Winter is coming faster than you know it, yet there is still enough time to engage in a lot of fall activities. Much of the fall events are centered around Halloween. However, there are many more events that individuals can participate in before winter rolls in. Here's a list of activities that students can do before winter comes.
Students can enjoy the great outdoors by camping at any of the many campgrounds in New Jersey. There are countless campgrounds in New Jersey that any student from Kean University can visit. Camping does not mean simply hitching a tent in the middle of the woods and trying to survive. Camping can involve RV's, cabins, as well as tents. To find a campground and a list of what to bring when camping, visit http://www.newjerseycampgrounds.com/.
2. Making S'mores
For students who are not too fond of camping in the great outdoors, making s'mores is a perfect alternative. All one needs is a fire pit, skewers, graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows. Before individuals can roast chestnuts by the fire in the winter, individuals can roast marshmallows to make s'mores. If making s'mores in the backyard is not an option, making them over an open fire on the stove works just as well. For creative ways to make s'mores in the house, visit Taste of Home.
3. Attending Sporting Events
Baseball may have just concluded with the World Series, but the three other major American sports are in full swing. Living in New Jersey, students have a bevy of teams that they can watch, even if they are not a fan. Whether it is catching the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden, the Giants and Jets at Metlife Stadium, or the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center, students will be guaranteed a fun time.
4. Voting On Election Day
This may not be the most exciting activity to do before winter, but it is an extremely important one. Students should let their voices be heard in this upcoming regardless of whether it is a presidential election or not. The people individuals vote into office can be crucial in the future. Each student who is registered to vote should take advantage of it because their voice can influence the future.
5. Visiting Holiday In The Park
For every holiday season, Six Flags decks its halls for Holiday in the Park. This is a festive event that starts on Nov. 18 and ends on Jan. 1. Tickets can be expensive without a season pass, but Holiday in the Park really does offer a ton of fun. Rides and roller coasters are open throughout most of the season, weather permitting. The best part is that the whole park gets a holiday transformation. Seasonal lights and menu items are added as well as new holiday shows and characters. For more information, visit the Six Flags website.
6. Watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
On Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade rides down the streets of downtown New York City. This is a beloved tradition for many in the Tri-State area to attend the parade. Giant floats and balloons of renowned characters float through the streets. Moreover, there will also be music performances throughout the day from artists such as Sabrina Carpenter, Flo Rida and Andy Grammer. If attending the actual parade is not possible, watching it from the comfort of home can be just as cool.
7. Black Friday / Cyber Monday
These two events are probably either marked on most people's calendars or etched in their minds. However, it would not hurt to give a brief reminder. Black Friday is on Nov. 24, and it is a perfect day to get some outrageous discounts as well as a few injuries depending on how avid the other Black Friday celebrators are. Cyber Monday on Nov. 27 is the safer edition of Black Friday with the same incredible sales.
8. Tree Lighting in NYC
The Christmas Tree lighting is a splendid and memorable occasion for the holiday season that takes place on Nov. 29. Students should visit the Rockefeller Center for the tree lighting. The giant tree is quite the spectacle when it is lit up. One could even make a whole night out of this trip to the Rockefeller Center by going ice skating on the rink. All this could certainly stir up the holiday spirit in students across campus.
Overall, there are a ton of activities that students can do before winter rolls in. It's important for students to be a part of these events because they can act as crucial mental breaks from studying and doing homework. They can provide students the necessary relaxation to recuperate for the remainder of the first semester. Moreover, these activities are fun and exciting, and they will definitely get students ready for the holiday season.