Discovery Kits are fun and interactive learning kits created to introduce new concepts and activities to all ages. There are many kits to choose from. Some highlight imagination-based play using kits that contain blocks, magnets and idea cards. Musical instrument kits encourage learning and love of music. Elementary-aged children are introduced to concepts like identification through birdwatching and seashore kits and teens and adults can explore metal detecting, board games, and coloring for meditation. View all of our kits below in detail and request one for checkout today!

Adults

An Evening of Murder: A Feast to Die For Party Game

Host a murder mystery party in your home, invite your friends to become the suspects for an evening of mystery and intrigue!An Evening of Murder
Ages: Adult, 8 players

Contains:

  • Party Planner
  • Invitations
  • Name Tags
  • Character Profiles
  • CD
  • Author’s Solution

Bridge

Being played from the 1800's onward, this game is an enduring favorite for a reason.

This kit contains everything you need to learn how to play, or just to enjoy a game with friends.

Ages: Adult 

  • 2 decks of cards
  • Book: Bridge for Dummies
  • Pamphlet: Bridge at a Glance
  • 4 bid boxes

Coloring For Meditation

Studies have shown coloring can help to reduce stress and help you focus, never mind that it's also pretty fun!

Perfect for a rainy day or just to help you relax.

Ages: 12 - Adult 

  • 24-pack ultra fine point colored markers
  • 24-pack fine point colored markers
  • 50-pack colored pencils
  • Pencil sharpener
  • 3 coloring books

Electricity Monitor

Use this device to determine how much powerPower Meter

your appliances are using,

and how stable a flow of electricity your outlets provide.

 

  • Kill A Watt Electricity Monitor

 

Literati Challenge

Bluffing with wild words and whimsical stories! We'll give you five challenging words on cards, you write a story using them in one minute. Share your stores and add up your points to be the first to earn 300 points and win!Literati Challenge

Ages: 15+, 2+ players

Contains:

  • 1 hourglass timer
  • 1 score pad
  • 4 story pads
  • 1 instruction sheet 
  • 4 golf pencils
  • 300 cards in box

Murder Mystery Party: A Taste for Wine & Murder

Liven up your next dinner party by killing off one of your guests! Not really, of course, but in the context of a fun murder mystery game!

You'll find everything you need for an evening of intrigue including a book about wine to help ensure a perfect night.

Ages: Adult 

  • 6 clue pages
  • 8 character cards
  • 8 character booklets
  • Party planner booklet
  • CD
  • Book: Wine Folly

Stupid Deaths

Players race the Grim Reaper around the game board by answering morbid trivia before he catches and kills them.
Ages: 12+, 2 - 6 players

Contains:

  • 1 game board
  • 300 Stupid Deaths cards
  • 6 player’s pawns
  • 1 Grim Reaper with stand
  • 12 true and false voting cards
  • 6 extra life tokens
  • instructions

The Awkward Storyteller

Storyteller reads a story card out loud while other players ask questions and play a letter or word card.

Age: 16+, 4 to 11 players.

Contains:

  • 50 story cards
  • 121 question cards
  • 11 challenge cards
  • 1 ten second hourglass

 

Kids

Astronomy

Start your budding young astronomer on their journey to the stars with this fun set of materials all about space!

Ages: 8+

  • Grade K-4 DVD: Space Science for Children
  • Grade 6-12 DVD: Greatest Discoveries with Bill Nye: Astronomy
  • Book: DK Starfinder with planet / star chart wheel
  • Book: Once Upon a Starry Night: A Book of Constellations
  • Book: Solar System: Stars
  • Quiz set: Hot Dots Astronomy Science Cards with Hot Dots pen 

Bird Bingo

A bingo game based on bird identification.Bird Bingo

Ages: 6+, up to 6 players

SKILL FOCUS:

  • matching
  • animal identification
  • rule-based play

CONTAINS:

  • 1 instruction booklet
  • 1 game board
  • 12 bingo game cards
  • 64 bird chips in drawstring cloth bag
  • 200 bingo counters

Birds

South Jersey is one of the best places for birdwatching in the world, so why not spend time with your kids looking for the many beautiful species that pass through the area?

