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

  • JSCM Marketing Kit

    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.