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Things to Do the Day After Thanksgiving

Post-Thanksgiving activities for the whole family.



On November 23, families throughout the Garden State will gather for a day of comfort food and holiday fun. But who says the party has to end come Black Friday? Keep the family fun going with these post-Thanksgiving activities.

1. Lace Up Your Skates

Dust off your skates or rent a pair and spend the day on the rink with the kids. Whether your family is perfecting their triple axels or just trying to stay on their toes, there are countless ice rinks throughout the Garden State from which to choose. Remember the Dos and Don'ts of skating with kids.

2. Explore the Great Outdoors

Take advantage of the beautiful autumn weather by bundling up and hitting the trails at one of the state’s numerous parks and forests. Feeling creative? Have the kids collect branches and pinecones along the way—Save their findings and, on a rainy day, pull out some art supplies and get crafting! We’ve got 10 fun and easy fall crafts for you to try.

3. Play a Game of Touch Football

Work off that extra slice of pumpkin pie (or make room for another helping of leftovers) by rounding up your all-stars for a friendly game of backyard football. Don't have enough room for the whole team on your block? Take the fun to a nearby park.  

4. Warm Up by the Fire

On a chilly November day, there's nothing better than cozying up to an outdoor campfire! Build a fire, lay down a blanket and gather around the warm fire with mugs of hot cocoa and s'mores supplies. Don't have the space for a backyard bonfire? Head on over to the nearest park—Just be sure to check if you need a recreational campfire permit beforehand. Try these campfire treats with your little ones.

5. Give Back

You constantly talk about how you want the kids to start giving back, so what better time to start than the day after Thanksgiving? Check out our list of family friendly volunteering opportunities to help the kids realize how important it is to help others (and to realize how lucky they are). 

6. Watch a Holiday Light Show

Take a drive around town and check out residential light shows. Your family will love seeing houses and streets decked out in holiday cheer. If you're looking for a bigger display, head to one of these public lights shows around the state.

7. Escape Room

After you've had a good nap, why not lock yourself in a room with your family members? If your kids love a good mystery, you'll want to bring them to an escape room. Use hidden keys, word puzzles and secret codes to unlock compartments, reveal hidden rooms and escape before time runs out. 

8. Plan for December

The fun doesn't stop after the stuffing's gone. December is filled with holiday cheer, twinkling lights and plenty of activities for the family. Countdown to Christmas with holiday attractions or seasonal shows that are sure to excite your little ones.

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