About Us

The Jersey Shore Children’s Museum is a non-profit, hands-on discovery center dedicated to stimulating curiosity and awareness in the areas of science, technology, history, and culture. Programs and exhibits encourage children (of all ages) to explore the world around them by providing an environment that stimulates creativity, imagination, and learning through interactive play.

–adopted September 9, 1997

Our Story:

aboutFifteen years ago, two local teachers saw the need to develop a place where the children of our area can learn through play in an interactive environment where family and community connections are fostered. Because of this, the Jersey Shore Children’s Museum became a reality. These two teachers developed a hands-on museum where children learn and explore in the various exhibits. The Museum celebrates and encourages children’s imagination thus promoting the power of play as the cornerstone of learning. Each exhibit was developed using the state’s science core curriculum standards and each encourages children to make connections to their community as they dress up to be doctors, mail person’s or news anchors or weather forecasters– just to name a few. Children and their parents spend hours learning and exploring together.
about2With the partial closing of the Shore Mall in December 2012, the Museum was in need of a new home. Tentative arrangements have been made with a location in Mays Landing-easily accessible from the Black Horse Pike, Atlantic City Expressway at Exit 12 and Garden State Parkway-based on raising funds to complete the build-out.

Now begins the task of seeking contractors including: Plumbing, Electrical, Drywall, Carpentry, Heating & Air Conditioning, Cabinetry, Flooring, and Windows-becoming the first hurdle in order to secure a lease with the landlord.

Once the space is under construction, we will be approaching local businesses to sponsor up to a dozen exhibits, including a restaurant, a classroom and featuring the Jersey Shore’s Tourism Market. Additionally, a small theatre with regular weekly events may also become part of some of the new Programs to be offered at this brand new 9500 sq ft facility!

Birthday parties will continue to be a staple of the Museum’s revenue generating services, as will Membership Sales and T Shirts. Tax deductible Donations are also Greatly Appreciated!

Executive Board:

  • Matthew J Gilliano, Board President & Financial Advisor
  • Art Korth, Board Secretary & Attorney
  • Linda Szypula, Founder

Board Members:

  • Chuck Gunther, Past Board President
  • Sue Gunther, Retired Director
  • Ava Holly Lewis, Special Events
  • Doreen Prinzo, Marketing Manager ACCVA
  • Jim Szypula, Utilities

Museum Staff:

  • Kathleen Angela Varallo – Managing Director
  • Kate Chiumento, Staff
  • Hailee Anzisi, Staff
  • Tracy Irwin, Staff

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    The Jersey Shore Children's Museum Marketing Kit. Learn how you can help! This kit includes the following flyers: 1000 Family Campaign, 50 Business Challenge, Banner Sponsorship Opportunity, Capital Campaign, Future Exhibits, Helping Hands Campaign and Jersey Shore Children's Museum Facts.

