Hi everyone!  Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope everyone is having a great day and ready for a fun weekend in NYC.


This weekend check out the 5th Annual Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar at 501 Union + The Green Building, New York Transit Museum’s Holiday Nostalgia Train Rides, Winter on a Flatbush Farm with St. Nicholas at the Lefferts Historic House, Park Slope 5th Avenue Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Old Stone House, PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue” at Kings Theatre, Ernest and Celestine at BAM, Gingerbread Lane Workshop at New York Hall of Science, PLG Anniversary! at Greenlight Bookstore, Family Fun with Suzi Shelton at Jalopy Theatre, Black Friday Family Bowl at Brooklyn Bowl, Family Movie: Free Birds at Windsor Terrace Brooklyn Public Library, Black Friday Hike: The Midwood Trail in Prospect Park and Historic New York: Colonial Cooking at Fort Greene Park.

Also check out long running events like the Origami Holiday Tree at the American Museum of Natural History, Macy’s Santaland: Opening Weekend at Macy’s Herald Square, 16th Annual Holiday Train Show in Grand Central, Breakfast With Santa, Sing-A-Long and Elfprov at Broadway Comedy Club, The Migration at The New Victory Theater, Gingerbread Lane at New York Hall of Science, Pinocchio at Puppetworks,Winter Wonderland Staten Island at Richmond County Bank Ballpark, MakerYard at Brooklyn Children’s Museum, NYTM Train Operators Workshop at the New York Transit Museum, Free Skating at The Rink at Bryant Park, The 3 Bears Holiday Bash at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre and the Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Garden.

There are more events this weekend so check the calendar to see everything going on. Also like us on Facebook for last minute events and updates.

Enjoy the long weekend!

~ Deirdre (mom to O & C)


Friday November 24th

Black Friday Family Bowl at Brooklyn Bowl (Williamsburg)
Friday November 24th 11a-6p. No cover! Bring the whole family and get your bowl on. Food by Blue Ribbon will also be available, as well as local brews & more!

PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue” at Kings Theatre (Flatbush/Ditmas Park)
Friday November 24th 1p & 6p, Saturday November 25th 10a, 2p & 6p and Sunday November 26th 10a (doors open one hour before show). Tickets start at $19. PAW Patrol is on a roll with the first-ever live tour! It’s the day of the Great Adventure Bay Race between Adventure Bay’s Mayor Goodway and Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger, but Mayor Goodway is nowhere to be found. PAW Patrol to the rescue! Ryder summons Marshall, Chase, Skye, Rubble, Rocky, Zuma, and the newest pup, Everest, to rescue Mayor Goodway and to run the race in her place. Be a VIP – Very Important Pup! The VIP package includes a premium seat, special gift and exclusive access to a Meet & Greet with Chase, Ryder and Skye after the show. Each adult & child (age 1 & up) in a group must have a VIP ticket. *All guests one year of age and older will require a valid event ticket for entry*

Black Friday Hike: The Midwood Trail in Prospect Park
Friday November 24th 1-230p. Free. Location: East Drive and Lincoln Road. Step back in time with a walk through Brooklyn’s oldest remaining forest. The Midwood, home to some of Prospect Park’s largest trees, is a relic of Brooklyn’s history and was preserved and incorporated into the park during its original construction.

Family Movie: Free Birds at Windsor Terrace Brooklyn Public Library
Friday November 24th 330-5p. Free. Two Turkey’s from opposite sides of the tracks must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history – and get Turkeys off the Thanksgiving menu for good.

See all the Friday events here.


Saturday November 25th

Breakfast With Santa, Sing-A-Long and Elfprov at Broadway Comedy Club (Midtown West)
Saturdays at 930a until December 23rd. $25/general admission & $50/VIP. Admission includes Interactive Musical Comedy Show, Continental Breakfast and Pictures with Santa. BRING CAMERAS and VIDEO!!! We do not supply photos however the elves do help so the entrie family can get in the shot. This Year we will be taking photos & video then sharing on our Facebook Page for easy FREE downloads. 9a checking, 930a Main Hall opens & breakfast, 10a ELFPROV, 1030a Santa Singalong and event usually ends at 11a.

PLG Anniversary! at Greenlight Bookstore (Prospect Lefferts Gardens)
Saturday November 25th 10a-9p. On Small Business Saturday, 2016, Greenlight Bookstore opened our second location in historic Prospect Lefferts Gardens! In celebration of our first birthday in PLG we’re say thanks to everyone who has welcomed us into their community and whose support keeps our business growing, by offering 20% off in the bookstore all day on Saturday! Join us for a festive birthday featuring hot cider and other treats, as well as a great chance to get a jump on holiday shopping.

