Top Things to Do With Your Family in NYC in November

Top Things to Do With Your Family in NYC in November

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We've hand-picked the best things to do with your family in New York City in November. Family fun is all over Manhattan, across neighborhoods such as Greenwich Village, Little Italy, the Upper West Side, and beyond.

New York City Children's Theater's 'Please Bring Balloons'
WHEN: Sep. 10 - Dec. 10, Sundays, 10am and 12pm
WHERE: University Settlement, 184 Eldrige St., Lower East Side, NY
AGES: 3-5
WHAT: Back by popular demand, this show is an interactive, multi-sensory theater experience created for the youngest audience members and based on Lindsay Ward’s gorgeously illustrated children's book.
WHY WE LOVE IT: It's a great introduction to theater for toddlers.
WANT TO GO? $25. 212-573-8791. nycchildrenstheater.org.

TimesSquare_Portal FREE
WHEN: Oct. 10 - Nov. 21, daily, 9am-9pm
WHERE: Times Square, Broadway Plaza between 46th and 47th streets, Times Square, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: This temporary public art installation allows visitors to interact with people in locations across 20 countries. Walk inside the gold shipping container and you'll feel as if you're in the same room with someone across the world thanks to advanced audio-visual technology.
WHY WE LOVE IT: You can chat with people in places as diverse as Afghanistan, Germany, Mexico, and Rwanda.
WANT TO GO? 844-458-1016. timessquareportal.com.

Inwood Pumpkin Pageant FREE
WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 1, 5pm
WHERE: Isham Park, 1 Park Terrace E., Inwood, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Responsibly recycle your Halloween pumpkins at the park where volunteers will light up all the offerings at dusk in a beautiful display of holiday light. The remains will be composted with the help of the New York Restoration Project.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Countless illuminated gourds and jack-o'-lanterns are a sight to see.
WANT TO GO? facebook.com/inwoodpumpkin.

TCS New York City Marathon FREE
WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 5, 8:30am
WHERE: Staten Island, Brooklyn, and Manhattan, Staten Island to Central Park, New York, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Thousands will run and millions will watch! Spectators can view from many different parts of the five-borough course, which runs from Staten Island to Brooklyn, through Queens and the Bronx, and on into Manhattan's Central Park.
WHY WE LOVE IT: You don't have to be a runner to appreciate seeing people conquer 26.2 miles!
WANT TO GO? tcsnycmarathon.org.

'Christmas Spectacular' Starring the Radio City Rockettes
WHEN: Nov. 10 - Jan. 1, daily, see website for times
WHERE: Radio City, 1260 Sixth Ave., Midtown, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Combining the old with the new, the Christmas Spectacular brilliantly takes audiences on a gorgeously choreographed journey from Santa's workshop at the North Pole, to the streets of Manhattan, to a beautifully classic “Living Nativity.”
WHY WE LOVE IT: The incredible costumes, the festive music, the kick lines!
WANT TO GO? $35 and up. 212-247-4777. rockettes.com/christmas.

GingerBread Lane
WHEN: Nov. 11 - Jan. 14, Monday-Friday, 9:30am-5pm; Saturday-Sunday, 10am-6pm
WHERE: New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Corona, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Marvel at homemade gingerbread houses made entirely of edible gingerbread, royal icing, and candy. GingerBread Lane has won the Guinness World Record for 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 for the largest gingerbread village.
WANT TO GO? $16; $13 seniors, students, and children. 718-699-0005. nysci.org.

'The Three Bears Holiday Bash'
WHEN: Nov. 11 - Dec. 30, Tuesday-Sudany, see website for times
WHERE: Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park, West 81st Street and Central Park West, Upper West Side, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: This holiday variety show combines song, dance, and puppetry while drawing from the stories of Hanukkah, the Night Before Christmas, and Kwanzaa.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Perfect for little ones not yet old enough to see the bigger ticket holiday performances.
WANT TO GO? $12; $8 children. 212-360-1399. cityparksfoundation.org.

16th Annual Holiday Train Show FREE
WHEN: Nov. 16 - Feb. 4, daily, 6am-8pm
WHERE: Transit Museum Gallery Annex & Store, Grand Central Terminal, 89 E. 42nd St., Midtown, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Kids can watch in awe as little Lionel trains roll along a 34-foot-long, two-level track that looks just like a mini NYC with a nearby countryside. The scenery even includes its very own North Pole.
WHY WE LOVE IT: There are some really cool vintage train cars on display.
WANT TO GO? 212-340-2583. nytransitmuseum.org.

91st Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade FREE
WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 23, 9am-12pm
WHERE: Parade begins at Central Park West and 77th Street, Sixth Avenue, Upper West Side and Midtown, NY
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.

Galli's 'Little Red Riding Hood'
WHEN: Nov. 25 - 26, Saturday-Sunday, 2pm
WHERE: Galli Theater, 357 W. 36th St., Suite 202, Chelsea, NY
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: Join Little Red Riding Hood as she sets out through the forest on an unanticipated adventure. Fans of this classic fairytale will love watching the little girl in a red cape outfox a big bad wolf.
WHY WE LOVE IT: The show is under an hour and there's an after-show workshop as well.
WANT TO GO? $20; $15 children. 212-731-0668. gallitheaternyc.com.

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