Morristown museum presents hands-on program for children

May 18, 2013 by  

This June, Macculloch Hall Historical Museum presents ‘Growing in the Garden’ – a hands-on program designed especially for preschoolers. Held semi-monthly, it lets children visit the museum’s garden and learn about the environment through their visit, the stories they hear, and the art projects in which they take part.

On June 4, a Tuesday, the program is on World Environment Day – a U.N.-created designation to create awareness of environmental concerns. The theme this year is ‘THINK.EAT.SAVE’, which asks children to think about how wasting food impacts on the family’s finances as well as how such waste affects the environment, both in the U.S. and around the world. Museum activities highlight just how much food is wasted annually, and encourages children attending the class to take a challenge in which they promise: “I won’t waste food.”

Two weeks later, the June 18 meeting focuses on growing crops with a program called ‘How Grow Your Tomatoes?’ Children will learn what vegetables the Maccullochs grew in their garden when they occupied the house. In 1929, George Macculloch grew New Jersey’s first documented tomato. Children attending this meeting will plant a tomato plant of their own, which they will be able to take with them after the visit the garden and hear an appropriate story.

The meetings are short (from 1:15 to 2:00 pm) and cost $8 per parent or caregiver and child ($12 for non-museum member pairs). Pre-registration is required through calling 973-538-2404 x 16.

Program officials could work with brochure printers to develop a handout that explains the meetings and their goals, as well as the museum in general