MMKids

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Each of the programs and exhibitions at the Museum is designed with the goal of increasing curiosity and learning. For children who visit with their families and schools, the Museum has developed strategies to make learning fun by employing hands-on, participatory activities which engage and focus young visitors.In the Becker Children’s Wing, learning is an active process and exhibitions are designed to offer children an interactive engagement with a subject. Visitors can begin their tour with an orientation in our amphitheater, explore the exhibition, experiment with many hands-on activities and visit the children’s gift shop. The WonderWing is designed for early childhood education with elements that stimulate curiosity, enhance understanding, and draw young visitors to experiment, imagine, explore and discover.

MMKids Theme of the Month

MMKIDS December Theme:  Winter Wonders: The Science Behind the Big Chill! Featuring a month long exploration of the Winter Season through Educational Programs and Crafts!

During Holiday School Breaks December 26, 27, 29, we are OPEN 10am-5pm and on December 30 Open 10am-9pm
Only on Wednesday, December 28th we will be Closed.

Saturday December 31st Happy New Year Countdown with Gingerale Toast and Parade  10am make your party hats and noisemakers then parade. Meet for Toast at 11:55 am

Tuesdays and Thursday – Sunday -MMKIDS StarLab Planetarium Program Look up: What will you see in the Winter Night (See times in MMKIDS weekly schedule below)

November 20 – December 31  Winter Wonders Model Train Display is Open
(MMKIDS/family activity)

Tuesdays 4:30pm  MMKIDS Exploration Series
December 6 Lets Talk About Weather Forecasting!
December 13 Lets Talk About Clouds!
December 20 Lets Talk About Snow and Ice Storms!

Green Arts Studio:  Let Your Creativity Soar Out of This World! With our Free Art Supplies and Recycled Materials in the Green Arts Studio!

December MMKIDS Creation Station in the Green Arts Studio Make It and Take It Pine Cone Critters and Dreidels and Train Conductor Hats!

Wednesdays MMKIDS Art Hour Make a Special Craft with our Teaching Artist!
December 7 Packing Peanuts Igloo
December 14 Pop-Stick Snowman
December 21 Clothespin Reindeer Ornament

Thursdays 1:00pm  MMKIDS Math Monsters & More! 

Friday, Saturday and Sunday  MMKIDS Preschool Story Time & Craft 
December 2, 3, 4 Book- The Snowman Story Book; Craft- Snowman
December 9, 10, 11 Book- Santa is Coming to New Jersey; Craft-Wreath
December 16, 17, 18 Book- Snowmen at Work; Craft- Paper Snow Globe
December 23 Book-Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer; Craft- Reindeer Hat
December 30, 31 Book- Little Polar Beer; Craft- Polar Bear

Fridays 6:00pm: Make a Craft, one hour before Movie:
December 2 Make a Conductor Hat or Train 
December 9 Do You Want to Make a SNOWMAN?!
December 16 Make Your Own Penguin Bottle 
December 23 Make a 3-D Snowman Decoration
December 30 Make a Paper Cup Penguin

Friday nights 7:00pm MMKIDS Movies, In the Media Room: All Ages; Free with Paid Museum Admission; Members Free
December 2 Polar Express, Rated G, 1 hr 40 min
December 9 Frozen, Rated PG, 1 hr 42 min
December 16 Happy Feet, Rated PG, 1 hr 48 min
December 23 Frosty the Snowman & Frosty Returns, Rated G, 60 min
December 30 The March of the Penguins, Rated G, 1 hr 20 min

MMKids Weekly Programs

Tuesdays

4:00 pm – MMKids StarLab Planetarium Show (children age 7+) Explore the night sky during the day! In this 20 minute Docent-led StarLab presentation, kids will become Junior Astronomers as they learn how to locate constellations in the night sky while hearing the stories and mythology behind them. $1 with Museum admission; Museum members free.
4:30 pm – MMKids DISCOVER & EXPLORATION (children age 7+) Go on a learning adventure! Explore cool science facts and trivia, history, the arts and more! This Docent-led interactive 20 minute weekly program is perfect for the young scientist or historian in your family! Free with Museum admission; Museum members free.
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm – MMKids Green Arts Studio (all ages) Do you have a Van Gogh or Picasso in your home? Kids of all ages can access their creative side in our Green Arts Studio!  With our Free Art Supplies and Recycled Materials! Free with Museum admission; Museum members free.

Wednesdays

2:00 pm to 5:00 pm – MMKids ART HOUR Green Arts Studio (all ages) Do you have a Van Gogh or Picasso in your home? Kids of all ages can access their creative side in our Green Arts Studio! Led by our Studio Teaching Artist, kids will make a new project each week using all types of arts & crafts incorporating recyclable materials! Free with Museum admission; Museum members free.

Thursdays

1:00 pm – MMKids Math Monsters & More! (children ages 3 – 6 yrs) Who said math was not fun? This Docent-led interactive 20 minute weekly program takes math to the wild side with activities that lead problem solving to places you never imagined it could! Free with Museum admission; Museum members free.
4:00 pm – MMKids StarLab Planetarium Show (Families, suggested for ages 7+) Explore the night sky during the day! In this 20 minute Docent-led StarLab presentation, kids will become Junior Astronomers as they learn how to locate constellations in the night sky while hearing the stories and mythology behind them. $1 with Museum admission; Museum members free.
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm – MMKids Green Arts Studio (all ages) Do you have a Van Gogh or Picasso in your home? Kids of all ages can access their creative side in our Green Arts Studio! With our Free Art Supplies and Recycled Materials! Free with Museum admission; Museum members free.

Fridays

10:30 am – MMKids Preschool Story Time & Craft in the WonderWing. Free with Museum admission; Museum members free.
2:00 pm – MMKids TwinkleTots Planetarium Show (Preschool)
2:00 pm to 9:00 pm – MMKids Green Arts Studio (all ages) Get Creative in our Green Arts Studio! With our Free Art Supplies and Recycled Materials! Free with Museum admission; Museum members free.
6 pm – MMKids  ART HOUR Green Arts Studio (all ages) Do you have a Van Gogh or Picasso in your home? Kids of all ages can access their creative side in our Green Arts Studio! Led by our Studio Teaching Artist, kids will make a new project each week using all types of arts & crafts incorporating recyclable materials! Free with Museum admission; Museum members free.
7:00 pm – MMKids Movie Night in the Becker Wing Theater (all ages) Enjoy a family friendly film! Each week we will show a different feature on our big screen. Free with Museum admission; Museum members free.

Saturdays

11:30 am – MMKids Preschool Story Time & Craft in the WonderWing. Free with Museum admission; Museum members free.
1:30 pm and 3:00 pm MMKids StarLab Planetarium Show (children age 7+)
10am to 5 pm – MMKids Green Arts Studio (all ages) Do you have a Van Gogh or Picasso in your home? Kids of all ages can access their creative side in our Green Arts Studio! With our Free Art Supplies and Recycled materials! Free with Museum admission; Museum members free.

Sundays

12:30 pm – MMKids Preschool Story Time & Craft in the WonderWing. Free with Museum admission; Museum members free. 1:30 and
1:30 pm and 3:00 pm MMKids StarLab Planetarium Show (children age 7+)
12 to 5 pm – MMKids Green Arts Studio (all ages) Do you have a Van Gogh or Picasso in your home? Kids of all ages can access their creative side in our Green Arts Studio! With our Free Art Supplies and Recycled materials! Free with Museum admission; Museum members free.