With the year winding down to a close, we wanted to thank all of the members, families, and companies that made this year a successful one for the Garden State Discovery Museum.
There were three new exhibit additions in 2013. We kicked off the year with the opening of our brand new California Pizza Fraction Kitchen. It’s set up just like a miniature CPK where kids can pretend to be waiters, guests, and even chefs! They can use pizza slices to learn about fractions and figure out how many it takes to make a whole pie. Over the summer, our Farm Stand underwent a renovation, courtesy of Whole Foods Marlton. It is now Wholesome Pickins, where kids can go green by putting fruits and vegetables into recyclable bags or pick from an assortment of beautiful flowers. Once they make their selections, they can check out at the cash register with some play money. Don’t forget to learn about the difference between compost, recyclables, and landfill with our fun plinko game. The most recent addition was our remodeling of Bubble Trouble. Our new sponsors, Earth Friendly Products, gave us new, great smelling bubble solution, so that when kids put themselves inside the bubble, they get a whiff of pear. We brought back the spray wall where kids can spray the glass and stick fun-shaped sponges for all to see. We are very grateful of all three sponsors and welcome them to the Discovery Museum family!
We had a couple of exciting new accomplishments this year, as well. In January, the Discovermore Toy Store was completely remodeled. Since its reopening, customers have found a likability in the new layout and playful atmosphere. During the summer, the Garden State Discovery Museum kicked off the first annual Groovin’ and Grubbin’, which was an outdoor concert series every Wednesday night. Food trucks parked in the Museum parking lot and different performers hit the stage every week. It was such a success that we are looking forward to bringing the event back in the summer of 2014. Toward the end of the summer, we renamed our baking party Baking with Babycakes, courtesy of Babycakes. The birthday party has a “chef” bring in cupcakes hot from the oven for the kids to decorate and frost however they want. Afterward, they get to munch on their fabulous cupcake creations! In September, we introduced a new birthday party: the Construction Party, sponsored by Habitat for Humanity. The birthday child and the guests are joined by a “construction worker” who leads them in assembling a wooden project. It’s perfect for the little builder in every family! Our field trip guide added a new program with the help of our friends at Freedom Center for Wildlife. Now, any school in New Jersey can get up close and personal with fun animal friends. Students and teachers alike can learn fascinating facts about the animals in the wild that we hear but don’t always see. Teachers can treat their students to something a little more wild than they’re used to! This October, we tried something new for our Halloween events: Trunk or Treat and Monster Mash Bash. We brought the two together to form a new event called Halloween Hootenanny. Cars still parked in the Museum lot decorated for Halloween, and the Museum was still decorated with candy at each exhibit. Except this time, the two events were on one night for an evening of spooktacular fun. There was such great feedback about this change that Halloween Hootenanny will return in 2014. Finally, at this end of this year, we started offering the Garden Combo Membership. It comes with all the perks of a family membership, but it also allows for unlimited admission to Camden Children’s Garden and a ten percent discount at their Ginkgo’s Gift Shop. It’s great for gardeners and flower enthusiasts of all ages!
Without you, none of this would have been possible. We thank you very much and can’t wait to see what 2014 will bring. Happy New Year to all!