Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Five Ways to Get Everyone out of the House on Thanksgiving

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Five Ways to Get Everyone out of the House on Thanksgiving

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You've tried to keep politics off the Thanksgiving table, but your diehard Democrat aunt and her resolute Republican brother are loudly replaying the entire 2012 presidential election.

Or maybe dear sweet Aunt Kitty was supposed to serve dinner at 2, but at 1:45, she discovers she set the oven way too low and the turkey won't be done until at least 6 p.m.

Perhaps your mother's place feels like a greenhouse, or your cousin's home is so cold you have frost breath.

Or maybe it's your own child who is acting up, because it's hard for a little kid to listen to adult conversations (and arguments) for hours.

Much as we love our families, certain members can drive us nuts - - possibly making us grateful that this day comes but once a year.

Sometimes, in order to maintain your holiday humor, you (or your guests) need to take a little break. While many things are closed on turkey day, there are ways to escape beyond shopping or watching football. Here are five options in or near North Jersey where you can chill out (or maybe warm up) for a while.

The zoo

The Bergen County Zoo, Paramus, nestled in Van Saun County Park, is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving. The train ride and carousel are not operating, but the zoo is home to a wide variety of mammals, reptiles and birds. And it's free at this time of year. 201-262-3771 or co.bergen.nj.us/bcParks/zoo.aspx. Manhattan's Central Park Zoo and the Tisch Children's Zoo, right off Fifth Avenue between 63rd and 66th streets, are also open and feature 130 different species, ranging from polar bears to tropical birds. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $12, $9 seniors (65 and up), $7 children 3 to 12. 212-439-6500 or centralparkzoo.com.

The multiplex

Yes, movie theaters are open. One fitting flick to see would be "Lincoln" (2 hours, 30 minutes, PG-13), since Abraham Lincoln was the one who issued a proclamation for a National Day of Thanksgiving. …

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