Thursday, September 22, 2011

Fun at The Garden State Discovery Museum

Trey and Isabella playing with a wall-sized Lite Brite.
Yesterday, my friend Renee and I took our kids to a complimentary open house for bloggers at The Garden State Discovery Museum.  We were very impressed with the museum, and had a lot of fun.

The moment we arrived, Renee's two-and-a-half year old daughter, Isabella, began playing enthusiastically.  Trey, on the other hand, was a bit more reserved.  He clung to me for quite some time, but eventually loosened up.  By the time we left, he was tearing through the exhibits at a breakneck pace, having a great time pushing buttons, climbing steps, playing with pretend food, and digging for dinosaurs.

The museum was small, but featured a good number of exhibits perfect for preschool-aged kids.  Everything was extremely clean, and hand sanitizers were available in every room.  The staff was exceptionally friendly and helpful.  When Isabella went missing for a few minutes, museum security was quick to act.  And the woman behind the front desk went out of her way to entertain Trey with bubbles, toys, and silly faces while we waited for our companions to use the ladies' room.

Trey and Isabella were a bit too young to take full advantage of the museum's educational attractions - in fact, Renee and I probably won't bring them back until they're older.  However, parents of preschool-aged children will find lots to love at The Garden State Discovery Center.  I highly recommend it as a fun-filled destination for families with kids over the age of four.

What are your favorite family museums?     

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