Thanksgiving & Weekday Events in Brooklyn & NYC: November 20th-23rd
Hi everyone! I hope everyone is excited for Thanksgiving and the long weekend. This week is going to fly by!
This week take the kids and enjoy Stomp, Clap & Sing with Moona Luna at the Central Brooklyn Public Library, Songs of an Urban Cowboy with Hopalong Andrew! at The Little People Party, Opening Day Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Garden, Kids Create: Thankful Turkey Craft at the Sunset Park Brooklyn Public Library, Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Balloon Inflation, Kids Create: Kindness Cards at the Spring Creek Brooklyn Public Library, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Game Show at the Jewish Children’s Museum, Holiday Window Celebration with the Greatest Showman Cast at Bloomingdale’s and Puppet Show: The Big World of Little Dude at the 53rd Street New York Public Library.
Also check out the long running events like the 16th Annual Holiday Train Show in Grand Central, the Origami Holiday Tree at the American Museum of Natural History, Gingerbread Lane at New York Hall of Science, Playtime at Fairytale Island, Tots Drop in Center at Congregation Beth Elohim, Drop in Play at SPARK, MakerYard at Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Open Play at at Edamama Cute Cuts & More, Drop-in Playspace at Recess, The 3 Bears Holiday Bash at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre and the last week of the Music Room at the Jewish Children’s Museum.
Enjoy the week and Happy Thanksgiving!
~Deirdre (mom to O & C)
Monday November 20th
Origami Holiday Tree at the American Museum of Natural History (UWS)
Monday November 20th 10a-545p and on display until January 7th (except 11/23 & 12/25). Free with Museum admission. Visit the American Museum of Natural History this holiday season to see one of New York’s most beloved displays, the Origami Holiday Tree—an annual tradition for more than forty years. Produced in partnership with OrigamiUSA, the tree is delightfully decorated with more than 800 hand-folded paper models created by local, national, and international origami artists. Feeling crafty? Volunteers from OrigamiUSA will be on hand at the Museum to teach paper folding to visitors of all ages.
Songs of an Urban Cowboy with Hopalong Andrew! at The Little People Party (Williamsburg)
Monday November 20th 1030-1115a. $20 per child, $10 per sibling, includes All Day Pass for Open Play at The Little People Party. LPP memberships and KidPass accepted. Yee Haw!!! Join The Little People Party on the field for a morning filled with songs of the urban cowboy, Hopalong Andrew! Come early and get a good seat, stroller parking is limited. Shoes are recommended on the field, but please no eating.
Kids Create: Thankful Turkey Craft at the Sunset Park Brooklyn Public Library
Monday November 20th 330-430p. Free. Please join us for this fun program creating your very own Thankful Turkey Craft.
Tuesday November 21st
Stomp, Clap & Sing with Moona Luna at the Central Brooklyn Public Library
Tuesday November 21st 11a-12n. Free. The kindie group that the New York Daily News says is providing “the missing soundtrack for bilingual/bicultural kids.” After making a splash on the family music scene with their accordion-driven, Latin-inspired debut album, Piñata Party (2011), Moona Luna delivered something fresh in its sophomore album, Vamos, Let’s Go! (2013). Songwriter and bandleader, Sandra Velasquez, found inspiration in American pop hits of the 50’s and 60’s, and staying true to her bilingual mission, crafted Spanish and English lyrics for each song. Moona Luna has performed all over the country – from The National Mall in Washington, D.C. to Madison Square Park in New York City. Their third studio album celebrates their Latin roots and draws on broader musical influences from the African diaspora. The albums ten upbeat songs chronicle a family bus adventure through South America. Panorama was released in 2016 and won a Parents’ Choice Award.
Puppet Show: The Big World of Little Dude at the 53rd Street New York Public Library (Midtown West)
Tuesday November 21st 4p. Free. For ages 3-7 with caregiver, no registration required. Join Little Dude, the puppy puppet, as he discovers how to navigate his Big World. The Big World of Little Dude will help children explore and understand how important it is to have good manners. Children will participate in an interactive puppet show, listen to a story about manners, discover how to use finger puppets, and learn the Little Dude song.
