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Plenty of Options at the Great Swamp

Family-friendly outings that won't break the bank.

Once again, we bring you the Grab & Go Kids Planner. It's our weekly list of kid-friendly activities and places to try out. You're time-pressed enough, so we're happy to do the research and find the best things to do and places to go, both locally and within reasonable striking distance.

As always, help us build the planner with your own suggestions and tips—if we missed anything, just leave us a comment letting us know!

Nature’s Little Explorers
Where/When: From 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. or from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. at  in Chatham on Thursday, March 17.
Why Go: Children ages 2 or 3, with adults, can enjoy weekly walks, crafts, and other activities.
Pricing: $55, pre-registration at 973-635-6629.

Woodland Adventure in the Mud
Where/When: From 1 to 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 17 at  in Chatham.
Why Go: Because what 4- to 6-year old doesn’t like playing in the mud? Adult accompaniment required.
Pricing: $5 per person, pre-registration required by calling 973-635-6629.


Where/When: At the  in Morris Township from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 17.
Why Go: Because families can drop-in and create a tie-dye shamrock in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. This event is for all ages.
Pricing: $4 per child for museum members, $5 per child for non-members.


Where/When: 10 a.m. at the  in Morris Township on Friday, March 18.
Why Go: Families can tour the museum, including the mini gallery with their young children. There is also an art project included.
Pricing: Free with museum admission.

Laurel Trail Walk
Where/When: 1 p.m. at  in Chatham on Saturday, March 19.
Why Go: Because children, teens, and adults ages 12 and older can join a naturalist to explore the swamp.
Pricing: $2, pre-registration at 973-635-6629


Where/When: From 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 20 at  in Morristown.
Why Go: Because families can learn about children’s chores and family life circa 1810, including information about where food was found, making yarn, and reusing household items.
Pricing: $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and students, and free for children 12 or younger.


Where/When: At 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the  in Morristown on Sunday, March 20.
Why Go: Because Popovich Comedy Pet Theater includes dozens of animals. You can see Gregory Popovich, a Russian circus performer and juggler.
Pricing: $25, with tickets available online.

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