Lauren McCutcheon, For The Inquirer

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It’s Christmas in South Jersey for early-bird Philly families. Plus more to do with kids this week.

Christmas anticipators can jump start the season in Hammonton and Mount Laurel. Also this week: a huge, streamed dance party, citizenship for scouts, and opportunities to be a planet protector.

Try these family activities to keep the election jitters at a low simmer this week

Enjoy outdoor storytime at Chew Playground, pick up a free crafting kit for upcoming virtual workshops, stretch Halloween into Nov. 1 at the Museum of the American Revolution.

Oh, boo, a Halloween without trick-or-treating. Here are some fun Philly family alternatives.

Zoom into an Art Museum party, dance to "Thriller" at People's Light, take a Halloween/dino-themed stroll in Haddonfield, or go all the way alt with an Oct. 31 bird walk in Tacony.

It’s another packed week of fall outings for Philly families, from scarecrow walks to ‘spooky’ golf

Fun things to do with kids this week also include free croquet lessons at Cliveden and the livestreamed kickoff to Bella Vista's annual Da Vinci Fest.

Boo at the Zoo and beyond: Fall outings for Philly families this week

Explore leaves and seeds at a Pennypack nature walk, go bird-watching in Fairmount Park, and enjoy family-friendly museum programs, including a virtual ofrenda-making workshop for Día de los Muertos.

Great family outings in Philly this week, including pop-up art in parks and Chestnut Hill’s ‘Night of Lights’

The Museum of the American Revolution opens a new exhibit about voting history, with a voting selfie station and 'I Voted' stickers for all.

A different fall? Yes, but family fun abounds with Zoom storytimes, teen forums, and Halloween haunts

There's even lanternfly trap-making on the Camden Waterfront and virtual handbuilding led by The Clay Studio. And an outdoor movie night at Smith Memorial Playground.

Philly family fun this week: pumpkin carving, a pop-up play station and more

A new pop-up play station debuts at the Franklin Institute Wednesday. Morgan's Pier will have pumpkin carving on weekends.

Philly kids and their teacher-parents both need a break. How about a hike? Or a scarecrow build?

Brandywine has a new hike-through-history map. Peddler's Village and Rancocas Woods help you make scarecrows. And Diggerland abides, with weekend hours into November.

Young naturalists, Smith Memorial play jam, Fringe for kids: How to entertain the children while you work

You can also watch the National Liberty Museum honor 14 kids ages 18 and under who’ve done some fantastic things in the past year.