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Best NJ Places to Take Preschoolers in November

Halloween may be over, but the fun continues. We’ve found things for you to do in NJ this month with your age 2-to-5 crew. Don’t miss these great picks for your preschoolers.


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With Thanksgiving around the corner, the Garden State is chock full of festive activities for you to enjoy with your 5-and-under gang. Take a load off at the Teddy Bear Picnic in Madison, get moving on a Hot Apple Cider Afternoon Hike in Short Hills and revisit the classic Charlie Brown Christmas: Live on Stage in Morristown.

Thursday-Sunday, November 1-11

Purple Heart Corn Maze

Where: The Farm in Harmony, Harmony
Price: $4-7
Deets: Take the kids for an afternoon of fun in this seven-acre, military-themed corn maze designed in the shape of the Purple Heart.

Saturday, November 3

Touch-a-Truck

Where: Deer Path Park, Flemington​
Price: Free
Deets: Gather your youngsters and join “the parade that stands still!” There’ll be dump trucks, fire trucks, ambulances, police cars, military jeeps and more to explore.

Day of the Dead 2018

Where: Princeton Shopping Center Courtyard, Princeton
Price: Free
Deets: Learn about the rich cultural traditions of Mexico’s El Día de los Muertos with sugar skull decorating, face painting, mariachi bands and folk art and crafts, plus food from Surf Taco, Nomad Pizza and LiLLiPiES.

Music & Movement Story Time with Joyce Alexander

Where: Cranford Public Library, Cranford​
Price: Free
Deets: Calling all mini music lovers! This story time session has tunes that turn up the fun. There’s also a shorter session suitable for children with special needs. Tickets required in advance.

Saturday-Sunday, November 3-4

Great Pumpkin Festival

Where: Heaven Hill Farm, Vernon
Price: $14/weekend, $12/weekday
Deets: Take the kiddos outside to enjoy the crisp fall air. There’ll be a barnyard sports ball-cade, dancing robot show, duck racing, vortex tunnel, monster slingshots, spider web crawl, carnival rides, gem mining, face painting and more.

Thursday, November 8

The Legend of the Banana Kid

Where: Bickford Theatre of the Morris Museum, Morristown
Price: $9-15
Deets: Find out what happens when Little Chuckey rides his goat over to the Wild West—with a handful of bananas—or a face-off with Big Bad Bart and his bandit buddies.

Storytime at Morven-A Morven Thanksgiving!

Where: Morven Museum & Garden, Princeton
Price: $10/family, free/members
Deets: Your lil’ ones can listen to tales like the comical Turkey Trouble, craft a horn of plenty and take a stroll through the garden.

Sunday, November 11

Thanksgiving Harvest Home & Armistice Observance

Where: Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, Morris Twp.
Price: $4-8
Deets: Give the kids a look at farm-style Thanksgiving, then hop on a wagon ride, visit furry farm animals and prep dinner at a farmer’s house.

Lenape Native American Lore & Medicine Pouches

Where: Miller-Cory House Museum, Westfield
Price: $3/ages 3-12, free/under 2
Deets: Come for the stories about the Lenape Native American culture and the importance of medicine pouches, and stay for the crafts and hearth cooking demos.

Thursday, November 15

The Dining Car Mystery with Steve Woyce

Where: Westwood Free Public Library, Westwood
Price: Free
Deets: All aboard this train-themed magic show. Help Steve the Magic Conductor search for clues to solve a mystery. This interactive show has stories, comedy and magic so if your tot loves a hands-on experience, they won’t want to miss this.

Teddy Bear Picnic

Where: Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, Madison
Price: $5/kids
Deets: While the big kids are away, take the little ones to play in honor of National Teddy Bear Day. They can bring along their fave plush pal for teddy bear stories, crafts and treats.

Friday, November 16

Thanksgiving Apron Kids’ Craft

Where: Warren County Library, Hackettstown​
Price: Free
Deets: Let the kids decorate their own apron—with turkeys, leaves and whatever else their hearts desire—so they can don their masterpieces while they help in the kitchen this Thanksgiving. Registration required.

