5 Favorite Things in and around Madison, NJ: NJEA Weekend Edition

Ah, the first four day weekend of the school year. In addition to what I have listed here, if you don't mind traveling a bit further, you can check out the Philly Art Center, or the Liberty Science Center or Adventure Aquarium but if you're staying local, like me, here are some fun things for kids of all ages! (There are other events offered through Morris County Parks, as well as the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts this week! There were just too many to mention!)


Kids Nature Fest: Creepy Crawlies

Great Swamp OEC, Chatham Township

Thursday, November 9, 9 am - 4 pm

Spend the day off from school investigating bugs, slugs, and more. Games, crafts, hiking, and live bugs make for a fun way to learn.

Registration is required.

$50 per person



Vacation Day Workshops & School House Rock!

Morris Museum, Morristown

Thursday, November 9 & Friday, November 10 @ 12 pm

Performances Friday, November 10 @ 11 am & 1:30 pm

Create a craft in honor of Native American Heritage Month and the Lenape Indians who once called New Jersey their home. On November 10, enjoy making a craft inspired by our nation’s history and our flag exhibit: "The Stars Tell The Story."

Free with museum entry


Lighting the Way: Pre-Elecrtic Sources of Light

Museum of Early Trades & Crafts

Thursday, November 9 @1 pm

What was life like before electric lights? Join an METC educator and experience working by candlelight and discover how early Americans lived without electricity.

Make a candle and design a tin lantern while learning the trade of tin punching.

$10 per child, $8 for members


NJEA Holiday Mini-Camp: Dig It! Archaelogy 101

Historic Speedwell, Morristown

Friday, November 10, 10 am - 4 pm

Can trash actually talk? Find out at Historic Speedwell’s annual NJEA Mini-Camp. Through archaeology, learn how simple human trash can tell a story about the past and how we can reuse modern items.

Space is limited, so register early.

$40 per child



Teddy Bear Picnic

Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, Madison

Tuesday, November 14 @ 4 pm

The museum's annual Teddy Bear Picnic celebrates National Teddy Bear Day. Children ages 3-6 and their stuffed guests are invited to gather at the museum to hear teddy bear stories, make a craft, and enjoy treats.

Registration is required.