A large non-descript building, it has a big parking lot and was easy to find. When you walk in, you are greeted by friendly staff members at the front desk. There is a coat check near the entrance and fun house-type mirrors that grab the kids’ interest right away. After hanging up our coats, we set off to explore.
The museum is set up in different sections (as depicted above), with each area revolving around a particular theme or profession. A giant life-size fire truck for the kids to climb into. A veterinarian’s office with animal x-rays, lab coat, stethoscope, and examining table to encourage children to play vet. A space odyssey area with a fun space suit photo opp. An eye doctor area with examining chair, complete with the appartus you would normally find at your eye doctor’s office. A newsroom area where your child can sit behind an anchorperson’s desk and see themselves on the tv. Something interactive and hands-on around nearly every corner to draw a kid’s attention.
This piano was a sore point with me. The sign said that you couldn’t go on it with your shoes. Fine. But the problem is, that meant lots of kids were going on there in their bare feet, which skeeved me out more than a bit.
599 Valley Health Plaza
Just don’t get the meatballs at IKEA! Horse meat…ugh.
This museum does sound like a good place if you have a weekend with nothing to do…and went to the Liberty Science Center the previous weekend. :P
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Anne Sumers, Executive Director says
Great photos and your children are adorable! Looks like they were having a blast.
Just a few points–
1. The exhibit you photographed as brokenon Feb 25 is actually now fixed (on Feb 26). (We can’t fix everything the moment it breaks but we certainly try!)
2. The New Jersey Children’s Museum (www,njcm.com) is specifically for toddlers and preschoolers– kindergarten and under. It isn’t designed for school age children (although school age kids can have fun playing with their younger siblings and cousins!) It’s a wonderful place for interactive, “hands-on” play & learning.
3. The museum is very clean– we have a staff which maintains order every day, and cleans every night. We work hard to replace all worn parts of exhibits.
4. Come visit again! You’ll be surprised! We are always adding, removing, changing, and improving. On your next visit you’ll find new carpeting in the dinosaur area and the Wild West area, and an fun kid-sized kid-friendly “ice cream vendor”! On your next visit be sure to participate in some of the special acitivities– skits or crafts or storytelling.
All our very best, and hope your children are still talking about their fun visit!
Anne Sumers, M.D.
New Jersey Children’s Museum
599 Valley Health Plaza
Paramus, New Jersey 07652
201 262 5151