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Free Things To Do in November in NJ with Kids

Trying to have fun with the little ones on a budget? It doesn't get better than these free events.




With fall season in full swing and the holidays around the corner, we understand that you may not have a lot of extra cash lying around for family activities this month. Not to worry! We’ve found totally free things to in Jersey in November.

Friday, November 2

Day of the Dead Fiesta

Where: Warren County Library, Hackettstown​
Time: 6-8:30 pm
Deets: Celebrate the Mexican Holiday of El Día de los Muertos, aka the Day of the Dead. Kids can decorate sugar skull masks and create their own sugar skulls using marshmallows. They’ll watch an animated movie and munch on pizza, too.

Saturday, November 3


Where: Deer Path Park, Flemington​
Time: 11:30 am-3 pm
Deets: More than 40 dump trucks, fire trucks, ambulances, police cars, military jeeps and other vehicles will be in attendance—and your kids can get up close and personal with all of them

Saturday Storytime

Where: Morris County Library, Whippany​
Time: 11-11:30 am
Deets: Bring your infant, tot and older crew for a relaxing storytime.

The Dining Car Mystery with Steve Woyce

Where: Burlington County Library, Westampton​
Time: 3-4 pm
Deets: Climb aboard! Help Steve the Magic Conductor search for clues at this train-themed magic show. Also on November 15 at Westwood Free Public Library.

Saturday-Saturday, November 3-10

Fire on the Lake

Where: Historic Smithville, Galloway
Time: 6-8 pm
Deets: Before hitting Smithville’s carousel, train, paddleboats and arcades, be sure to check out the floating bonfire on Lake Meone. Spend some time checking out the fall foliage and reflections.

Monday, November 5

International Games Week: Escape the Room

Where: Bound Brook Library, Bound Brook
Time: 3:30-4:30 pm
Deets: The clock’s counting down for your sixth-twelfth graders. They’ll have sixty minutes to solve clues and riddles and work together to finish a variety of challenges in order to escape.

Tuesday, November 6

International Games Week: Life-size Candyland

Where: Hillsborough Library, Hillsborough
Time: 1:30-4 pm
Deets: This giant game of Candyland for grades K-5 will conjure up nostalgic memories for you, and a new fave game for them.

Wednesday, November 7

Minerals Late Night at the Museum

Where: Rutgers Geology Museum, New Brunswick
Time: 4-8 pm
Deets: Pull on your superhero Halloween costume and head to the museum for some demos, arts and crafts, educational activities and exhibits that’ll teach the kids about the Earth around them.

Thursday, November 8

Michelangelo the Therapy Horse

Where: Cranford Public Library, Cranford​
Time: 11 am-noon
Deets: Do the kids ask for a pony each holiday? Get a jump on their inevitable wish and introduce them to Michelangelo, the mini therapy horse. Ages 4 and up can learn what these cuties eat, where they live and what kinds of jobs they perform.

Friday, November 9

Bash the Trash

Where: Morris County Library, Whippany​
Time: 10 am-noon
Deets: Instead of kicking it to the curb, teach the kids how you can reuse everyday items. At this program, the fam can learn how to make musical instruments out of recycled materials from your home.

Saturday, November 10

Art for Families: Face to Face

Where: Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton
Time: 10:30 am-1 pm
Deets: Drop by anytime to put those detective skills to good use. Using visual clues, the kiddos can tests their Sherlock skills and learn about portrait artists and the sitters depicted in their paintings.

Sunday, November 11

Experience National Parks

Where: National Parks, USA
Time: Hours vary
Deets: Celebrate Veteran’s Day with your little naturalists. Hit NJ spots like the Thomas Edison National Historical Park and Gateway National Recreation Area without paying an entry fee.

Monday, November 12

Staten Island Children's Museum: Cool School Holiday

Where: Staten Island Children's Museum, Staten Island, NYC
Time: 10 am-5 pm. Free admission
Deets: Honor Veterans Day (observed) by taking advantage of free admission and soaking up all the hands-on, interactive knowledge you can with the kiddos.

Thursday, November 15

Art for Families: Noble Knights and Lovely Ladies

Where: Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton
Time: 10:30 am-1 pm
Deets: Throw it back to the Middle Ages, check out a knight in armor and design your very own family crest. Who knows what the kids will come up with?

Thanksgiving Apron Kids' Craft

Where: Warren County Library, Hackettstown​
Time: 4:30-5:30 pm
Deets: You may want them out of your kitchen, but mini chefs (and snack stealers) ages 3-8 can get their Thanksgiving on by decorating their own aprons with turkeys and every other holiday symbols and colors they can think of. Be sure to bring a smock.

Sunday, November 18

NJDTE “The Nutcracker” Storytime & Performance

Where: New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble Studios, Summit
Time: 4-5:30 pm
Deets: Ages 5-10 can catch a 45-minute excerpted performance of The Nutcracker, then ask questions and take photos with characters from the show. You can catch the full length production on December 8-9 at Memorial Auditorium at Montclair State University.

Friday, November 23

Palmer Square Tree Lighting

Where: 40 Nassau St., Princeton
Time: 5-6 pm
Deets: Have you ever seen a 65-foot Norwegian Spruce light with more than 32,000 lights? The kids can marvel at this giant beauty, plus catch a glimpse of Santa Claus, who’ll be turning on all the lights.

Big Glass Blast!

Where: WheatonArts and Cultural Center, Millville
Time: 11 am-4 pm
Deets: Watch the kids’ jaws drop as the Big Glass Blast Team designs and creates large-scale holiday themed glass objects. The fam can also check out previous years’ displays like a record-breaking giant glass ornament, glass fruitcake and the world’s largest glass turkey drumstick.

Friday-Sunday, November 23-25

Country Christmas with Santa

Where: Alstede Farms, Chester
Time: 11 am-4 pm
Deets: Even though you’ve just finished putting away Thanksgiving dishware, it’s time to jump on the Christmas card. Visit Santa Claus and snap that special holiday pic, then stick around to roast marshmallows over a fire and sing traditional holiday songs.


Family Sundays at Rubin Museum

Where: Rubin Museum of Art, NYC
Time: 1-4 pm
Deets: Ages 3 and up are welcome to stop by for an art project related to Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, throughout the month of November. Ends January 27, 2019.

Portraits of People We Love Art Exhibit

Where: Gallery Aferro, Newark
Time: 10 am-6 pm
Deets: Celebrate the beauty of love at this exhibit filled with portraits honoring all of its artists’ loved-ones. Ends November 17.

Selections From Women’s Rights Are Human Rights: International Posters on Gender-Based Inequality, Violence and Discrimination

Where: William Paterson University Galleries, Wayne
Time: 10 am-5 pm
Deets: Teach the kids about women’s empowerment while viewing advocacy posters created by men and women to promote women’s rights. Ends December 12.

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