In 1754, Richard Stockton, a leading attorney who would go on to be a signer of the Declaration of Independence, acquired land on his grandfather's 5,500-acre tract to build a home. The house later traded hands among Stockton family members until the 20th century, when it served as the state's first Governor's Mansion, eventually housing five governors.
Since its restoration and conversion into the Morven Museum & Garden in 2004, galleries on two floors of the dwelling have housed permanent and temporary exhibitions relating to New Jersey history and culture, as well as the Morven property, now a National Historic Landmark. As guests wander the museum’s halls, Stockton family portraiture and decorative art speaks of past eras while contemporary art and photographs keep visitors grounded in the present day. Meanwhile, 5 more acres outside host a massive garden that includes a recreation of Morven's old Colonial Revival¬–style blooming garden and its charismatic, singing Venus flytrap.
Bonkerz Family Fun Center makes birthday parties memorable. Emerging from private party rooms where they've noshed on pizza and cake, kids are unleashed on the fun center to burn off energy. They battle each other in the high-octane laser-tag arena or test their hand-eye coordination in the arcade. The crack of bats hitting baseballs arises from the batting cage, and the smack of satisfied lips comes directly from the onsite candy store. Kids can also come and play on their unbirthday, as long as they're accompanied by a grownup or a doting gorilla.
My Gym Children's Fitness Center helps kids aged 6 weeks to 13 years old build confidence and life skills during classes that incorporate music, physical activities, and games. Classes and programs include options such as Little Bundles, in which kids up to 6 months participate in visual, audial, and spatial exploration. In Whiz Kids, older children build skills in running, jumping, and catching, and the Cardio Kids class gets kids up off the couch with strength and flexibility exercises.
Across the placid waters of the finger of Carnegie Lake, standup paddleboarders glide serenely behind an instructor. At PaddleGroove SUP, visitors can learn the basics of navigating on the long, sturdy boards before embarking on ecotours or carefree afternoon excursions. The guides also lead standup-paddleboarding yoga, which is held out on the water and helps further promote good balance and overall health.
Anthony Rabara Studio for Pilates gives trainees of all ages and skill levels authentic and safe instruction under the direction of seasoned Pilates instructors. Pilates provides a low-impact core-strengthening regime that increases flexibility, balance and range of motion. Mat classes and are offered in several weekly sessions by skill level and by proficiency describing one's summer vacation via short essay. Each instructor is trained in the full range of Pilates exercises and safety to ensure a proper training regimen for each client. Though not included in this deal, private and semi-private instruction is also available at Anthony Rabara Studio for Pilates and has been taught here to Olympians, professional dancers and photographers hoping to snap elusive Olympians and professional dancers in their native habitats.
Hasty Acres' gentle equine handlers teach riders ages 7 years and older to comfortably take the reins on the property's emerald acres. Each of the school's benevolent steeds harbors special training to instill them with patience for both beginning and experienced riders. One-hour private lessons instruct hooves in english riding styles with focused, one-on-one attention to proper horse handling, horse care, and horse art history. Duos gallop into a group session with five or six other riders of similar age and experience, affording ample attention for each saddle-filler and just enough players for a human-horse tennis-triples game.