The world is full of small wonders if we only take the time to see them. Many things we take for granted, like the weight of gravity or the pull of a magnet, may fade into the background of our consciousness, reflecting nothing more than a reality of our day-to-day lives. However, to little learners, these simple actions unlock a world of wonder for a mind just getting to know the ins and outs of our universe. Suppose you want to make the most of your little one’s curiosity. In that case, the New Jersey State Museum’s Small Explorers program is the perfect opportunity to dive into the magic of everyday living.

For November, the theme of this installment of Small Explorers is “Magnet Magic.” This engaging, fun afternoon invites young learners to the New Jersey State Museum to enjoy a hands-on deep dive into the month’s featured topic. This month, Small Explorers will dive into magnets, how they work, and what you can do with these curious creations.

The festivities for the day will kick off with a reading of “Magnet Max” by Monica Lozano Hughes (author) and Holly Weinstein (illustrator). Afterward, kiddos will have the opportunity to explore the science behind what makes magnets push and pull. Afterward, young learners can put this knowledge into action with some fun, hands-on activities to drive the lesson home. Children will have the opportunity to explore what objects are attracted to magnets and even move objects without touching them. By the end of the afternoon, the magnificence of magnets will not be lost on any participating child.

There will be three sessions, including a 9:45 a.m., an 11 a.m., or a 12:15 p.m. slot. This event is intended for guests ages 0 through 5, and families and siblings of participating attendees are also welcome to attend. If you wish to participate in this month’s session, sign up soon, as spots will fill up quickly! To register, please email with your choice of session time, name, contact information, and number of children/adults attending to register. Spots are on a first-come, first-served basis, so enroll as soon as possible.

Small Explorers, supported by a grant from PNC Grow Up Great, is the New Jersey State Museum’s premier programming for the museum’s youngest visitors. This event invites young guests ages 0 through 5 to explore all the NJSM offers, with hands-on lessons tailored perfectly to developing minds. From STEM to art, history, and more, the Small Explorers program is a great way to introduce your little one to many topics that make our world go round. To learn more about the Small Explorers program and how your little one can get involved, please visit the NJSM website: NJSM – Small Explorers.

If you have any questions or want to learn more before November’s session, don’t hesitate to contact the Small Explorers team at for additional details. This day of magnetic marvels will stick with your little one, so enroll today!

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