Summer Children’s Programs


Rain or shine
Pre-registration requested: (973)538-2404, ext. 16 or

Getting Into Green Space

Wednesdays in July, 12:00-1:00pm

Children ages 5 and up are invited to explore how people, plants, and partners in nature make the garden an exciting habitat.

    • July 6: History Beneath Your Feet
      Discover how archaeology provides pieces to the puzzle of the past.
    • July 13: Plant Hunters, Part 1
      Become a twenty-first century plant hunter while learning about the adventures of the nineteenth-century plant collector David Douglas.
    • July 20: Plant Hunters, Part 2
      Continue the adventure as “modern day” plant hunters while seeking non-native plant species in MHHM’s garden.
    • July 27: Becoming Butterflies
      Visit MHHM’s pollinator garden to search for caterpillars and butterflies.

These one-hour garden programs engage children from the ground up and begin in the gallery with a special tour of
Two Centuries of Cultivating Green Space: The History of Macculloch Hall’s Gardens.

Dig it! Plant it! Eat it!

Youth Summer Garden Program, Saturdays in July, 10-11:30am
Begins July 9

Through hands-on gardening, guided interactive learning experiences in the exhibition, Two Centuries of Cultivating Green Space; The History of Macculloch Hall’s Gardens; tours of the Museum’s exceptional eighteenth-century kitchen; and an art making experience with New Jersey artist and storyteller, Linda Howe, children will:

          • learn how Macculloch Hall grew, prepared and stored fruits and vegetables to sustain the household throughout the year
          • learn how to cultivate and care for a kitchen garden
          • consider the positive environmental impact of pollinating insects and birds
          • examine the nutritional and environmental impact of a local garden
          • participate in the creative aspect of tending green space and using inspiration from it to create art
          • explore the history of the community while participating in it

Dig it! Plant it! Eat it! is funded by a generous grant from the Astle-Alpaugh Family Foundation.


Lunch with the Librarian

Wednesdays, 12:00-1:00pm.
Pre-registration not required.
Entry through the driveway-side gate.

Pre-school children and their caregivers are invited to bring lunch and enjoy stories under the Museum’s magnificent beech tree with the Morristown & Morris Township Children’s Librarian .

In the event of inclement weather, the program will move into MHHM’s Center Hall.