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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 ManhattanBrooklynStaten Island, 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

FREE The 2018 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 22 , 9am-12pm
WHERE: Macy's Herald Square, 151 W. 34th Street, Midtown 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Join millions of Americans in witnessing one of the country's most beloved Thanksgiving traditions, now in its 94th year! 
WHY WE LOVE IT: Every year, this nearly century-old tradition gets updated to include the most popular elements of kid culture. 
WANT TO GO? 212-695-4400. 


Living History: Thanksgiving and the Civil War 
WHEN: Nov. 23 -24, 11am-4pm
WHERE: New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park W., New York 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Did you know that Thanksgiving became a national holiday during the American Civil War? 
WANT TO GO? $21; $16 seniors and active military; $13 students; $6 children age 5-13; free for children 4 and younger . 212-873-3400. 


Thanksgiving Events in Brooklyn and Staten Island

Thanksgiving with the Beasts
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 17 , 12-3pm
WHERE: Staten Island Zoo, 614 Broadway, Staten Island 
AGES: All 
WHAT: The zoo will make Thanksgiving meals for the animals. Plus see the Red Storm Drum and Dance Troupe in a performance that includes music, songs, dancing, and stories.  
WANT TO GO? $10; $6 children ages 3-14; free for children 2 and younger . 718-442-3101. 


FREE Annual Day After Thanksgiving Hike
WHEN: Friday, Nov. 23 , 10am
WHERE: Blood Root Valley (Greenbelt), 700 Rockland Ave., Staten Island 
AGES: 9 and older 
WHAT: This hike typically lasts for more than 2.5 hours and is moderately paced. 
WANT TO GO? 718-351-3450. 


Thanksgiving Events in Queens

8th Annual Kid's Turkey Trot
WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 22 , 9am
WHERE: Long Island City YMCA, 32-23 Queens Blvd., Long Island City 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Activities will include a mini dance class, warm-up and stretches, pictures with the turkey, a post-race dance, and an awards celebration where trophies and medals will be given to participants. 
WHY WE LOVE IT: Families can start a new Thanksgiving Day tradition, and make more room for holiday pie. 
WANT TO GO? Call for cost. 718-392-7932. 


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Animal Tales: Getting Ready for Thanksgiving
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 17 , 10:30am
WHERE: Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston 
AGES: Newborn-5 
WHAT: Share a seasonal book, make a craft, enjoy a nature walk, and meet live animal guests that are characters from the story. 
WANT TO GO? $18. 718-229-4000. 

Give Back To Wildlife
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 17 , 1pm 
WHERE: Queens Zoo, 3-51 111th St., Corona 
AGES: 5-17 
WHAT: Celebrate Thanksgiving at the zoo and learn ways to give back to wildlife! 
WANT TO GO? $20 . 800-433-4149. 

Zero-Waste Thanksgiving
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 17 , 1-3pm
WHERE: Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing 
AGES: 9 and older 
WHAT: This Thanksgiving participants can show gratitude to the earth (and their wallet) by joining a special guest from All.Things.Cooked to hear kitchen tips for a zero waste Thanksgiving, from carrot top to turkey bone.  All.Things.Cooked is a cooking experiment that upcycles kitchen surplus to appreciate food nose to tail, root to stem. Registration required. 
WANT TO GO? $6. 718-886-3800. 

Young Chefs Give Thanks For The 6th Year!
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 17 , 10:30am
WHERE: Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston 
AGES: 5-12 
WHAT: Young Chefs will shop for goods in the “APEC” supermarket, create Thanksgiving baskets filled with groceries for families that are less fortunate, and prepare two treats. 
WANT TO GO? $30. 718-229-4000. 


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