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Coco: Pixar's New Day of the Dead Animated Film, a Parent Review

Mortality, legacy, and forgiveness. These are heavy subjects for an animated movie aimed at families but, once again, Pixar rises to the challenge. Coco is a visually stunning, thematically rich, and emotionally powerful film that resonates differently for various ages. Set against the backdrop of Día de los Muertos—the Mexican holiday honoring the dead—Coco is Pixar's first feature to focus on a character of color. Miguel Rivera, a 12-year-old aspiring musician, is magically transported to a luminous afterlife where he uncovers long-buried secrets and realizes the importance of family.

Chances are this movie is on your kids' wishlist, but perhaps you're worried a flick focused on—let's be blunt—death might make for an upsetting experience, especially if you have tots in tow. Read on for everything you need to know before you go to this PG-rated release, as well as whether it's worth splurging on 3D.

Holiday Events That Are Perfect for New Jersey Preschoolers

Making holiday memories sometimes involves navigating long lines and jostling crowds, which can push the limits of our youngest holiday revelers. Take a breath and pass around the candy canes—we've found the best activities geared toward the 5-and-under crowd. From decorating gingerbread houses to rocking out at a holiday concert, we've got plenty of ideas that the whole family can enjoy.

You'll find even more ideas in our Holiday Guide, and for a complete listing of things to do this season, be sure to check out our Event Calendar

Thanksgiving Weekend for New Jersey Kids: Santa, Lights, Festivals

Bring on Turkey Day, tree lightings, and Santa visits! It’s beginning to look a lot like the holiday season on this long, festive weekend. 

On Black Friday, skip the mall and kick off the weekend at holiday celebrations in Red Bank, Rahway, Nutley, and Princeton. Santa makes his rounds in New Jersey at events like Country Christmas with Santa, Santa’s Arrival Celebration, Christmas Festival at Morristown Green, and even the Jersey Shore Christmas Comic Book Show.

This weekend, you can also catch performances of The Nutcracker, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Annie, and other holiday shows. Have breakfast with Santa, or take a drive to see some spectacular holiday lights!

For even more options, check out our Event Calendar and Holiday Guide. Happy Thanksgiving!

Amazing, Kid-friendly Features at these Airports Make Family Travel Suck Less

There are all sorts of things to look forward to when we travel, but the airport is not generally one of them. If flying with kids conjures up images of agonizing lines, stressful bathroom visits, and long walks down grimy hallways with cranky toddlers, maybe for your next trip you should try rerouting through one of the airports below. These 10 US hubs have all gone the extra mile to make an airport into a destination kids will remember as part of the adventure. If your trip starts, finishes, or lays over at one of our favorite kid-friendly terminals, you can look forward to play areas, interactive exhibits, rides, and more to keep ahead of the turbulence.

Best Holiday Light Displays in New Jersey

It may be hard to believe, but Christmas is right around the corner, which means holiday shows, visiting Santa, snowy sleigh rides, and of course, checking out the amazing light displays throughout the state. These sparkling spectacles—some of which feature more than a million lights—are sure to impress even the grinchiest member of your family. So bundle up the kids and head out to one of these illuminating shows soon! And of course, you can find even more ways to be merry in the Mommy Poppins Holiday Fun Guide.

25 Free Things To Do in NJ this Holiday Season

The holiday season has finally arrived! It’s time for festive shows, visits with Santa Claus, and spectacular light displays. All the hustle and bustle is great fun, but it can also be a strain on the wallet. With that in mind, we've rounded up 25 free events taking place in New Jersey this season. 

Read on for ways to have some budget-friendly holiday cheer. And to get the scoop on wonderful activities all year long, subscribe to our newsletter.

The Newark Museum: Out-of-This-World Fun for NJ Kids and Families

Nestled in the heart of downtown Newark’s Art District, 10 miles from New York City, is New Jersey's largest museum. The Newark Museum, established in 1909, is an art and science center that truly has something for everybody. I recently visited with my 5-year-old daughter to see a show at the planetarium, and I was impressed—not only is the planetarium perfect for young kids, but the museum offers tons of other family-friendly programs as well.

If you're looking for indoor activities for the winter ahead, put the Newark Museum on your to-do list. Read on for more about this Essex County gem.

Weekend Fun: Holiday Lights, Thanksgiving Celebrations, Nutcrackers

Thanksgiving is just a stone’s throw away, so get in the spirit this weekend at events like the farm-themed Friendsgiving, a history-oriented Early 19th Century Thanksgiving, and a Turkey Talk nature program.

The holiday light displays are off to a brilliant start with Turtle Back Zoo’s Holiday Lights and Skyland Stadium’s Christmas Light Show. And it’s not too early to enjoy a holiday performance, with a Holiday Concert by the Laurie Berkner Band and productions of The Nutcracker by American Repertory Ballet and NJ Ballet

Find many more ideas for fun this weekend and throughout the season in our November GoList and Holiday Guide. And be sure to check our Event Calendar for a full listing of activities this weekend and beyond.

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