Imagine That!!! Back to Where It All Began!

A Performance of Kids’ Songs at the Children’s Museum Where They Were First Heard

by Jason Didner, children’s musician, creator of the Jungle Gym Jam

Jason performs solo acoustic at Imagine That!!! Children's MuseumTwo years ago we were celebrating my daughter Holly’s 2nd birthday in the party room at Imagine That!!! – A New Jersey Children’s Museum in Florham Park. Holly’s three cousins were there to party along with her. Lunch was eaten and it was time for some entertainment. I had brought my acoustic guitar along with me and something happened for the first time.

There was this new batch of songs that Amy and I had written about new experiences in Holly’s life, like her sighting of a ladybug on the ceiling or her fascination with the disappearing, reappearing moon in the sky. We were playing these songs around the house, but they hadn’t yet been performed publicly. That all changed at Holly’s party. Holly and her cousins were up and boppin’ around to these brand new, kid-friendly tunes. This was my first-ever performance of Jungle Gym Jam music in a public place – at Imagine That!!!

I would go on to give more performances there, playing in the next three semi-annual Mommy-and-Me meetup events that the museum hosts. This is where I’ve made some important fan connections, especially for one family who later traveled all the way from Livingston to Eatontown to see me perform last summer!

So I was very pleased when Karisa from Imagine That!!! (who happened to have worked with me to put together my daughter’s birthday party) invited me back for a return performance at next week’s Mommy-and-Me meetup, happening March 4. I will be the featured performer in the museum’s very cheerful and colorful puppet theater.

You can bet that I’ll be calling on those very same songs that were brand new when I played them at Holly’s 2nd birthday party, like “Mimi the Ladybug,” “Peek-a-boo Moon” and “Five Sea Lions.” You and the kids will also hear new music I’m working on for a new album planned for a summer release. There will be lots of interaction and opportunities to bond with your child over this music.

Admission to the museum on Mommy-and-Me Day is half-price and you’ll have chances to win great prizes for the family. This popular event also features a clever combination of family-friendly vendors who you’re sure to get really good value out of meeting in-person.

Your kids will have full access to a wonderfully stimulating museum that includes a real airplane, fire truck and car that have been converted to interactive exhibits. There are lots more opportunities for pretend play in the pretend grocery store, post office, doctor’s office, dance studio and more.

Plus, one of the CD’s that has remained in the museum’s stereo/CD changer over the past year is my album, “Everyone’s Invited!” which I will offer in a raffle basket you can win that day, and I will have available for purchase.

Get your Imagine That!!! Mommy-and-Me Meetup Tickets Here.

Download three free Jersey rock-inspired kids’ songs that I recorded here.

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