We were at the Lord Stirling 1770s Festival in Basking Ridge today (an annual event I recommend, for families) & we received information on the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts in Madison, NJ. I have to admit the name didn't make me think of anything I'd be interested in but then the woman handing me a brochure mentioned that they have hands-on activities for kids, usually for ages 6-11.
My daughter is 3 1/2 but I decided to check out their site to see what else they might have and they have lots of neat-sounding events and programs. They have an after-school Kids' Club for ages 6-11, with a variety of themed activities throughout the year. They also have several events for all ages including a family-friendly concert series.
For kids they have Tricks N Treats on October 31. Kids in costume can come for a number of activities including games & crafts. In November, children can attend a Teddy Bear Picnic in honor of National Teddy Bear Day. Kids can bring their stuffed buddy and enjoy teddy bear stories. This event is appropriate for ages 2-6.
On December 6, older children ages 9-12 can get hands-on experience in jewelry making in their Jewelry Making Workshop.
Next year's programming for kids looks really creative, too, with a Dragon Tales Pajama Party, a Stuffed-Animal Sleepover and more.
There's plenty for adults as well. In October, there is a Chocolate event and in November, there's Wine & Song, an annual fundraising event. In December, there is a Jewelry Making Workshop for Adults.
And there's plenty more. I'm looking forward to checking this place out and let me know if you do, too.
Be aware that many of these programs recommend advance registration so call the Museum at 973-377-2982 x 14.