thursday from 9:30-8:30 p.m., and admission is $5 plus tax after 5 p.m. during these months.
There is no better time to drive over to the Garden State Discovery Museum for a day of exploration with friends and family. You won’t want to miss it!
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