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Best NJ Places to Take Preschoolers in November

Six things to do with your little ones this month.


Just because the holiday bustle is on the horizon doesn't mean you don't have time for pre-K fun with your two-to-fivers. There's plenty to do this November in New Jersey, so hit the road for some tot-friendly fun before the snow comes our way.

See a Show

There are plenty of productions out there this month especially for your kiddo's age group. Head to Mayo Performing Arts Center for The Octonauts Live! to see the crew's first live stage show ever. Disney Jr. Fans will love taking part in the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure, as well as hearing songs both old and new. Tickets are $29-59. If your child loves the color pink, bring him to Pinkalicious, a show about a little girl who can't stop eating pink cupcakes. When the sweet treats turn her pink from head to toe, she needs to figure out a way to turn herself back. This show is $15. Don't miss Imagination Movers at the Newton Theatre for some kid-friendly rockin' at $19 a ticket.

Head Outdoors

Enjoy the not-too-chilly fall weather before it's gone. Tree Time for Tykes: Nature Prepares for Winter is an educational event at Schiff Nature Preserve that any budding environmentalist will love. Your kid will learn how the forest's plants and animals get ready for the cold. Reeves-Reed Arboretum is hosting Oaks & Acorns, a celebration of nature featuring a walk, stories, songs and an art project. This event is free for RRA members. Robson's Farm's U-Pick Flower Field is open every Thursday-Saturday the weekend of November 5th from 10 am-4 pm. Admission is free; flowers are 30 cents-$1 a stem. Saturdays and Sundays through November 13th, visit Stony Hill Farm Market for corn mazes, pumpkin and apple picking, tricycle rides and hayrides.

Attend a Fairytale Party

Is your kid still obsessed with Frozen? Dress your kiddies up in royal garb and go to Garden State Plaza for My Fairytale Party: Frozen Performance. This free production will allow your kids to show of their pipes through sing-a-longs, as well as their moves through dancing. This half-hour show starts on the top of every hour from 10 am-1:30 pm.

Hang with Your Teddy Bear

November 14th is National Teddy Bear Day, and what better way to celebrate the holiday than a picnic for your little ones and their furry friends? Your kid will love the teddy bear-related storytime and craft, as well as the sweet treats. This Museum of Early Trades and Crafts is hosting this event for $5 a child, including those under 6. Registration required.

Enjoy Mommy-and-Me Events

Are you eager for some quality time with your baby? Take your smallest kiddies to Stroll & Roll on November 6th at Echo Lake Park. This free 2-mile walk is open to both strollers and wheelchairs; feel free to go at your own pace. If you'd prefer an indoor activity, head over to Princeton University Art Museum on a Saturday morning for a gallery tour followed by a related project. November 5th's Art for Families project will be to create a Mayan-inspired headdress.

Get Ready for the Holidays

Is your kid already excited about the holiday season? Take her to Quaker Bridge Mall for Santa's Arrival and Parade. This free kidgits event on the 4th will be a blast, as it's a Frozen-inspired celebration. Your kid will meet the Ice Queen and crew while enjoying crafts, face-painting and balloon artistry. Feel free to take photos with the Big Guy once he arrives. The gang can also head to Mayo Performing Arts Center for a new production called Mooseltoe about a moose who dreams of becoming one of Santa's reindeer. This show is perfect for kids as young as four, and is only $12-15 a ticket.

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