Saturday, March 25 - Madison, Morris County
Children Friendly Event
On Friday and Saturday, residents throughout New Jersey will come together for New Jersey Makers Day, a statewide event that celebrates, promotes and introduces "Maker Culture." This growing movement that values and encourages tinkering, science, technology, art, and math which has a significant impact on school curriculum development.
The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts (METC) will celebrate New Jersey Makers Day on Saturday from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm with a variety of hands-on projects for children of all ages. Paid guests to the museum can choose to make handcrafted wooden tool kits, observe hands-on demonstrations of simple machines and tour METC, a museum dedicated to the history of early trades and craftsman technology, the origin of the current "Maker culture." These activities are on-going throughout the day and are included with paid admission to METC. No prior registration needed.
Tyler Merson, craftsman, owner of design company Codfish Park Design, and METC Board Member, will lead an outdoor woodworking workshop, where children can use tools to make their own wooden tool kit. Inside the museum, guests will get a hands-on look at a collection of simple machines, and they can tour the museum's current exhibit, "Garden State: Living Off the Land in Early New Jersey," which explores the technology of early New Jersey farmers.
In 2016, NJ Makers Day drew over 40,000 individual attendees to more than 230 participating sites across all 21 counties in the state. Participating locations included public and academic libraries, schools, museums, commercial makerspaces, and AC Moore stores, as well as sponsorship from such organizations as LibraryLinkNJ, littleBits Electronics, and ManufactureNJ.
The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts is located at 9 Main Street, Madison, NJ. Admission: Adults – $5; Students, children and adults 65+ – $3; METC members and children under 6 – FREE; Family maximum rate – $15.00. For more information, call 973-377-2982 or visit www.metc.org. Find out more about New Jersey Makers Day at www.njmakersday.org.