There’s a lot to be thankful for this month. Here are some great ways to celebrate the giving season with your little ones—and the best NJ places to take preschoolers this month. Work on Thanksgiving Apron Crafts at the Warren County Library to start getting your lil’ one ready to help you in the kitchen by decorating their own apron. Head to Fosterfields Historical Farm in Morris Twp. for an authentic Thanksgiving meal. If you’re in the mood for a holiday show, stop by Disney Junior Holiday Party! On Tour to see classic characters singing holiday jingles live. If you’re looking to entertain the kids without breaking your budget, check out these free things to do in November.
Hit The Liberty Science Center
You won’t be disappointed the next time you visit the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City. Check out the Dinosaur Train and Angry Birds exhibits, which’ll be running throughout the entire month of November. Ages 2-8 can climb aboard the dinosaur train and head back to the Mesozic period, where your tot will explore steam engines, excavate fossils, learn what dinosaurs ate and relax in a dinosaur nest. This exhibit is included with admission. The beloved Angry Birds game has come to life and features life-sized Angry Birds equipped with massive slingshots. Let your little one try her hand at a high-tech design studio and build and race handheld vehicles against family and friends. Tickets are $30-35.
There are plenty of screenings and live shows for the family to watch this month. On November 2 in Englewood, November 5 in Red Bank and November 9 in Morristown, you can see Disney Junior Holiday Party! On Tour. These interactive shows feature characters like Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Vampirina and more performing live holiday classics like “Deck the Halls” and “Jingle Bells.” Tickets begin at $29.50. Watch a live musical of Max and Ruby at UCPAC in Rahway on November 10. This comedic play date includes fan-favorite songs from the show and a meet and greet after the performance. Come back on November 29 for a free screening of Elf. Haven’t had enough Disney? From November 6-10, bring your lil’ one to Prudential Center in Newark to experience Disney on Ice’s Road Trip Adventures. Guests of all ages will go on an interactive adventure to iconic Disney locations, like London with Mary Popppins, Motunui with Moana and Africa with Simba and Pumbaa ($15+). Join the Montclair Art Museum for Family Day: Shadow Play on November 10 with your family to witness the art of illusion. Check out the shadow puppet performance, a mystifying magic show from magician Tanya Solomon and a tour of Impossible Shadows: The Art of Larry Kagan, where artwork is viewed without lighting to create an abstract view of the images. $10/family (up to six people), free for family level members of the museum.
Stop by Fosterfields Historical Farm in Morris Twp. on November 17 to help prep dinner at the farm house, go for a leisurely wagon ride, visit farm animals and see an authentic World War I ambulance ($6-8, free/ages 2 and under). Visit Echo Hill in Flemington on November 18 for Family Turkey Night. Learn more about the animal by observing a preserved Turkey up close, plus touch its feet and wings. Read stories and make turkey crafts to bring home ($3/kids). Ages 4-8 are invited to Gobble, Gobble Satur-YAY at the Warren County Library on November 23 for turkey stories, bingo and to create their own turkey cookie using M&M’s and sugar cookies (free, registration required).
Spark your little ones’ imagination with these fun arts and crafts events. The Eclectic Chic Boutique in Montclair is having a Mommy and Me Upcycled Sensory Board Workshop on November 3. Ages 8 and under can explore the sensory board, a hands-on activity that helps babies and toddlers learn about different objects while developing their motor and cognitive skills ($35, registration required). Stop by the Rutgers University Geology Museum in New Brunswick for Planetary Science Night to learn about the Solar System through demos, arts, crafts and educational activities (free). The Warren County Library is hosting Thanksgiving Apron Crafts on November 15. Ages 3-8 can prepare for Thanksgiving cooking by decorating their own apron with paint (free, registration required).
Fun Festivals and Interactive Events
Head to the Kidz Village of Kenilworth for a Halloween party on November 1 where your lil’ tot can participate in a variety of activities like imagination rooms, activities and arcade games, plus dig into pizza and cake ($19.99). On November 2, stop by the St. Theresa Food Truck Festival on Washington Ave. in Kenilworth. There’ll be six food trucks with vendors, a kids’ zone with an inflatable obstacle course, carnival games and a magic show with professional magician David Corsaro ($5-10). From November 9-10 try making delicious, homemade apple cider using an old school hand cranked cider press at the Great Swamp OEC in Chatham Twp. ($4). Beginning November 15, experience the Vernon Lights Festival at Glenwood Lake Arts Park. Check out lantern displays, food trucks, kid-friendly music and cultural performances ($15-20). Take your little to the 3rd Annual Jammin’ with Santa for brunch and photos with Mrs. Claus and Santa Claus, plus games, food and prizes at Princeton High School.
Starting November 8, catch DiDonato’s Magical Holiday Express at the DiDonato’s Family Center in Hammonton. Ride through millions of Christmas lights, meet Santa and his elves at his workshop for a photo op, walk through the holiday village and more ($14.95). RVCC’s planetarium in Branchburg is hosting a Rockin’ Rocket Ride on November 16. Put on your space suit and blast off into space to visit the moon, sun and other planets ($10). The Barron Arts Center in Woodbridge is hosting its 29th Annual Holiday Model Train Show starting November 30, which features a display with more than 300 feet of track and an operating playground featuring three towns and 11 different trains (free).
Head to the Hoboken Fire Department Museum for a free 30-minute storytime on the first Sunday of every month including stories and songs about city life read by librarians from the Hoboken Public Library. Or, make your way to the Macculloch Historical Museum on November 17 for storytime at 2 to listen to stories about birds while seeing how many you can find in the museum’s painting, “Fowl in Landscape” (registration required).
Know any other NJ places to take preschoolers in November? Let us know in the comments!