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Feeling thankful for all the great family-friendly shows in NYC – Interstellar Cinderella, a new musical by kid rocker fave Laurie Berkner, The Secret Life Of Suitcases at Lincoln Center, Shakespeare on junk food and The Migration, Step Afrika’s adaption of Jacob Lawrence’s paintings plus many more awesome sounding options.

Or see classic kid films on the big screen, including The Dark Crystal, the original Superman, animated shorts at MoMA and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (introduced by Chita Rivera). Get your modern music fix at Jazz at Lincoln Center Family Concert: Who is Benny Goodman?, Bloomingdale School’s of Music Jazz Discovery Day or the dazzling dancing lights at the jazz-scored .


We are also grateful for this city’s fabulous museum programs. Hunt for a famous blue hippo or a murder suspect at the Met, learn about medieval mealtime at the Cloisters, prep for the Thanksgiving Day Parade at CMOM, march with revolutionary war soldiers at the New-York Historical Society and enjoy art making and a concert by the FunkeyMonkeys at the Jewish Museum.

If you’re not up for the lines to see the mirrored infinity rooms at Yayoi Kusama’s Festival of Life, check out an infinity room of Christmas lights at the pop-up “Hallmark’s Museum of Christmas.


Speaking of Christmas, our guide to trees, trains, shows & more is coming soon. In the meantime look out for Black Friday deals and sign up for ebates for super easy cash back on online holiday (and other) shopping.

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Balloons Over Broadway

Enrich your Thanksgiving parade viewing with this history lesson, inventor’s sketchbook, and inspirational story all rolled into one marvelous mixed-media masterpiece.


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Tuesday


The Three Bears Holiday Bash

10:30 am–11:15 am
Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park (West 79th Street & Central Park West) $12, $8/ages 18 months - 12 years, free/under 18 months

Drawing from the stories of Hanukkah, the Night Before Christmas, and Kwanzaa, the holiday production at the historic, cozy Swedish Marionette Cottage has song, dance, puppetry and a “12 days of Christmas” sing-a-long.

Through Dec 30
Tuesday–Friday 10:30 am & 11:30 am
Saturday & Sunday 1 pm

Puppet Show: The Big World of Little Dude

4:00 pm–5:00 pm
53rd Street Library (18 West 53rd Street)

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.


Bloomingdale's Holiday Window Unveiling

6:00 pm–7:30 pm
Bloomingdale’s (59th Street & Lexington Ave,)

Take in circus acts and a special performance from Keala Settle from Twentieth Century Fox’s holiday film The Greatest Showman before Bloomingda?le’s unveils its 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 bringing the music from The Greatest Showman to life.


Miller Theatre Pop-Up Concert: Regional de NY

6:00 pm–7:00 pm
Miller Theatre (2960 Broadway at West 116th Street`)

Sit onstage and enjoy a free drink during fun, free, informal performances, then mingle with the musicians and fellow concertgoers after the show. Hear the Brooklyn-based Brazilian choro band Regional de NY play music that is virtuosic, full of joy, and deeply grooving.


Wednesday


Macy's Thanksgiving Parade Balloon Inflation

3:00 pm–10:00 pm
Outside American Museum of Natural History, (Columbus Avenue between 77th and 81st Streets)

Witness the inflation of Spider-Man, Kermit the Frog, dinosaurs, Buzz Lightyear and other balloons of favorite characters the night before the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. Bundle up and be prepared for lines and crowds. We recommend arriving via the B/C 81st Street subway station or spending the afternoon in the Natural History Museum. The viewing route starts at West 79th Street and Columbus Avenue, then (slowly) circles the museum along Columbus Avenue, 77th Street, Central Park South and 81st Streets.


Thanksgiving Eve Family Celebration

3:00 pm–5:00 pm
New-York Historical Society (70 Central Park West at 77th Street) $150/family, includes museum membership

Watch the annual Macy’s Giant Balloon Inflation along West 77th Street from an uncrowded indoor/outdoor location and enjoy fun activities and festive treats in the Museum. For members at the museum’s Family level, which costs $150 but is tax-deducible and gets you admission to this program-packed, super-kid friendly museum for a year plus other perks.