Holiday Window Celebration with the Greatest Showman Cast at Bloomingdale’s (Midtown East)
Tuesday November 21st 6p. Bloomingdale’s partnered up with Twentieth Century Fox’s holiday film THE GREATEST SHOWMAN (in theaters Christmas) to ring in the season of glitz, glamour and glee. Take in jaw-dropping circus acts and a special performance from Keala Settle before they unveil their iconic holiday window display along Lexington Avenue. This year, Bloomingdale’s teamed up with Swarovski to create the “Greatest Holiday Windows” on Lexington Avenue with each window vibrantly bringing the music from The Greatest Showman to life.
Wednesday November 22nd
Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Starting Wednesday November 22nd and ongoing various days/times until Monday January 15th. See website for ticket prices. Advance reservations are strongly recommended. Enchanting model trains zip through a display of 150 landmarks, each re-created with bark, leaves, and other natural materials—all under the twinkling glow of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Marvel at G-scale locomotives humming along among familiar sights such as the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and Rockefeller Center on nearly a half-mile of track. This year’s exhibition showcases Midtown Manhattan’s iconic skyscrapers and other architectural wonders, featuring new replicas of the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, General Electric Building, and St. Bartholomew’s Church.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Balloon Inflation (UWS)
Wednesday November 22nd 1p-8p. Free. For all ages. Check out the Macy’s Giant Balloon Inflation outside of the Museum of Natural History (between West 77th and West 81st Streets). The entrance has moved! This year, the new entrance to the giant balloon inflation area will be at West 74th Street and Columbus Avenue. See the website for all the details.
Kids Create: Kindness Cards at the Spring Creek Brooklyn Public Library
Wednesday November 22nd 330-415p. Free. Be thankful to someone you care about this season. Create a thank you card for those you care about! Receive a free Choose Kind poster for the movie Wonder! Arts and crafts program for children to develop their creativity. Create a project to bring home with you.
Thursday November 23rd
Free Skating at The Rink at Bryant Park (Midtown West)
Open Thursday November 23rd 8a-10p and daily until March 4th. Admission free! Skate rental: $20. Rink hours are weather permitting. See the website for all the bag check information. The centerpiece of Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park, this 17,000 square foot rink features free admission ice skating, high quality rental skates, and free skating shows, special events, and activities. Many Holiday Shops are open on major holidays so start your shopping early!
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (UWS)
Thursday November 23rd 9a-12n. Free. The parade starts at 77th Street and Central Park West and heads down Central Park West to Columbus Circle, makes a left and goes along Central Park South to 6th Avenue. The the parade continues south until 34th Street, where it makes a right and heads to Macy’s at Herald Square. Thousand come out to see 50 foot tall balloons, spectacular floats, dancers, performers and special guests including Santa! See the website for details on this years lineup.
Game Show at the Jewish Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Thursday November 23rd 130p. Free with Museum admission. Everybody loves a quiz show. At the Jewish Children’s Museum, visitors can compete against each other to answer questions on Jewish life in a sounds-and-lights-filled game show setting. Duration: Approx 30 min. Also check out the last day of the Music Room (open 1-4p).
Music Room at the Jewish Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Mondays-Thursdays 1-4p & Sundays 12n-5p until November 23rd. Free with Museum admission. Kids can discover the music within at this hands-on exhibit at the Jewish Children’s Museum. Little music-makers of all ages are encouraged to experiment with a range of instruments, including a finger chime and a giant xylophone. They’ll particularly enjoy making all the noise they want (without fear of disturbing the neighbors) in the percussion center. Appropriate for all ages.
16th Annual Holiday Train Show in Grand Central (Midtown)
Daily 6a-8p until Sunday February 2nd. Free. The holiday season is a time of joy for kids of all ages and nothing says holiday enchantment quite like dazzled little faces watching in wonderment as model trains zip through tunnels, by subway stops, around familiar skyscrapers and through iconic cityscapes. To the delight of kids and railroad enthusiasts alike, the New York Transit Museum will continue its tradition of capturing hearts and imaginations at the 16th Annual Holiday Train Show at Grand Central Terminal starting in November and running through the New Year. The theme of the holiday train show changes every year and the event is free and open to the public.
Gingerbread Lane at New York Hall of Science (Flushing Meadows)
Monday-Friday 930a-5p & Saturday-Sunday 10a-6p until January 15, 2018 (except 11/23 & 12/25). Free with Museum admission.Visitors can marvel at homemade gingerbread houses made entirely of edible gingerbread, royal icing, and candy. The houses are drafted, designed, baked, planned, built and decorated by creator Jon Lovitch over the course of an entire year. GingerBread Lane has won the Guinness World Record for 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 for the largest gingerbread village. Lovitch’s creation will again contend for this year’s Guinness World Record. Also check out the website for information on the Gingerbread Workshops happening during the holiday season.
