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Online and In-Person Thanksgiving Activities and Events for Kids

Online and In-Person Thanksgiving Activities and Events for Kids

Here are some Thanksgiving activities for kids provided by the amazing businesses in our area and some other ideas for having a great turkey day with your family.

This Thanksgiving, it is more important to us than ever before to ensure your kids have the best holiday possible. Whether it's making the perfect hand turkey, trying a new Thanksgiving recipe, or planning the ultimate Zoom Thanksgiving dinner, we want your family to feel as full as possible this year (literally and figuratively). Here are some fun online and in-person Thanksgiving activities provided by the amazing businesses in our area.

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In-Person Thanksgiving Activities and Events for Kids in New York
Online Thanksgiving Activities and Events for Kids

In-Person Thanksgiving Activities and Events for Kids

IN PERSON Thanksgiving Music Event & Food Drive
WHEN: Nov. 21, 2020, 1:30-3:30pm
WHERE: Bach to Rock Music School Nanuet, 150 East Route 59, Nanuet
AGES: All 
WHAT: Join Bach to Rock Music School Nanuet for an afternoon of musical activities, games, karaoke, instrument exploration, and even learn to DJ at their Thanksgiving Music Event & Food Drive. All ages are welcome and kids/adults alike will leave learning something new within the world of music! Enrollment discounts will also be available for this day only. If you have been contemplating learning a new instrument, now is the time to get started! Lessons are available in-person or virtually. This event will be RSVP ONLY and limited time slots are available. Families are asked to donate non-perishable/canned food items as entry to the event. Bach to Rock Music School Nanuet will be donating to a local food pantry to support families in need this Thanksgiving season. Time slots will be assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis. Families will be staggered to ensure proper social distancing. Masks are required and health screenings/temperature checks will be completed upon entry.
WANT TO GO? Call 845-215-9536 or email to reserve your family's time slot today!

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IN PERSON Thanksgiving Story Time and Craft
WHEN: Nov. 21, 11am-12pm
WHERE: Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Avenue, Staten Island
AGES: Baby & toddler, Pre-school & younger, Young elementary
WHAT: Gobble Gobble! Join the Greenbelt Nature Center the Saturday before Thanksgiving as educator Christopher Rommel reads a children’s turkey story, then everyone will create a turkey craft to take home! (Tryptophan not included.) Children ages 2 and up. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Advanced registration required. 
WANT TO GO? FREE. Register online.

IN-PERSON Inside Art
WHEN: Ongoing exhibition
WHERE: Children's Museum of Manhattan, The Tisch Building, 212 W. 83rd St., Upper West Side
AGES: 3-10
WHAT: Families will be invited to make hand-held parade floats, which will be built using a variety of recycled materials. The museum team will also conduct mini socially distanced Thanksgiving Day parades in the exhibit. 

WHEN: Nov. 26, Anytime
WHERE: Prospect Park Track Club, Prospect Park Track Run at Park Drive or online
AGES: All Ages
WHAT: One of Brooklyn’s most popular races, this spectacular 5-miler is the perfect way to kick off your holiday season! While this year it will be run as a virtual race, the Prospect Park Track Club is closely monitoring the pandemic as it relates to New York City. If there is an opportunity to offer this event as an in-person race, that option will become available to those that register. The Prospect Park Track Club will continue to maintain communication with the Prospect Park Alliance to see whether it may be possible to safely and responsibly hold a race on the traditional 5-mile course on Thanksgiving Day. They will share any information regarding that as the event approaches. Registered runners will have their race packets mailed to their homes and can submit their times for race placement. Registration must be completed by November 20th.
WANT TO GO? $40. Register online.

IN-PERSON Thanksgiving for the Birds
Nov. 22, 12-1:30pm
WHERE: Sheldrake Environmental Center, 685 Weaver St., Larchmont
AGES: Pre-school & younger, Young elementary
WHAT: What are you thankful for? Join Sheldrake Environmental Center for a fun nature walk to look for all of the things we are thankful for in nature. Participants will also make something fun to help us share a Thanksgiving feast with our animal friends! This program will be held entirely outdoors. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Advanced registration required. 
WANT TO GO? $10; $8 members. Register online.

