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FREE with Suggested Museum Admission unless otherwise noted.

*Please note: dates and times are subject to change.

Join a Museum Educator for intergenerational tours of artworks throughout the Museum, followed by a studio experience the whole family with love.


March, April, May, June 2013

Drop-in Art & Gallery Activities
*Saturdays, begins at 1, 2 & 3 pm
*Subject to change
Families are invited to engage with works of art through an interactive gallery experience led by a Museum Educator, followed by a hands-on art activity.

March: Starkid and Children of the Moon
Artists have been inspired by the night sky for thousands of years, as seen in the exhibition African Cosmos. Create a heavenly artwork of stars, comets and constellations of your own.


Spring Break Activities: Wednesday & Thursday, March 27 & 28

Starkid and Children of the Moon, 2 pm



April: Basket Case

Celebrate the earth! Learn real weaving methods and use natural fibers to weave an American Indian basket after viewing authentic collection examples in our galleries. 

May: Double the Fun
In Victorian times, children made thaumatrope toys with two pictures that appeared to merge into a single image when twirled due to persistence of vision. Create your own thaumatrope toy after being inspired by the Victorian designs of the Museum’s Ballantine House.

June: Worldly Watercolors
Use watercolor paint along with Adinkra symbols and symbols of your own creation to express what’s most important to you following a visit the exhibition The Art of Translation: The Simon Ottenberg Gift of Modern and Contemporary Nigerian Art.

Drop-in Science Activities
Explore the following interactive science exhibits; then stop by for a hands-on activity.



Generation Fit: Great Globs of Gluten!
Saturdays & Sundays, 1–4 pm, ongoing
Gluten-free foods are popular, but what exactly is gluten? This experiment will compare the gluten in different kinds of flours.


emPOWERED: Wind Power
Saturdays & Sundays, 1:30–4:30 pm, ongoing
Make a windmill that harnesses moving air to provide power.

Dynamic Earth: How Small is Small?
Saturdays & Sundays, 1–4 pm, ongoing
Explore how we see things that are too small for a microscope and how the world changes at that scale.


Generation Fit: Taste and Smell
Saturdays & Sundays, 1–4 pm, ongoing
Your tongue has four kinds of taste receptors, but, combined with smell, we can sense so many more "tastes".  This experiment will illustrate how closely taste and smell are intertwined. 


emPOWERED: Wind Power
Saturdays & Sundays, 1:30–4:30 pm, ongoing
Make a windmill that harnesses moving air to provide power.

Dynamic Earth: April Showers–Clouds in the Sky
Saturdays & Sundays, 1–4 pm, ongoing
Visitors will explore the different types of clouds and how they form, using a cloud chamber made from a soda bottle.


Generation Fit: Did Dinosaurs Chew?
Saturdays & Sundays, 1–4 pm, ongoing
The sharp, tearing teeth of T-Rex and the flat, grinding teeth of the Brachiosaur are only part of the story of dinosaur digestion.  Visitors will create a model of a dinosaur gizzard and examine gastroliths from the Jurassic period. 


emPOWERED: Solar Power
Saturdays & Sundays, 1:30–4:30 pm, ongoing
Use the power of light to cross the finish line with a miniature solar race car.

Dynamic Earth: Spring Gardens–Seeds and Flowers
Saturdays & Sundays, 1–4 pm, ongoing
Visitors will dissect seeds and flowers to learn how they grow and why bees are so important to the garden.


Generation Fit: Blood is More than Red
Saturdays & Sundays, 1–4 pm, ongoing
There are several components of blood and all are necessary to keep us alive.  Visitors will learn about the different components of blood and help to create a model, using cheerios, marshmallow and purple pom-poms. 


emPOWERED: Generators
Saturdays & Sundays, 1:30–4:30 pm, ongoing
Investigate different kinds of generators and understand how electricity can be produced.

Dynamic Earth: Bugs and Things and Butterfly Wings
Saturdays & Sundays, 1–4 pm, ongoing
Visitors will examine a variety of insects up close with a microscope and create a model of butterfly wings.

3rd Saturday of the month
1, 2 & 3 pm
$5 per child participant. Space is limited to 15 children (ages 6-10 years) per workshop, accompanied by adults. Workshop times 1, 2 & 3 p.m.
Pre-registration required; call 973.596.6637.

April 20: Bristle Bots
Make a simple moving robot with an agenda. A small brush, a battery and a motor are your main ingredients to fun.

May 18: Treasure Protector
Keep your personal treasure safe by building your own box and alarm device that buzzes when an intruder tries to enter.

June 15: Penny Battery Flashlight
Build a battery using the spare change in your pocket. Connect it to a colored LED to create your own pocket flashlight.

Curiosity Carts
3rd Saturdays of the month, 1–4 pm
Two new “Cabinet of Curiosity” carts are available for families to check-out with the themes The Night Sky and Writing Through the Ages. Carts are filled with touchable objects from the Teaching Collection accompanied by books and activities for kids and grown-ups of all ages.

Gallery Adventure Packs & Gallery Gear: 2 cool ways to explore our 80 galleries
Saturdays & Sundays, 1–4 pm
Pick up one of two themed Gallery Adventure Packs (Eternal Life and I Woke Up Cranky), for an extreme scavenger hunt in the galleries, free, for ages 6 and up.  Or purchase our Gallery Gear, for you to keep and use again at $2, for ages 4 to 8. Both are filled with games, activities and surprises. Keeps the kids busy and you happy while you discover hidden treasures in the Museum’s galleries together!

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