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    Love For Lilyana

    June 5, 2016, 1:00pm - June 5, 2016, 5:00pm

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    Hey Everyone!!! It's official and we're back in action! Check out the updated Website/Venue LoveforLilyana.com!!! We're ready to rock for Lil on June 5th from 1-5pm! This Benefit and Family fun Spring Festival is promising to be an amazing day you won't want to miss! Let's honor and celebrate the life of our precious angel Lilyana and her Mommy Shannon with all of the love and support this community has got to offer! Tickets will be available in the next few days! We are still welcoming all the community support we can get! Anyone interested in participating, volunteering or donating please feel free to reach out! If you had done so in the past, please feel free do so again as we are updating all participation in our all new event! Points of contact have slight variations as the events needs changed as well. Our main sources of contact are as follows... Shannon Decker Sarah Arena Jessica Titerence Nece Lindsey Ungarino Lauren Decker John Lynch Feel free to call, (**FB messenger message) or email for the best way to reach us! SHARE SHARE SHARE!!!!!!! ___________________________________________________ Dearest family, friends and supporters... Due to circumstances beyond our control the Love for Lilyana Committee has made a very difficult decision to postpone the Love for Lilyana Benefit and Family Fun Day to the Spring of 2016. We open up by expressing just how proud and humbled we are to have been blessed with a TON of support from the local community for our upcoming event. However, in order to better accommodate such an outpouring of desire for participation, we felt the need to move the event to a later date and venue that will be better suited to meet the events needs and time frame. Secondly, in our initial hopes to support Shannon in an expedited manner, we have encountered scheduling conflicts with the local annual events that take place for Cape May County during this time of year. Out of complete support and due respect for the organizations, vendors, family and friends that have prior obligations and desires to participate in these pre-scheduled events, the last thing we want to do is have anyone feel as if though they have to make a choice between the two. We want EVERYONE to be able to plan for and attend this event as they had originally hoped. In moving some minor things around logistically, we can better aid in making that happen for all involved. It is our ultimate goal to provide a fun filled afternoon that will include an array of vendors, fire trucks, princesses, characters and mascots, games, bounce houses, balloon artists, face painting, arts and crafts, food & beverage vendors, live music, games of chance, photo booths and SO much more for our local children and their parents. The motivation behind this event is pure and simple; raise awareness for Lilyana, help defray the mounting bills for Lil’s family and to exceed the expectations of all those who attend the event. Within the next couple of weeks we will have some very exciting news of our upcoming event. Keep watching, as we will have fun and interactive ways to stay involved and also help support Shannon and Lil's family in the months leading up to the event. If you have purchased tickets in advance they will certainly be honored at our Spring benefit. In the event you would like a refund please go to the place of purchase with your tickets, and they will issue you a full refund. We hope everyone is pleased with our decision and we look forward to an AWESOME event that will honor our sweet Lilyana this Spring. For more information you can visit www.LoveforLilyana.com, which will be updated periodically. Or feel free to contact Lindsey at Lindsey@LunchWithLynch.com or any of the other committee members. Thank you all again for your continued kindness and support. ________________________________________ BIG NEWS!!!!! The location for the Love for Lilyana Benefit and Family Fun Day has been confirmed...the Bayside Green at the Cape May Ferry Terminal will be where the event will be held from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm. We have partnered with the Lunch with Lynch Foundation on this wonderful event and there will be a live auction with John Lynch and Chinese raffles! Stellar Mojo will be performing a LIVE CONCERT and there will be TONS of activities for the kiddos to take part in (as long as they have a wrist band)...Trick or Treating, Bounce Houses, Characters, Face Painting, Balloon Making, Halloween Costume Contest, and more!!!! There will also be food and drinks from local restaurants and vendors! We can't wait to celebrate Lilyana and support her family on this wonderful family fun filled day! We hope to see everyone there and will be announcing updates as more plans are finalized :) Tickets will be on sale soon---$20 for Adults (which INCLUDES 1 child's admission), each additional child's wrist band (under the age of 12) will be $5 **Any amount of money raised surpassing our goal will be donated directly to the "Ronald McDonald House - Philadelphia Chapter" which helped Lilyana's family while she was being treated at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- We are in the beginning stages of planning a benefit to honor little Lilyana and her family who lost their princess suddenly to bacterial meningitis at the end of August. Please like and share this event page as it will be updated frequently as plans are secured. The event will be super family oriented and kid friendly with food, drinks, face painting, bouncy houses and other children's activities. All children are invited to dress in their Halloween costumes as there will be costume contest for them with prizes. As soon as the location is confirmed we will update this page but please SAVE THE DATE and invite all of our community to this event!!! In the mean time, please read more about Lilyana's story here on her GoFundMe page www.gofundme.com/hx25598s Also, I am looking for donations from local businesses for food, bouncy houses, popcorn machines, ice cream trucks, etc. So please PM me if you are interested in being a part of this beautiful tribute to our angel.

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    Career Day at JSCM

    May 28, 2016, 11:00am - May 28, 2016, 3:00pm

    Jersey Shore Children's Museum

    Plan to visit the museum for a day full of fun and inspirations. Throughout the museum, people from all different occupations will meet and greet with children and teach them about their field of work! Career day will give children an opportunity to discover and understand the many different roles there are in their community.

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    “Middle Schoolers Night at the Museum”

    May 21, 2016, 5:00pm - May 21, 2016, 8:30pm

    Jersey Shore Children's Museum

    From the hours of 5:00 –8:30pm there will be a pizza party, group art project, games and more! This event gives kids a chance to have a night out with their peers in a safe, educational, and fun environment. The price of attendance is $10.00 per person. (Pre-registration is required please call the museum at 609-641-5726.)

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    “Saturday Night at the Movies”

    May 14, 2016, 4:00pm - May 14, 2016, 7:00pm

    Jersey Shore Children's Museum

    From the hours of 4:00pm – 7:00pm plan to drop your children off for a movie and pizza party. The movie and character appearance will be Peter Pan! (All children must be independently potty trained. The cost of attendance is $10.00 per child. To RSVP please call the museum at 609-641-5726.)

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