IN-PERSON Turkey Trot Kids Fun Run
Nov. 21, 10am or 11:30am
WHERE: Rolling River Day Camp, 477 Ocean Ave., East Rockaway
AGES: Pre-school & younger, Young elementary, Tween, Adult
WHAT: Run now, gobble later! Join us for our first annual Turkey Trot Race on Saturday, November 21, 2020 (raindate Sunday, November 22, 2020). Ticket price includes a kid's Fun Run, family races, post race party, snacks and more! Come dressed in your best turkey attire. Prizes will be given out for the most creative costumes in each age group. There will be staggered start times and all safety protocols will be followed. Each session will last for one hour. To comply with COVID regulations, only 50 tickets per session will be available. Children under 2 are free. Masks are required for ages 5 years old and up. Masks may be removed while racing. Families are being asked to bring non-perishable food items which will be donated to Gammy's Pantry. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Rolling River's "Campmates Scholarship Program."
WANT TO GO? $20 Kids; $15 Adults

Online Thanksgiving Activities and Events for Kids

ONLINE Macy's 94th Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade
WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 26, 9am-12pm
WHERE: Macy's Herald Square - Online
WHAT: The 94th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Celebration will be reimagined for a safe, national, television only presentation. The parade will air nationwide on NBC. Macy's Parade's signature giant helium balloons, floats, street performers, clowns, and, of course, the arrival of the holiday season will be presented on this nationwide broadcast.

ONLINE BYOB! Kids Virtual "Giving Thanks" Book Club
Friday, Nov. 20, 4-4:45pm
WHERE: Google Hangouts 
WHAT: Giving Thanks!!! What are you thankful for: friends, family, school, BOOKS? Join the Fort Washington children's librarians as we share some of our favorite Thanksgiving themed books. Please bring a book in which you are thankful for to share with us.  This book discussion is geared towards children 7-12 and their  parents/ caregivers; unaccompanied adults or children will be asked to leave the program.
AGES:  7-12 and parents 
WANT TO GO? Register online

ONLINE Thanksgiving Trivia
Friday, Nov. 24, 2-3pm
WHERE: Google Hangouts 
WHAT: Thanksgiving is right around the corner...Do you know fun facts and history about the Thanksgiving holiday? Join us for a fun trivia game! Gobble Gobble!
WANT TO GO? Register online

ONLINE YA Book Discussion: Cookbook Edition
Tuesday, Nov. 24, 3-4pm
WHERE: Google Hangouts 
WHAT:  The food season is here!!!! Let talk about your favorite recipes or your favorite cookbooks.  Thanksgiving is coming up, so let's get ourselves ready and hungry for the huge feast. During the Virtual Open Book Hour you will discover new genres or titles, meet new people in your community and, have good conversation in a relaxed setting.
AGES: 13-18
WANT TO GO? Register online

ONLINE Thanksgiving Illustration Storytime (How to draw a Cartoon Acorn)
Tuesday, Nov. 24, 3-4pm
WHERE: Google Hangouts 
WHAT:  Join the Tremont staff for a read aloud about Acorns. Do you know what an acorn is? How about drawimg one with me. it will be fun & easy. Just grab a pencil, paper and enjoy some hoilday fun. In this program both the parent /caregiver and the child must be present . After you have registered, a link will be sent to your email.
WANT TO GO? Register online

ONLINE Let's Talk Cooking with Mercedes: Virtual Thanksgiving/Christmas
WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 25, 5-6pm
WHERE: Google Hangouts 
WHAT:  Virtual Discussion. 
WANT TO GO? Register online

ONLINE Cookbooks and Conversations
WHEN: Monday, Nov. 30, 1-2pm
WHERE: Google Hangouts 
WHAT:  This month we will feature cookbooks that focus on autumnal dishes and Thanksgiving themed recipes. Have a favorite recipe or cookbook that fit the topic of discussion? Share it with others that take interest in the art of cooking and love of cookbooks! All featured books will be available to reserve and/or checkout through our NYPL catalogue and E-Book applications [Simply-E, Libby, Overdrive]
WANT TO GO? Register online



Here at NYMetroParents, we've got everything you need to have a safefun, and festive fall and Halloween season.  Whether it is pumpkin or apple picking, getting lost in a corn maze, making Halloween crafts or finding costumes and decorations, we're here to help. 

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