Macy's Parade Balloon Inflation Carnival at PS 334/Anderson

4:00 pm–8:30 pm
MS 44 Schoolyard (West 77th Street & Columbus) Free, charges for some activities

Take a break from the crowds watching the inflation of the famous Macy’s Parade balloons at this festival that raises funds for the Anderson School. The carnival includes games, a bouncy house, concessions, hot chocolate, and a nationally renowned spiral potato food artisan.


Thursday


91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

9:00 am–12:00 pm

See balloons, floats, clowns, marching bands and more as this iconic parade celebrates 91 years. The parade starts at 77th & Central Park West, heads down CPW to Columbus Circle, then makes a left and heads along Central Park South to 6th Avenue. Continues south until 34th Street, where it makes a right and heads to Macy’s at Herald Square.


Friday


Thanksgiving Family Programs: Ratatouille & The Great Muppet Caper

12:00 am
Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35 Avenue (at 37 Street) ) Free with museum admission ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/ages 3-12, free/2 and under)

See screenings of Pixar’s beloved Academy Award–winning film film Ratatouille (11 am) and the 1981 The Great Muppet Caper (2 pm) plus enjoy drop-in art making and animation projects inspired by and the Muppets’s Swedish Chef (the puppet is on view in The Jim Henson Exhibition).


Thanksgiving Weekend Celebration

10:00 am–5:00 pm
Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) (212 West 83rd Street between Broadway & Amsterdam) Free with museum admission ($11, $7/seniors, free/ages 11 months old & younger)

To celebrate Thanksgiving, the Children’s Museum of Museum offers a series of special events and activities during the holiday weekend, including art workshops, the Great Turkey Race, the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers and workshops professional broadway dancers.

Also on Saturday & Sunday.

Watson Adventures’ Grand Central Scramble Family Scavenger Hunt

10:30 am–11:30 am
Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal (87 East 42nd Street)

Kids and adults work together to uncover the secrets of this amazing train station. Go nuts in the Whispering Gallery, spot surprises in the stars in the “sky,” find TV celebs in the fabulous food court, stand on fish under an upside-down tree in the Grand Central Market, learn the arrival time of a “ghost” train in the “Kissing Room,” see where a missile pierced the ceiling, count creepy critters trying to invade a “ship,” and find funny details in the latest exhibit inside the Transit Museum Gallery.

Also at 1 pm & on Saturday.

A Time of Thanks

11:00 am–2:00 pm
Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Avenue at 105th Street) Free with museum admission (Get 2 tickets for $15)

Learn about the roots of the Thanksgiving holiday in New York City and the traditions that have emerged such as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Get thoughtful about what you are thankful for and create a tree of gratitude to bring home.


Living History: Thanksgiving and the Civil War

11:00 am–4:00 pm
New-York Historical Society (70 Central Park West at 77th Street) Free with museum admission ($20, $6/ages 5-13, free/ages 4 & under
50% off with this link)

Celebrate Thanksgiving, which became a national holiday during the American Civil War, with living historians from the 119th New York Volunteer Infantry, a group of American Civil War reenactors. See their uniforms up close, learn a military drill, handle some of their fascinating gear, and ask them what a common Civil War soldier might have eaten for Thanksgiving dinner.


Saturday


Thanksgiving Family Programs: Ratatouille & The Great Muppet Caper

12:00 am
Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35 Avenue (at 37 Street) ) Free with museum admission ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/ages 3-12, free/2 and under)

See screenings of Pixar’s beloved Academy Award–winning film film Ratatouille (11 am) and the 1981 The Great Muppet Caper (2 pm) plus enjoy drop-in art making and animation projects inspired by and the Muppets’s Swedish Chef (the puppet is on view in The Jim Henson Exhibition).


