Children & Family Programs

New Jersey Animals From Past to Present (Ages 3-5)

Description: Join one of METC’s educators as we explore the animals that roamed New Jersey 200 years ago and today! Each class will feature a different animal native to New Jersey, with related crafts and stories.

Age: Age 3-5
Cost:  $10 per child per class; $8 for members

Classes will run for about 45 minutes. Parents/guardians should plan to stay with their child during the class. Register for individual classes or for the whole session!

Pre-registration is required. To register, click here, or contact our Education Department at 973-377-2982 ext. 12 or


Jan. 27, 1:00pm                      Red Fox

Feb. 10, 1:00pm                      Raccoon

Mar. 16, 4:00pm                     Bald eagle

Apr. 20, 3:00pm                     Coyote

May 18, 1:00pm                      Bobcat

June 8, 1:00pm                       Eastern cottontail

Mini Glassblowing Session with Morris County School of Glass

Join METC for a special two-part collaborative program with the Morris County School of Glass as we explore the arts of glass blowing, mosaics, stenciling, stained glass and more!

February 12, 2020, at MCSOG (89 Whippany Road, Morristown)

Part I: Demonstrations for the Group 12:00-1:00pm: Come learn about the magic of glassblowing. Did you know that glass is its own state of matter?  Watch as the glass goes from its liquid-like to solid-state right before your eyes! MCSOG’s talented artists will form and shape the material from a molten blob of glass into a beautiful, functional piece

Part II : Select one of the following options

1:15-2:45pm Glassblowing (for children ages 8 and up)

In this glass workshop, choose between several colorful objects you can create with the help of our talented artists. Learn to manipulate 2,100-degree liquid glass into beautiful and useful objects like a vase, bowl, flower, galaxy globe, heart, ornament, or snowman!

1:15-2:15pm Mosaics (any age)

Explore the ancient art of glass mosaics. This fun and easy class will explore color and texture to create a stunning work of original art. Learn techniques for cutting and shaping colored sheet glass to create a totally unique and beautiful tile.

February 19, 2020 at METC (9 Main Street, Madison)

12:00-1:30 Pick up your masterpiece at the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts and explore the late 19th century stenciling, stained glass, carvings and other artistic elements used to decorate METC’s beautiful and historic building

Cost for the 2-week Session: $72 per child for the mosaic option, $102 for the glass blowing option

Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Click here to register or contact our Education Department at 973-377-2982 ext. 12 or

*Registration closes on January 30, 2020 and there will be no refunds after this point*

Presidents’ Day Drop In Crafts

No School on Presidents Day, February 17?  Come join us at METC and have fun exploring our newest exhibit, Surveying the New Jersey Landscape.  Our young visitors can discover mapping techniques, sketch a landscape or create their own state symbol of New Jersey! Lots of fun activities!  Drop-in all day between 11:00 and 3:30.  Pre-registration is recommended as supplies are limited. Click here to register!

St. Patrick’s Day at METC

March 14, 2020

METC is shamrockin’ for St. Patrick’s Day!  Join us on Saturday, March 14 from 11am to 3:00pm for St. Paddy’s Day story time and a variety of crafts going on all day, from coffee filter shamrocks to ‘stained glass’ rainbows.

Time: 11:00-3:00

Crafts will be ongoing during that time period

Story time will be at 11:30, 12:30, 1:30 & 2:30. Please indicate which story time you anticipate attending when you register.

Cost: Included with regular museum admission

Age: All ages

Registration: Pre-registration recommended, click here to register!

New Jersey Makers Day: METC Launch Lab

METC is celebrating New Jersey Makers Day on March 21, 2020. Launch your way into Makers Day on March 21 by creating your own catapult at METC! Using simple physics, participants will be able to design, build, and experiment with their catapult, and of course launch some fun projectiles across a room! Pre-registration recommended as supplies are limited. Registration link coming soon!

Spring Break Drop In Crafts

Spend Spring Break at METC by exploring your creative side with Drop-In Crafts! Stop by anytime from 11:30am to 3:30pm.

April 7: Design a Shop Sign

April 8: Paint a Wooden Top

April 9: Spring-time critters

April 14: Paint a Wooden Top

Time: 11:30-3:30

Cost: $5 per participant

Age: All ages

Registration: Pre-registration recommended. Click here to register!

Stuffed Animal Sleepover

April 3, 2020

Children are invited to bring their favorite stuffed animal or doll for a sleepover at the Museum! After snack and story time together, the stuffed friends are tucked in, kissed goodnight and left in the good hands of the METC staff. But like all good sleepover, after dark at the Museum is when the fun begins! When children return anytime between 10 am and 4 pm on Sat. April 4 for pick up, they will decorate a framed picture of their favorite friend showing the “trouble” they got into at the Museum. Pre-registration required. Click here to register!

Cost: $5 per child

Ages: All ages!

Mother’s Day Drop In Craft

May 9, 2020

Looking for something special to give to Mom on Mother’s Day? Stop by the museum all day to make a card for mom!

Cost: Included with Museum Admission

Ages: All ages!