50 Kid-Friendly Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving


This November, there is no shortage of family- friendly Thanksgiving events in New Jersey. Attend your local library’s free Thanksgiving craft events for kids, roll up your sleeves for a kids Thanksgiving cooking class, or enjoy a special holiday craft fair or performance. Get outdoors this Thanksgiving season during a local Turkey Trot, guided hike or bike ride, or a classic horse and carriage ride in Downtown Red Bank.

Here are 50 Kid-Friendly Ways to
Celebrate Thanksgiving in New Jersey:

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Family-Friendly Thanksgiving Events:


Photo via madeeveryday.com

1. Nov 11: Miss Nelson Has a Field Day: Children’s Theatre Musical at the Morris Museum in Morristown
2. Nov 12: Discovery Saturdays, Wild Turkeys
at Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit
3. Nov 12: Holiday Craft Fair at St. Jude’s Parish in Hopatcong
4. Nov 12: A Taste of Thanksgiving at Abma’s Farm in Wyckoff
5. Nov 13:
 Thanksgiving Harvest Home & Armistice Observance at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township
6. Nov 15: Toddler Thanksgiving Breakfast at the Summit Area YMCA
7. Nov 18: Club MAC: Be Thankful Family Event at Middletown Arts Center in Middletown
8. Nov 19: 3rd Annual Handmade in America Professional Craft Show at the Upper Township Community Center in Tuckahoe
9. Nov 19: Brick High School Holiday Craft Fair
10. Nov 19: Thanksgiving Market and Holiday Pop Up in Egg Harbor City
11. Nov 20: Early 19th Century Thanksgiving at The Historic Village at Allaire in Farmingdale
12. Nov 22: Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade at Brick Branch, Ocean County Library
13. Nov 23: Bear Says Thanks: Storytime at New Jersey State Museum in Trenton
14. Nov 25: Holiday Express & Town Lighting in Red Bank
15. Nov 25: Jingle Dancer: Storytime at New Jersey State Museum in Trenton
16. Nov 25 – 26: Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic at State Theatre in New Brunswick
17. Nov 25 – 27: Alba Vineyard Holiday Open House in Milford
18. Nov 25 – 27: Historic Holiday Train Show at Old City Hall in Bordentown City
19. Nov 26: Thanksgiving Hayrides, Wreath & Sleighbell Sale at Howell Living History Farm
20. Nov 27 – 28: Creative Play: Thanking My Loved Ones at Newark Museum

Special Outdoor Thanksgiving Events:


Photo via chathamturkeytrot.org

21. Nov 17 – 18: Turkey Toddler Trail at Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside
22. Nov 18: Thankful Lights, Floating Luminaries
at Leonard J. Buck Garden in Far Hills
23. Nov 19: Pre-Thanksgiving Guided Hike at Green Village Pond Conservation Area in Chatham
24. Nov 19 – 20: Free! Turkey Day at Bergen County Zoo in Paramus
25. Nov 20: Montclair Bakery Turkey Ride, Annual Charity Bike Ride
26. Nov 24: Run Your Giblets Off 5K Turkey Trot at Thompson Park in Lincroft
27. Nov 24: Gobble Wobble 5K & ½ Mile Drumstick Dash in Manahawkin
Nov 24: CEA/Johanna Foods Turkey Trot in Flemington
29. Nov 24: Morris Township Turkey Trot in Morris Township
30. Nov 24: The Chatham Turkey Trot
31. Nov 24: Thanksgiving Day Two Town Turkey Trot
in Lambertville, NJ & New Hope, PA
32. Nov 26: Annual Post-Thanksgiving Turkey Walk at the Great Swamp in Stirling
33. Nov 26: Free Classic Horse & Carriage Rides in Downtown Red Bank

Thanksgiving Crafts & Cooking Classes for Kids:


Photo via bestofnj.com

34. Nov 10: Thanksgiving Craft Party at Gymboree Play & Music in Red Bank
35. Nov 10: Beaded Pumpkin Craft at Morris Museum in Morristown
36. Nov 12: Turkey Thankful Book Children’s Craft at Franklin Branch of Warren County Library in Washington
37. Nov 15, 16, 17 & 19: Crafty Kids Turkey Workshop at Express Yourself Studios in Maplewood
38. Nov 17: Thanksgiving Preschool Snacktivity at Catherine Dickinson Hoffman Branch, Warren County Library in Blairstown
39. Nov 17: Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts at the Jersey City Free Public Library
40. Nov 18, 19 & 20: Make a Thanksgiving Turkey & Storytime at Monmouth Museum in Lincroft
41. Nov 19: Working Parent and Me: Thanksgiving Feast Cooking Class at Classic Thyme in Westfield
42. Nov 19: Kids Cooking Class: Thanksgiving Sweets at Taste and Technique in Fair Haven
43. Nov 19: Thanksgiving Storytime & Craft at Barnes & Noble in Livingston
44. Nov 20: Thanksgiving Treats Class for Kids 6 – 9 Years at Kitchen Kapers in Morristown
45. Nov 20: Kids Cooking Class (3-7yrs): It’s Almost Turkey Day at Kings in Short Hills
46. Nov 21: 4th Annual Thanksgiving Parade, Crafts, & Storytime at Upper Shores Branch, Ocean County Library in Lavallette
47. Nov 22: After School Thanksgiving Crafts at Riverdale Public Library in Riverdale
48. Nov 22: Holiday Crafts & Caroling at Two River Theater in Red Bank
49. Nov 22: Thanksgiving Craft at Gill Memorial Library in Paulsboro
50. Nov 23: Edible Craft: Teeny Tiny Turkey Tables at Rochelle Park Library in Rochelle Park


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About Author

Chelsea is a freelance writer and photographer based in the kid-friendly community of Asbury Park, and she loves sharing tips and news about this cultural beach town with NJMOM readers. When she's not discovering new bike trails, playing in her handbell choir, or reading on the beach, Chelsea works as a Children's Library Associate at a public library. You can catch her out in Asbury Park watching her husband play drums with talented local artists - be sure to come say hello!