Thanksgiving Activities for Kids in New York City

Thanksgiving Activities for Kids in New York City

Check out these great family activities in New York City 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 in Manhattan and Queens that the whole family will enjoy. We've also gathered Thanksgiving events for kids in Westchester CountyRockland County, and on Long Island.
 

Thanksgiving Events in Manhattan

 

Workshop di Thanksgiving
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 23, 3:30-5pm
WHERE: Collina Italiana, 1556 Third Ave., Suite 603, Upper East Side
AGES: 5 and younger
WHAT: Art and crafts, games, and songs! Learn Italian with fun!
WANT TO GO? $40. 212-427-7770. collinaitaliana.com.

Thanksgiving Deco
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 23, 3-5pm
WHERE: SpeakItaly NYC, 49 W. 28th St., 3rd Floor, Nomad
AGES: 2-5
WHAT: Thanksgiving is probably the most American celebration of all but we, Italians, love it too! We will celebrate "il Giorno del Ringraziamento" with traditional art and craft, stories and lovely activities. *Drop off only.
WANT TO GO? $35. 212-603-9685. [email protected].

Thanksgiving Centerpieces
WHEN: Monday, Nov. 25, 12-5pm
WHERE: Children’s Museum of the Arts, 103 Charlton St., Tribeca
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Design your own centerpiece to use during Thanksgiving wherever you are celebrating! Whether it is a statue of a turkey or a Cranberry Sauce city, make something that lights your dinner up and will be a conversation piece for family members!
WANT TO GO? Free with museum admissions: $13; free for children younger than 1. 212-274-0986. cmany.org/.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 28, 9am-12pm
WHERE: Macy’s Herald Square, 9am-12pm
AGES: All
WHAT: The annual parade celebrates Thanksgiving with over-the-top fun, epic balloons and floats, major stars and more.
WANT TO GO? 212-695-4400. macys.com.

Turkey of Thanks Art Installation
WHEN: Nov. 26-29, 11/26-27, 11/29, 10am-12pm
WHERE: Children’s Museum of Manhattan, 212 W. 83rd St., Upper West Side
AGES: All
WHAT: Shake your Turkey feathers and tell us what you’re thankful for when you add your feather to our Thanksgiving turkey sculpture.
WANT TO GO? Free with museum admission: $15; free for children younger than 1. 212-721-1223. cmom.org.

Thanksgiving Day Parade Floats
WHEN: Nov. 26- Dec. 1, 11/26-27, 11/29-12/1, 1-3pm
WHERE: Children’s Museum of Manhattan, 212 W. 83rd St., Upper West Side
AGES: All
WHAT: Every year, thousands of people come to New York City to watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade with its giant balloons and elaborate floats. Create a 3D float inspired by some of the Parade’s most famous designs.
WANT TO GO? Free with museum admission: $15; free for children younger than 1. 212-721-1223. cmom.org.

Storytelling: Balloons Over Broadway
WHEN: Nov. 26- Dec. 1, 11/26-27, 11/29-12/1, 10:30am
WHERE: Children’s Museum of Manhattan, 212 W. 83rd St., Upper West Side
AGES: 4 and younger
WHAT: Museum Educators share the story of the puppeteer Tony Sarg who invented the idea of the “upside-down puppets.” His idea of helium balloons has become the trademark of the Thanksgiving Day parade.
WANT TO GO? Free with museum admission: $15; free for children younger than 1. 212-721-1223. cmom.org.

 

Thanksgiving Activities in Queens

FREE Fall Film Festival: ‘Home for the Holidays’
WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 14, 6-8pm
WHERE: Flushing Library, 41-17 Main St., Flushing
AGES: 13 and older
WHAT: In this sentimental comedy, a single woman dreads the annual Thanksgiving visit with her loving but overbearing family. (1995, PG-13)
WANT TO GO? 718-661-1200. queenslibrary.org.

FREE Thanksgiving Crafts
WHEN: Friday, Nov. 15, 3:30-4:15pm
WHERE: Queens Library–Auburndale Branch, 25-55 Francis Lewis Blvd., Flushing
AGES: 2-5
WHAT: Children ages 3 and up with their caregivers will enjoy making a beautiful craft relating to Thanksgiving. Registration is not required.
WANT TO GO? 718-352-2027. www.queenslibrary.org/branch/auburndale/.