This kit has everything you need to get started with this relaxing activity.

 Ages: 4+

  • 2 pairs of binoculars
  • Children's field guide to birds
  • Adult field guide to birds
  • 2 elementary level books of bird biology & habitat
  • Grade K-4 level DVD
  • Grade 6-adult level DVD 

Build It!

K'NEX pieces are a great way for children to learn about creating simple machines and get an introduction to the fundamentals of engineering.

This kit also includes a book and a DVD to help explain the themes to them.

Ages: 3-7 [WARNING: Choking hazard for children under the age of 3] 

  • Set of 131 Kid K'NEX pieces (including rods, connectors, and blocks)
  • Kid K'NEX idea booklet
  • Grade PreK - 2 book: Simple Machines: Wheels, Levers, and Pulleys
  • Grade K - 4 DVD: Physical Science for Children: All About Simple Machines 

Chess, Checkers & Backgammon

This kit contains 3 classic games in one! Everything you need to play perennial favorites chess, checkers, and backgammon is included.

Perfect for a rainy day or just to exercise your brain!

Ages: 8+ 

  • Double-sided game board
  • 30 checkers
  • 32 chess pieces
  • 2 dice

Chipper Chat

Magnetic games for chipper fun! 10 open-ended games, 40 game boards 4 each of 10 themes!

  • Ants in your pants
  • Top it off!
  • Let's go fishing
  • Gum balls for all
  • Dino-mite speech
  • Sneaky snakes
  • Ballons galore
  • Let's talk turkey
  • Don't bug me
  • Happy birthday

Age: 3+

Contains:

  • instruction booklet
  • 2 large dice
  • magnetic wand
  • 100 magnetic chips

Code & Go: Robot Mouse

Use hands-on coding skills to build a maze and use coding cards to create a step-by-step path for 2 programmable mice; program the steps and watch the robot mice race to find the cheese. Mice light up, make sounds, and have 2 speeds.Code & Go: Robot Mouse

Ages: 5+

SKILL FOCUS:

  • coding
  • critical thinking
  • problem solving

CONTAINS:

  • 1 activity guide
  • 60 double-sided coding cards
  • 10 double-sided activity cards
  • 1 cheese wedge
  • 16 maze grids
  • 22 maze walls
  • 3 tunnels
  • 3 AAA batteries installed in each mouse
  • 1 box spare AAA batteries

Coloring for Kids

Kids love to color, and it's good for them too! It helps develop motor skills, coordination, and creativity.

And of course it's a lot of fun too! Great for rainy days.

Ages: 3+ 

  • Crayons
  • Coloring Materials

 

 

Counting & Stacking Cubes

These colorful manipulatives are perfect for teaching

children sorting, coordination, counting, basic math facts and color identification.

High-quality and durable, these blocks help children develop dexterity

and they’re fun toys for building houses, towers and more!

Ages: 3+

  • 200 multicolored stacking cubes

Double Fifteen Dominoes

Get started playing several classic domino games!

The colored dots make it easier to match numbers and the starter piece makes the Mexican Train game easier to play.

Instructions are also included for other games you can try.

Ages: 8+. 2-10 players. 

  • Instruction sheet for 20 domino games
  • 136 color dot dominoes
  • 4 trains for Mexican train
  • 1 starter piece for Mexican train

Duplo Blocks

Perfect for kids who aren't yet old enough for Legos but who still enjoy building.Duplo

Ages: 1½ - 5

 

 

 

 

Exploding Kittens

Kitty-powered version of Russian Roulette. Players draw cards until someone draws an exlpoding kitten.

Ages: 7+. 2-5 players.

  • Contains:
  • 1 rule sheet
  • 56 card
  • 1 card box

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Family Card Games

Everyone loves getting together for a good game of cards, and this kit includes everything needed for a variety of popular favorites.

In addition to a standard deck, you'll find cards for Go Fish, Old Maid, Memory, and enduring favorite Uno.