Saturday, November 17

Hot Apple Cider Afternoon Hike at the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum

Where: Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary, Short Hills
Price: $8/members, $10/non-members
Deets: Break out the hiking boots! Your younger crew can blow off some steam on a guided hike through the Arboretum’s forest and learn how nature prepares for the winter. Stick around for apple cider and a Q&A session.

Pajama Day at the Planetarium

Where: RVCC Planetarium, Branchburg​
Price: $10
Deets: Throw on their best PJs, grab their fave stuffed animal and head over for Rockin’ Rocket Ride and Storybooks in Space.

Art for Families: Noble Knights and Lovely Ladies

Where: Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton
Price: Free
Deets: Unleash your lil’ tyke’s inner artist while they voyage to the Middle Ages, examine a knight in armor and design their own family crest.

Sunday, November 18

Pinocchio

Where: The Newton Theater, Newton
Price: $15
Deets: Check out the classic story of the wooden boy brought to life, while he sings and dances to become a real boy. Pinocchio and his friends, Jiminy Cricket and the Blue Fairy, will explore the Stromboli’s traveling show, Pleasure Island, the inside of a whale's mouth and more.

Tutus and Tiaras-The Nutcracker

Where: Canal Studio Theater, Lambertville​
Price: $15-20
Deets: Introduce your tots to ballet through storytelling, then watch ballerinas rehearse for the Nutcracker, touch costumes and pointe shoes and make a little souvenir to take home.

Friday, November 23

Palmer Square Tree Lighting

Where: On the Green, Princeton
Price: Free
Deets: Pull on some bells and hit the streets to kick off the Christmas season at this Tree Lighting Spectacular where Santa will help decorate a 65-foot Norwegian Spruce with more than 32,000 lights.

Saturday, November 24

Jingle on Main

Where: Historic Main St., Blairstown​
Price: Free
Deets: Bring the lil’ ones along for a small town tradition of live music, kids crafts, vendors and Santa in a Winter Wonderland.

Saturday-Sunday, November 24-December 2

The Nutcracker

Where: Kendall Main Stage, TCNJ​
Price: $20+
Deets: Mark your calendar, Clara and her friends will journey to meet magical mice, marching soldiers, swirling snowflakes, a sugar plum fairy and more. Santa and his helpers are sure to make an appearance, too.

Sunday, November 25

A Charlie Brown Christmas: Live on Stage

Where: MPAC, Morristown
Price: $29-69
Deets: Looking for some Christmas nostalgia? Watch while Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang discover the true meaning of the holiday season.

Friday-Sunday, November 30-December 9

Gingerbread Wonderland & Craft Show

Where: The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Morris Twp.
Price: $2, free/kids ages 2 and under
Deets: Missed the gingerbread pirate ships, enchanted garden and Santa’s Workshop last year? No worries, this event is back for another season. Explore an exhibit featuring over 150 sweet gingerbread houses and creations crafted by locals. Don’t forget to vote for your favorites!

Ongoing

New Fossils in Natural History Hall

Where: New Jersey State Museum, Trenton
Price: Free
Deets: Bring your lil’ archeologists to check out life-sized fossil casts in an exhibit featuring New Jersey’s state dinosaur and a 50-foot marine reptile discovered in southern NJ. Ends December 30.

Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit

Where: Liberty Science Center, Jersey City
Price: Free with admission
Deets: Pile the kids into the car and head to the toy hospital where they can learn the importance of caring for others and staying healthy this winter, all while caring for toy patients in the operating room, nursery, ER and pet vet clinic. Ends January 2019.

Big Apple Circus

Where: Lincoln Center Damrosch Park, NYC
Price: Varies
Deets: Step right up, step right up to the Big Apple Circus, known for its incredible jugglers, acrobats, trapezists and other thrills and tricks. Ends January 27, 2019.

Family Sundays at Rubin Museum

Where: Rubin Museum of Art, NYC
Price: Free with admission
Deets: Bring your little ones all year long to participate in a new art activity each month at this city staple. Every Sunday, ends January 2019.

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