After Thanksgiving (and after you've had a day to relax), consider spending some quality time with your family celebrating "Small Business Saturday", (November 29th) supporting the local "mom and pop" shops in your neighborhood. Some NJ towns, such as Haddonfield and Red Bank, go all out on Small Business Saturday, involve the whole town, and really make the day something memorable. Don't forget to check out MommyPoppins.com's Fun Holiday Activity Guide, too.
Nothing says Thanksgiving like quality time in the kitchen with your family. Even kids can get in on the action decorating easy, fun and quite adorable turkey cookies. These sweet treats are perfect for your Thanksgiving day desert, or a thoughtful take home favor for your guests. Or they can be a great way to use up scraps of leftover pie dough. Thanks to our friends at Taste Buds Kitchen for sharing this cute idea.
As a big fan of kids' movies and an even bigger fan of small flightless birds who wear tuxedos, I was very happy that my family was invited by DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox to an event that highlighted both. A morning spent at the Bronx Zoo would have been cool enough, but followed by a private advance screening of the new Penguins of Madagascar movie? That's my kind of family fun. Read on for my review of the film, and some real live penguins as well.
Like many people, I've had a lifelong love affair with Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Growing up, I spent many a holiday watching with my grandmother. Now as a parent, I get up early every year so my kids and I can stake out a great viewing spot on the Upper West Side. So being invited to Macy's Parade Studio in Moonachie, New Jersey for a behind-the-scenes look at this year's brand-new floats and giant balloons was a totally priceless experience.
Hard to believe, but Christmas is right around the corner, which means holiday shows, visiting Santa, snowy sleigh rides and of course, checking out the amazing light displays. Many towns in New Jersey have their own tree lighting celebrations but we've rounded up the biggies here. These spectacular displays are sure to wow even the Scrooge in your family. Bundle up the kids and head out to one of these illuminating shows soon! For more holiday fun, visit the Mommy Poppins Holiday Fun Guide.
Add a personal touch to your Thanksgiving table with something hand made with these acorn inspired napkin rings. Guests will go nuts for these kid creations that are easy to make and look great on a holiday table. Get creative and add other fall themes to create individualized rings for each place.
The holiday season has finally arrived! It’s time for festive shows, visits with Santa Claus and spectacular light displays. All the hustle and bustle is great fun but it can also be a strain on the wallet. We’ve rounded up 25 free events taking place in New Jersey this time of year, so relax and enjoy some seasonal fun with your family. And for more wonderful activities, visit our Mommy Poppins New Jersey Holiday Fun Guide.
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