Winter Wonderland Staten Island at Richmond County Bank Ballpark
Starting Saturday November 25th and ongoing Thursday-Sunday until December 23rd. Hours are Thursdays-Fridays 3-11p & Saturdays-Sundays 11a-11p. Single Day Admissions are available for purchase by day for $10.00 per guest. Children under 5 years old are FREE. Winter Wonderland Staten Island is a 70,000-square foot fully immersive holiday experience. Laid out on the field of the Richmond County Bank Ballpark, this event will take guests on a trip to a winter alpine village, featuring all the wonderful holiday themes and feelings that we all know and love. Attractions include ice skating, a 34-vendor holiday market, a nightly light show, Santa’s Workshop, a life sized working Gingerbread House bakery, an Igloo bar featuring holiday cocktails and nightly live entertainment, rides, games, and experiences for guests of all All Rides, Games, & Attractions cost extra. See website for information. Winter Wonderland SI is a 3 minute walk along the promenade from the Staten Island Ferry terminal.

Historic New York: Colonial Cooking at Fort Greene Park
Saturday November 25th 1-230p. Free. Fort Greene, Brooklyn, holds an important place in the history of the Colonies and the American Revolution. Learn about the traditions of colonial cooking and the people who lived in this area of Brooklyn centuries ago.

Park Slope 5th Avenue Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Old Stone House
Saturday November 25th 630-8p. Free. The Park Slope Fifth Avenue Business Improvement District is once again hosting its annual tree lighting ceremony on November 25th at the corner of 5th Avenue and 4th Street at 6:30 pm. Live music, puppets, Santa Claus and treats. Don’t miss NYC’s first tree lighting of the holiday season. FREE! Small Business Saturday is taking place on November 25th! Save the date and come shop local before the tree is lit!

See all the Saturday events here.


Sunday November 26th

New York Transit Museum’s Holiday Nostalgia Train Rides
Sundays varioius times until December 24th. Celebrate the magic of New York City during the holidays with a ride back in time on our vintage fleet of subway cars and buses. This holiday season, we continue the tradition of placing our vintage R1-9 train cars and a selection of our vintage buses from decades past in regular service. Don’t miss your chance to travel through time – for just the cost of a MetroCard swipe! Catch the Holiday Nostalgia Train on Sunday, November 26th, December 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th! In celebration of the one year anniversary of the Second Avenue Subway, this year’s Holiday Nostalgia Train will run along the F line between 2nd Av and Lexington Avenue / 63rd Street and via the Q line between Lexington Avenue / 63rd Street and 96th Street on the Upper East Side. The Holiday Nostalgia Train departs from the 2nd Av subway station on the F line at 10am, 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm and from the 96th Street subway station on the Q line at 11am, 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm. The special eight-car subway train of R1-9 cars from the 1930s is complete with rattan seats, ceiling fans, incandescent bulb lighting, drop-sash style windows, vintage roll signs, and original advertisements.

Family Fun with Suzi Shelton at Jalopy Theatre (Carroll Gardens/Red Hook)
Sunday November 26th 11a. Tickets: $5/child, $10/adult, $25/family. Suzi Shelton is multi award-winning singer/songwriter who has been making catchy and meaningful music for families in NYC and beyond for more than a decade. She has performed at such prestigious venues as The White House, Lincoln Center, Madison Square Park and Symphony Space in NYC, to name a few, and is a favorite among the hip tot set in her home turf of Park Slope, Brooklyn. In addition to her live performances, Suzi produces a weekly video series on Youtube, and a monthly interactive online show which can be viewed from any computer right in the comfort of your own home. Suzi’s family shows are filled with smiles, laughter and joy, and make you feel warm and fuzzy all over.

Gingerbread Lane Workshop at New York Hall of Science (Flushing)
Sunday November 26th 1p & 3p. *$15 per project (NYSCI Members: $10 per project). Recommended for ages 4 and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Limit of two structures per customer. Capacity is limited. Please register early to avoid disappointment. Participants at the November 26 workshop will make a gingerbread house. At all other workshops, participants can create a transportation-themed gingerbread structure: a car, boat or train. See website for additional workshops. *Please note: While this workshop is about building, and not consuming, the gingerbread, icing, and candy provided, we know that it happens and that some people have food allergies. If you or your child has food allergies, please email publicprograms@nysci.org to decide if this workshop is appropriate for you.

Winter on a Flatbush Farm with St. Nicholas at the Lefferts Historic House (Prospect Park)
Sunday November 26th 1-3p. Suggested $3 donation. Get ready for winter the same way early New Yorkers did in the 19th century farming village of Flatbush. Learn how to make a candle, watch a master spinster spin wool thread, and enjoy Dutch treats made at our outdoor hearth from a Lefferts family recipe. St. Nicholas will visit at 3 pm.

