Restaurants Open for Thanksgiving Dinner in New Jersey

Not feeling up to hosting Thanksgiving this year? Here's something to be thankful for: There are plenty of restaurants open throughout the state on Thanksgiving Day. Having your holiday out means that you can sit back and enjoy the party – and you won't have to wash a single dish. We've chosen 16 of New Jersey's best spots to enjoy a holiday feast. Use some of your extra time to plan a fun outing with the family, or try out one of these Thanksgiving crafts.

Best Trick-or-Treating Neighborhoods in New Jersey

Halloween is nearly here, and in several New Jersey neighborhoods the locals are thinking, “Bring it on!” These Halloween-obsessed towns eagerly deck out their homes every year with fabulous decorations that will delight trick-or-treaters big and small. Others turn their streets into Halloween block parties that are annual hot spots for locals.

Find more fun in our New Jersey Halloween Guide, including pumpkin patches and the best FREE Halloween events for local kids.

Best Indoor Play Spaces in Essex County for NJ Kids

It might not feel like it now, but winter is on its way – and that means that you and the kids will soon be spending lots of time inside. The good news? You don't necessarily need to stay home. Battle boredom and fight off cabin fever with a visit to one of these 11 indoor hot spots in Essex County. To find even more indoor fun throughout New Jersey, check out our comprehensive guide to indoor playgrounds, kid gyms, sports centers, and fun zones.

The Best Playgrounds in South Orange and Maplewood

When my husband and I finally settled into our new neighborhood in Maplewood, one of the first questions we asked the locals was: “Are there any playgrounds nearby?” Luckily for us – and for our toddler – there are a myriad of playground options all within a 15-minute-or-less drive from most points in South Orange or Maplewood (known among locals as SOMA). There really is something for everyone. We’ve even got some tips on which playgrounds to hit at different times of the week – and which to try depending on the weather forecast. Read on!

20+ Fall Day Trips for NJ Families

You know it's autumn in New Jersey when the mercury starts dropping, the air gets crisper, and every walk down the street is accompanied by an orchestra of crunching leaves. If you're itching to make some amazing memories of Autumn 2016, look no further than this hit list of fun and budget-friendly outings.

Amazing Corn Mazes at New Jersey Farms

Get ready….get set….get lost in an amazing New Jersey corn maze! The Garden State is home to oodles of spectacular corn mazes, ranging from massive 10-acre labyrinths to simpler, child-friendly courses, including hay bale mazes just right for toddlers and preschoolers. Games, clues and even techie bonuses enhance many of the more elaborate maze experiences. Got a tween or teen? Check out those courses open after hours for a nighttime and sometimes spooky adventure.

Many of these 15 corn mazes we've rounded up are day trip worthy on their own, but you'll also likely find apple and pumpkin picking options, hayrides and even fall festivals, plus petting zoos in some instances. So get out your fall to-do list, and navigate your way through one of these great New Jersey corn mazes. Hope you find your way out.

Cool Pumpkin Displays, Decorating, and Carving Events in NJ

Are the kids already preparing for Halloween, with visions of candy, costumes, and pumpkins dancing in their heads? Well, kick off the season in New Jersey with one of the many wonderful pumpkin-themed events coming up, everything from elaborate pumpkin exhibits to carving competitions to good old-fashioned pumpkin picking and decorating.

Read on for our top picks, including a special newcomer to the scene, and find more seasonal events in the Mommy Poppins Fall Fun Guide for NJ Families and the Halloween Guide.

Harvest Festivals, Hayrides and Fall Fair Fun in New Jersey

Summer festivals may be retired for the year, but lucky us, it's harvest time! We've already celebrated a number of great family fairs in New Jersey this September, but the real-deal harvest celebrations are just gearing up.

From hayrides to pumpkin decorating (and picking), pie contests to scarecrow-building, live animals to live music, these local fall-tastic fairs offer something for everyone in the family. Some even incorporate a little early Halloween fun. Read on for nearly 20 great harvest fests in New Jersey, including the Harvest Home Festival at the Historic Longstreet Farm, a Pumpkin Palooza in Cherry Hill, and the annual Hoboken Harvest Festival.

For an unconventional fall adventure on wheels, be sure to check out our list of Halloween and Fall Train Rides, as well as our Fall Fun Guide for more seasonal activities around the Garden State.

Me Too! 10 NJ Outings to Appeal to Siblings of Different Ages

The wants and needs of toddlers versus teens couldn’t be more different. One is begging for toy cars while the other is eyeing up the keys to your SUV. When it comes to spending quality family time together, everyone can agree that day trips must be fun for siblings of all ages. Luckily, New Jersey has several destinations on the docket that will have your whole family cheering for more.

Best Events This Fall for New Jersey Preschoolers

As sad as it is to say goodbye to summer, fall is an amazing time of year for all, including New Jersey’s youngest residents. Get outside with your preschoolers, and enjoy the beautiful weather and colors at events like Terhune Orchards’ Fall Family Weekends and Hefty Harvest and Scary Scarecrows at Camden Children’s Garden. Catch big names at these preschool-friendly performances: Peppa Pig’s Big SplashSesame Street Live!, the Wiggles, and Octonauts Live

So, read on for almost two dozen great fall 2016 events all over NJ that are perfect for the preschool set. And don't forget to check out our Fall Fun Guide and Events Calendar to find even more great things to do. 


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