WHERE: The Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Hgts. Rd., Morristown
The Morris Museum has programming this winter for children of all ages to enjoy. Programs range from a new exhibition about firefighters to a Winter Wonderland Family Fun Day, Teddy Bear Tea, Vacation Day programming, and children’s theatre.
Many programs are free with Museum Admission. Please check for registration information for each event. For Children’s Theatre tickets visit https://morrismuseum.org/childrens-theatre/ or call the Box Office at 973.971.3706.
Take a closer look into the lives of volunteer and full-time firefighters, who make it their profession to put the safety of others above their own. While the passion and dedication needed to be a firefighter have remained the same, over the years, firefighting technologies and procedures have evolved to be safer and more sophisticated.
On display in this exhibition will be turnout gear, uniforms, helmets, badges, radios and other communication technology, equipment, hoses and nozzle, fire extinguishers, and apparatus. All the objects for this exhibition come from local fire departments in the communities of Morris County.
An exhibition of this kind has never before been mounted for the Fire Departments of this county. The goal is to recognize and celebrate their valiant efforts and the vital role they have played since their founding.
Experience more than 40 trumpet-like instruments across time and cultures with surprising shapes, sizes, and names, like didgeridoo, serpent, firebird, flintstone, and Uncle Sam. There will be special content available for children to explore through iPads. Adults will enjoy learning about these instruments as well.
This exhibition is by special arrangement with the National Music Museum, America’s preeminent collection of historic musical instruments in Vermillion, South Dakota.
Mega Model Trains
December 1, 2018 – February 28, 2019
From December–February, the Morris Museum opens its Mega Model Train Display—an intricate model train that meanders across a 288-square-foot landscape replicating a bustling city and pastoral scene, equipped with a waterfall, planetarium and even a sasquatch.
The exhibit features 500 feet of O-gauge track surrounded by an eclectic array of buildings, figurines, cars, trees and all sorts of other interesting minutia. Along the sides of the display are 48 buttons, each activating a unique light or a moving device, allowing guests to interact with the exhibit. Almost like a real-life Where’s Waldo book, half the fun of Mega Model Trains is admiring the incredibly detailed scenes dispersed throughout.
This winter, the Mega Model trains are ensconced in their new home on the first floor of the Morris Museum and will delight visitors of all ages on a daily basis!
Winter Vacation Celebration – Family Fun Day
Thursday, December 27, 2019, 11:00AM – 4:00PM
Children and their families can embrace the spirit of the season with a day of indoor winter fun at the Morris Museum. Visit the exhibitions, enjoy crafting and special surprises! Also, participate in a Touch the Music workshop with Claudia Lemmerz. The variety show Jack Frost Magical Holiday will be performed in the Bickford Theatre at 11:00AM and 1:30PM (separate admission fee).
This Family Fun Day is FREE for Museum Members and FREE with Museum Admission for Non-Members.
This yearly special event offers a respite from the colder weather with scrumptious treats and a magic show with circus flair in the Bickford Theatre. Each child will receive a remembrance of the day. It is perfect for families with children ages 3–8, and offers a great opportunity for a winter-themed family photo.
TICKETS: Museum Members: $25; Non-Members: $30
To purchase tickets, visit morrismuseum.org/special-programs-families or call the Box Office at 973.971.3706.
Vacation Day Workshops
Drop In between 12:00PM – 2:00PM
Enjoy two days of activities at the Morris Museum when school is closed.
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 21, 2019 – participate in craft making to celebrate Dr. King’s life and mission
- Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 18, 2019 – Claudia Lemmerz from Touch the Music will offer a patriotic program with musical instruments.
These days are FREE for Members and Free with Museum Admission for Non-Members.
Homeschooled children ages 5-8 can join us for hands-on activities involving interesting absorbent materials. Experiment with some household products before exploring an amazing chemical with a noteworthy property.
This event is FREE for Members and Free with Museum Admission for Non-Members.
Tickets for these shows can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 973.971.3706. Combination tickets with Museum Admission are also available by calling the Box Office. More details are available at morrismuseum.org/childrens-theatre
TICKETS: Members:$10, Non-Members: $12, Group Rate (available for groups of 20 or more): $9, Combination Ticket: Museum Admission and Theatre: $15
Children’s Theatre Subscription for three performances: $24
A colorful new musical from ArtsPower. Nugget, a minnow, and Fan, a shark, get along swimmingly until Nugget’s first day of school when he learns that minnows are supposed to fear sharks! Witness a great story of the power of friendship and individuality.
Jack Frost Magical Holiday
Thursday, December 27, 2018, 11:00AM and 1:30PM
Join the mischievous and frosty-fun antics of the one and only, Jack Frost, himself as he searches for the true meaning of the holiday season. This variety show is filled with holiday magic and opportunities for audience participation. Presented by Currier’s Magical Mania. Purchase a combination ticket and visit the Morris Museum for the Winter Vacation Celebration before and after the show.
Other Family Programming coming up this winter at the Morris Museum
Other learning experiences for families this winter at the Morris Museum include studio art, Family Fun Days and children’s theatre.
- Studio Art Classes – Sunday classes for children and teens start January 13 morrismuseum.org/studio-art/
- Chocolate Family Day, Saturday, February 9, 2019, 11:00AM – 4:00PM morrismuseum.org/family-fun-days/
- Dr. Seuss Family Day, Saturday, March 2, 2019, 11:00AM – 4:00PM
Early Access for Families with Disabilites at 10:00AM
- Children’s Theatre morrismuseum.org/childrens-theatre
Morgan’s Journey, Saturday, February 9, 2019, 11:00AM and 1:30PM
- Seussology, Saturday, March 2, 2019, 11:00AM and 1:30PM