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New Jersey – Imagine That!

September 6, 2012
Calla at a play house

Calla at a play house

What do you do when it is too hot think?  We were in Livingston, New Jersey, visiting Jennifer, Jake, Calla and Annie and thinking about going to the shore.  But that is an hour-and-a-half drive each way and we were not ready to commit to cooking in the sun and driving that much in one day.  I do like the shore… but, my back was not good so that was too much of a day.

Annie playing the piano

Annie playing the piano

So, Jennifer did a little checking and found an indoor, air-conditioned option.    A Children’s Museum was in nearby Florham Park called Imagine That.  The place was not a museum in the traditional sense… we did not walk through rooms looking at exhibits.  Instead, this was a hands-on, interactive place where younger children could try things.  There was an area for drawing and painting.  They could work in a little post office and sort mail.  They could go to a puppet show and they could do the puppets themselves.

Calla driving a fire engine

Calla driving a fire engine

They could try ballet, drive a fire truck, fly an airplane, drive a VW beetle, visit a castle, climb on a pirates ship, announce the news, climb and crawl through tunnels, play in a fairytale house, work in a dentist’s office, play musical instruments and more.  There was a simple idea with all of these activities – they actually got try out real fire trucks, VW beatles, etc.  They could get in them, touch them, crawl all over each exhibit, all the stuff they usually cannot do.

Annie at the grocery store with Calla running the cash register

Annie at the grocery store with Calla running the cash register

One thing really struck out on this visit – the pretend grocery store.  How many of you have been at the grocery store and had to wait in line with younger kids?  Probably most of us.  An all too usual situation goes like this… the kids get antsy, they don’t want to stand still, they do not like to wait… I think we all have stories.  Well, I will tell you the grocery store line in Imagine That at Florham Park, New Jersey was like none other.  The kids got the grocery items off the shelf and loaded up their shopping carts then went to the check-out lines.  And they PATIENTLY WAITED IN LINE.  Did you get that?  They patiently waited in line as the child ahead of them got their groceries rung up.  The kids took turns running the cash registers, shopping, etc.  This whole experience was nothing like the adult grocery story experience.

Imagine That!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Mary T Clark permalink
    September 7, 2012 7:02 pm

    Loved reliving our visit to NJ!

  2. barbara moore permalink
    September 10, 2012 7:13 pm

    thank you for sharing photos of the girls and letting me see them explore. It brought many smiles as I read your story.

    • September 10, 2012 7:20 pm

      Glad you liked the photos and story. I will keep putting out stories from time to time so please come back – – and thanks for the Comment.

  3. Heartafire permalink
    February 18, 2013 9:24 am

    Marvelous pictures, adorable children. We have an Imagine That in Sunrise, the children can pretend to be anything they want to be from firemen to grocery cashiers. It’s really super. Never been to Jersey, perhaps someday…in the summer when it’s warm.

    • February 18, 2013 10:46 am

      Thanks for your kind thoughts. I am not sure who had more fun – the kids or me. I guess I am still a kid at heart so Imagine That is an awesome place. Plus, I really enjoyed the puppet show. NJ has much to offer… plus it is close to the NY City. Thanks for commenting.

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