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Top 10 Activities for Kids In Morris County This Summer

Welcome to Morris County! Looking for things to do with your little ones? You have come to the right place! Below is a list of the top 10 activities for kids in Morris County in no particular order.

10. Take-a-Break Thursdays at Macculloch Hall

Join us every Thursday before MHHM opens to the public for a 10-minute mini-program exploring a significant object from the museum’s extraordinary collection of the life on an intriguing person who lived at, worked at, or visited Macculloch Hall. Learn about art, history, preservation, conservation, and more from the curators, archivists, and other museum specialists who preserve and interpret MHHM’s history. Stay to ask questions or bring a lunch to eat in the garden. FREE.

Thursdays, July 11-August 29, 12:00PM

9. Museum of Early Trades & Crafts Summer Camp

Wed. & Thurs., Aug. 14 & 15 — Sweet Treats: Bring your sweet tooth as we explore favorite sweet treats from the 19th century and today. Join us as we make cookie cutters, try some simple baking, melt chocolate and more!
Tues., Aug. 20 — Nature Art: From sun prints to seashell art, express yourself with a range of art projects inspired by nature and using natural materials.
Wed., Aug. 21 — The Trades of METC: METC celebrates many 18th adn 19th century tradespeople and their crafts. Come try your hand at several of these trades, including tinpunching and printing!
Thurs. & Fri., Aug. 22 & 23 — Junior Archeologist*: Discover what it is like to be an archaeologist! Excavate objects at a miniature archaeological dig, then clean them and catalog them in your own archaeologist journals. Come explore what can be learned from the things we dig up.
Tues. & Wed., Aug. 27 & 28 — 1960s: Help METC celebrate its 50th anniversary by exploring the decade when it was founded! We will take a look at some of the creative trends of the 1960s, and try out popular activities from the period.

Times for All Sessions: 10AM-2PM

Entering 1st through 4th
* “Junior Archeologist” is geared for students entering 3rd & up

8. Grow It Green’s Tyke Time at the Urban Farm

Fridays, 10-11AM, June 28-August 30

Preschool-aged children (suggested ages 3-5) with adult caregiver are invited to join us this summer for programs at the Urban Farm! Each lesson includes a story, activity, craft, and time to explore the farm. Spend time feeding our chickens or watering our plants!

$5 suggested donation per child. *Registration is required to guarantee seating and supplies.


7. Family Photo Scavenger Hunt at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum 

Monday, July 1 through Monday, September 30
Family Photo Scavenger Hunt

Bring your camera or phone for this month’s hunt, ‘Enchanted Woods,’ and search for Fairy Houses and Fairy Flowers. Take a photo of every item, and get a prize.

Time: Any time between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Location: The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Ave, Morris Township.
Cost: $10 per family.

6. Morris County Park Commission’s Theater in the Woods Camp

Explore nature through theater and musical performance. Campers are introduced to various means of storytelling followed by the creation of their own songs, set, costumes, and script as they write and produce their own nature-themed play. Camp also includes hikes and games. The week concludes with a performance of their masterpiece.

Ages 8 – 12

Great Swamp OEC, Chatham Twp.

August 26 – 30 – 5 Spots Left!

Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

5. Tot Tours at the Morris Museum

Select FRIDAYs of every month at 10:00AM

Tot Tours is a fun and enriching program for children ages 2-5 and their caregivers. Activities include a story time or a mini gallery program, and an art project. Please note: Tours run 45-60 minutes in length and begin promptly at 10:00AM. Please plan to arrive by 9:45AM. The Museum opens early for this program.

All Kids’ Lab participants will receive a BASF backpack. If you have attended a Kids’ Lab before, please consider bringing your safety glasses and apron with you!

Space is limited!

Advance registration is required.
For further information, contact [email protected]

FREE for Museum Members*
$10 adult; $7 child for Non-members

4. Park Fun at Morristown National Historical Park

Morristown National Historical Park is happy to help educate children about the natural, historical, and cultural aspects of the park.

Stop by the Visitor Center or the Museum gift shop and ask the Ranger at the desk for a park-Junior Ranger booklet, which includes a scavenger hunt, a maze, a crossword puzzle, word searches, and other fun things. Kids can complete activities in the booklet and become a Junior Ranger. Or maybe you like to try an on line park activities like a word search, a crossword puzzle how about a recipe used by the revolutionary soldiers.

3. Dig it! Plant it! Eat it! at Macculloch Hall Historical Museum

Through hands-on gardening, a tour of the Museum’s historic rooms, and an art-making experience with New Jersey artist children and their caregivers can enjoy nature while learning about life in the past.

Dig it! Plant it! Eat it!  garden program offers single, double and multi-visit experiences.

2019 Summer Saturdays for Families from 10:00-11:30am

July 13, 20, and 27

August 3, 10, and 17

Register for a three-part summer garden program for families. Children and their caregivers will:

-Cultivate and care for a kitchen garden

-Prepare recipes using harvested vegetables

-Create art with New Jersey artist Lisa Madson

-Explore history and nature

All ages, accompanied by parent/guardian.

2. Science Wednesdays and Music Fridays at the Morris Museum

Science Wednesdays: BASF’s Kids’ Lab

BASF’s Kids’ Lab is a global program to spark children’s interest in chemistry through safe and engaging, hands-on experiments. A Kids’ lab session includes educator-led instruction, interactive lab experiments and takeaway for each participant.

Designed for kids aged 6-12 and their caregivers,  programs run 45-60 minutes in length and begin promptly at 1:00PM. Please plan to arrive by 12:45PM to check in.

Each date will offer a different science theme. If you have attended a Kids’ Lab before. please consider bringing your safety glasses and apron with you!

For further information, contact [email protected]

FREE for Museum Members*
$10 adult; $7 child for Non-members

Music Fridays

Join us for a hands-on exploration of different musical instruments through Touch the Music with Claudia Lemmerz.

Children of all ages welcome.  Drop in starting at 1:00PM.  Program concludes at 2:30PM.

Members: FREE
Non-Members: $10 Adult $7 Child (includes Museum admission)

-Jul 12 Bowed String Instruments

-Jul 19 Plucked String Instruments

-Jul 26 Brass Instruments

-Aug 2 Key Percussion

-Aug 9 Hand Drums from around the world

1. Experiments in the Attic: Science Afternoons at Historic Speedwell

Wednesday, August 21
Experiments in the Attic: Science Afternoons

Age 7 & Up.
Follow in Alfred Vail’s footsteps of scientific discovery and invention to explore different experiments, activities, and crafts covering technology, engineering, art, and math. Get your lab coat and goggles, science excitement awaits.

Time: 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Historic Speedwell, 333 Speedwell Ave., Morristown.
Cost: $5 per adult, $4 per senior, $3 per child age 4 – 16, FREE per child under age 4.
Preregistration is required. To register, 973.285.6550.


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