Ages: 4+ 

  • Book: Card Games for Kids
  • Deck of oversized playing cards
  • Deck of 3 in 1 cards (Go Fish, Old Maid, Memory)
  • Deck of Uno cards

 

 

Feed Fuzzy

Be the first to feed all your acorns to Fuzzy and win!

Ages: 3+, 2-4 players

Contains:

  • 30 wooden acorns
  • 2 jumbo wooden dice
  • Fuzzy
  • instructions

 

Geometric Connecting Shapes

See what you can build with these fun shapes!

Geometric Connecting Shapes come in an assortment of brightly colored

circles, triangles, squares and octagons that clip together.

Great for children developing motor skills and learning to identify shapes and colors.

AGES: Preschool

  • various interlocking shape pieces

Imagination Magnets

These colorful magnets can help kickstart the creativity of any child!

They can use the included idea cards to get inspired, or just create whatever their imaginations dream up!

Ages: 3+ 

  • 42 magnetic blocks
  • 50 idea cards
  • Folding magnet board

Keva Brain Builders

This fun game is a great way to help kids learn about logical thinking and problem solving.

Each of the puzzle cards contains a diagram of an object that can be made using the included blocks, along with some basic instructions. From there it's up to your kids to figure out how to build it. Fun and creative!

Ages: 7+ 

  • 20 Keva blocks
  • 30 puzzle cards
  • Storage pouch

KEVA Maker Bot Maze

The KEVA Maker Bot Maze lets you experiment, innovate, and create with precision-engineered KEVA planks and a variety of doodads and gizmos.KEVA maker bot maze

Ages: 7+

SKILL FOCUS:

  • basic mechanics
  • physics
  • creative play
  • engineering
  • scientific thinking

CONTAINS:

  • 1 instruction booklet
  • 38 KEVA wood planks (30 full-size, 8 half-size)
  • 24 KEVA plastic connectors
  • 2 bots
  • 6 spool-shaped wood tumble blocks
  • 3 green plastic bumper balls

Laser Light Peg Dinosaurs

Build your own dinosaur using these connectable blocks, and then light it up!

Everything you need to build your own glowing dino is included in this kit.

Ages: 5+ 

  • Assorted colored blocks
  • Clear laser light pegs
  • base
  • battery replacement guide
  • project guide
  • 8 Smithsonian Little Explorer books

Lego Freeplay

One of the world's most popular toys, Lego bricks have been inspiring the creativity of children since 1932.

This kit comes with more than enough pieces to help your child bring their ideas to life.

Ages: 4+ 

  • 1408 Lego pieces
  • 5 Lego mats
  • Book: The Lego Book

Make It With Cord!

Take your friendship bracelets to the next level by using paracord instead of string!

This kit comes with everything you need to make countless crafts from this durable material.

Ages: 8+ 

  • Book: Crafting with Paracord
  • Book: Friendship Bracelets All Grown Up
  • Pair of jewelry pliers
  • Hemp cord
  • Paracord
  • Embroidery floss
  • Assorted beads
  • Keychain clips
  • Bracelet clasps

Making Music

Every budding musician needs to start somewhere.

The children's instruments included in this kit are a great way to encourage your child to discover this fulfilling skill.

Ages: 3+

  • Book: Music Everywhere!
  • DVD: "Music Makers: Live-Action Musical Adventures!"
  • CD: "Baby Einstein: Baby Mozart"
  • CD: "Baby Einstein: Playdate Fun"
  • CD: "Mozart's Magnificent Voyage"
  • 1 pair maracas
  • 1 pair castanets
  • 1 pair cymbals
  • 1 triangle w/ stick
  • 1 wood hand drum w/ stick
  • 1 xylophone w/ stick
  • 1 clacker
  • 1 tambourine
  • 1 wooden shaker

My Weird School: The Game

Based off of Dan Gutman's popular series of children's books, this fun card game uses humor to help teach kids reading, math, and strategic thinking skills.

