Museums hold our greatest cultural treasures and make brief mention of our collective mistakes, such as Velcro hairpieces and robotic Supreme Court–justices. Bask in the good parts of kid-friendly culture with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get two tickets to The New Jersey Children’s Museum, located in Paramus (a $20 value).
Deemed the top area museum in (201) magazine’s Best of Bergen 2010 series, the New Jersey Children’s Museum specifically caters to the curious and vocally enthusiastic under-7 set. The 15,000-square-foot converted warehouse now houses more than 40 hands-on exhibits, making a visit to the museum the easiest way to procure thrilling education outside of hiring Stephen Hawking to create a balloon-animal black hole at your kid’s birthday party. Kids can sample the rigors of adult life by pretending to be news anchors at a TV studio or by climbing into a fire truck. Future choreographers can pirouette their way through a ballet studio, and potential paleontologists can explore what life for the dinosaurs was like before they all moved to northern Sweden.
The New Jersey Children's Museum
The New Jersey Children's Museum immerses its visitors in more than 30 interactive exhibits that encourage hands-on exploration and learning, a philosophy that helped the facility secure a place within (201) Magazine's Best of Bergen 2011 series. Adventure intertwines with education within the dinosaur cave, where kids can make cave drawings or dig up fossils of prehistoric sports mascots. Heads turn as flashing lights and the warning cries of an approaching locomotive fill the air at the giant train set, and news stories break at the television studio. In addition to its many curiosity-inducing zones, the award-winning facility also hosts birthday parties with themes such as fire trucks, princesses, and dinosaurs.