Trains, planes and automobiles OH MY! As I continue my series on tri-state area indoor play spaces, my mini and I headed over to Imagine That Childrens Museum in Florham Park, NJ...a sprawling space filled with endless reasons to make-believe.
Imagine That is a hidden gem. Literally. It's tucked away on an industrial road approx 45 mins from NYC. I'm actually not sure how long it's been around but it's definitely a must-visit for NY/NY babes.
At 22 months old, I would say Shep is smack-dab in the middle of the age range for this place. There are so many mini-rooms, it really is a new experience every time we venture out. During one visit he was enamored with the giant light brite (Liberty Science Center has something very similar), next time he was all about the choo choo area, then there was the visit where he was a supermarket shopper extraordinaire. During this recent visit we spent most of our time checking out the various vehicles on display and the pirate ship/slide -- endlessly climbing up and down...and up...and down.
For those into pretend play, the museum has a Doctor's Office, Restaurant/Marketplace, Post Office, Dance Studio, TV Studio, Music Room, Vet, Transportation Area and Art Studio. Yea, they've pretty much tapped into kids minds and made it happen in real life. There's a book nook, safari area, and specialized learning games for all ages, starting with crawlers. Think Melissa and Doug wooden toys on speed...
My mini me and I love art and games that keep our busy body minds focused. That is not to say Sheppie dosesn't absolutely love sports; case in point, we got rid of our coffee table so our living room could be a rec center for our baby ball of energy. But I try my darndest to get creative at home. I'm even instituting new calm, 'chill hour' (trying at least) in the early AM and PM to keep us from running rampant.
Creative expression is a definite sanity saver for both of us and at Imagine That's perfectly cute art studio we relish in our ability to have some "let's get messy" fun. While I want us to get in the art zone at home with pinterest projects galore, I constantly worry about my vintage couch getting dirty (yes I know, I have a kid now...face the facts Allegra...mess should be my middle name), so we haven't quite mastered the right recipe for painting here.
At Imagine That my little Picasso is free to paint his masterpieces! My heart skipped a beat as I watched Shep mix colors, make splatters, reach for all the edges of the paper with his paint. We were making memories and it was an awe-inspiring imaginative day.
**Admission to Imagine That is $9.95 for Adults and $10.95 for kids. You can stay as long as you like. **Get their coupon for one free admission here! **There a cafe on premise so outside food is not really permitted.