10 Fun Thanksgiving Events for Kids on Long Island

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Looking for a fun Thanksgiving-themed event this November on Long Island? Our list includes Thanksgiving stories and crafts, family shows, and historical events on Long Island, including East Islip, Floral Park, Garden City, Lindenhurst, Oyster Bay, Riverhead, and beyond.


thanksgiving day parade nycWhile you may not wish your turkey to have thick skin, it may be wise for Thanksgiving to develop one—what with Christmas nipping at its heels before the last gravy-laden dish has a chance to land in the dishwasher. Of course I won't mention that I heard Christmas music playing at the mall even before Oct. 31—I wouldn’t want to upset Halloween! This is after all the season of peace and harmony. Everyone—even the holidays—should get along. Here’s where to catch a variety of Thanksgiving-themed events on Long Island this November:


Thanksgiving Stories & Crafts

Create your own “Tree”-Mendous Thanksgiving Cards to give to someone you are thankful for. Nov. 1-29 at the Long Island Children’s Museum in Garden City.

Teens can make Thanksgiving Pumpkin Loaves to donate to those in need. Community service certificates will be awarded to participants. Nov. 15 at Floral Park Public Library in Floral Park.

Join a Turkey Talk and learn about Thanksgiving traditions, then make your own turkey decoration. Nov. 17 at the Long Island Children’s Museum in Garden City.

Enjoy Thanksgiving Stories with State Senator Jack Martins and children’s librarian Pilgrim Newman. Nov. 18 at Floral Park Public Library in Floral Park. FREE!

Kids can help make (and eat!) a Hearty Thanksgiving Feast and do a related craft. Nov. 20 at What’s Cooking? in Oyster Bay.

At Thanksgiving! at the Long Island Science Center in Riverhead on Nov. 23, kids can learn the true difference between a turkey and a chicken.


Thanksgiving Show

Who Took Tom Turkey?

Nov. 16 at BroadHollow’s Studio Theatre, Lindenhurst
Nov. 17
at BroadHollow’s BayWay Arts Centre, East Islip

A talking turkey teaches Pilgrims and Indians the true meaning of Thanksgiving in the holiday musical Who Took Tom Turkey?


Turkey & History

Thanksgiving Celebration the Old-Fashioned Way

Old Bethpage Village Restoration, Old Bethpage
Nov. 23-24

See demonstrations of a Thanksgiving Celebration the Old-Fashioned Way, complete with wood-burning stoves, beehive ovens, and open hearths.


Thanksgiving Native American Feast

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve, Glen Cove
Nov. 23

Sample authentic food at a Thanksgiving Native American Feast. Enjoy hands-on activities, including pottery making, primitive fire-building, and on-site cooking demonstrations.


A Family Thanksgiving Feast

Thanksgiving at Glen Cove Mansion

Glen Cove Mansion, Glen Cove
Nov. 28

An elegant Garden Ballroom, featuring sweeping views of the formal English-style gardens, is the site for Thanksgiving at Glen Cove Mansion, where a festive buffet will be served.


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