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Northlandz has something for Everyone
The Northlandz Education Team invites you to immerse yourself in a spectacular miniature wonderland!
Our award-winning Guinness Book of World Records attraction has more than 7 miles of scale railroad track. Housed in a 45,000 square foot building on Route 202 in Flemington, Northlandz has on display creativity and artistry in unison with technological achievements in electronic architecture, digital lighting, and automated movement.
An immersive experience, when you bring your students to Northlandz, they will find more than just some toy trains. They will engage in a far-ranging scavenger hunt that requires that they observe and report on the details they see around the exhibit. Designed for a range of age groups we have varying of levels of things to hunt for that accommodate various grade levels and can be spotted by children with differing eye lines (eye-heights??)
To maintain steady current through 8 miles of electric track requires boosters and power conditioning. Come and explore the control room as you learn to solder and build your own circuitry.
Explore the painstaking artistic detailed vignettes. Come explore the artistic techniques, both simple and elaborate used to create fun engaging dioramas and tell stories.
Be part of living history as you explore the world of train transportation, and take a ride on a steam train replica. 25 years in the making.
Your kids will get a crash course in transportation and train track safety through the NTSB sponsored “Operation Lifesaver” program.
SO MUCH TO SEE AND DO
Students will be immersed in a whole other world like…
TOUR OF NORTHLANDZ
Northlandz miniature wonderland brings up exciting tours all around the museum for students visitors. They can enjoy throughout the day with several fun-filled activities such as they can;
- Follow along with the story telling vignettes of Grandma and her family.
- Spot artistic detail and learn about the techniques involve in creating the dioramas.
- Engage with a far-ranging scavenger hunt teaching students to observe and record their experience.
Northlandz Miniature wonderland promotes visual learning through the medium of digital media thus there is a short video program that will highlight themes from the exhibit and reinforce the observations made by the children. These features especially establish for new learners, students, and scholars to strengthen their memory. These informative videos will be unforgettable for students for many years of their life.
The museum’s management welcomes the beloved student from the core of their heart to enjoy supper meals in our comfortable colossal party room. Students can have fun by sharing homemade lunches with their peers or choose catering services by Northlandz. Catering services by us can refill the utmost freshness and increase satiety with exotic and aromatic dishes.
OUTDOOR TRAIN RIDE
After enjoying delicious luncheons and refueling with rejoicing energy the students will have another exciting journey to explore in miniature wonderland to get outside, weather permitting, and take a ride aboard a real steam train. This narrow-gauge railroad will bring the history of train travel live from the 1980s to the present modern time. Watch the boiler as the Engineer stokes and heats it. Then travel around the narrow gauge rail as you take in the countryside, a smattering of New Jersey wildlife and natural landscape.
HAND ON EXPERIENCE
Northlandz miniature wonderland is always up-to-date with new and recent ideas for student’s learning and enjoyment. Once back inside from the magnificent train ride, there will be a hands-on demonstration of the artistry of model train building and the students will have a chance to solder their engines. The project will be led by a professional Northlandz Education Team member and the children will have their self-train car to take home with them. This intellectual activity will boost the intelligence and IQ of students. Northlandz is setting the roots of world-class brilliant artists, engineers, and scientists for a better tomorrow.
Northlandz will refresh students by another tour around the entire miniature museum and exhibits. This time they will have better observation and immense learning from this repeated tour one more time after several activities carried out throughout their visiting day. Students will relate, retain, and replete diverse knowledge with a better interpretation of the reasons behind the construction of miniature wonderland.
A VISION FOR THE FUTURE
Continuing in Bruce’s footprints, NorthlandZ is always laying more tracks. Check out our latest O scale models and the new salt mines spur. Be sure you add us to the yearly schedule to keep up with all the expansions.
ONE MAN’S VISION
The vision of one man Bruce William Zaccagnino.
NorthlandZ got its start in Bruce’s basement which was quickly outgrown and finally moved to the current location in 1996. Where Bruce lived for decades in a small apartment and growing NorthlandZ into the 8 miles of detailed HO scale model train exhibit you see today. Admitted in The Guinness Book of World Records in 2007, NorthlandZ is a miniature Wonderland of retro nostalgia, artistic detail and technical innovation. Brimming with historical significance not just as an example of the model making creativity but as an illustration of how important trains are in our nation. This serves as a time capsule of a bygone era when interactive meant something to be held, painted, and built, not just navigated on a screen. It helps us catch a glimpse of a way of life that was enhanced through train travel. The early trains, which brought with it the telegraph wires and the daily news also came with fresh food from across the country and visitors from around the world. Arguably as significant a communication network as a mode of transportation, the train gave people a window into life outside the community. Broadening everyone’s horizons in the process.