Ernest and Celestine at BAM (Fort Greene)
Sunday November 26th 2p. Tickets: $10, $7 members & children under 12, free for Level 4 and above. For ages 6+. Run time: 80 minutes. Ernest is a gentle, but misunderstood bear. Celestine is a plucky, imaginative mouse. According to everything they’ve been taught, they’re not supposed to be friends—but a surprising rapport develops between the two and a captivating adventure ensues as they set out to prove that the differences between them are only superficial. Lovingly drawn in watercolor hues, this animated charmer spins an enchanting tale of tolerance and acceptance.

See all the Sunday events here.


All Weekend

5th Annual Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar at 501 Union + The Green Building (Gowanus)
Saturday-Sunday November 25th & 26th 11a-6p. Free admission. Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar is a unique annual event that brings together the best of local talent, this time under TWO beautiful roofs: 501 Union and The Green Building in Gowanus. The 5th edition will be packed with fine handmade goods, delicious food, drinks, music, craft activities and more good times on Thanksgiving weekend. Go to the website to see the 60+ handpicked makers, delicious food & drinks and fun activities for the whole family at Brooklyn’s most beautiful venues.

2017 Light Displays Opening Weekend in Dyker Heights
Saturday-Sunday November 25th-26th 6p. Free. It just wouldn’t be Christmas in Brooklyn without them. Visit the Dyker Heights section of Brooklyn (cross-streets: high 80’s (83rd thru 86th mostly) between 11th thru 13th avenues…and beyond!) and see the best Christmas-light displays around. You can’t miss it. The lights start going up THANKSGIVING WEEKEND! We cannot guarantee that you will get a full view of all displays starting at this time, as it’s up to each individual home owner who chooses to decorate each season when they will complete their displays, but some homes are ready for display starting this weekend.

Macy’s Santaland: Opening Weekend at Macy’s Herald Square
Santaland Opening Weekend Hours: Friday November 24th: 7a-9p, Saturday November 25th: 8a-9p and Sunday November 26th: 10a-9p. Admission is free! Meet Santa now by reservation only. He’s a busy man this time of year, so a reservation is your one way in! Pick a time slot to join the line—you can book from 30 minutes to 5 days in advance. Make a reservation here. Professional photos are available for purchase, but they’re optional. Packages start at $20.99. To see the website for all the information on your Santaland visit.  Santaland is open daily at various times until December 24th.

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.

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.

Gingerbread Lane at New York Hall of Science (Flushing Meadows)
Monday-Friday 930a-5p & Saturday-Sunday 10a-6p until January 15, 2018. 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.

Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
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.

Little Red Riding Hood at Galli Theater
Saturday-Sunday November 25th-26th 2p. Tickets: $20/adult, $15/child. For children 4 and up. Little Red Riding Hood sets out through the forest to bring food to her grandmother. But who is in grandmother’s bed when she gets there? Can a little girl in a red cape outfox a big bad wolf?

The Migration at The New Victory Theater
Friday November 24th 2p & 7p, Saturday November 25th 2p & 7p and Sunday November 26th 12n & 5p. For ages 7+. Performance: 80 minutes including one intermission. Tickets start at $16. A beat for every brushstroke, Step Afrika! brings to life Jacob Lawrence’s The Migration Series, the landmark collection of paintings about the largest demographic transformation in U.S. history. Fusing body percussion, tap and contemporary dance with live gospel, jazz and blues, the world’s first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping uses uniquely American art forms to tell this uniquely American story. Experience the journey of the millions of African Americans who moved from the rural South to the urban North to rebuild their lives in this powerful, polyrhythmic performance of THE MIGRATION.

Free Skating at The Rink at Bryant Park (Midtown West)
Daily until March 4th 8a-10p.  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!

The 3 Bears Holiday Bash at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre (Central Park)
Tuesdays-Fridays 1030a & 1130a and Saturdays-Sundays 1p 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.”

NYTM Train Operators Workshop at the New York Transit Museum (Downtown Brooklyn)
Saturdays-Sundays 330-430p until December 31st. Free with Museum admission. Limited Capacity. Suggested for ages 10+. Drop by our Computer Lab to take control of a NYC Subway car and operate it over virtual miles of track, using some incredibly realistic software!

Pinocchio at Puppetworks (Park Slope)
Saturdays-Sundays 1230p & 230p until December 17th. Suggested for 3y+. Admission for a Child is $10, an Adult $11. No credit cards accepted. Reservations are suggested: 718-965-3391 (current day or advance reservations) or e-mail us: puppetworks@twcmetrobiz.com (NO same day e-mail reservations). Pinocchio: Carlo Collodi’s 1883 Adventures of a Marionette adapted for Marionettes by Nicolas Coppola.

MakerYard at Brooklyn Children’s Museum (Crown Heights)
Thursdays-Fridays 2-5p and Saturdays-Sundays 11a-4p until November 26th. 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.