Thanksgiving Activities for Kids in New York City

Thanksgiving Activities for Kids in New York City

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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

La MaMa Kids Creativity for Kids: Connect Through Play
WHEN: Nov. 18, 11am
WHERE: La MaMa Experimental Theatre, 66 E. 4th St., East Village
AGES: Young elementary, Tween
WHAT: In this LaMaMa kids workshop, participants will play theater games, sing, move, and act out stories in a safe and fun environment. Taking place the week of Thanksgiving, all of the creative games and exercises will focus on the theme of giving thanks.
WANT TO GO? $10 children; free for adults. 212-254-6468. lamama.org.
 

FREE Macy's Thanksgiving Parade Balloon Inflation Event 
WHEN: 
Wednesday, Nov. 22, 3-10pm
WHERE: Theodore Roosevelt Park, West 79th Street and Columbus Avenue, Upper West Side 
AGES: 
All 
WHAT: 
Watch the big balloons fill up before they make their Thanksgiving Day trip through the heart of Manhattan. 
WANT TO GO? 
macys.com/parade. 
 

FREE 91st Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 23, 9am-12pm
WHERE: Parade begins at Central Park West and 77th Street, Sixth Avenue, Upper West Side and Midtown 
AGES: All 
WHAT: This year's parade promises all the awesomely soaring balloons including Hello Kitty, Ronald McDonald, Elf on the Shelf, and Charlie Brown, to name a few, plus marching bands, performers, and floats that families love. 
WHY WE LOVE IT: What better way to get out of the kitchen on Thanksgiving morning? 
WANT TO GO? 212-494-4495. macys.com/parade. 
 

Thanksgiving Weekend Celebration
WHEN: Nov. 24-26, Friday-Sunday, 10am-5pm
WHERE: Children's Museum of Manhattan, 212 W. 83rd St., Upper West Side 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Create a dinner plate that tells a story of your family and what you are grateful for, enjoy a performance by the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers, take in a storytelling program about Steve Metzger’s book The Great Turkey Race, and step up to an interactive dance performance by Steps on Broadway. 
WANT TO GO? $14; $11 seniors; free for children younger than 1. 212-721-1223. cmom.org. 

 

Thanksgiving Events in Brooklyn

Shadow Box Theatre Presents 'Tobias Turkey'
WHEN: Nov. 9-22, Monday-Friday, 10:30am
WHERE: PS 3, 50 Jefferson Ave., Bedford-Stuyvesant 
AGES: 3-8 
WHAT: Meet Tobias, the most determied turkey on the farm. In this funny Thanksgiving tale, Tobias provides children with lots of laughs and a valuable lesson with determination they can do anything.   
WANT TO GO? $15. 212-724-0677. shadowboxtheatre.org. 
 

Transportation Inventions
WHEN:
Nov. 24-26, Friday-Sunday, 1:30-2:15pm
WHERE: New York Transit Museum, Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street, AGES: Young elementary, Tween, Teen
WHAT: Visit the museum during the Thanksgiving break. Use your imagination, a little inspiration, and the wacky materials on hand to plan, blueprint, and build a pint-sized vehicle model of the future.
WANT TO GO? $10; $5 children ages 2-17. 718-694-1600. nytransitmuseum.org.

  

Thanksgiving Events on Staten Island

Thanksgiving with the Beasts
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 18, 12-3pm
WHERE: Staten Island Zoo, 614 Broadway, Staten Island 
AGES: All 
WHAT: In the tradition of celebrating a harvest, join in as the zookeepers make special Thanksgiving feasts for the animals. The event also features the Red Storm Drum and Dance Troupe celebrating the Native American culture and its strong relationship wth animals. Their perfomance includes music, song, dance, and stories.
WANT TO GO? $10 for those age 15 and older; $6 for children 3-14; $7 for seniors 60 and older; free for children yonder than 2. 718-442-3101. statenislandzoo.org. 
 

Thanksgiving Parade Floats
WHEN: Sunday, NOv. 19, 1-3:30pm
WHERE: Staten Island Children's Museum, 1000 Richmond Ave., Staten Island
AGES: All
WHAT: Create a float using cardboard boxes and balloons. Then show off your float in a holiday parade.
WANT TO GO? $8; free for children younger than 1. 718-273-2060. sichildrensmuseum.org.
 

FREE Thanksgiving Kitchen Tours 
WHEN: Nov. 24-26, Friday-Sunday, 1-5pm
WHERE: Historic Richmond Town, 441 Clarke Ave., Staten Island 
AGES: All 
WHAT: Tour the historic kitchens on the site and discover recipes and the sources of Thanksgiving meals we enjoy today. 
WANT TO GO? 718-351-1611. historicrichmondtown.org. 
 

Thanksgiving Events in Queens

Let’s Talk Turkey 
WHEN:Sunday, Nov. 5, 10:30am
WHERE: Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston 
AGES: 3-5, Adult 
WHAT: Get ready for Thanksgiving by learning about these fine-feathered friends. Examine turkey feathers, share a turkey tale, take a nature walk looking for local birds, and meet a ring-necked dove. 
WANT TO GO? $21. 718-229-4000. alleypond.com. 
 

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. hicksnurseries.com. 
 

Young Chefs Give Thanks Once Again!
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 18, 10:30am
WHERE: Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston
AGES: Tween
WHAT: Thanksgiving is customarily a time to give thanks for the harvest and appreciate everything we are blessed with. With this in mind, our Young Chefs will "shop" for goods in our “APEC” market and together, create Thanksgiving baskets filled with groceries for the less fortunate to enjoy over the holidays. Young Chefs will also learn how to cook fresh zucchini pancakes and garlic bread to enjoy with a nice cup of warm apple cider! All materials included. (Cost of baskets to be donated included in class fee.)
WANT TO GO? $30. 718-229-4000. alleypond.com.
 

7th Annual Kid's Turkey Trot: Long Island City YMCA 
WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 23, 9am
WHERE: 32-23 Queens Blvd., Long Island City NY 11101 
AGES: All
WHAT: Families can start a new NYC Thanksgiving Day tradition at this event designed to celebrate healthy living, fun, and community diversity. Activities will include a mini dance class, warm-up and stretch, pictures with the turkey, and a post-race dance and awards celebration. Trophies and medals will be awarded to boys and girls across the age groups. The event expects to raise over $3,000 for the YMCA’s Annual Campaign which ensures that no child or family is turned away from life-enhancing YMCA programs because of the inability to pay. Registration required.
WANT TO GO? 718-392-7932. ymcanyc3.givezooks.com. 
 

FREE Family Holiday Crafts
WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 23, 6:30pm
WHERE: Laurelton Library, 134-26 225th St., Laurelton
AGES: All
WHAT: Come create memories and holiday crafts with your family for Thanksgiving!
WANT TO GO? 718-528-2822. queenslibrary.org.

 

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