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Things To Do This Weekend, November 16-18

Get the most out of your weekend at these NJ area events. We found 30 for you to choose from.


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As we creep closer to Thanksgiving, the Garden State’s gearing up for the holiday season. Keep the celebrations rolling with the best places to take your preschoolers in NJ and free things to do this month.

Atlantic County

Saturday, November 17

Santa’s Grand Arrival Parade

Where: Storybook Land, Egg Harbor Twp.
Price: Included with admission ($24.50/person)
Deets: Kick off the season with a festive parade! The kids can see Kris Kringle in person, plus watch him light up the park for the season.

Bergen County

Thursday, November 15

Big Santa Returns to Garden State Plaza

Where: Garden State Plaza, Paramus​
Price: Free
Deets: This 45-feet-tall wonder is worth a trip. The iconic, giant mall Santa Claus NJ residents may remember from days of yore is back with his size 90 boots after 30 years, and you can check out his return at this lighting ceremony and countdown (he’ll arrive on a fire truck!). There’ll also be a musical performance by Paramus students.


Ramsey Farmers' Market

Where: 2 W. Main St., Ramsey
Price: Free admission
Deets: On Sundays, explore wares from more than 50 local farmers offering seasonal and organic fruits, veggies, bread, cheese, spices and more. If you’re vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free or an organic eater, this market is the foodie destination for you. Ends November 25.

Burlington County

Saturday, November 17

Holidays in the Victorian Era

Where: Burlington County Lyceum of History & Natural Sciences, Mount Holly
Price: Free
Deets: You don’t need a DeLorean to go back in time. Step into a Victorian holiday season and learn how Thanksgiving and Christmas were celebrated with photos, stories and music.

Camden County

Saturday, November 17

2nd Annual Fall Festival

Where: Sheila Roberts Park, Camden
Price: First come, first serve
Deets: Aside from a Thanksgiving turkey giveaway (first come, first serve), the fam can hang out for an afternoon of fun, music and entertainment.

Cape May County

Saturday, November 17

Holiday Kickoff Sip & Shop!

Where: 1 Michigan Ave., Ocean City
Price: Free admission
Deets: Local vendors like The Beachin’ Bakery, Beautycounter, Usborne Books and More, Wood Works and plenty of others will be in attendance, making for a perfect storm of holiday shopping. Food bank donations and purchases earn you raffle tickets for a super cool gift basket.

Cumberland County


Symbiotic Spheres: The Interlocking Worlds of Glass, Science and Art

Where: WheatonArts and Cultural Center, Millville
Price: $10
Deets: Got lil’ STEM lovers at home? Head to this curated exhibit featuring the science-inspired work of more than 20 contemporary artists. You’ll want to check out glass pieces that magnify, distort and illuminate, each creating different perceptions of the world. Ends December 30.

Essex County

Thursday, November 15

Nickelodeon Presents: Double Dare Live

Where: NJPAC, Newark
Price: $39.50-79.50
Deets: Whether or not you remember the iconic Nickelodeon show, Double Dare is back with its original host. Two teams from the audience will answer trivia questions and challenges, eventually meeting at the obstacle course and competing for top prize.

Sunday, November 18

Tours of the Historic Houses

Where: Crane House, Montclair
Price: $6/adults, $4/kids, free/ages 2 and under
Deets: The Crane House will transport you and the kids back to our nation’s first few years when our country fought over civil rights.

Gloucester County

Saturday, November 17

Birches Annual Craft Fair

Where: Washington Twp. High School, Turnersville​
Price: Free admission
Deets: More than 100 crafters will be in attendance, making this craft fair the perfect place to start your holiday shopping. Find one-of-a-kind presents for those tricky Secret Santas.

Hudson County

Friday-Saturday, November 16-17

Magnolia Landing at Journal Squared

Where: Magnolia Landing at Journal Squared, Jersey City
Price: Free
Deets: Stop by and grab some food and drinks at a Taste of Poland, Moffle Bar and more. Then, peruse local artisan vendors while grooving to live music.

Saturday, November 17

Monster's Ball Album Release

Where: Kolo Klub Hoboken, Hoboken
Price: $10
Deets: Give the kids something to rock out about at Michael and the Rockness Monsters' album release party. Listen to tunes, get their faces painted, check out the hula hoop pro, score a balloon animal and more.


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.