FREE Teen Cuisine: Pumpkin Scones (Donation Event)
WHEN: Friday, Nov. 15, 4-5pm
WHERE: Floral Park Library, 17 Caroline Place, Floral Park
AGES: 13-17
WHAT: The spirit of Thanksgiving is here! Make a difference! Join the library to make delicious pumpkin scones to give to others in need. And take home some for your family & friends to enjoy! Earn community service. Sign up online or at the Adult Reference Desk.
WANT TO GO? 516-326-6330. floralparklibrary.org.

FREE Thanksgiving Family Movie
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 16, 2-4pm
WHERE: Queens Library–Arverne, 312 Beach 54 St., Arverne
AGES: All
WHAT: Families are invited to join us for our Thanksgiving afternoon movie screening.
WANT TO GO? 718-634-4784.

FREE Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids
WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 19, 4-5pm
WHERE: Queens Library–South Ozone Park Branch, 128-16 Rockaway Blvd., South Ozone Park
AGES: All
WHAT: Children of all ages are welcome to stop in and create a fun Thanksgiving craft.
WANT TO GO? 718-529-1660. www.queenslibrary.org/branch/South-Ozone-Park.

FREE Thanksgiving Crafts with Artist Sol Aramendi
WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 19, 4-6pm
WHERE: Langston Hughes Library–Community Cultural Center, 100-01 Northern Blvd., Flushing
AGES: 2-5
WHAT: Bring your little ones to enjoy an afternoon of creativity by making these lovely paper bag turkeys while they listen to the story of the first Thanksgiving Day. On a first-come, first served basis. Supplies are limited.
WANT TO GO? 718-875-3500. http://littleflowerny.org/event/foster-parent-information-ev.

FREE Thanksgiving Crafts With Shahnaz Begum
WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 20, 4-6pm
WHERE: Queens Library–Broadway Branch, 40-20 Broadway, Long Island City
AGES: All
WHAT: Make a cute and fun paper turkey ornament with artist Shahnaz Begum that you can use to decorate your house for Thanksgiving. Supplies are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. [Program in English and Bengali].
WANT TO GO? 718-721-2462. www.queenslibrary.org/branch/Broadway.

FREE Teen Thanksgiving Day Activity
WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 21, 3:30-4:30pm
WHERE: Queens Library–Peninsula, 92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach
AGES: 13 and older
WHAT: Come and join us for a fun Thanksgiving activity for teens at Peninsula!
WANT TO GO? 718-634-1110.

FREE Thanksgiving Craft
WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 21, 4-5pm
WHERE: Queens Library–Woodhaven Branch, 85-41 Forest Parkway, Woodhaven
AGES: 6-12
WHAT: Ages 6-12 make a craft and bring some joy into the world!
WANT TO GO? 718-849-1010.

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FREE Thanksgiving Story & Craft
WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 21, 4-5pm
WHERE: Forest Hills Library, 108-19 71 Ave., Forest Hills
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Come to the Forest Hills Library for a Thanksgiving story and craft for ages 6-12. Preregistration is not required, but the program is limited to 16 children and is on a first- come, first-served basis. Get your ticket at the Children’s Room reference desk before the start of the program. Early arrival is strongly encouraged.
WANT TO GO? 718-268-7934. queenslibrary.org.

FREE Family Pre-School Hour: Thanksgiving Turkey
WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 21, 1-2pm
WHERE: Floral Park Library, 17 Caroline Place, Floral Park
AGES: 18 months-4
WHAT: Enjoy an hour of singing, dancing, storytelling and a special Thanksgiving craft with A Time for Kids, Inc. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? 516-326-6330. floralparklibrary.org.

FREE Thanksgiving Placemat Craft
WHEN: Friday, Nov. 22, 4:30-5:15pm
WHERE: Queens Library–Briarwood Branch, 85-12 Main St., Briarwood
AGES: All
WHAT: Come and color a Thanksgiving placemat. This activity is first-come first-served as placemats are limited.
WANT TO GO? 718-658-1680. queenslibrary.org/branch/Briarwood.

LED Thanksgiving Cards: It’s Electric!
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 23, 11am-12pm
WHERE: Queens Historical Society at Kingsland Homestead, 143-35 37th Ave., Flushing
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Ever wondered what makes all the lights in your house turn on? Electricity is all around us and powers almost everything we use in our daily lives, from our cellphones to our televisions. But how does it work? We will teach you about how circuits work and you will even get the chance to create a simple one of your own! Join us on November 23rd at Kingsland Homestead where kids will get to create their own personalize Thanksgiving greeting card that features sustainable LED lights.
WANT TO GO? $10. 718-939-0647. www.queenshistoricalsociety.org.

