Dreaming of the next holiday on the horizon? Digest that giant meal and head out soon to find that perfect tree, because most of the farms open right after Turkey Day! Check out our list of Christmas tree farms and don’t forget to check the Mommy Poppins Holiday Fun Guide for even more festive ideas to get you and your family into the holiday mood!
Now that the turkey has been consumed, it’s time to look forward to Christmas, and Christmas Eve, and New Year's Eve and all the fun that comes with them. The holiday season is already in full swing, and New Jersey kids have so many activities and events to choose from; the only problem is having enough time to get to them all! So get your calendars out and choose something fun from our 25 favorite 2015 holiday activities in NJ.
Little electric trains whiz by more than 150 NYC landmarks made out of acorns, twigs, bark, berries and leaves at this elaborate show. The 2015-2016 edition of the annual spectacle includes 3,000 extra square feet of tracks, trains and bridges, as well as a multi-sensory finale in the Conservatory's Reflecting Pool, plus a brand-new model of the New York Public Library. The landmarks and nearly a half-mile of train track of years past will also be on display.
My family and I make it a point to go every year as it's truly a quintessential New York holiday experience. There's a reason it's No. 53 on our list of the top 100 things to do with kids in NYC.
Read on for important tips, new photos and the scoop on everything there is to see and do at the 2015 Holiday Train Show, plus info on other seasonal train exhibits in NYC.
Black Friday is known as one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Retailers try to lure us in with deep discounts on everything from toys to electronics. Let's face it, though, dragging the kids to the mall isn't the most fun way to kick off the holiday season. This year, why not look for a family activity that will make everyone merry? From holiday shows to winter festivals, we've come up with a great list of things to do on Black Friday that are far away from the busy shopping centers. Be sure to check our Events Calendar regularly for even more great holiday activities throughout November and December.
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 throughout the state. 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! And for more holiday-themed fun, visit the Mommy Poppins Holiday Fun Guide.
During the holiday season, we are pulled in many different directions, from work to school to social activities. Unfortunately, family togetherness often gets put on the back burner. It's awesome to do holiday activities together, but one sure way to help stay connected during the this time of year is for parents and kids to volunteer. Not only is it a positive learning experience, but it also teaches compassion and the value of community service.
It’s hard to believe we’re two weeks away from the big day. Everything's rolling, from shopping to pictures, parties to decorating, annual light displays to Breakfast with Santa to free holiday fun. All good stuff, to be sure. But if you're thinking you might like to mix up your holiday adventures a bit, check out some of these, shall we say, "off the beaten path" celebratory ideas. Some are out of state; some are at your local garden center. Because sometimes parents need to throw something new into the mix to keep these kids on their toes.
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 you can relax and enjoy some stress-free seasonal fun with your family. And to receive the scoop on wonderful activities all year long, subscribe to the Mommy Poppins New Jersey newsletter.
The charm and appeal of the new Peanuts movie spans generations, from the moms and dads who grew up reading the comics to the youngest who've only seen the TV specials. Sweet and entertaining, The Peanuts Movie (G) can be a great film for the whole family to see together—but does it retain the nostalgic glow of Snoopy and Woodstock without resorting to Lucy's jarring, outdated cries of, "Charlie Brown, you stupid idiot"? And is it worth seeing in 3D, or will the old 2D work just as well?
Thanksgiving dinner is a big undertaking. There’s the turkey, the stuffing and all that dessert! And let’s not forget about the massive after-dinner cleanup. It’s hard enough to be a mom, work and take care of the kids -- let alone get a complex and time-consuming holiday dinner on the table. Luckily, you don’t have to! Be thankful, because there are lots of restaurants open in NJ on Turkey Day. So, sit back and enjoy the party… don’t worry, they won’t make you do the dishes. Of course, if you’d rather be home, but don’t want the hassle of cooking, try out some of these Thanksgiving crafts with the family and order up some turkey takeout. And to always be "in the know" about great family-friendly activities in NJ, subscribe to our free weekly newsletter.
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