It’s been a long time since I was at the Jersey Shore Children’s Museum in Egg Harbor Township. In fact, the first time I was there was just after it had its Grand Opening – 14 years ago! Back then, the kids I took were not my own, but preschool students of mine.
Located just outside of Atlantic City, the Jersey Shore Children’s Museum is a great destination not only for locals, but for anyone visiting the Jersey Shore. And it’s perfect for those not-so-great beach days. (I know we like to pretend they don’t exist, but they do.) Last Friday was just one of those days and with my parents and 6-year-old niece in town for a visit, we decided to let Grandma and Grandpa have a break while my husband and I took the three kids up the road to have some indoor fun.
When you first walk into the Jersey Shore Children’s Museum it seems like a rather small location. I actually said something to my husband about us not being able to keep the kids interested enough to spend the rest of the day there. Well, I had nothing to worry about. They and so much fun exploring and playing, I’m sure we could have spent the entire day there!
Geared toward children ages 1-8, there are 16 exhibits they can wander through. Some of the areas my kids loved exploring were:
- Car building
- Construction site
- Music making
- Dentist office
- Basketball court
The museum is set up in a storefront at the Shore Mall with each of the rooms divided by partition walls. There is a “parking area” in the rear as no strollers are allowed in the museum (and honestly, you don’t need them). Parents and children are asked when they enter to please try to keep the toys, clothes, etc in their own rooms so other children can enjoy them, too. And I loved that, for the most part, everything did say pretty neat and tidy in each room. While food and drinks are not permitted in the exhibits, there is a small eating area with a couple vending machines and tables to eat any food you may bring in yourself.
Even though the Jersey Shore Children’s Museum has changed locations and expanded quite a bit since opening in 1998, it’s still as well loved by my preschool-aged kids as it was by the preschoolers I used to teach.
About the Jersey Shore Children’s Museum
Admission for the museum is $8 per child and $6 per adult. Annual family memberships are available for $80 and summer family memberships (which run through Labor Day) are available for $50. (Note: Our family of 4 has the summer membership and it pays for itself after just 2 visits!) Birthday party packages are also available. Click here for more details.
The Jersey Shore Children’s Museum is open 7 days a week except for Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Their hours are 10am – 5 pm Monday – Saturday and 12 noon – 5 pm on Sundays.