Not So Lazy Days: Playing, learning at the Garden State Discovery Museum

At the Garden State Discovery Museum, children can form a bubble around them.
At the Garden State Discovery Museum, children can form a bubble around them. | Source

Field Trip

Whenever we go to the Garden State Discovery Museum it's always a rainy day or it's winter, and we never see the garden. Since tickets are only $5 per person (there's still tax, by the way... 3 people=$16.05) after 5 p.m. in the summer, we decided to go tonight.

It was a beautiful day, excluding a little earth moving, and couldn't wait to visit the museum's garden for the first time. Unfortunately, the boys had so much fun inside, by the time we got outside to the garden, we only had 5 minutes to dig up up dinosaur bones and look for butterflies.

When we first got there, the boys headed to end first, possibly remembering how rushed we are when we get to the exhibits near the exit.

They played doctor with a super-sized Operation game. They built a house, they simulated an earthquake. They reported on the news in the 6ABC News Room. They played basketball and hockey. They pretended to be grocers, then pretended to be farmers pulling vegetables out of the ground.

They climbed a tree, looked for night creatures and crawled through a spider web.

They ran a diner like Grover would. They wrote front page stories for the Courier Post. They fished. They enclosed themselves in a bubble. They played more basketball. They covered more news. And then, they danced to dinosaur music.

With so much to do indoors, it's not hard to see why the outside garden was an afterthought.

The Garden State Discovery Museumis on Springdale Road in Cherry Hill. Through the end of August, the museum is open until 8:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

A view from above of the Garden State Discovery Museum.
A view from above of the Garden State Discovery Museum. | Source

About the Not So Lazy Days series

I've challenged myself to find a new activity to do five days a week every week of the kids' summer vacation. Activities will fall under one of three categories: Arts & Crafts, Sports & Games or Field Trips. Follow me on Twitter @readallaboutsam for immediate updates on posts!

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