Thanksgiving weekend is almost around the corner, and I'm sure you're wondering what to do over the long holiday weekend. Make the most out of the holiday by spending a fun-filled time with family and friends! Central New Jersey is just chock-full of events and happenings, and here are some things you can do!

Take the Kids Out

Before gorging on the glorious Thanksgiving feast that you prepared, take your kids out for a simple family day! The Melting Pot of Whippany is holding a North Pole Pajama Party. Kids dressed in pajamas will receive a child's portion of chocolate fondue FREE with the purchase of adult cheese and chocolate fondue portions. Want to get them hungry while whetting their appetite for learning and nature? The Somerset County Park features the Tree House Gang program: two and a half hours of exploring, hands-on activities, meeting live animals, and learning by experimenting! And what kid doesn't love Mickey and the gang? Disney Live is coming to New Brunswick with Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie's Doorway to Magic. Get captivated with every turn of the knob in this magical live theater show for the young and young at heart!

Get Healthy

After the Thanksgiving feast, burn off a little of the calories gained. Join the special Fall Family & Friends Introductory English-style horseback ride on Black Friday. The ride provides an opportunity for novices who are considering riding lessons to sample a trail ride on horseback and see if they enjoy the experience and is also a great “refresher” for those who have not ridden in a long time. You can also bond with your furbabies and go for a Saturday Dog Walk, where you get the only opportunity to explore the beautiful equestrian trails of Lord Stirling Stable on foot. Interested in learning to skate? Flemington Ice Arena offers group lessons for ages 3 to adult. And if you or anyone you know is currently pregnant, the Riverside Medical Group in Secaucus will also hold a free prenatal and breastfeeding class. Experienced instructors will help to understand labor and birth using the best of various methods, including Lamaze. 

Get A Headstart for The Christmas Holidays

The long weekend is the perfect opportunity to get a lead on your Christmas spirit! The historic Jacobus Vanderveer Museum in Bedminster will hold its 15th Annual Colonial Christmas. Grab the chance to immerse yourself in history while doing a little Christmas shopping! A Colonial Café, an array of holiday merchants, musical performances, reindeer, gingerbread workshops for children and a holiday decorating workshop for adults are just a few of the highlights in store. Kick off the season and watch the Holiday Express Concert and Town Lighting in Redbank. Now in its 25th year, Holiday Express will rock the streets with live music, performances, and free hot chocolate courtesy of the Red Bank Fire Department!


No weekend is complete without being able to have some alone time. Unwind and relax with Wine and Music at Hopewell Vineyards. Listen to the soothing sounds of Jazz while sipping high-class Merlot and feasting on artisanal pizza. For a more active time, join iPlay America's Nocturnal Friday Night Party. Exclusive for adults 21 and up, guests can walk the indoor Boardwalk at iPlay America, check out Broadway Sweets candy store, Game Time Bar & Grill, and all the sites and sounds with music spun by Class Kills DJs.

However you would like to spend Thanksgiving, I hope you would have fun and excitement. And from all of us at the Weiniger Group, a BIG THANK YOU and Happy Thanksgiving!