the garden state discovery museum
When we arrived at the garden state discovery museum, we were greeted by friendly staff who directed us to check out the day’s programs and showtimes on a wipe board by the entrance. We were notified that there were in fact a few class trips there. Even though the museum was crowded, I never found it to be an issue during our visit. This was highly different from other places I have been to. My children were able to move around freely and there were plenty of toys to go around.
|California Pizza Kitchen|
The first area we played in was sponsered by the California Pizza Kitchen. How fun it was! A miniature restaurant, full of play food, booths, coal fired oven, and cash register. We could have stayed here our whole visit. I actually had to lure my children out of there to see what else the Museum offered! Close by was the Silver Diner, a miniature Diner for children to play waitress, waiter, and cook!
As you make your way throughout the the garden state discovery museum you realize that every single thing is made so that your child uses their imagination. As you watch your child enjoy themselves and transform into a chef, doctor, construction worker or fisherman to name a few, you yourself can’t help but have a smile on your face.
|Vet & Pet|
My children are ages 2 and 4. Many times I find it hard to take them places where both of them can enjoy something at the same exact time. It was nice to go to a place where we could do that.
|Storybook Castle and Arts & Imagination|
Throughout our visit, I noticed several workers walking throughout the facilities with “green” cleaners, cleaning the toys & equipment I have never observed this when I have been out at attractions. When we made our way to Storybook Castle, there was a very nice woman who was reading stories to the children. In the same area, in Arts & Imagination, two employees were prepping arts & crafts supplies for an upcoming session.
If you have a child under the age of 4, you and your child can enjoy the Little Discoveries zone. This is a separate section towards the back of the museum for children under the age of 4 years old. It was a nice quiet break for a bit.
|Down the Shore|
|Wildlife Area & Turtle Bog|
Of course there were several areas that we just were not able to visit. But my son is already planning our second trip and I am thinking of getting a yearly membership.
Admission is $10.95 for adults and children over 12 months and $9.95 for seniors. If you are a military family like we are, the the garden state discovery museum offers a discount of Buy One Get One free. For the amount of activities and exhibits offered, I found the admission prices to be very reasonable.
The garden state discovery museumis a great place to visit with your preschool groups, scouts & schools. The museum recommends the museum for children under the age of 10 years old.
There are some great events coming up to check out too!
A few years have past since our first trip to the garden state discovery museum and my children are now 4 and 6. We decided to get out of the cold and into some fun this winter day to use our imaginations! I was so happy that my children still enjoy the museum just as much today as they did a few years ago, maybe even more so!