Tweens & Teens

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2018: Where to Watch, What's New

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade celebrates its 92nd anniversary this November, taking over the streets of Manhattan on Thursday, November 22, 2018, and decorating the city with its boisterous marching bands, extravagant floats, and giant balloon characters. Every year brings a mix of old and new characters to the parade, and 2018 is no exception, with a mix of new balloons, floats, and balloonicles set to make their NYC debuts.

If you're planning to attend the parade with the kids (and millions of others!), read on for the most up-to-date information on the route, best viewing locations, and other highlights. Check out our in-depth inflation post for an overview of the Wednesday-night festivities. You'll find more holiday inspiration in our Thanksgiving Fun Guide.

25 Family Staycation Ideas for the NJ School Holidays in November

School kids across the country are looking at abbreviated November schedules, but New Jersey kids have several holidays to look forward to this month. First up is Election Day, Tuesday, November 6, 2018. While not all schools are closed, many are off or have half-days. NJ schools also will be closed for the statewide teacher conferences happening Thursday, November 8, and Friday, November 9, 2018. 

Of course, don't forget about Thanksgiving later this month, when kids have off on Thursday, November 22, and Friday, November 23, 2018, and some have a half-day or no school on the Wednesday prior. Yikes! That means more time off than the December holidays for some NJ school kids.

With that in mind, we're putting together a list of 25 fantastic things to do this November in New Jersey with the kids. Lucky for you, dear parent, the holiday season also means plenty of fun activities, many of which are FREE. Read on for more ideas. 

Don't forget to find more fun in our November GoList and our daily Event Calendar of activities around New Jersey. It might also be a good time to check off one or two items on our list of 100 things to do in New Jersey with kids before they grow up

Polar Express: Christmas and Holiday Train Rides in Connecticut

To be honest, I don’t know the last time I saw Santa in a sleigh.  Nope, over the past several years, I’ve seen Santa arrive to greet crowds of believers in a fire truck, a police car, a helicopter, and a Porsche (really, Santa??). 

So it was no surprise when my 5-year-old came home from school telling me her friend Abby saw Santa on a train.  And she’s absolutely right – there are a few amazing Holiday Trains in Connecticut, where you and your kids can enjoy both your love of trains and the holiday season!  Watching the steam roll and waft in front of the train's headlight, while giant snowflakes fall will throw you back 60 years – in the most wonderful, magical, 'It's a Wonderful Life' sort of way.  

20 Fun Things To Do with NYC Kids on Election Day

New York City kids get a day off from school on November 6, 2018, and it might just be the perfect day for an accompanying adult to call in sick (or civic!). Fall weather usually provides perfect temps for hitting up one of New York City’s many destination playgrounds, and we’ve also scoured our event and museum listings, and combed through our day trip guides to put together a list of 20 great things to do on Election Day—even though this one is "only" a midterm. 

If you're among the many (if not most) parents who have to work one way or another on Tuesday November 6, check out our directory for the many mini camps around the city offered on Election Day. And while you're at it, peruse our November GoList, our Fall Fun Guide, and our list of free family events in November for an action packed November beyond Tuesday.

Read on for 20 ideas on how to spend the day—and maybe hold a family vote to choose one or two.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Canepole Fishing, Dia de los Muertos, Nov. 2-4

Like any respectable adult, you're probably currently in a candy-induced coma... and how could you not be? It's practically in the parent job description that all Halloween candy must be sampled before any kids can consume it, right? These parental responsibilities are tough sometimes! Which is why we're going to make planning out your upcoming weekend extra easy by providing you with all of the best events and activities around town! 

Candy aside, the conclusion of Halloween also means that the holiday season is officially about to take off! However, before the holiday hustle and bustle sets in, there's still time to take advantage of some of our favorite fall festivities. Froberg's Farm, Dewberry Farms, and P-6 Farms are all keeping their fall fun happening through the first part of November so you can snag the perfect pumpkin patch pictures and take part in fall favorites like corn mazes and hayrides for a little bit longer. 

If you haven't taken advantage of our event calendar yet, now is the time to start utilizing it as your ultimate activities resource. This time of year is packed with events, and we're working hard to make sure our calendar is saturated with all of the best! We also handpick some of the best monthly fun on our November GoList, so you can easily determine which events you don't want to miss throughout the month. You can also submit your event to our calendar for our review so we can share it with our readers. 

You can also make it easy as pie to stay up to speed with everything happening on Mommy Poppins by signing up for our weekly newsletter.

Now let's check out what fall fun is on tap for this weekend! 

Best Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks in LA, from Downtown to the Valleys to the Beach

One thing Angelenos love doing during the winter months is pretending that it’s winter, and the most fun way we do it is by turning parking lots and other open spaces into outdoor skating rinks for the holidays. Whether your family is trying skating for the first time, or you've got budding athletes looking for a change of scenery from indoor skating lessons, nothing says Southern California quite like the sight of kids and families in tank tops and mittens gliding merrily in the sunshine.

Christmas Trains: All Aboard the Polar Express for Kids in LA, Ventura, & Orange County

Trains in Los Angeles are more or less novelties all year round, which means they hold onto that wonderful Thomas-the-Tank-Engine, Polar-Express mystique far longer for LA kids than for urban kids who take the A train regularly. And for anyone who loves trains, Christmas trains offer the ultimate "old world charm" rail experience. Add an appearance by Santa Claus and a few Christmas trees, and you have a recipe for a memorable holiday experience. Some of the dates are limited, though, so booking ahead when possible is the best way to make sure this train doesn't pass you by. All aboard the Santa Express!

Best Dance Parties for Kids in NYC

Who doesn’t love a good family dance party for shaking off the rainy day blahs? While you could always ask Alexa to crank up the tunes in your living room, it's even more fun to hit the dance floor with kids at a venue that caters to tail-shakers of all ages. You will be dancing the day or night away with a great family fun vibe. Who can resist that?

Read on for a list of venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn where families can get their groove on.

November GoList: Best Things To Do with Houston Kids This Month

Now that Halloween is over, it's time to (at least try to) get into the holiday spirit! This month you can still check out a fall festival or two, but Santa is already making appearances around town. For inside activities, check out an area trampoline park, or indoor play area. It's also the perfect time of year for a weekend camping trip to get the most of the weather.

We'll continue updating our calendar for things to do every day, and you can sign up for our weekly newsletters to receive our latest posts and ideas for things to do around Houston.

November GoList: The Best Things To Do With CT Kids This Month

November is the start of the real holiday season and we've rounded up 23 great events for you to enjoy this month. The Stamford Downtown Parade Spectacular is CT's version of the Macy's Day Parade. With over 100,000 in attendance each year, it's a special event that kicks off the holiday season each November. There's great family theater, historical Thanksgiving family events, holiday open houses, and road races to work off all those mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter, where you'll find a list of each week's highlighted events as well as information for great giveaways. Happy Thanksgiving!

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