Ages 6-10+ 

  • 4 sentence boards
  • 110 playing cards
  • Score sheets
  • Pencils
  • Rule booklet

Ocean Bingo

A bingo game based on sea life identification.Ocean Bingo

Ages: 6+, up to 6 players

SKILL FOCUS:

  • matching
  • animal identification
  • rule-based play

CONTAINS

  • 1 instruction booklet
  • 1 game board
  • 12 bingo game cards
  • 64 sea animal chips in drawstring cloth bag
  • 200 bingo counters

Pete the Cat: Groovy Buttons Game

Collect the most buttons on your button jar board by the time all the buttons are removed from the pile.

Ages: 3+, 2-4 players.

Contains:

  • 40 buttons
  • 4 button jar boards
  • game board with spinner
  • 4 game pieces
  • 4 stands
  • Instructions

Qwirkle

This game is a lot of fun for the whole family, and helps kids develop skills like spacial recognition, problem solving, and planning.

Ages: 6+ 

  • 108 tiles in a drawstring bag
  • Rule book
  • Scoresheets
  • 4 golf pencils

Rokblocks

This super set builds a semi-truck, jumbo jet, and helicopter. We've also included 3 additional builds and lessons that align with Common Core school standards, which introduce things like counting, sorting, shapes, and more. Your child will have a blast building a castle wall and battering ram, happy and sad robots, and a giant pyramid. rokblocks

Ages: 3+

SKILL FOCUS:

  • engineering
  • basic mechanics
  • creative play
  • design

CONTAINS:

  • 100 building pieces
  • 2 figures
  • 1 instruction booklet

Seashore

Has your child expressed interest in the many different kinds of seashells they encounter on the beach?

This kit will help kids of all ages learn about these fascinating finds.

Ages: 5+ 

  • Magnifying glass
  • Bag of shells for practice identification
  • DVD: "DK Eyewitness DVD: Seashore"
  • Grade K - 2 book: Seashore and Tides
  • Grade K - 2 book: Why Do Oceans Have Tides?
  • Grade 4 - Adult book: Smithsonian Handbook: Shells
  • Grade 6 - Adult book: Peterson Field Guides: Shells of the Atlantic
  • Grade 6 - Adult book: Stokes Beginner's Guide to Shore Birds

Sharks

A fun card game where multiple players can launch shark attacks on each other and win points based on the characteristics of the sharks in their dealt hands.Sharks Discovery Kit

Ages: 8+

SKILL FOCUS

  • math (scoring)
  • animal identification
  • rule-based play

CONTAINS

  • 32 shark cards
  • 1 rule card
  • 1 card box

Skyscraper

The popular game Jenga is a great way to spend some time together as a family.

Not only will everyone have fun, but your kids will actually learn a lot about structural engineering, problem solving, and strategic thinking!

Ages: 6+ 

  • Jenga blocks
  • Rules sheet

 

Snap Circuits

Kids can learn about the basic of electrical engineering with this fun kit! Snap Circuits

Ages: 8 - Adult

  • 1 clear plastic grid
  • 31 snap-on pieces
  • 1 block layout
  • 1 instruction manual
  • 4 AA batteries

Strawbees Inventor Kit

A creative construction kit that makes it possible to connect both straws and cardboard to each other to build anything from a tiny pixie to the biggest you robot you dare to imagine.Strawbees

Ages: 6+

SKILL FOCUS:

  • design
  • engineering
  • creative play
  • basic mechanics
  • physics

CONTAINS:

  • 200 recycled plastic straws
  • 250 Strawbees connector pieces (130 single-end, 64 double-end, 32 triple-end, 24 quadruple-end)
  • 1 activity booklet

OPTIONAL DOWNLOADABLE APP FOR ANDROID OR iOS

Tall-Stacker Building Pegs

Building toys are some of the best ways to inspire learning in your children.

This kit includes enough pegs and mats to help your little ones build the tower of their dreams!

Ages: 3+ 

  • 100 colored pegs
  • Peg board
  • 17 crepe rubber shapes and mats

The Butterfly Game

The butterfly game will help you learn your butterflies that frequent your gardens, backyards, and neighboring fields. The butterfly game can be played in under a half hour.