FREE Thanksgiving Craft
WHEN: Monday, Nov. 25, 4-4:45pm
WHERE: Queens Library–McGoldrick Branch, 155-06 Roosevelt Ave., Flushing
AGES: All
WHAT: Join us for a special Thanksgiving craft!
WANT TO GO? 718-461-1616. www.queenslibrary.org/branch/McGoldrick.

FREE It’s Time for Kind: Thanksgiving Placemat Craft
WHEN: Monday, Nov. 25, 6-7pm
WHERE: Queens Library–Poppenhusen Branch, 121-23 14 Ave., College Point
AGES: All
WHAT: Get ready for your family celebration by creating a handmade placemat for your favorite dish using natural materials such as leaves, twigs, and acorns. Bring your imagination and creativity to this fun activity for all ages from children to adults.
WANT TO GO? 718-359-1102. www.queenslibrary.org/branch/Poppenhusen.

FREE Thanksgiving Arts and Crafts
WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 26, 3-4pm
WHERE: Queens Library–South Hollis Branch, 204-01 Hollis Ave., South Hollis
AGES: All
WHAT: Join us to make a Thanksgiving handprint, footprint, and turkey crafts and participate in gratitude activities.
WANT TO GO? 18-465-6779. www.queenslibrary.org/branch/South-Hollis.

FREE Thanksgiving Craft
WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 26, 3-3:45pm
WHERE: Queens Library–Douglaston-Little Neck Branch, 249-01 Northern Blvd., Little Neck
AGES: 2-12
WHAT: Children can make fun Thanksgiving crafts to celebrate the holiday.
WANT TO GO? 718-225-8414. www.queenslibrary.org/branch/Douglaston/Little-Neck.

FREE Thanksgiving Craft
WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 26, 3-3:45pm
WHERE: Queens Library–Queens Village Branch, 94-11 217 St., Queens Village
AGES: 4-12
WHAT: Children are welcome to celebrate Thanksgiving with a craft.
WANT TO GO? www.queenslibrary.org/branch/Queens-Village

FREE Thanksgiving Craft
WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 26, 3:30-4:30pm
WHERE: Queens Library–Maspeth Branch, 69-70 Grand Ave., Maspeth
AGES: All
WHAT: Children of all ages are welcome to stop in and create a fun Thanksgiving craft.
WANT TO GO? 718-639-5228. www.queenslibrary.org/branch/Maspeth.

It’s Time for Kind: Books and Crafts Thanksgiving Special
WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 26, 4-5pm
WHERE: Queens Library–Flushing Branch, 41-17 Main St., Flushing
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Readers can explore and create with their favorite books! We're exploring what it means to be kind and giving thanks for all the kindness we've experienced with a card-making craft.
WANT TO GO? 718-661-1200. www.queenslibrary.org/branch/Flushing.

FREE Thanksgiving Crafts
WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 27, 3-4pm
WHERE: Queens Library–Arverne, 312 Beach 54th St., Arverne
AGES: All
WHAT: Celebrate with us as we embrace this Thanksgiving with creative and fun arts and crafts. No registration required.
WANT TO GO? 718-634-4784.

FREE Time for Kind; Thanksgiving Crafternoon
WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 27, 4-5pm
WHERE: Queens Library–Hunters Point Branch, 47-40 Center Blvd., Long Island City
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Create something special to decorate your Thanksgiving dinner table, and then make some cards to give to the people you are thankful for. This is for kids in grades K-6. No registration required, but materials are limited; first-come, first-served.
WANT TO GO?

FREE Thanksgiving Nail Art
WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 27, 3:30-4:30pm
WHERE: Queens Library, South Ozone Park Branch, 128-16 Rockaway Blvd., South Ozone Park
AGES: All
WHAT: Come and get your nails painted and hand henna designs done for the Thanksgiving holiday. Materials are supplied.
WANT TO GO? 718-529-1660. www.queenslibrary.org/branch/South-Ozone-Park.

FREE Thanksgiving Game Time
WHEN: Friday, Nov. 29, 2:30-5:30pm
WHERE: Queens Library–Auburndale Branch, 25-55 Francis Lewis Blvd., Flushing
AGES: 4 and older
WHAT: Come join us for an afternoon of checkers, chess, Connect Four, Jenga, jigsaw puzzles, mancala for kids, Monopoly, Scrabble, World Hangman, and more! Registration is not required.
WANT TO GO? 718-352-2027. www.queenslibrary.org/branch/auburndale/.

 

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