November 8 is National STEM Day, which means there are plenty of opportunities for the kids to get up-close-and-personal with their science, tech, engineering and math interests.

Wednesday-Friday, November 7-9

Learn How to Code with Scratch MIT

Where: 150 Tices Ln., East Brunswick
Price: $120/three half-days
Deets: Ages 6-12 can spend three mornings learning coding concepts using Scratch, a programming language for children developed by MIT. Kids will complete a project like an animated story or personalized digital holiday card.

Thursday, November 8

Toddler Time: STEAM

Where: New Day Family Success Center, Galloway
Price: Free
Deets: Celebrate National STEM Day with relevant activities and activities meant to find fun and engaging ways to teach students. Reservations required.

Thursday-Friday, November 8-9

Vacation Day Workshops

Where: Morris Museum, Morristown
Price: Included with admission
Deets: For two days, they can craft and check out science demos in the Kids’ Lab. Then check out the Trumpets, Weird and Wonderful: Treasures from the National Music Museum exhibit. Registration required.

MMKids Boxbots: A Robotics Workshop

Where: Monmouth Museum, Lincroft​
Price: $20/non-members, $12/members
Deets: Designed for ages 7-10, this workshop teaches kiddos how to build robots using a kit with simple tools and common materials. Registration required.

Escape the STEM Camp

Where: 120 County Rd., Tenafly​
Price: $75/half day, $150/full day
Deets: Grades 1-5 can create an escape room and watch their peers try to solve it. Are they up to the challenge?

Friday, November 9

Bash the Trash

Where: Morris County Library, Whippany​
Price: Free
Deets: Make music using recycled materials, and learn how to turn items from your home into cool-sounding instruments.

Saturday, November 10

Soaring to New Heights

Where: Staten Island Children’s Museum, Staten Island, NY
Price: Included with admission
Deets: Ages 9 and under can make their own hovercrafts, inspired by the first Native American aeronautical engineer, Mary Golda Ross.

Ancient Technologies: Making an Amulet Necklace

Where: Tulpehaking Nature Center, Hamilton
Price: $20/family, $5/person
Deets: Ages 5-10 can create their own amulet using techniques from the Lenape Native Americans. Jack Cresson, archeologist and primitive technologist, will help kids make cordage, drill and refine necklaces to be taken home.

Saturday-Sunday, November 10-11

Open Cockpit Weekend

Where: Aviation Hall of Fame of New Jersey, Teterboro​
Price: $12/adults, $9/kids
Deets: Mini pilots can sit in a rare Lockheed Bushmaster, a Convair 880 circa 1958, M*A*S*H Bell helicopter, Walter Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Truck and more. They can pretend they’re flying these beauties, plus take a seat in the world’s only Martin 202 cockpit.


Dream Big 3D

Where: New York Hall of Science, NYC
Price: $6/adults, $5/kids (plus museum admission)
Deets: Motivate your future engineers with Dream Big: Engineering Our World, which will take viewers around the world, from the Great Wall of China and underwater robots to sustainable cities and solar cars, this presentation (narrated by Jeff Bridges) also features inspiring stories from engineers.

Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit

Where: Liberty Science Center, Jersey City
Price: Included with admission
Deets: Kiddos ages 2-10 can visit the McStuffins Toy Hospital and work alongside Doc, Chilly and other characters from the series to help patients in the ER, operating room, nursery and pet clinic while also learning how to stay healthy. Ends January 27, 2019.

Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails!

Where: Please Touch Museum, Philadelphia, PA
Price: Included with admission
Deets: If you’ve been looking for an interactive, multi-sensory STEM experience for your wee builders, take them to the Island of Sodor for a visit with Thomas, Percy and friends. Kids will work their physical and cognitive abilities during sorting, shape identification and engineering tasks like fixing wobbly wheels, building train routes and adjusting train schedules. Ends January 6, 2019.

Unseen Oceans

Where: American Museum of Natural History, NYC
Price: $28/adults, $16.50/kids
Deets: Check out interactive media installations, watch 3-D animations of great white sharks, try the magnetic sand table and visit live marine animals while learning about the ocean and the tech used to explore it. Ends January 6.

Symbiotic Spheres: The Interlocking Worlds of Glass, Science and Art

Where: WheatonArts and Cultural Center, Millville
Price: $10
Deets: Got lil’ STEM lovers at home? Head to this curated exhibit featuring science-inspired work from more than 20 contemporary artists. You’ll want to check out the glass pieces that magnify, distort and illuminate, each creating different perceptions of the world. Ends December 30.