Thanksgiving Activities for Kids on Long Island

Thanksgiving Activities for Kids on Long Island

Check out these great family activities in Nassau County and Suffolk County around Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is all about spending time with loved ones and making memories and traditions that will last for years to come. We’ve rounded up a list of Thanksgiving activities for kids on Long Island's Nassau and Suffolk counties that the whole family will enjoy. We've also gathered Thanksgiving events for kids in New York City and in Westchester and Rockland counties.

Thanksgiving Events in Nassau County

FREE Learn to Create Thanksgiving Table Arrangements 
WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 8, 11am
WHERE: Manhasset Public Library, 30 Onderdonk Ave., Manhasset 
AGES: 13 and older 
WHAT: Thanksgiving Table Arrangements demonstration by Scott Lucas of Old Westbury Gardens using items that can be easily purchased from your local grocery store.  
WANT TO GO? 516-627-2300. 

FREE Thanksgiving Gratitude Tea with Barbara Sheridan
WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 9, 7pm
WHERE: Floral Park Public Library, 17 Caroline Place, Floral Park 
AGES: 13-17 
WHAT: Join Chef Barbara for a tea class and new recipes. A menu inspired by the season will set a lovely tone for the special day. Bring your favorite tea cup. 
WANT TO GO? 516-326-6330. 

FREE Tom Turkey Tray
Monday, Nov. 13, 4:30pm
WHERE: Island Trees Public Library, 38 Farmedge Road, Island Trees
AGES: Young elementary, Tween
WHAT: Join Shirley Ruby and get ready for the holiday with this beautiful tray. Learn to paint on plastic using permanent paint and markers. Perfect for a gift or to keep and use to decorate your family's table. Tray is food safe.
WANT TO GO? 516-731-2211.

FREE Chefs of d'Future
WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 14, 5:30pm
WHERE: Floral Park Public Library, 17 Caroline Place, Floral Park
AGES: Tweens in grades 4-6
WHAT: We will be preparing something savory and delicious for Thanksgiving.
WANT TO GO? 516-326-6330. 

Children’s Workshop: Create a Potted Turkey 
WHEN: Friday, Nov. 17, 4pm and 6pm
WHERE: Hicks Nurseries, 100 Jericho Turnpike, Westbury 
AGES: 5-12 
WHAT: Decorate a clay pot with feathers, eyes, mouth, and feet, then place a colorful croton plant in it. 
WANT TO GO? $10 per child. 516-334-0066.  

FREE 9th Annual Bethpage Turkey Drive Benefiting Island Harvest 
WHEN: Friday, Nov. 17, 7am-6:30pm
WHERE: Bethpage Federal Credit Union, 899 S. Oyster Bay Ave., Bethpage 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Help feed Long Island families this Thanksgiving at the annual Bethpage Turkey Drive benefiting Island Harvest. Donations of frozen turkeys and non-perishable goods will help feed more than 315,000 families in need. 
WHY WE LOVE IT: Keep up the Thanksgiving spirit by giving back to others. 
WANT TO GO? 516-349-6736. 

FREE 'Bear Says Thanks' Story Time
Saturday, Nov. 18, 11am
WHERE: Barnes and Noble, 91 Old Country Road, Carle Place
AGES: Young elementary
WHAT: Join us for this special story time in celebration of Thanksgiving. When Bear decides to throw a feast to thank his friends, they show up one by one with different platters of delicious food to share. There's just one problem: Bear's cupboards are bare! What is he to do? Find out at story time, with activities to follow.
WANT TO GO? 516-741-9850. 

Native American Feast 
WHEN: Nov. 18-19, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-4pm
WHERE: Garvies Point Museum and Preserve, 50 Barry Drive, Glen Cove 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Hands-on activities including pottery-making using ancient methods, primitive fire-building, and on-site open fire cooking with samples (including our famous popcorn soup). Authentic Native American food displays with samplings, along with artifacts and tool technology, including drilling in stone, face painting with natural pigments, and spear throwing using an atlatl. 
WHY WE LOVE IT: It's a great opportunity to learn about many aspects of Native American culture. 
WANT TO GO? $8; $5 children ages 5-12; free for children younger than 5. 516-571-8010. 

Thanksgiving Weekend Evening Tower Tour
 Saturday, Nov. 25, 4pm
WHERE: Fire Island Lighthouse, Robert Moses State Park parking field 5, Fire Island 
AGES: Young elementary, Tween, Teen, Adult
WHAT: Experience the Lighthouse at night while working off some of those holiday calories. Bring a flashlight for your walk back to the parking field. Reservations required.
WANT TO GO? $20. 631-661-4876. 

Thanksgiving Events in Suffolk County

'The Great Turkey Chase!' 
Nov. 4-18, Saturdays, 2pm
WHERE: Bayway Arts Center Children's Theatre, 265 E. Main St., East Islip 
AGES: 3-8 
WHAT: Jenny Jura foils her mother's cooking show and frees the wise and funny turkey that was to be the main course. 
WHY WE LOVE IT: Kids will learn a valuable lesson about friendship and standing up for what you believe in. 
WANT TO GO? $13. 631-581-2700.  

Thanksgiving Table Centerpiece 
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 18, 9am-12pm
WHERE: Hallockville Museum and Farm, 6038 Sound Ave., Riverhead 
AGES: 13 and older 
WHAT: Learn how to create your own natural Long Island Pumpkin centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table. Materials will be provided, but feel free to bring cuttings from your own garden. 
WANT TO GO? $35. 631-298-5292. 

FREE Preschool Turkey Time 
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 18, 10-11am
WHERE: Riverhead Free Library, 330 Court St., Riverhead 
AGES: 3-8 
WHAT: Join Miss Barbara to listen to turkey stories, learn “thankful” songs, and make a special craft. 
WANT TO GO? 631-727-3228. 

FREE Turkey Cupcakes 
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 18, 3-3:45pm
WHERE: Riverhead Free Library, 330 Court St., Riverhead 
AGES: 5-12 
WHAT: Decorate adorable cupcakes just in time for Thanksgiving. 
WANT TO GO? 631-727-3228. 

Thanksgiving Paint Event 
WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 19, 4-5:30pm
WHERE: Key to My Art, 10 W. Oak St., Amityville 
AGES: 5-12 
WHAT: Paint a cornucopia to celebrate Thanksgiving. 
WANT TO GO? $20. 631-608-9048. 


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Main Image: A child makes a craft project at a previous event at the Whaling Museum and Education Center
Courtesy Whaling Museum and Education Center