Garden State Discovery Museum in Cherry Hill, New Jersey is more than your average museum. Kids are guaranteed to have a blast at this interactive center designed especially for little explorers ages 10 and under. Fun, hands-on exhibits encourage children to participate and play together, while learning about a variety of subjects. The Dinosaurium, News and Weather, Tree House, Bubble Trouble, Wildlife Area, Down the Shore, Climbing Wall, and Subaru Service Station are just some of the kid-approved exhibits that Garden State Discovery Museum has to offer.
Let’s Play Pretend at Garden State Discovery Museum
Unearth new findings at the Dinosaurium
As a tribute to South Jersey’s important role in dinosaur discoveries, the Dinosaurium at Garden State Discovery Museum encourages little ones to dig for fossils in this enclosed excavation site. Little ones love discovering what impressions can be found underneath the wood-chipped area before heading over to the Scientist’s Tent to record findings and use more tools like a real paleontologist.
Grab a hard-hat and let’s get to work
At Garden State Discovery Museum, “Under Construction” is a welcoming sign for curious kids. Step into this safe environment where kids are invited to help build a two-story house, and take a seat at the architect’s desk to make big plans. For another kind of mechanical exhibit, visit the Subaru Service Station and grab some tools to become a regular grease monkey!
Let your imagination run wild ✨
If there’s one thing Garden State Discovery Museum wants kids to do, it’s to use their imaginations and play pretend. Each and every exhibit in this museum encourages free play and creativity while offering a glimpse into a wide range of professions and subjects. Put on a suit and deliver the nightly news or operate the camera at ABC News & Weather. Climb aboard a fishing vessel at Down the Shore to learn about South Jersey’s wildlife and environment on the coast. Little Discoveries Baby Barnyard is an entire area designated for ages four and under, offering a variety of interactive adventures for little ones. Put on a costume and act at Backstage Theater, care for exotic animals at Vet and Pet, and even play real hockey at Flyers Mini Rink. Kids can even learn about healthy snacking, food shopping, and cooking at the realistic Whole Foods Farm Stand and Silver Diner play areas.
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Mark your calendar for special events
There’s always something new and exciting planned at Garden State Discovery Museum. From kid-friendly music programs and fitness classes to special performances held in the museum, it’s always a good idea to visit the museum’s calendar of events to find something different to do with the little ones. This museum also regularly hosts relaxed meet-ups for families with children on the Autism spectrum where families are encouraged to socialize in a safe, interactive environment.
Museum on the Move ?
Garden State Discovery Museum knows it’s not easy for every family to get to them, so they make it a point to come to you. Choose from live animal shows, theater-based classes, community outreach, and assembly programs for an ultimate mobile museum experience. Close to 20 unique programs are sure to catch the interest of every child (and adult!), including T-Rex the Turtle, Planet Pirates, Spectacular Science, Animal Tales, Nocturnal Nature, and much more.
3 NJMOM Pro-tips to Know Before You Go:
- You don’t need to pack a lunch or snack. J-Dogs Cafe is on site and offers a full menu of kid-approved pizzas and treats. They serve a variety of classics from soft pretzels and granola bars to grilled chicken wraps and quesadillas.
- Get the coupons. Click here to get $5.00 off a purchase of $25 or more at the Discovermore Storetore. There is also free admission for your child on his or her birthday.
- Birthday parties are all the rage at this imagination haven. Choose from a range of party themes including: Art Party, Spectacular Science, Pottery Party, and more. Your kids can also have a sleepover birthday party at the museum where they can spend the night in their favorite exhibit. Click here to learn more about birthday parties at Garden State Discovery Museum.
Kids will leave this adventure sanctuary with a treasure trove of new experiences: from becoming the captain of your own boat and visit real animals to learning about moon phases and digging for fossils, the possibilities are endless at Garden State Discovery Museum for young ones to let their imagination grow and unearth new experiences.
Has your family visited Garden State Discovery Museum? Leave a comment below to tell us about your favorite exhibit.