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
  • Dawn Cooper, Board Treasurer & Marketing, Special Events

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.

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    Shop and Swap Special

    November 27, 2015, 10:00am - November 29, 2015, 6:00pm

    Jersey Shore Children's Museum

    Parents and Grandparents can trade places with the price of just one admission. One can shop while the other enjoys some playtime with the children and then they can switch! Admission into the museum will be $5.00 per person all weekend. Hamilton Mall Kid’s Club sponsors this discount.

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    "Frozen" Holiday Ball with the Snow Queen

    December 20, 2015, 1:00pm

    Renault Winery

    The Snow Queen has Requested Your Presence at a Royal Holiday Ball to be held in the (Castle Like) Dining Room at Renault Winery Resort 72 N Bremen Ave Egg Harbor City, New Jersey 08215 Sunday, December 20th 1:00pm Winery Tours Available before or After the Show. $30.00 per person Children Under Two Free Plated Luncheon & Grand Dessert Table… (Coffee, Tea, and Child Beverage Included, Cash Bar) Complete with Princesses, Characters, Songs, Activities for the Kids & Favors Children of all ages will be magically surprised by the setting. The Queen has suggested they dress in their best costumed attire. A Great Gift and Family Gathering …. Excellent Photo Opts Abound! (Santa will be available for those wishing to visit.) (Atlantic County, NJ) –With more of Disney inspired “Frozen” coming this holiday season in a movie sequel, The Jersey Shore Children’s Museum and Little Angels Princess Events is excited to announce the hosting of an enchanting family friendly event at the Renault Winery Resort Sunday, December 20th 1-3:30pm. The “Frozen” Holiday Ball with the Snow Queen is a fund raising event for the museum. The event committee chose the winery for its castle like setting. Recognizing its historic value, as the second oldest winery in the country, would have appeal to young parents in attendance as well. Children will mingle with a cast of characters reminiscent of story book prince & princesses. Children are also invited to dress in their best princess or holiday attire. A full course luncheon will be served along with a grand dessert buffet. Families will enjoy a wonderful show that takes place around them as they dine, activities for the Children and music. An upgrade to the regular admission, is a VIP Meet & Greet with the Princesses including a personal photo for each child. Winery tours will also be available before and after the event. The meet and greet will take place in the upper level reception area at the Tuscany Hotel just across the way from the Winery Tickets for the event are $30pp Children Under Two Free. Includes full course luncheon, coffee and child beverage. Cash Bar Available. Tickets and VIP pass may be purchased online at the event website www.littleangelsprincessevents.com or by contacting the museum. 609-641-5726 All proceeds benefit the Jersey Shore Children’s Museum programs, a non-profit 501c organization dedicated to raising and renewing families in South Jersey.

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