The Garden State Discovery Museum is a children's museum located in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Your kids will find interactive exhibits, performances and educational workshops.
On a rainy Sunday we headed to The Garden State Discovery Museum with my 2 and 1/2 year old son. I imagined we would be there for under and hour and then head to lunch. 2 hours later we were still exploring and my son was not ready to go. I loved that everything the museum had to offer was geared towards kids of all ages. My son and kids twice his age were enjoying the same exhibits but in different ways. The place is small enough for little ones to explore but also big enough that on a crowded Sunday it didn't feel overwhelming. My son enjoyed the Farm Stand, the toddler area (for ages up to 4 years) and the construction site the best. My husband and I loved watching our son explore and discover a place that is just for him. We can't wait to go back!
My two-year old loved this place, both times we went... so much activity. My teenage son, who accompanied us also had a decent time chasing after her, pretending to ring up groceries and cheer on her performances. My daughter loved the stage and dress up... but what princess wouldn't? There is even a small make-up station and DJ booth to make the scene perfect. They had a craft station - which was a huge hit for my little artist. The coolest part was the Light/Dark Room where you got to write on the walls with a mini flashlight... so awesome!! And we all enjoyed that part. There were science/physics activities, a farm stand, a very cool Pet Vet, and a wildlife area with live turtles. One of the very best features: a complete Diner w/ booth seating, menus, traditional Diner counter, kitchen with all the play food, prep space and cabinets. The Diner also featured tv's showing the news from the onsite New Station. Just a totally cool place to go, to let your imagination wildly go. We will be back soon.
My family have been members of the Garden State Discovery Museum for the last four years and we love it! There is a wonderful room devoted just to babies and their play. This is great to keep them out of the way of the big kids! There are many make believe areas that big kids love! Lots of space to roam around, a great snack shop and always so clean with friendly staff!
I had been wanting to go to this children's museum for awhile before I actually went. It is a little far from were I live. So, when I finally found a good day to go I was a little disappointed. The web site made it look so nice, and fun. The main thing is it really needs a good cleaning. Everything was a little old, and dirty. I know they must have so many kids come in all the time, but they really could have done a better job at keeping it clean. It wasn't really so messy, but dirty. The stuff looked like it had been around the block a few times. The place needed a makeover. Bad! Another thing that bothered me was the building was more like a warehouse. I didn't like that, it didn't have any windows. As for the activities, it was pretty good. The whole idea of the place is pretend play. There is different "exhibits" were kids can pretend to be all different things. There's a dinner were kids can be the chefs, and waiters and serve their parents food. A castle, a boat, farm, TV station, doctors, vet, a newspaper where your child can pretend to be a reporter, and print out an article with there name and picture on it, and a few more things. There is a little area in the farm just for babies to crawl around. There is a little store, but I didn't really get a good look at it. They also have a food stand with hot dogs, and chips that kind of stuff, but this is a place you probably don't want to be eating food in. It was $10 each to get in. They also did free face painting, and they have a craft table where at certain times your child can sit down, and make the craft of the day. It's not such a bad place, but it was really dirty. The web site definitely hyped it up a lot!! It was pretty boring for me, because I just sat around most of the time while my daughter played with the other kids. Like I said, at least she had fun.