Autism Spectrum Tour: The Discovery Squad

9:00 am–10:00 am
American Museum of Natural History (West 81st Street & Central Park West)

Families with 5–14 year-olds with autism spectrum disorders can attend a 40-minute tour led by specially trained tour guides, then spend some time exploring the Discovery Room before the Museum opens to the public. Ages 5–9 will discover the dioramas in the Hall of North American Mammals, which offers a snapshot of the plants and animals native to North America, and explore the dioramas in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life. Ages 10–14 will take a trip through the Hall of Planet Earth to explore the planet we live on and the forces that create volcanoes, earthquakes, and rock formations. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Call 212-769-5200, Monday-Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.


Family Art Project: Natural Weavings for Harvest Time

10:00 am–1:00 pm
Wave Hill (West 249th Street & Independence Avenue) $8, $4/students & seniors 65, $2/ages 6 & up, free/ages 5 & under

Gather fall leaves, cones, pods and seed heads. Weave them together with other materials from the gardens and meadows to create a decorative wall hanging celebrating the bounty and beauty of the season.

Also on Sunday.

Interstellar Cinderella

11:00 am–12:00 pm
The Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street) $29.25

From beloved singer-songwriter Laurie Berkner and Barbara Zinn Krieger, the creators of the hit shows Wanda’s Monster and The Amazing Adventures of Harvey and the Princess, comes a futuristic retelling of one of the world’s most cherished stories, Cinderella is a space engineer looking to revolutionize space travel with her new invention. When the prince holds a space parade, Cinderella knows it’s the perfect opportunity to show him her hyper warp speed engine. But first, she’ll have to keep her evil stepmother from throwing a wrench in her plans.

Saturday 11 am & Sunday 2 pm through Dec 17.

Living History: Evacuation Day

11:00 am–4:00 pm
New-York Historical Society (70 Central Park West at 77th Street) Free with museum admission ($20, $6/ages 5-13, free/ages 4 & under
50% off with this link)

On this day in 1783, New York City fell out of Britain’s control and back into American hands. Portrayed by Living Historian Michael Grillo, George Washington will map out the British Army’s departure route from the city. Explore the bundle of possessions carried by British loyalists who left the city for Canada or England, and listen to the first president read his own proclamations about this holiday.


Bargemusic Family Concert

4:00 pm–5:00 pm
Brookyln Bridge Park (334 Furman Street)

Walk across the gangplank of a renovated coffee barge for a one-hour, family-friendly concert. Includes a Q & A session with the musicians. Doors open 15 minutes before the performance; no reserved seating is available.


The Wizard School Scavenger Hunt at The Met

4:00 pm–6:00 pm
Metropolitan Museum Of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street) $42, $31/ages 10-21, students & seniors

Follow in the footsteps of young wizards on a field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in search of art that echoes characters, places and enchanted objects in the famed Harry Potter books and movies. Be prepared to track down a powerful sorceress, a Snape-like potions master, flying owls and dragons, Hagrid-like giants, centaurs and unicorns like those you’d see in the Forbidden Forest, strange mermaids and sharks that seem straight out of the Triwizard Tournament, fierce knights in armor, and cloaked and masked figures as scary as any Death Eater or Dementor. Wizards and muggles alike can play and enjoy this hunt. A great way to discover—or rediscover—the Met.


Sunday


Thanksgiving Family Programs: Ratatouille & The Great Muppet Caper

12:00 am
Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35 Avenue (at 37 Street) ) Free with museum admission ($12/adults, $9/students & seniors, $6/ages 3-12, free/2 and under)

See screenings of Pixar’s beloved Academy Award–winning film film Ratatouille (11 am) and the 1981 The Great Muppet Caper (2 pm) plus enjoy drop-in art making and animation projects inspired by and the Muppets’s Swedish Chef (the puppet is on view in The Jim Henson Exhibition).


Film Forum Jr.: My Fair Lady

11:00 am–1:00 pm
Film Forum (209 West Houston Street) $9

In George Cukor’s 1964 Oscar-winning film of Lerner and Loewe’s musical take on George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, misogynistic linguist Rex Harrison bets that he can transform cockney guttersnipe Audrey Hepburn into a lady. Fabulous songs and costumes are fun for the whole family.