Hunterdon County

Sunday, November 18

Tutus and Tiaras: The Nutcracker

Where: Canal Studio Theater, Lambertville​
Price: $15-20
Deets: Lil’ prima ballerinas can hop into their tutus and ballet flats for this immersive excursion. They’ll be read a story by a dancer, then watch the pros practice for an upcoming production, plus touch dancers’ costumes and pointe shoes.

Mercer County

Thursday, November 15

Art for Families: Noble Knights and Lovely Ladies

Where: Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton
Price: Free
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?

Saturday-Sunday, November 17-18

West Windsor Arts Council Artisan Market 2018

Where: West Windsor Arts Center, West Windsor
Price: Varies
Deets: Looking to gift something a little more personal this year? Hit the artisan market for handmade items and artwork to gift this holiday season.


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.

Middlesex County

Saturday, November 17

Nature Detectives

Where: Plainsboro Preserve, Cranbury​
Price: $8/non-members, $6/members
Deets: Grab a babysitter! This one’s for the adults. If you’re ever envious of your kids’ activities, why not go to camp for a morning? Look for hibernating animals, figure out what the eat, where they sleep and if they hunt during the night. Registration required.

Monmouth County

Thursday-Saturday, November 15-17

Annie: The Musical

Where: Axelrod Performing Arts Center, Deal
Price: $36-46/person
Deets: The sun will come out...for three days this weekend. The holidays are a great time to recount Annie’s journey from orphan to heartwarming sensation. She’ll teach the kids a things or two about giving, and help the whole fam remember the true meaning of the holidays.

Morris County

Thursday, November 15

Teddy Bear Picnic

Where: Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, Madison
Price: $5/kids
Deets: Ages 3-6 can bring their best furry friends for stories, crafts and treats in celebration of National Teddy Bear Day. Registration required.


Things Come Apart

Where: Morris Museum, Morristown
Price: Free/members, $7-10/non-members
Deets: This exhibit uses disassembled objects to teach kids new ways of understanding the material world around us. Ends December 2.

Ocean County

Saturday, November 17

Gazillion Bubble Show

Where: Pine Belt Arena, Toms River
Price: $20+
Deets: Mix bubbles, lasers, lighting effects and more with bubble artist Melody Yang, who has 17 Guinness World Records under her belt. Yang’s family has combined entertainment, art and science to create a one-of-a-kind soapy show.

Passaic County


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

Where: William Paterson University Galleries, Wayne
Price: Free
Deets: Teach the kids about women’s empowerment while checking out advocacy posters promoting women’s rights. Ends December 12.

Salem County

Saturday, November 17

The Curiosity House Tour

Where: Greater Elmer Area Historical Society, Elmer
Price: $12-15
Deets: Take a tour of historic buildings dating back to the 19th century, including the David V.M. Smith House, the original portion of the Elmer United Methodist Church, old farmhouses and other locations dating back to the Victorian era.

Somerset County

Saturday, November 17

Pajama Day at the Planetarium

Where: RVCC Planetarium, Branchburg​
Price: $10
Deets: Don’t worry about getting them dressed—ages 3-8 can stay comfortable as they journey on a rocket through space. Registration suggested.

Sussex County

Saturday-Sunday, November 17-18


Where: The Newton Theatre, Newton
Price: $15
Deets: You remember his long nose, but do you remember Pinocchio’s origin story? See the little wooden boy’s adventures on Pleasure Island and meet both the Blue Fairy and Jiminy Cricket.

Union County

Sunday, November 18

An Early American Thanksgiving

Where: Miller-Cory House Museum, Westfield
Price: $4/ages 13 and up, $3/ages 3-12, free/ages 2 and under
Deets: They’ve heard about Thanksgiving in the classroom; now they can check out a colonial Thanksgiving feast in person. They’ll watch a turkey roast over an open hearth, check out traditional recipes, learn about early American manners, place settings and more traditions. Don’t forget to take a walk around the museum, too.

Warren County

Thursday, November 15

Thanksgiving Apron Kids' Craft

Where: Warren County Library, Hackettstown​
Price: Free
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 symbol and color they want. Be sure to bring a smock.

New York City


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.



Hamilton: Constitutional Clashes That Shaped A Nation

Where: National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, PA
Price: Included with admission
Deets: Immerse your children in the rich history of America. This presentation explains our nation’s founding era through the eyes of Alexander Hamilton. See firsthand how his legendary duels changed America forever. Even better, you’ll be in our nation’s birthplace: Philadelphia! Ends December 31.

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