Ages: 7-adult
2 to 4 players.

SKILL FOCUS:

  • species identification
  • conservation awareness
  • rule-based play

CONTAINS:

  • Game board
  • 1 wood die
  • 4 wood game pieces
  • 25 butterfly information cards
  • 40 butterfly tokens
  • instructions
  • key

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Spin & Seek ABC Game

In the ABC Game, players spin the spinner and seek for letter cards that match their space. The letters and corresponding image cards are inspired by The World of Eric Carle.Very Hungry Caterpillar

Age: 3+

SKILL FOCUS:

  • alphabet
  • upper & lower case letters
  • counting
  • rule-based play

CONTAINS:

  • game board
  • spinner
  • 52 image cards
  • 4 playing pieces
  • instructions

Zentangle

Zentangle helps you to relax away your worries through drawing intricate patterns.

This kit has everything you need whether you're just getting started, or already experienced with this trendy craft.

Ages: 9+ 

  • 24 pack fine-point colored Sharpies
  • 12 pack ultra-fine-point colored Sharpies
  • Pack of Zentangle squares
  • Pack of black fine-point markers
  • Pack of art pencils
  • DVD: "Zentangle Apprentice"
  • Grade 4 - 7 book: How to Art Doodle: Color Patterns
  • Grade 4 - 7 book: How to Art Doodle: Simple Patterns
  • Grade 8 - Adult book: Joy of Zentangle

Teens

Assassin's Creed Board Game

This exciting board game is based off of the hit video game franchise.

Players stalk their way through an ancient city in seach of targets to kill and hidden treasures.

Ages: 15+ 

  • 4 character cards
  • 90 action cards
  • 60 event cards
  • 4 player pawns with bases
  • 9 guard pawns with bases
  • 51 tokens
  • 12 point tokens
  • 6-sided die
  • Game board
  • Rule book

Awkward Family Photos Game

This fun game asks players to caption an "awkward family photo" using a selection of quotes from popular movies.

A fun and irreverent way to spend some time with your own "awkward family"!

Ages: 12 - Adult; 4 - 8 Players 

  • Movie Line cards
  • Awkward Family Photo cards
  • Rule booklet

Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set

The Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set is your gateway to action-packed stories of the imagination.

Ages: 12+

CONTAINS:

  • 6 game dice
  • 64 page dungeon master adventure book
  • 32 page rulebook for level 1-5 characters
  • 5 pregenerated characters with character sheets and reference material

Gloom Card Game

This unique card game tasks you with making sure your characters suffer the most before their deaths, while simultaneously trying to cheer up your opponents.

A grimly entertaining way to pass an evening.

Ages 13+. 2-4 Players. 

  • 110 playing cards
  • Instruction sheet
  • Game box

 

 

Paranormal Research

Learn about research methodology hands-on in a fun way!

Ages 14 and up.

Contains:

  • 4 books: Family Guide to Ghost Hunting, Haunted Cape May, In Search of Ghosts, & Cape May Ghost Stories
  • 1 electromagnetic radiation tester (EMF detector)
  • 1 Polaroid digital camera in rubber case with instructions
  • 1 micro SD card (inserted in camera)
  • 1 USB camera transfer cable
  • 1 digital voice recorder with instructions
  • 1 infrared thermometer with instructions
  • 1 pair over-ear headphones
  • extra batteries

Scrabble

The hit word game that is fun to play for all ages is available to check out at the library.Scrabble

Use your collection of letter tiles to try and make words on the board and score as many points as you can.

Ages: 8-Adult; 2-4 players

  • 1 gameboard
  • 100 letter tiles
  • 4 tile racks
  • 1 drawstring letter bag
  • 1 game guide

Treasure Hunt: Metal Detector

You've seen other people find hidden treasures on the beach using a metal detector, so why not give it a try?

This kit has everything you need to get you started with this exciting hobby! Just remember us if you every strike it rich!

Ages: 14+ 

  • Folding metal detector
  • Scoop
  • Trowel
  • Instruction guide
  • Learning guide
  • Book: Metal Detecting: A Beginner's Guide