Before we turn our attention to turkeys and tree lightings, we still have time this weekend to enjoy some fabulous fall activities. Gaze at the impressive autumn supermoon over Sandy Hook, or stomp through drifts of colorful leaves at Liberty State Park before they're gone. For indoor fun, rock out with a family concert in Asbury Park, or pick up a paintbrush at Montclair Art Museum's new hands-on studio. Travel back in time for an early 19th century Thanksgiving at Allaire State Park, or—if you are ready for Christmas fun—check out the first twinkling holiday lights at Turtle Back Zoo or Skylands Stadium. For more November activities, visit our Events Calendar or check out our November GoList, and for last-minute Thanksgiving planning, check out these New Jersey catering options.
Photo Scavenger Hunt – Morristown
Every weekend in November at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum, families can take in the fall foliage while snapping photos of every item on a kid-friendly scavenger hunt list. Themes and prizes vary.
Disney on Ice – Newark
Cheer on your favorite Disney Characters at the Prudential Center as they skate scenes from Finding Dory, Inside Out, Frozen, and Toy Story.
Turtle Back Zoo Holiday Lights – West Orange
Enjoy a nighttime stroll through the Turtle Back Zoo to gaze at winter scenes and favorite animal characters. Opens Friday, November 18, with various themed weekends scheduled through December. Donations of non-perishable food items, winter coats, and new, unwrapped toys will be accepted.
Skylands Stadium Christmas Light Show – Augusta
Pile the whole family into the car for this breathtaking after-dark spectacle, featuring more than two million lights, holiday music, and Santa. Hot beverages, snacks, and crafts are part of the fun. Opens November 18 in any weather. Admission is $20 per car.
Saturday, November 19
Fall Colors Walk – Jersey City
Explore seasonal beauty with a naturalist at Liberty State Park for a guided walk beginning at the Nature Interpretive Center. Kids can collect an array of fall leaves.
Shanghai Acrobats – New Brunswick
Celebrating China's rich cultural heritage in beautifully detailed costumes, the Shanghai Acrobats perform amazing stunts and incredible acts of balance. The show features jugglers, contortionists, and skilled martial artists.
Octonauts Live – Morristown
Head out for an undersea adventure at a live stage show featuring your preschooler's favorite songs and characters from The Octonauts. Captain Barnacles and Lt. Kwazii will be there with the whole crew.
Supermoon. Photo by Zengame via Flickr.
Supermoon – Sandy Hook
Bring your binoculars to catch a final glimpse of the amazing autumn supermoon—the biggest in 60-plus years—with a National Park Service ranger. Members of the Amateur Astronomy Association will also have telescopes and binoculars available to share.
Sunday, November 20
Comic Book Show – Toms River
Meet your favorite comic book heroes, artists, and writers at this fall event. The Philadelphia Avengers will host a costume contest, and special guests Rusty Gilligan of Mac & Trouble will be there, along with Bob Petrecca of Batman and Joe del Beato of G.I. Joe.
Studio Art – Montclair
Roll up your sleeves and create your own masterpiece at the Montclair Art Museum's new hands-on art studio. Children and adults can explore a range of art materials and techniques with a studio instructor. Every Sunday from 1–4 p.m. FREE
Historic Thanksgiving – Farmingdale
Give thanks as the pilgrims did with a bountiful harvest featuring hallmarks of an early 19th century feast. Featuring a program in the village chapel at 1 p.m.
Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam. Photo courtesy of the band.
Family Rock Concert – Asbury Park
Rock out with the whole family at this 90-minute jam session for all ages. Three bands will perform high-energy rock, jazz, and pop sets on the legendary Stone Pony stage. Miss Nina and Baze will kick things off pop-style at 2 p.m., followed by Lucy Kalantari and her Jazz Age stylings. Jungle Gym Jam takes the stage at 3 p.m. to show the kids how to rock out Jersey-style with homage to Bruce, Bon Jovi, and Southside Johnnie. Admission is $12 at the door. Babies under 12 months are free.
Top image: Shanghai Acrobats. Photo courtesy of the State Theater.