Thanksgiving week has arrived! Before getting your turkey on, spend time with other animals, including hippos at Camden Aquarium’s Hungry Hippos and zoo friends at Bergen County’s Playtime at the Zoo. You can also embark on an Adventure to Santa this week at Cherry Hill Mall.
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From the look of this week’s calendar, the holiday season is officially upon us! In honor of the upcoming Turkey Day, tots can get in the Thanksgiving spirit at Trailside’s Turkey Time, and kids of all ages can enjoy Club Mac’s Be Thankful.
November means No (school) vember for many New Jersey kids. With elections, teacher conventions, and holidays, this month is packed with school closings, especially in this upcoming week. Be sure to check out Mommy Poppins’ calendar for all kinds of day-off fun.
This first full November week is a short one for many. Elect to keep the kids busy on Tuesday with Day Off From School Camp and Election Day Art Workshop. Plus, spend time with all kinds of creatures this week, including turtles at Turtle Back Hatchlings, rainforest friends at We Explore: Adventures in the Rainforest, and desert animals at Desert Diversity.
If you're looking at the whole week off, or even just the three days given the NJ teacher conferences, check out our 25 Staycation Ideas for NJ Families this November.
Bring on the sugar rush: Halloween is finally here! In addition to going trick-or-treating, check out tons of local Halloween festivities on our calendar, including the Maplewood Halloween Parade and North Wildwood Trunk-or-Treat.
As November debuts, enjoy the fall weather with tyke-oriented nature events, such as Tiny Tot Walks with Miss Allison and First Friday Storytime. Or go for a spin at Friday Night Skate at Mennen Sports Arena and Tyke’s Tuesdays at ISC.
Just one week left until Halloween! Take a break from shelling out money on candy and costumes, and enjoy some Halloween festivities that won’t cost a penny. Libraries are hosting fun freebies such as Hazlet’s Happy Halloween Spooktacular and Jersey City’s Halloween Crafts. Try out a free dance class in costume at Peak-A-Boo Friend Week or catch a free hayride at the Mount Holly Pumpkin Festival. Check out more free Halloween fun here.
Also this week, there’s no shortage of amazing jack-o-lanterns at Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns and The Glow: A Jack O’Lantern Experience. Read on for our best children's events the week of Oct 24–28, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar, October GoList, and Halloween Events Guide for even more Halloween happenings.
Halloween is quickly approaching! Get in the holiday spirit this week by mingling with scary scarecrows at Cranford’s 9th Annual Scarecrow Stroll or exploring impressive Jack-O-Lanterns at Montclair’s Gardens Aglow. Both events are free.
Little ones can bond with animals this week at Bergen County Zoo’s Playtime at the Zoo and Hazlet Library’s Tail Waggin’ Tutors. Or learn about prehistoric creatures at Sprout and Seedling’s dinosaur-themed workshop.
This second full week of October is yet another short school week for many New Jersey students. If you’re scrambling for day-off activities, Mommy Poppins has you covered with calendar full of fun fall activities.
On Columbus Day, don’t miss the final day of Turtle Back Zoo’s Great Pumpkin Weekend, which is chock-full of pumpkin festivities and, of course, animals. Or head over to Terhune Orchards for an extended Fall Festival Weekend with pumpkins, mazes, and other seasonal fun. Wednesday may be another school closing for some. Spend it at Great Swamp’s Outdoor Education Center for A Day Off with Nature: Skull and Bones or at My Gym’s Parent Playdate. These school closings are also a great opportunity to take a Fall Day Trip.
There’s no doubt Halloween is in the air on this first full week of October. Month-long Halloween events that debut this week include Six Flags Great Adventure Fright Fest, October Fun at Storybook Land, and The Glow: A Jack O’ Lantern Experience.
Plus, many New Jersey schools are closed Monday and Tuesday. Keep the kiddos busy at crafty events like Scarecrow Making for Kids and Holiday Art Mini-Camp. If you’re looking for more vacation-day activities, it’s a great time for pumpkin picking and corn mazes.