14 Things To Do During Thanksgiving Break

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Thanksgiving break is at our doorstep and suddenly, there is a whole lot of free time on our hands. Consider taking a #NJMOM adventure and visit some of those places around New Jersey you have always wanted to check out with the fam. Don’t miss Diggerland’s Winterfest in West Berlin, the Doc McStuffins Exhibit at Liberty Science Center, or the fun nature activities lineup at Morris County Parks. 

Psst! Don’t forget to hashtag #NJMOM and tag @njmom and your little cuties could be featured in our next photo round-up.

Things to do during Thanksgiving break in New Jersey:

Don’t miss Diggerland’s Winterfest

We know how much your kids love Diggerland, so why not take them to celebrate all the magic of winter during Diggerland’s Winterfest? Enjoy fun holiday events each weekend including a holiday hayride, a holiday parade, and ornament decorating. Diggerland’s Winterfest runs until Dec 30th.
Diggerland USA
100 Pinedge Dr, West Berlin, NJ 08091

Fly high at Skyzone Ocean

The kids will think you’re the cool mom for taking them to Skyzone Ocean’s indoor trampoline park, but be sure to check out their other attractions, too. They’ll love going head-to-head with their friends in the Warrior Course, climbing the giant rock wall, or jumping without fear in the Foam Zone. One thing’s for sure – rain can’t stop you from having fun at Skyzone Ocean. Bonus: If you book a Glow Party Package prior to November 19th, you get a 30 Day Jump Pass.
2355 State Highway 66, Ocean Township, NJ 07712

Skate around Pier Village’s Ice At The Pier

Strap on those skates and hit the ice with your whole family at this shoreside location. When you’re done skating, Pier Village offers premiere Jersey Shore shopping and dining options, making it easy to enjoy the boardwalk and ocean views in Long Branch all year long.
50 Chelsea Ave, Long Branch, NJ 07740

Visit one of the featured exhibitions at Liberty Science Center

Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit
Through January 27th, your littles will love playing doctor at this exhibit where they can put on a lab coat, pick up a stethoscope, and perform check-ups on toys. A chance for your kids to learn about health and wellness and have fun while doing it.
The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes
Through May 27th, 2019, this is your little detectives’ paradise. In this exhibit that celebrates the infamous Sherlock Holmes, your littles can follow the footprints, examine the spatter patterns, find missing items, and help solve mysteries.
Liberty Science Center
222 Jersey City Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07305

Marvel at the holiday train show at New York Botanical Garden

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This premier holiday event opens on November 17th and allows visitors to experience New York City from a different perspective. Discover scale models of 150 landmarks, including Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and Rockefeller Center – all created with all-natural materials like bark and leaves. Follow nearly a half mile of track as the locomotive navigates through this perfectly enchanting New York holiday wonderland. And visit the gardens too!
New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY 10458

Enjoy Star Wars: A New Hope In Concert 

This Thanksgiving break, opt for a theater-going experience without having to commute into the city. Do you have a little Jedi lover on your hands? Bring them to NJPAC‘s Star Wars: A New Hope In Concert at Prudential Hall on November 24th. While you watch the iconic film, you’ll experience a live score accompaniment from the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Trust us, your ears will thank you. Check out our list of 4 Must-See NJPAC Shows this November and be on the lookout for December’s list coming soon.
Prudential Hall, New Jersey Performing Arts Center
1 Center St, Newark, NJ 07102

Go on a scenic family bike ride

It’s an excuse to get some exercise in for the whole family, see some new and exciting places in New Jersey, and squeeze in some more outdoors time before winter rolls through. Autumn is the perfect time to ride through the fall foliage and breathe in the crisp air. Visit our guide of 12 Scenic Bike Paths that the whole family can enjoy together.

Explore nature with special events at Morris County Parks

The Morris County Park Commission regularly offers special events, classes, and opportunities for children and adults of all ages. Whether you are looking to get outdoors, keep active, learn something new, spend some quality time with your little ones (or all of the above!) there is something available for you.

November 20: Baby & Me Hike in Morris Township
November 21 & 22: Nature’s Little Explorer’s in Montville Township
November 21 & 22: Puddle Jumpers in Montville Township
November 24 & 25: Apple Cidering in Chatham Township

Catch a local high school football game

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Nothing is better than football at Thanksgiving! Instead of paying the big bucks for NFL tickets, keep it simple and cheer on your hometown high school’s football team at a local game. Not only will you be getting involved with your community and supporting your neighbors, but you won’t have to deal with the hassle of bringing the kids in and out of a big stadium with lots of lines, stairs, and big crowds. Pack some snacks, a comfy blanket, and make a day out of it while cheering on your team.
Visit highschoolsports.nj.com/football for a full schedule of New Jersey’s High School Football games over Thanksgiving break.

Stargaze at the Newark Museum Planetarium


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Sit back, relax, and get lost in space while looking up to the stars above and watching a special film presentation in the dome of Newark Museum’s Planetarium. Kids (and parents!) of all ages will get lost in the enchantment of the dome’s crystal clear projection – all while learning something new.
Newark Museum 
49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ 07102

Give the gift of summer with deals and steals from Morey’s Piers

Give the gift of summer this holiday and purchase tickets and passes for Morey’s Piers for summer of 2019! Get your little one excited this holiday with a gift card to one of NJ’s best piers and amusement parks. Mmmm…we can smell the funnel cake now. Purchase tickets and passes here.
Morey’s Piers 3501 Boardwalk, Wildwood, NJ 08260

Visit the Cashmere Sale pop-up shop

Everyone loves cashmere! The Cashmere Sale pop-up shop runs until December 8th, in beautiful downtown Summit. Not only will you find a great selection of sweaters, accessories, baby sets, men’s basics, blankets, and throws, but great prices, just above wholesale. If shopping online, for free shipping, use promo code: Summit
350 Springfield Ave., Summit, NJ 

Go rock climbing

Indoor rock climbing at one of New Jersey’s indoor rock gyms is a perfect way for children and parents to be active together and learn team building. No experience is necessary; novice and experienced climbers alike are welcome at these family-friendly climbing gyms.

The Gravity Vault Indoor Rock Gyms in Chatham, Upper Saddle River, & Middletown
High Exposure Rock Climbing, Ninja Warrior, & Parkour in Northvale
New Jersey Rock Gym in Fairfield
Randolph Climbing Center in Randolph
Garden State Rocks in Morganville
Rockville Climbing Center in Trenton
Elite Climbing in Maple Shade Township

Swim at an indoor pool

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Sure, summer is over (I think we’ve finally accepted that), but swimming is still a favorite activity for kids – and it’s great exercise for the whole family. Visit a sports complex that has drop-in rates for indoor pools. If you love it, consider a family pass for the whole winter to keep you tied over until beach weather is back. A day at the pool this week can be a perfect way to fill in the gaps in your schedule. We’ve listed a few below, but you can always check your local YMCA or a Life Time Fitness location near you.

Five Star Swim School in Edison and Eatontown
Jersey Wahoos Swim Club in Mount Laurel
Lyndhurst Community Pool
Pershing Field Pool
in Jersey City
Toms River Fitness & Aquatic Center

For more indoor activities this Thanksgiving break, check out our #NJMOM Rainy Day Adventures Guide.

Psst! Don’t forget to hashtag #NJMOM and tag @njmom and your little cuties could be featured in our next photo round-up.

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Erika is a yogi, writer, coffee enthusiast, and world traveler. If she's not at the beach or chasing the sunset, she's looking for the best iced coffee she can find and planning her next adventure. Her favorite NJ spots include The Saint, Island Heights, and Lava Java House.

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