The 3 Bears Holiday Bash at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre (Central Park)
Tuesday-Wednesday November 21st-22nd 1030a & 1130a, Friday November 24th 11a, 1p & 3p and Saturday-Sunday November 25th-26th 1p & 3p. Additional performances ongoing until December 30th. See schedule here. Tickets are $8/children and $12/adults. The Three Bears Holiday Bash is a variety show that celebrates the holiday season in song, dance and puppetry. The production quickly becomes a comedy of errors when Baby Bear invites Santa to star in Mama and Papa Bear’s annual Christmas Eve holiday show. The audience also gets to join in on the fun with sing-a-longs during the performance of holiday favorites the “I Have A Little Dreidel” and “Feliz Navidad.”
Tots Drop in Center at Congregation Beth Elohim (Park Slope)
Tuesdays-Fridays 915a-12p until April 15th 2018. Fees: Temple Member $10/child, $15 with additional sibling. Non-member $12/child, $18 with additional sibling. Visit Passes available for purchase. See website for more information. The tots drop-in center is place for children ages 0-24 months and their parents/caregivers to explore, learn, and have fun! Drop in for play with age-appropriate toys and activities in our social hall (large indoor space). No advanced registration required – please do drop in!
Open Play at at Edamama Cute Cuts & More (Williamsburg)
Monday-Friday 1-330p. $10/day. After a nap and lunch, but before bath and dinner, come to hang out and play with other 0-3 year olds at Edamama. Explore various award winning books or bring your own toy and play in a warm, safe, and enriching environment. Spots are available on a first come, first serve basis. Adult participation.
Drop-in Playspace at Recess (DUMBO)
Monday-Friday 9a-5p & Saturday-Sundays 9-1130a. Drop in $30 first child, $20 per additional child. Memberships also available for purchase. See website for details. Hello! Welcome to Recess, where playtime is easy with our flexible drop-in model. Our custom-made play structures are designed for curious minds and busy bodies to explore. Learning is fun at Recess too. Our talented staff and variety of programming will help your children learn what they like and have a great time doing it.
Playtime at Fairytale Island (Bay Ridge)
Monday-Sunday 10a-8p. $18/child. Group discount (3 or more kids): $15. Come away with your children for a moment in a place where memories are made and time stand still!
The Little People Party at The Backyard (Williamsburg)
Monday-Friday 10a-5p. All day pass $20, monthly membership $125 and 10 pack of all day passes $150. Recommended for ages 6m-3y. Open Play! Toys, music, fun & a really big space!
MakerYard at Brooklyn Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Thursday & Fridays 2-5p and Saturdays-Sundays 11a-4p until November 26th except 11/23. Free with Museum admission. Inspired by adventure playgrounds, MakerYard, Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s newest exhibition, invites children to test their motor skills and imaginations as they construct, build, and invent structures and other creations using everyday materials such as cardboard, tape, fabric, string and recyclables. Parents and caregivers are invited to sit back and let children explore independently, or work collaboratively to create together.
Drop in Play at SPARK by Brooklyn Children’s Museum (DUMBO)
Wednesdays 1-5p, Thursday 1-6p (admission is free Thursdays) and Fridays-Sunday 1-5p. $15/child. (BCM Passport Members enjoy free admission). Each day at SPARK, kids can: BUILD IT! Design your own structures in our popular exhibit Brooklyn Block Lab. MAKE IT! Creativity abounds in our art activities that change each week. TOUCH IT! Get cozy in our Discovery Den featuring soft play and reading space, and a series of discovery drawers that hold treasures from our collection as well as tactile materials for little hands to explore.
Ed Center in Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1
Tuesdays & Thursdays 3-5p and also Saturdays and Sundays from 1–5p (except 11/23, 11/25 & 11/26). Free. The Ed Center is open for free, drop-in hours three afternoons a week! Get to know Brooklyn Bridge Park with our 250 gallon aquarium filled with critters from the East River, a 10’ scale model of Brooklyn Bridge Park, crafts, a reading corner, and much more!
To see all the events click here for the calendar!