12 Things to do with the Family

1. Alstede Farms:

The farm offers fruits and vegetables and a fully stocked farm store filled with their produce, local honey, homemade ice cream and fudge, home baked pies, jams, jellies, cider donuts and more. The “pick your own schedule” varies with the season.

2. Bickford Theatre:

Located at the Morris Museum, the theatre presents professional children’s theatre touring companies throughout the year, especially during school breaks and in the summer.

3. Fosterfields Living Historical Farm:

Open April to October and with special programming in other seasons, children will be delighted with this 19th century farm full of animals, gardens, and exhibits. Take a hay ride, water the crops and feed the livestock.

4. Glassworks Studio:

This make your own, do-it-yourself, glass art studio specializes in fused, kiln-formed glass. Create your project design while it’s cool and then they melt and shape it for you after you leave. This is a public studio with classes offered throughout the year.  They will mail you the finished project if requested.

5. Ice Skating:

There are three indoor rinks located at Mennen Sports Arena, and they are open all year. On Friday nights, skate to tunes spun by D.J. Earl. Prefer skating outdoors in winter? Weather permitting you can skate outdoors at Central Park of Morris County which is lit at night.

6. Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC):

Located in the heart of downtown Morristown, MPAC presents children’s programming throughout the year in a stunningly renovated space.  For residents, check out their performing arts school and save the date for their annual musical.

7. Morris Museum:

One of the best regional museums in NJ, there are a number of exhibits that appeal to children including the model trains, dinosaurs, animal gallery, and the gems and minerals gallery. Special programming throughout the year mainly to school and other holidays.

8. Morristown Game Vault:

Retro games, vintage pinball and the latest in video gaming is located in an historic bank building in the center of Morristown. No quarters are needed as there is timed free play available with a wristband. The games cover a 35-year range of gaming history.

9. Museum of Early Trades & Crafts:

This museum has a specific children’s area. Their mission is to preserve and showcase the tools and crafts of 18th century NJ craftsmen and artisans.

10. Sunrise Lake Beach Club at Lewis Morris Park:

Open between Memorial Day and Labor Day, take the family for swimming by a sandy beach just west of Morristown. TheWibit, an inflatable obstacle course, and Zoom Floom, an inflatable slide, are favorites, and paddleboats are available for rent.

11. Whippany Railway Museum:

This museum is open April to October, with special holiday train excursions around the holidays. Since 1965 the museum has offered displays about NJ’s railroad history, including a number of trains parked on the railroad siding that can be explored.

12. Wightman’s Farms:

Family-owned and operated since 1922 and open all year, the farm features quality fruits and vegetables, fresh cider, smoked meats, gourmet foods and hay rides. The “pick your own schedule” varies with the season.

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