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Suburban Family Datebook
October/November 2019

by Sydney Kerelo

Nov. 3
Winterfest at Diggerland
(weekends through December)
The heavy machinery hotspot is bringing fun to the winter chill with this special event featuring festive foods, holiday hayrides, bonfires, ornament decorating and other holiday themed activities. General admission tickets give access to all rides and attractions. Enjoy one of the most unique family attractions in the area from November through December. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Diggerland, West Berlin,, prices vary  

Nov. 3
Philadelphia Veterans Parade and Festival   
Join in the fifth annual parade to celebrate veterans and their service to our country. More than 7,000 people participate in the parade that starts at JFK Boulevard and N. 16th Street and continues around City Hall to Market Street. Along the parade route will be marching bands, military vehicles and aerial demonstrations. The family-friendly festival will feature food trucks, a live band and a beer garden. Noon-4:30 p.m., Philadelphia, 

Nov. 8
DiDonato’s Magical Holiday Express
(through Dec. 30)
Holidays are meant to be for family fun and a magical time, and at DiDonato’s the fun is just beginning. Guests will enjoy a train ride through a brilliant light display, a meet and greet with the jolly fellow and his elves, cookie treats, a holiday movie tent and a free round of 3D mini golf and bowling. Each child will receive a present from Santa himself and get their picture taken with Frosty the Snowman. 5-9 p.m., DiDonato’s Family Fun Center, 151 S. White Horse Pike, Hammonton,, $14.95    

Nov. 9
Santa’s PJ Party
Get those Christmas lists ready because the holiday season is upon us as Santa arrives by fire truck in the Grand Court of the Cherry Hill Mall. Wear your best holiday pajamas and get your picture taken with Rudolph and Frosty. There will be live music and dancing as the RockN- Roll Chorus spreads holiday cheer through song. 10-11 a.m., Cherry Hill Mall, 2000 Route 38, Cherry Hill, 

Nov. 16
Car Show and Gift Collection
Bring a toy for this collection and stay for the classic car show. For eight years, Johnson’s Corner Farm has hosted this event to spread holiday cheer to children in need. Classic cars will be lined up to support the cause along with the U.S. Marines hosting a donation table. DJ Frank will be featuring some of the best holiday hits while the FarmHouse lunch menu will be served. Please bring all toys unwrapped and bask in the Christmas cheer of the community. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Johnson’s Corner Farm, 133 Church Road, Medford, 

Nov. 16
Superhero Saturdays
Every Saturday come hang with your favorite character, superhero or princess. Pretty Princess Jersey/Philly and Haddonfield Donut Co. are teaming up to bring a child’s dream to life right here in South Jersey. Meet your favorite characters such as Ariel, Peppa Pig, Cookie Monster and more, and hear a story, play and dance with them. Parents can grab a breakfast sandwich, doughnuts and coffee, too. 10-11 a.m., Haddonfield Donut Co., 14 Tanner St., Haddonfield, 

Nov. 28
Moorestown Turkey Trot
Thanksgiving is a day of gratitude and indulgence, so before the stuffing and pie, burn some calories that morning for a 5K or one-mile fun run located at Moorestown High School’s cross country track. The Moorekids organization will be there collecting donations of healthy breakfast or snack foods for the approximately 400 students in the district who receive discounted/free lunch. These donations will go toward providing them with a breakfast to start their day. Race proceeds will benefit the Moorestown boys and girls cross country teams. Times vary, Moorestown High School, 350 Bridgeboro Road, Moorestown, 

Nov. 30
Lights on Main Festival
Bundle up and get ready for the official Christmas tree lighting and festival. Attendees (and their pets) will gather on historic Main Street in Mullica Hill where they can purchase from food vendors, shop at the boutiques and take pictures with Mr. & Mrs. Claus. All of this leads up to the main event of the tree lighting. Hosted by St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, it’s the perfect holiday outing for the family. 5-9 p.m., Main Street, Mullica Hill,

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 10, Issue 8 (October 2019).
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