New Jersey

NJ Events November 27-28: Christmas Lights Spectacular, Recycling Thanksgiving Left-overs and an Unusual Book Signing!

Yeah, you might want to just lie around and digest that turkey, but why not haul yourself and the kiddos off the couch and head out to one of the many events New Jersey is offering up this weekend. There are plenty of it’s-almost-Christmas activities, plus some great interactive museum events and my personal favorite—“The Butt Book” book signing. Can’t miss that, now can you.


NJ Weekend November 20 & 21: An 1838 Thanksgiving, Table Customs & Manners and Animal Adventures.

Get a head start on Thanksgiving by experiencing an 1838 Thanksgiving celebration at the historic village of Allaire or by brushing up on Thanksgiving table customs and manners at the historic Miller-Cory House.  With winter nearly upon us, nature centers like the Raptor Trust are offering workshops on making cozy owl homes for the winter and the Plainsboro Preserve is teaching kids how to make plaster casts of disappearing animal tracks.  Jenkinson's Aquarium is also doing a behind the scenes tour this weekend that animal lovers will not want to miss.  Finally, for those who felt Halloween was just too short, the Raices Cultural Center is hosting a fun Day of the Dead Family Day with fun art, storytelling and crafts.

New Jersey Weekend Events November 13 &14: Gingerbread Houses, Teddy Bears, Geocaching and the NY Chocolate Show!

I have one word for you people: CHOCOLATE. Do you really need to read any further? Well, if the thought of the 13th Annual New York Chocolate Show does not send shivers down your spine like it does mine and force you to haul yourself into Manhattan for the day, there are other fun and free events in New Jersey this weekend. Gingerbread House making, teddy bear picnics and geocaching round out our favorites list, but hey… you know where you’ll find me. See you by the truffles!

New Museum Exhibit for Kids - Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age

Walk with early man among some of the largest mammals to ever live on earth.  This winter, the aptly named mammoth and their smaller but still pretty huge kin, the mastodon, are explored in detail at the Liberty Science Center in the fascinating exhibit Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age. Read on to find out why this exhibit is worth the trip.


NJ Weekend Nov 6&7: Native American Events and more!

This weekend's abundance of Native-American Indian programs for kids is a hint that Thanksgiving is just around the corner!  Kids can learn all about the Lenape Indians and take home some fun Indian crafts from events at the Morris Museum, the Museum of Early Crafts and Trades and the Miller Cory House.  For those who want to brave the brisk outdoors, there is a night dig for fluorescent minerals at the Franklin Mineral Museum and both a toddler and big kid tour at Watchung Stables.  Finally, there are some fun shows you won't want to miss this weekend.  Strega Nona is playing at the NJPAC and you can even attend a pre-show workshop.  Older kids may enjoy Mad Science's CSI LIVE! at the Bergen PAC.

NJ Weekend Events October 30-31: Things to Do on Halloween plus Sugarloaf Crafts Festival and Day of the Dead!

What could be more fun than making Bread of the Dead? Not much, right? In New Jersey this weekend you can celebrate some fine American ghouls and goblins, or join in a Latino Heritage Festival and celebrate Day of the Dead with sugar skulls, Mexican hot chocolate and Pan de Muertos. Or you can party in a non-Halloween fashion and go to the huge Sugarloaf Crafts Festival. Whatever you choose, have a fun, only mildly scary weekend! (And check our Halloween Guide for more Halloween thrills.)

New Jersey Weekend October 23&24: Halloween Countdown!

Just one more week until Halloween and the ghosts and goblins are already on the loose!  This weekend you can head to Sesame Place in PA for the Count's Halloween Spooktacular event, ride a haunted train at the Camden Children's Garden Goblins in the Garden Festival, see Halloween themed shows at the Raritan Valley Planetarium, enjoy some pumpkin festivals like the one at Liberty Hall Museum, or go on a not too scary night hike through Stony Brook Watershed Tenafly Nature Preserve.  The brave can even take a boat ride through a haunted swamp!

New Jersey Weekend Events October 16-17: Halloween Fun, FREE Truck-Touching, Swap Your Stuff, and They Might Be Giants!

Yes, it’s October and Halloween is always the star, but even if you’re not into fun frights, there’s still plenty to do in New Jersey this weekend. Six Flags is continuing their “Thrills by Day, Fright by Night” weekend parties and you can “Boo” at the Zoo with Scooby Doo, but you can also make your own scarecrow, get up close and personal with fire trucks and bulldozers, and see one of our absolute favorite kids’ groups, They Might Be Giants, in concert. Have fun!

Columbus Day Weekend in New Jersey: Fall Festivals, Go Green Fair, Beavers, & the NJ Devils

It looks like the long Columbus Day weekend will bring some sunny and classic fall weather so take advantage and get outside! Grab the bikes and go green at Maplewood’s Green Day Fair or learn all about a family of beavers who live at the Plainsboro Preserve in Cranbury. There are fall festivals galore this weekend so take your pick: farm-themed at VanThun Farms in Monmouth Junction, a historic Halloween at the Historic Village of Allaire in Farmingdale, or Native American-style at Rutgers Gardens in New Brunswick. On Columbus Day itself, kids can see a live animal show at Trailside Nature Center in Mountainside, spend the day at NJ Devils Kids Day with a special Silly Bandz giveaway, or go pumpkin picking or apple picking at a local farm.

Fall Culture Guide: 7 New Museum Exhibits for Kids in New York City

Adventure abounds in NYC museums this fall.  Lots of new exciting (and educational) exhibits will have families crash landing into Oz, patrolling the city with the NYPD, going nose to nose with a real woolly mammoth, learning all about the brain and even climbing up a tree.  Once your kids hear about these fun exhibits they will be begging for a museum visit.  Here is our round up of the must-sees that we think the kids will really dig.



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