Morris Museum Presents Family-Friendly Exhibits, Performances This Fall

A Year with Frog and Toad. Photo courtesy of Centenary Stage Theatre.

The Morris Museum has new programming this fall for children of all ages to enjoy. Programs range from two new exhibitions involving music and STEM to a Chemistry Family Fun day, Halloween fun, November Vacation Days 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 or call the Box Office at 973.971.3706.

To become a Member of the Morris Museum and attend Family Fun Days for Free, visit, email,or call 973.971.3721.


Things Come Apart

Saturday, September 8 – Sunday, December 2, 2018

Detail of Mantle Clock made by E. Ingraham, 1928. Photograph by Todd McLellan.

Check out this traveling exhibit, on loan from the Smithsonian Institution, which examines disassembled objects through the lens of photographer Todd McLellan. 

Younger visitors to the exhibition will also have the opportunity to become part of the experience through the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center’s Spark!Lab activities. These collaborative, hands-on challenges offer hypothetical situations that allow critical thinking and team creativity to flourish and provide fun skill building in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). The Spark!Lab activity kits are provided through a grant from the Smithsonian Women’s Committee.

Invent-A-Vehicle (Saturday, September 15, 11:00AM and 1:00PM): Visitors sketch and then build a vehicle to solve specific transportation challenges. Vehicles are made from reusable material and components are scaled to encourage collaboration, imaginative play, and real functional testing.

Shaping Space (Saturday, October 13, 11:00AM and 1:00PM): Visitors use their imagination and the provided construction materials to find inventive ways to shape spaces that meet varying engineering and architectural challenges.

Soundscapes (Saturday, November 10, 11:00AM and 1:00PM): Visitors design and assemble wooden blocks, noise-making elements, and marbles to create sound pathways and music. They explore different configurations and try marbles of different sizes and materials to produce the sounds they’re looking for.
Register for these 45 minute programs for children ages 6-12 at They are free with Museum Admission and space is limited.

Trumpets, Weird and Wonderful: 
Treasures from the National Music Museum

Sunday, October 7 – Sunday, March 17, 2019

Andy Taylor, Uncle Sam B-flat trumpet,1996. Photo courtesy of National Music Museum.

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.

Hands-on Activities

Chemistry Family Fun Day sponsored by BASF

Saturday, September 22, 11:00AM – 4:00PMGet a jump start on National Chemistry Week with this year’s theme: Chemistry is Out of this World. Start off with a show in the Bickford Theatre with Mad Science ® and then explore science throughout the museum. Members of the Morris Museum’s Astronomical Society will be on hand to answer questions about all things celestial while sharing the link between chemistry and astronomy.

The Mad Science ® program – Up, Up, and Away, introduces children to the principles of air and pressure. Hot air balloons, vortex generators, and even a hovercraft will help children understand the power of air!
This Family day is FREE for Members and Free with Museum Admission for Non-Members. The Mad Science show is FREE with general admission seating.

BASF’s Candy Loves Chemistry lab with 5th graders in Morristown, NJ.
Mother and Daughter in Chemistry Lab. Photo courtesy of BASF.

Halloween Spooktacular

Saturday, October 27, 2018, 11:00AM – 2:00PM

Children can celebrate in costume and enjoy spooky science, crafting fun, and a Trick-or-Treat Scavenger Hunt for hidden treasures and goodies. A parade will allow children to show off their ensembles. Bring a bag to collect sweets!

This event is FREE for Members and Free with Museum Admission for Non-Members.

November Vacation Days

Thursday, November 8, 2018, 12:00PM – 2:00PM

Friday, November 9, 2018, 12:00PM – 2:00PM
During the November Teacher Convention breaks from school, children can come to the Morris Museum for some fun and learning. Visit exhibitions, make a fun craft each day, enjoy science demonstrations in BASF’s Kids’ Lab, attend Children’s Theatre and participate in Touch the Music hands-on-workshops (registration required).

In her workshops, Claudia Lemmerz, of Touch the Music, talks about brass instruments, samples some brass music and enables participants to try out trumpets, trombones, French horns and a big tuba. This workshop is for children age 5-10 accompanied by an adult. (Mouthpieces will be cleaned). Register at

Children’s Theatre
Tickets for these shows can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 973.971.3706. Combination tickets with Museum Admission are also available. More details are available at

The Legend of the Banana Kid

Thursday, November 8, 2018 11:00AM and 1:30PM
In this cowboy adventure, featuring Frogtown Mountain puppets, Little Chucky heads to the Wild West to outwit outlaws.

The Legend of the Banana Kid, Photo courtesy of Frogtown Mountain Puppets.

The Year of Frog and Toad
Centenary Stage Touring Theatre
Friday, November 9, 11:00AM * and 1:30PM

In this show, Frog is the effervescent and happy foil to Toad, a nervous and awkward character. Together they embark on many adventures and participate in many seasonal activities but always remain true to themselves and their friendship. Inspired by stories by Arnold Lobel.

*The 11:00AM show is a Sensory-Friendly theater experience in which the environment and typical “rules of attendance” have been relaxed to accommodate individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities and the families and professionals who support them. These performances are made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Morris Museum Access-ABILITY project.

Nugget and Fang

Saturday, December 8, 2018, 11:00AM and 1:30PM

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! A story of the power of friendship and individuality.

Nugget and Fang. Artwork by Michael Slack.

Other Family Programming at the Morris Museum this Fall
Other learning experiences for families this fall at the Morris Museum include studio art and a special weekend with Rocks and Minerals!
Studio Art Classes for children and teens start Sept 29
Rock and Mineral Weekend:
Friday, November 23, 11:00 – 2:00PM (Kickoff)
Saturday, November 24, 2018, 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Sunday, November 25, 2019 1:00PM – 5:00PM