Interstellar Cinderella

11:00 am–12:00 pm
The Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street) $29.25

From beloved singer-songwriter Laurie Berkner and Barbara Zinn Krieger, the creators of the hit shows Wanda’s Monster and The Amazing Adventures of Harvey and the Princess, comes a futuristic retelling of one of the world’s most cherished stories, Cinderella is a space engineer looking to revolutionize space travel with her new invention. When the prince holds a space parade, Cinderella knows it’s the perfect opportunity to show him her hyper warp speed engine. But first, she’ll have to keep her evil stepmother from throwing a wrench in her plans.

Saturday 11 am & Sunday 2 pm through Dec 17.

Rock And Roll Playhouse: The Music of Bob Marley for Kids

11:00 am–12:00 pm
Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave) $10, free/ages 1 & under

Enjoy an interactive and educational live music experience for families set in the remarkable Brooklyn Bowl venue featuring the music of Bob Marley by David Lanlois and the Brooklyneers.


Jewish Museum Studio Art Session: Costume Design

12:30 pm–3:00 pm
The Jewish Museum (1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street) Free with museum admission ($15, free/ages 18 & under)

Use colorful drawing materials to design a piece of clothing for yourself or a character from your imagination inspired by the costumes in Veiled Meanings: Fashioning Jewish Dress. Part of a weekly series.


GingerBread Lane House-Building Workshop

1:00 pm–2:00 pm
New York Hall of Science (Flushing Meadow-Corona Park) $10/kit

Make your own GingerBread Lane house. Workshop participants receive a kit of the same materials that Chef Jon Lovitch uses to create his GingerBread Lane exhibit: gingerbread pieces, icing and candy.


Rubin Family Sundays: Mindfulness Poetry

1:00 pm–4:00 pm
Rubin Museum of Art (150 West 17 Street)

Drop into the Education Center for some art-making, enjoy a 2 pm family exhibition tour, and go on thematic gallery searches. In this season of giving thanks and reflection, engage your contemplative mind by writing your own mindfulness poems.


BAMkids Movie Matinees: Ernest and Celestine

2:00 pm–3:30 pm
Brookyln Academy of Music (BAM) (30 Lafayette Avenue) $10, $7/ages 12 & under

See an enchanting tale of tolerance and acceptance, animated in lovely watercolor hues. 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.


Monday


Winter Wonderland: Snow Globe Making

11:00 am–2:00 pm
Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Avenue at 105th Street) Free with museum admission (Get 2 tickets for $15)

Explore the exhibition New York on Ice: Skating in the City to get inspired by picturesque city scenes, then create a snow globe to display your favorite winter activity in the city.


Broadway Under the Stars

5:00 pm–6:00 pm
Time Warner Center (10 Columbus Circle)

Sing and dance to free performances of hit songs from cast members of Broadway shows under the colorful lights of Holiday Under the Stars.


Winter's Eve

5:30 pm–9:00 pm
Dante Park (Broadway & 63rd Street)

This crowded annual festival features live music and performances, food tastings (for a small charge) from area restaurants, and in-store activities and ice sculpting. The celebration begins with the lighting of the Upper West Side Holiday Tree in Dante Park at Broadway & 63rd Street and continues along Broadway from Time Warner Center to 68th Street. Kids will especially enjoy circus performers, kiddie rock concerts, meeting Abby Cadaby and other PBS characters, Chinese lion dancing and a screening of A Christmas Story. We heard Santa will be stopping by Gracious Home and Brooks Brothers.


Lobby Series: Creating Higher Ground

7:00 pm–9:00 pm
United Palace of Cultural Arts (4140 Broadway at 175th Street)

The United Palace of Cultural Arts showcases dance pieces, spoken word and music by local artists in the dazzling Grand Foyer. The program includes a site specific dance and music collaboration, cabaret show that brings together Broadway Musical Songs and Pop Songs of multiple composers and musical styles and a PowerPoint-sourced audio-visual historiological performance experience (multifaceted PowerPoint accompanied by live jazz – intriguing).



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