One of our favorite places to visit, especially when the weather is too cold (or too hot) to have much fun playing outside, is the New Jersey Children's Museum in Paramus. This year another Wellspring family joined us on our annual holiday week visit, and the kids had a great time playing together. From the youngest at twenty months, to the oldest at six years, they all found something fun to do, though it is probably best suited for toddlers and preschoolers. It is rarely very crowded, and there are activities such as puppet shows, story time, and arts & crafts held throughout the day so you can easily pass a few hours at the museum.
The children were able to spend the day trying on different identities, including paleontologist, ambulance driver, fire fighter, Medieval royalty, and musician, but far and away their favorite was construction worker. This museum has over thirty different play areas so there is sure to be something for children of every interest. There is no food permitted in the museum, but it is conveniently located near Route 17 and the Paramus Park Mall, so if you wish to brave the Bergen County roads system you will find a wealth of food choices. The museum frequently holds special events, which are always reasonably priced and lots of fun, including princess and pirate breakfasts and holiday events.