Now that the candy, costumes and Halloween hoopla are behind us, it’s time to slow down and enjoy what’s left of autumn; that includes a big, laid-back Thanksgiving meal with family and friends. Even though Turkey Day is sandwiched between the more kid-friendly holidays of Halloween and Christmas, there is still plenty of hands-on fun to be had! Specifically, many events offer opportunities to make themed Thanksgiving crafts.
Check out these venues and events in New Jersey where you can bring the kiddos to make a craft or two for your Thanksgiving table. As a bonus, in many instances you’ll also be teaching them about the history of the holiday.
Kids Night Out! Hand-Made Clay Turkeys
Where: Fire Me Up! 117 N. Union Avenue, Cranford
When: November 10, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Price: $29 per child (includes pizza)
Details: Enjoy some adult time while Fire Me Up! keeps the kids occupied. They’ll build clay turkeys by hand, putting their own prints into the feathers before munching on pizza for dinner and hanging with friends. This event is for ages 6 & up.
More info: Visit www.firemeupstudio.com or call 908-272-2600.
Where: Malboro Library Branch
When: November 13 from 4:15 pm – 4:45 pm
Details: Get in the Thanksgiving spirit and head to the Malboro Library after school. Children in grades Pre-K – 3rd can listen to silly seasonal stories and make a colorful turkey puppet.
More info: Visit www.monmouthcountylib.org or call 732-536-9406.
Toddler Craft: Dot Turkeys
Where: Monmouth County Eastern Library Branch, 1001 Route 35, Shrewsbury
When: November 14 from 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Details: Toddlers (ages 2-3) can drop by the Shrewsbury library branch for a morning story and craft session. Attendees will gather round for a Thanksgiving-themed book reading before making a turkey dot craft to take home and hang up!
More info: Visit www.monmouthcountylib.org or call 732-683-8980.
Nature Kids: Gobble, Gobble
Where: Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, 247 Southern Blvd, Chatham Township
When: November 14 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Price: $5 per child
Details: Preschoolers can head to Great Swamp for a lesson about turkeys from an experienced naturalist. Everyone will take an easy hike along the trails and check out the autumn flora and fauna before creating a turkey-themed craft inside the center.
More info: Visit www.morrisparks.net or call 973-635-6629.
Where: Reeves-Reed Arboretum, 165 Hobart Avenue, Summit
When: November 15 from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Price: $10 per person, members are free
Details: Kids ages 3-5 and a grownup can sign up for a Thanksgiving-themed nature class at the Reeves-Reed Arboretum. Your group will bundle up for a short nature walk then listen to turkey stories and create a seasonal art project to take home.
More info: Visit www.reeves-reedarboretum.org or call 908-273-8787.
Kids Canvas Class: Patchwork Turkey
Where: Color Me Mine, 910 Haddonfield-Berlin Road, Voorhees
When: November 17 from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Price: $25 per person
Details: For the meaningful keepsake you can pull out year after year, bring your little one by Color Me Mine for a Thanksgiving workshop. Following step by step instructions, kids will create a vibrant patchwork turkey on canvas, with a different pattern for each feather. This activity is recommended for ages 6 to 12.
More info: Visit www.sj.colormemine.com or call 856-782-6567.
Toddlers & Tykes: Totally Turkey
Where: Pyramid Mountain, 472 Boonton Avenue, Boonton Township
When: November 21 and 27 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Price: $5 per child
Details: Head to Pyramid Mountain with your little one (ages 2-5) and learn all about the bird that makes an appearance at our Thanksgiving table! Cozy up for a turkey-themed storytime, followed by fun facts before making a simple craft to take home.
More info: Visit www.morrisparks.net or call 973-334-3130.
Thanks for Thanksgiving
Where: Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 Hanover Avenue, Morristown
When: November 21 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm
Price: $20 per person
Details: Grade school-aged kids can sign up for this pre-Thanksgiving event at the beautiful Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Attendees can create a bountiful centerpiece using fresh and dried materials from nature to proudly display on the family holiday table.
More info: Visit www.arboretumfriends.org or call 973-326-7601.