After the Halloween hoopla filled with candy & costumes and before the December cookie baking & gift frenzy, Thanksgiving brings a slower pace to the seasonal festivities in my house, allowing us to recharge with family and a delicious meal. In my kids eyes, Thanksgiving can seem a tad…well, boring compared to the spooky decorations we put out for Halloween and the gingerbread houses we construct come Christmas. I love Thanksgiving and want it to be a meaningful time for my family - and that means getting them involved. Check out these fun Thanksgiving Day craft events happening all throughout the month of November, where kids can roll up their sleeves and get into the Turkey Day groove - and maybe bring home a little something to decorate your holiday table too!
Turkey Puppets (Marlboro, NJ)
The Marlboro Public Library offers awesome children’s programs for Monmouth County residents throughout the year and Thanksgiving time is no exception. Kids ages 5-9 can sign up to make their own colorful turkey puppet, using simple craft materials and guidance from their friendly staff.
Cornucopia Placements (Marlboro, NJ)
Another great program at the Marlboro Public Library, older elementary kids (grades 3-5) can learn how to weave their own cornucopia placement. Everyone will leave with a festive placement to proudly display on their holiday table at home. For more info on registration and seasonal programs, please visit the Marlboro Public Library website.
Preschool Walk: Gobble, Gobble (Montville Township, NJ)
This one’s for the little guys and the Gobble, Gobble walk is a perfect autumn outing to keep both their bodies and minds busy. Join a Pyramid Mountain naturalist to learn all about wild turkeys while your group walks the trails before warming up inside with a turkey-themed craft. For more information, please visit the Morris County Park website.
Gobble, Gobble Craft (Holmdel, NJ)
Holmdel Public Library is hosting a creative craft session for kiddos in grades K-2. Pre-register to make your very own mini clay pot turkey, which you’ll shape and decorate. A perfect little addition to the Thanksgiving table! To register, please visit the Holmdel Public Library website.
"The Night Before Thanksgiving" (Summit, NJ)
The Summit "Color Me Mine" drop-in art studio will host a "Paint Me a Story" event to celebrate Thanksgiving. A story will be read and kids will paint a ceramic item.
Thanksgiving Harvest Home (Morristown, NJ)
More than just crafts, this engaging and hands-on pre-thanksgiving harvest festival at Fosterfields Historical Farm is a must-do for curious little learners. Step back in time and celebrate Thanksgiving and Armistice Day in 1918 as you take a horse-drawn wagon ride around the farm, husk corn, make animal feed and saw wood for winter heat. For more info on activities and pricing, please visit the Morris County Parks website.
Leaf Collage (Maplewood, NJ)
Express Yourself Studios holds Crafty Kids Workshops in all seasons and you can get in the autumn spirit with your tots ages 2-5 during their Leaf Collage Workshop. Mom, dad or a caregiver can create right alongside the kiddos as they glue, paint and color their leafy masterpiece. For more info on scheduling and prices, please visit the Express Yourself Studios website.
Club MAC’s Thanksgiving Party (Middletown, NJ)
Kids are invited to a fun night at the Middletown Arts Center while parents enjoy a (well-deserved!) night out. Everyone will make a Thanksgiving craft, burn off some energy during turkey races, then cozy up to watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving with pizza and drinks. For more info, please visit the Middletown Arts Center website.
For even more fun & festive autumn outings, be sure and check out our Event Calendar.