This is one story in a series where we feature one family-friendly day trip idea a day. Read the entire series and find great ideas for things to do with kids in NJ here.

Need a great day trip idea in NJ? Bring the family to Insectropolis in Toms River to learn everything there is to know about bugs at this one-of-a-kind museum that won't break the bank.

WHY WE LOVE INSECTROPOLIS IN TOMS RIVER

Insectropolis has several different exhibits so that kids of all ages can get an up-close look at bugs.

It takes the average visitor about 45 minutes to tour the whole museum.

The Bug University Exhibit covers bug basics. A live honeybee hive lets kids watch the bees as they carry specific tasks to create honey.

At the Rock State Prison, kids get to learn about thieving bugs, bugs who are in "solitary confinement" for spreading diseases and other outlaw bugs.

The Mud Tube lets kids get an idea of what your crawlspace looks like to a termite.

HOURS, PRICES, LOCATION

Admission is $7 per visitor but children 2 and under are admitted free. Groups with 15 or more are eligible for a discounted rate of $5 per person. The museum accepts cash, visa and MasterCard. See a full list of Insectropolis prices here.

The museum is open from Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in July and August. Don't miss the touch demonstrations presented in the summer that occurs at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.



View Larger Map

MORE DAILY DAY TRIP IDEAS: