Now that the turkey has been stuffed, carved, and eaten, it’s time to look forward to Christmas. With Thanksgiving coming so late, the holiday season is already in full swing. New Jersey kids are so lucky; there are so many activities and events. The only problem is there isn’t enough time! Get your calendars out and choose something fun from these 25 best holiday 2013 activities.
With only 24 days until Christmas, the holiday season is already in full swing. The shopping, music, decorating, parties, potlucks…your list of “to-dos” and “must-attends” are building exponentially!
Before you bust at the seams, visit one of the historic holiday events in New Jersey. It will transport you to a more simple, yet festive time. Many of New Jersey's local museums, homes, venues and towns are celebrating the holidays in the spirit of yesteryear. Whether you are a history buff or a holiday fiend, we’re sure you will find many ways to go back in time to experience the Historic Holidays here in the Garden State.
Most of our weekend plans probably include a huge plate of mouth watering Thanksgiving leftovers. But if you’re looking to burn off some of that turkey and stuffing (or entertain the family you’ve still got in town), New Jersey definitely has some great things going on. For an early dose of holiday cheer, check out Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at the Palace or Breakfast with Santa at Imagine That! You can also get scientific at the Rock and Mineral Weekend at Morris Museum, or brave chilly temps with a Guided Nature Hike at Tenafly Nature Center. And remember, you can find a full list of weekend activities in our Event Calendar.
Many NJ families journey into Manhattan to adore the towering Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center each year. This week, NYC welcomed a 76-foot Norway spruce from Shelton, Connecticut. Though you may not be in the market for a 76-footer this year, rest assured – there are plenty of sizes to go around. Before you get down to decking the halls or stealing a kiss from underneath the mistletoe, check out our list of Christmas tree farms and find the perfect tree for your very own merry little Christmas. If you are already feeling the holiday spirit, take a look at our post on best family-friendly Hanukkah events in NJ or take in a holiday-themed show with the kiddos. 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!
While we make it a point to encourage our readers to buy local whenever possible, we realize that doing holiday shopping online helps you avoid crowds and stress - while staying in your PJs. In addition to offering cool incentives like discounts and free shipping, many online retailers also give back to those in need during the holiday season by donating a portion of their proceeds to various charities. The opportunities to "shop for a cause" at this time of year are almost limitless, so we've highlighted ten of our favorites that we think are particularly great for families. So go ahead and spoil the ones you love and feel good about it!
It's the most wonderful time of the year! At least, that's what the song says. And when you see some of the amazing events, activities and just plain fun stuff you can do in New Jersey during this holiday season, you might find yourself singing along. For all things turkey-basting, Nutcracker-watching, menorah-lighting, and twinkly lights observing, visit our Holiday Fun Guide every day, as we add in all the 2013 dates and times and find more and more good stuff in our holiday-happy state! And if your holidays consist of a trip to "the city", check out Mommy Poppins NYC Holiday Activities Guide. Happy Holidays, NJ! And, whatever you do, DON'T MISS our fantastic Holiday Giveaway with huge prizes every day from December 16 to December 25!
There are many old and charming small towns in the great state of New Jersey. With memorable beach towns, historic college towns and sleepy suburbs, the garden state represents small town USA from Sussex to Salem County. Here is another installment in our ongoing series on Mommy Poppins New Jersey, Great Small Towns in NJ. Check out our other posts on Cranford, Millburn, Chester and Sparta. Get out there and explore our great state in one of these wonderful small towns!
The balmy days of early autumn are now behind us and the cooler weather is here to stay. Wondering what to do with the kids now that it’s too cold to hit the playground most days? We’ve got the scoop on super-fun indoor play spaces to help you survive the winter months ahead. From painting pottery to rock climbing to just bouncing around, you'll find a variety of options to suit every child. Read on for our list of eight great locations in Morris County and check out our posts that highlight other spots in Bergen County, Essex County, Hudson County and Warren & Sussex Counties.
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