21 Free Things to Do in November
Trying to have fun with the little ones on a budget? It doesn't get better than these free events.
Now that the holidays are in full swing, we understand you might not have extra cash laying around for family activities this month. Not to worry! We’ve found 21 totally free things to do in Jersey in November.
Friday, November 3
Join the Hasbrouck Heights library for some LEGOs and magic. Magician Steve Woyce will amaze your kids with his illusions and sleight of hand.
Saturday, November 4
At the end of the week, chill out at the Manville Library for an afternoon of board, card and video games. It's the perfect opportunity to spend quality time with your family.
Celebrate Mexico’s Día de los Muertos at the Princeton Shopping Center with strolling mariachis, sugar skull decorating, face painting and more. Teach your children about this cultural holiday and how these traditions honor those who’ve died.
Head to Dewy Meadow Village in Basking Ridge for some quality family fun. There’ll be music, fun events, food, drinks and over 40 vendors to peruse.
Join Steve the Magic Conductor at the Franklin Township Library in Franklinville to help search for clues and solve a mystery in this train-themed family magic show.
Sunday, November 5
The entire family can stroll along beautiful trails at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside and get their steps in by walking all the way to Lenape Park. Race your mini-mes and watch their little cheeks flush with excitement.
Check out more than a dozen craft tables, art classes and vendors for gift shopping and of course, for treating yourself. This event at the VFW Hall in Manville is hosted by juvenile diabetes charity Michael’s Miracles, so you'll feel great about opening your wallet for a good cause.
Thursday, November 9
Learn about the Native Americans that once inhabited the local area and countryside at the Mary Jacobs Memorial Library in Rocky Hill. Dazzle your kiddos with knowledge of settlements, lifestyles and autumn activities. Registration required.
Gather around for storytime at the Bound Brook Library. Learn how these local canals not only changed lives, but how they came to be. Registration required.
This concert band, which has been around since 1941 and performs to support airmen and their families, has over 40 professional airmen musicians who play a wide variety of music: jazz, Broadway hits and movie scores. Check them out the State Theatre in New Brunswick.
Saturday, November 11
Make an appointment with your preschooler to learn about dental health at the Cranford Library. Learn from a dental hygienist who will read tooth-themed books, introduce kids to tools and sing songs about brushing techniques.
Enjoy a day of feasting and dancing at the Rockaway Boro Firemans Field. Grab some drinks and tasty treats while you bop around to live music with your friends. Don’t forget to bring canned goods to donate. Admission is free, but food and drink prices vary.
Sunday, November 12
This month’s family fun event at the Schultz House in Montclair is stuck on magnets. Kids can experiment with static electricity and magnetization, while adults can learn about the evolution of electricity from the 1800s.
This weekend concert series features classical and jazz musicians from the faculty of the Mason Gross School. Enjoy art while listening to music at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers-New Brunswick.
Saturday, November 18
Fundraise for charities and student awards by supporting local handmade crafts at Branchburg Central Middle School. Stop by the bake sale, pick up some holiday gifts and maybe win a prize or two.
Musical duo Girls Night Out will be at the Warren Township Library for an hour of Motown, contemporary hits and up-tempo standards. If you’re looking for a money-free way to tap your toes, look no further.
Sunday, November 19
The whole family can enjoy this sugary event at the Langosta Lounge in Asbury Park. Watch a cookie-baking demo and participate for some sweet treats.
Saturday, November 25
You’ll want to make the drive to the Market at DelVal in Doylestown, PA for this climactic event. Santa’s coming in for a landing…on a helicopter! There’ll be music, inflatable attractions, yard games and more. Bring your camera and grab a photo with Saint Nick and warm up with a cup of hot chocolate.
Head to the Elizabeth Public Library for free performances on Thursday nights throughout November. Family-friendly shows include jazz, opera, pop, oldies and more genres of music.
Starting November 17, check out the Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange every Friday to Sunday for a beautiful light display. There’ll be over 50 winter and animal characters ready to greet you.
Every Saturday and Sunday you can head to the Plainsboro Preserve in Cranbury, where you and the kids can check out different birds. Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned birdwatcher, you can help scientists collect data on different avian populations.